Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Great British Bake Off is back. The whole country is watching, it seems. Last week, the bakers were given Viennese whirls as their technical challenge. Piping is the name of the game for these bakes and I hate piping. It was time for me to move outside of my comfort zone, however. Of course I had to do something a bit different, so I give you my Chocolate Viennese Whirls.
Well it’s hard to believe I know, but today is the sixth anniversary of We Should Cocoa. Yes, Chele of Chocolate Teapot and I started it six years ago and I’ve been managing it solely for the last few years. So with a new year just about to commence, it’s time for a change. I also have 9 darkly divine chocolate recipes for you to celebrate the occasion.
Just because it’s summer here in the northern hemisphere, it doesn’t mean we don’t want chocolate. It was Anything Goes for this month’s We Should Cocoa and we have 17 gorgeous chocolate recipes for you as a result. Have a scroll through and if you don’t find something you immediately want to make, I’ll eat my hat (a chocolate one, of course).
Gosh it’s the first of a new month. They seem to come round faster every time. This month is my birthday month and in a new tradition that I’m liking very much, it seems to be fine to celebrate the entire month through. So, I’m celebrating with We Should Cocoa by giving me and everyone else, one of the easiest challenges ever.
These malted superfood bars with mango and coconut chocolate are just what’s needed to give a boost when spirits or body are flagging. They are vegan, almost refined sugar free and are loaded with so many nutritious ingredients, it’s hard to stop bouncing around with energetic abandonment once one has been consumed.
Chocolate and oats are two of my favourite things and together they work a treat. My chocolate coconut flapjacks are an all round winner and my recipe is now regularly used by friends. This month’s We Should Cocoa was to create something that contained both chocolate and oats. Read on to find eight fabulous recipes using these two ingredients.
Now who doesn’t love nibbling on a bit of raw cookie dough? It’s an experience that evokes happy childhood memories. Well you’re in luck. The chilli chocolate chip cookie dough I’ve made here is not for baking, no, it’s for pure indulgent eating in its raw state. And not only that, it’s also egg and dairy free, made with healthy ingredients. flavoured with chilli and cinnamon and above all else, delicious.
I’m a bit of a flapjack devotee. Flapjacks were one of the first bakes I ever made by myself and as they were full of oats, they weren’t too frowned upon. Actually I’m a fan of pretty much anything with oats in. I was bought up with proper oatmeal porridge slow cooked overnight in the aga. So I’m a bit astonished to find that after 68 months of We Should Cocoa we’ve never had oats as the ingredient chosen to accompany chocolate.
Back along, nearly three years ago to be exact, I hosted a six course chocolate themed dinner party for friends. These rhubarb friands with white chocolate (that’s with an a not an e) accompanied the rhubarb, rose and white chocolate ice-cream that made up the last course but one. With rhubarb already in season, this seems like a good time to finally publish the recipe.
Easter is fast approaching and as it gets ever nearer, my thoughts turn to chocolate, although to be fair, my thoughts are rarely far from this exquisite food of the gods. Over the years I’ve made many Easter chocolate cakes, some more child friendly than others. These ones, containing rather a lot of rum are definitely of the adult variety.