We Should Cocoa – The Chilli Round-up

We Should Cocoa | 29th October 2011 | By


As you know, I was a little nervous about putting forward chilli as this month’s We Should Cocoa ingredient, but I needn’t have been. Everyone was very enthusiastic and we had thirty hot hot entries. I particularly loved the vibrant colours associated with chillies that have been showcased here. Once again, we have a great range of dishes on offer, from cakes and puddings to bread and some savoury dishes too – a testament to the creative flair of the participants. Brownies and some sort of variation on chocolate pots proved to be particularly popular, but quite frankly I want to try every single entry, with the possible exception of my own 😉

Don’t forget to check out the Chocolate Teapot on the 1st November to find out what Chele has up her sleeve for next month’s challenge.

Dom of Belleau Kitchen got all scientific on us this month but nevertheless the capsaicin kicked in early and got him moving with this darkly lush Chilli Chocolate Orange Cake, a real feast for the senses.

These Chilli Choc Cupcakes from first timer Kat of Life of a Cupcake Baker served several purposes: to lose weight, to induce labour and to calm her son – chilli is truly the panacea for all ills!

Chilli loving Baking Addict of The More Than Occasional Baker was rather nervous about trying this month’s challenge out on her work colleagues, but was delighted to find that white chocolate and chilli was a winning combination after all and everyone loved these White Chocolate Chilli Brownies.

Chocolate Chili Souffle just sounds as though it’s going to be fabulous and this one made by newcomer Gary of Exploits of a Food Nut certainly look the business.

Hannah of Corner Cottage Bakery has got her Christmas hat on and come up with these festive and perky little Apricot Chilli Florentines.

First timer Cake Fairy has wowed me, not only by the flavours of this magnificent Chilli Chocolate Swiss Roll with Cream and Blackberry Jam, but also by her expert rolling – and it was her first attempt too.

With many ideas spinning around her head, Alex of Dear Love Blog eventually settled on Chipotle Brownies – on my continual quest for the ultimate brownie, I’m wondering if this might just be it.

What else is needed other than some lush and decedent Chocolate Chilli Sauce to power The Kitchenmaid up those steep Wellington goat tracks – nothing apparently.

Look at What Kate Baked. Her Chilli Chocolate Cupcakes Bites sound delicious but I was seriously impressed with her chilli impersonations.

Michele of Food, Football and a Baby took the chilli theme most literally and made this beautifully rich coloured Mexican chunky vegetable chili with dark chocolate

Suelle of Mainly Baking is well seasoned in cooking with chilli and chocolate. Unhappy with the cookies she made as her first attempt, however, she put her thinking cap on and came up with this ingenious Chocolate, Cherry and Chilli Tart.

C of Cake Crumbs and Cooking did a marathon daily chocolate bake throughout Chocolate Week. She just happened to knock up this Chilli Chocolate Fudge Cake one night after work. It includes peanut butter and lime as well as chilli and sounds divine.

Carina of Cooking with Carina shocked her work colleagues (well one of them anyway) with her deliciously fudgy looking Chilli Chocolate Brownies.

When plans for chilli chocolate ice-cream didn’t come to fruition, Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen came up with a warm version instead. Her Baked Chilli Chocolate Custards sound very much like something I’d like to eat – what a fab idea.

Fast running out of time, Karen of Lavender and Lovage whipped up an extravaganza of chocolate, chilli and milk in this Mexican Hot Chocolate featuring three types of chocolate no less and all served in a chocolate mug.

I was all set for Shaheen of Allotment 2 Kitchen to give us a savoury treat, but at the last minute she changed her mind and surprised me with these cute Chilli Chocolate Apricot Flapjacks.

Working London Mummy really went to town and it was the posh part of town too. She made these fabulously elegant Pink Macarons with Chilli Chocolate Ganache. And she got such perfect looking results on only her third try!

Spontaneous Euphoria must have known about Janet’s non ice-cream as she has come in magnificently to fill that gap in this month’s chilli repertoire. Chocolate Chilli Ice-Cream.

I had a feeling that Phil from As Strong As Soup might grace us with a savoury recipe for this challenge and he didn’t disappoint. I really like the combination of spices, nuts and tomatoes in this Turkey in a Chilli Nut and Chocolate Sauce.

In experimental mode, The Hungry Hinny combined orange, chocolate and chilli (she must have caught the vibe from Dom) and made this truffley Chilli Chocolate Orange Torte.

Moving to a new job, a new home and a new town, Carly of Tart to Heart still found time to make these Chili Pots de Creme and show them off in style.

Snowy of Cookbooks Galore got a bit more than she bargained for with her Chocolate and Chilli Madeira Cake. The chilli chocolate topping might not have been quite what was wanted, but I thought the layering on this cake was stunning.

Looking for something sort of healthy, but also warming and satisfying on these chilly autumnal days and nights,  Selina of Yummy Choo Eats came up with these Chipolte Chilli Chocolate Flapjacks.

Fellow partner in We Should Cocoa crime, Chele of Chocolate Teapot fancied playing Russian Roulette this month. You get to choose one of her splendid Trick or Treat Cupcakes but don’t know which it will be until biting into it. Guess which one she got 😉

Co-incidentally, there are two chilli challenges this month. Lyndsey of Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops has launched a Sweet Heat Challenge, so couldn’t resist participating in this one too. She’s rather mildly called these Chocolate Chilli Pots but garnishing them with white chocolate covered chillies, these are anything but mild.

First timer Laura of How to Cook Good Food leapt at the chance of making Chilli Chocolate Bread Rolls – how cool is that? Well possibly not that cool! Stuffed with cream cheese, these sound like a must try.

Another fan of the chilli and chocolate combination, Mel of Sharky Oven Gloves was buzzing with ideas, but in the end made these delightfully fudgy triple chilli Aztec Brownies.

My own rather late entry was, err, perhaps a little excessive and won’t be repeated in a hurry. But sometimes it’s good to push out the boundaries – just so you know! Chocotos – Chocolate Stuffed Chillies.

Coming in right at the, err, last minute are these fabulous Chilli Chocolate Truffles from Kath of the Ordinary Cook. Beware, they have an additional kick besides the chilli.

Just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be any more, BVG aka Brownieville Girl got in with these supposedly wussy, but I read delicious, Mini Chocolate Pots.


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    Karen S Booth
    29th October 2011

    Thanks for another belting event and a spicy one too! GREAT entries, what a wonderful round up of HOT chocolate recipes!

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    29th October 2011

    What a fabulous and exciting round-up. this has been such a great event. I am so glad you started it 🙂

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    29th October 2011

    What a brill round up and so many entries this month. It’s great to see so many new people joining in. Well done Choc. And, thank you for not mentioning that I was the naughty student who needed an extension.

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    29th October 2011

    What a great round up! really looking forward to the next one – I loved taking part.

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    29th October 2011

    I’ve been eagerly waiting for this round-up. I can see lots of recipes that I’m going to have to take a second look at. Didn’t we all do well?

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    29th October 2011

    Wow, great round up! I’m off to look at the chocolate chilli icecream, I will make it eventually!

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    29th October 2011

    Woo hoo – great job Choclette. Fantastic round up and so many brilliant recipes too.

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    29th October 2011

    I never imagined so many ways to integrate chillies with chocolate – I’m fascinated by the chocolate chilli ice-cream…

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    29th October 2011

    Wow, fab round up. What an inventive lot of ways to combine chilli with chocolate – you set a great challenge Choclette!

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    30th October 2011

    Oh wrong idea for me to be looking at this while I was a little peckish…now I’m starving! They all look wonderful.

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    30th October 2011

    Well done Choclette! What an amazing round-up!! They all really look superb. I think everyone was super-inspired this month x

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    30th October 2011

    Wow-zaaaa! Everyone loved the idea of chilli chocolate- great theme and brilliant round up Chocolette. Thank you for all your hard work…right, I’m off exploring the blogsphere…

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    30th October 2011

    Thank you all for your lovely comments and well done to everyone again for making this event so worthwhile. These round-ups are becoming a really useful resource.

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    Johanna GGG
    31st October 2011

    fascinating – such wonderful baking to observe but turning up the heat is not for me

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    31st October 2011

    Wow great recipes and ideas there, really enjoyed having a look through those, great challenge this month looking forward to the next! X

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    Baking Addict
    31st October 2011

    Amazing round up as always. Who knew that you could bake with chillies in so many different ways?

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    Hazel at Chicken in a Cherry Sauce
    2nd November 2011

    What a great round up! Those white chocolate coated chilli slices look stunning. I love the idea of chocolate chilli ice cream – cool and hot. Some really beautiful and tasty recipes here!

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