March is finally upon us and it’s this time of year (both Mother’s Day and Easter coming up – Easter mostly) that gets me thinking about CHOCOLATE! As regular readers may know I am an avid baker and have cake on the brain 24/7 and I’m always looking for new ingredients, flavours and recipes to try out and although I love chocolate work e.g. making chocolate truffles, ganache and decorations, I rarely use it in baking.
So when I was asked to try out Green & Black’s new cooking chocolate range I was Delighted to say the least. What happened next was a total overdose on chocolate as I found myself not baking with the bars I’d been sent, but just scoffing an entire bar of white vanilla pod chocolate on it’s own (well washed down with a caramel latte), which in theory is the ultimate delicious indulgence but resulted in me clutching my belly and vowing never to eat chocolate again. Which lasted until the very next day. Sigh.
The day after the chocolate overdose (it was sooo good I couldn’t stop eating it – it’s not like regular cooking chocolate which is typically packed full of sugars and low in cocoa content), I actually got around to using it to cook with I made chewy chocolate cookies (using milk chocolate) and peanut butter and chocolate blondies (using both white and milk chocolate).
I can’t get over how good it was to cook with. First off it’s organic and you can’t get any better than that for ingredients, then I found out each square weighs 5g so you don’t have to weigh it out, plus it tastes and has the texture of regular Green and Black’s chocolate – it’s not inferior like some other brands who change up all the ingredients because it’s to be used in ‘cooking’ – no fair! And inside the bar, printed on the inside of the wrapper is a recipe that you can use the chocolate in and they all look delicious!
I’m debating whether to bake up a big batch of cakes, cookies and brownies for Easter and send everyone a Green & Black’s treat box via parcelforce.com instead of chocolate eggs this year! I’m sure all the friends and family would appreciate some chocolate brazil soft-baked biscuits or perhaps some chocolate & raspberry cheesecake brownies.
Do you have a Green & Black’s favourite flavour?
For more recipes see http://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/recipes or the inside of their cooking chocolate bars.