It has been quite a while since my last blog, so I am 'catching up' on lost time and giving you 3 in quick sucession! Here goes with the first one...............................................
I recently spent a week on solitary, silent retreat in a private acre of woodland in Devon.
It was a healing, rejuvenating time and long overdue.
My little ‘Kuti’ (hermitage) was well-stocked with herbal teas and basic food staples and I collected a ‘tiffin’ box each day containing a hot meal.
The one missing item, to my mind,
How can a chocolate-maker be expected to do without chocolate for an entire week??! I mean, be reasonable!
Fortunately, salvation was to be found in a humble tin of cocoa.
Now, some of you may groan at such a suggestion and I too have distant memories of the weak, watery, bitter drink given to me as a child.
Nevertheless, I did my best dear readers, and managed to produce something I would go so far as to describe as delicious!
How did I achieve this seemingly impossible task? With the following recipe:
- Mix 2 heaped teaspoons of cocoa to a wet paste with a small amount of Oatley (other milk alternatives are available). Mix really well.
- Heat a mugful of Oatley in a pan until hot but not boiling.
- Add milk to mug and stir till combined.
- Add 1 heaped teaspoon of dark brown sugar and stir well.
- Sit back and enjoy!
This recipe produced a suitable combination of chocolatey strength, sweetness and creaminess to give that luxuriousness we all know and love. It came close to satisfying my chocolate craving!
Try it at home and see for yourselves folks! It is no replacement for the real thing but, in times of emergency, it comes a close second.