Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Chocolate Pancakes - Venezuelan Black meets Cornish White


It's Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, which is just a fancy way of saying Fat Tuesday. What could be more fattening than pancakes, especially those filled with chocolate and clotted cream?

I have a block of Willie's Venezuelan Black 100% cocoa which has been lurking in the cupboard for some time now. I say lurking, because I've been feeling rather shame faced about my uncertainty as to what to do with it. However, on the train home this evening I had a bright idea - pancakes! Grating some of Willie's cocoa into and on top of the pancakes would add a twist to the traditional lemon and sugar. When I got home, CT reminded me that we had some clotted cream in the fridge - ooohhh.

So, CT made the pancakes and I grated on some cocoa, sprinkled on a wee bit of Demerara sugar and a squeeze of lemon then spooned on a healthy dollop of organic Cornish Clotted Cream. Rolled them up, grated on a bit more cocoa and then wolfed them down.

This was a heavenly match of bitter black and creamy white. I hadn't had Willie's cocoa before and boy was it powerful. It says 100% on the packet and I believe it. A little goes a very long way, which is just as well as this is a gourmet product with a price to match.

19 comments:

  1. A very nice way of eating your shrove pancake. Hard to beat I should say. I am a bit ambiguous about Willie's chocolate. I have tried a few varieties now and I find them to be a bit grainy. Maybe it's just me though. I feel bad not loving them as I feel I should.

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  2. Kath there's enough worrying to do about chocolate without feeling bad about that. Like what you enjoy and be proud of it. What chocolate would you recommend?

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  3. I have not heard of Willie's Cocoa, perfect way to use it. Looks yummy.

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  4. Very nice blog...I came over from Mangocheeks after noticing a comment you made about having a librarian's practised eye...

    Nice to meet another librarian!

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  5. Thats so funny Choclette.

    When I was in Edinburgh, I saw blocks of Willies cocoa and then saw the price. I was still going to get this gourmet product, but then decided against it - the reason like yours what was I going to with with it!?

    But pancakes, yeah what a great idea with clotted cream, even better.

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  6. Well I can tell you that I have eaten some chocolate in my time! I would love to say Vahlrona, but I can never (or should I say rarely) quite bring myself to spend that much money on a bar of chocolate. At the moment I tend to use Lindt 70% cocoa when I cook. Like you I have noticed that the quality of Green & Black's has diminished a lot, but I didn't realise the reasons for it until I read your post about it. Now I am worried about how obsessed I am with chocolate!! Worry, worry worry.

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  7. just goes to show that the finest ingredients go a long way in the taste department. Like the kitchen team work too :o)

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  8. I'd have been tempted to use cherry jam in those pancakes rather than lemon - I'm not convinced about lemon and chocolte together. It sounds a good use of Willie's Cacao, while you're looking for a recipe to make good use of it. I love this product, although I only buy it for celebratory occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. It's far too expensive for everyday use, unless you restrict yourself to a sparing use of it. You should try some of his own recipes for it, as it's not that easy to adapt other chocolate recipes to use it!

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  9. Lucie - he has a book which is on my wish list - I've heard lots of good things about it. He also had a tv series I believe all about his chocolate factory in Devon and his Chocolate plantation in Venezuela but as I don't have a TV, I didn't get to see it.

    e - good to hear from another librarian indeed. Hope to hear from you again.

    Mangocheeks - yes I ummed and ahhed over the chocolate when I saw it. The price is quite a hefty one - that's part of the reason I've been rather scared to use it. I have heard others say that you can make several things with one block of chocolate

    Kath - You are one up on me, I still haven't tried Vahlrona. I think I really ought to just take a deep breath and stick a bar in my basket next time I see it.

    Issy - with Willie?

    Nic - used to do a lot of team kitchen work, but the kitchen we have now is a galley kitchen with a very small galley and we have found it generally more harmonious to matrimonial relations if we only have one person in there at a time! With the odd exception of course.

    Suelle - you're right, lemon, chocolate and clotted cream don't sound an ideal combination, but strangely it seemed to work with the pancakes Yes I have got my eye on the cloud forest cake you have made. I've been tempted to get the book for ages and I can feel I'm getting nearer the point when I shall finally succumb..

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  10. I missed out on pancake day this year owing to my college course ;0(
    Will be remembering this idea for next year though lol. Yum!

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  11. Chele - And there I was waiting to see what sort of pancakes you'd made!

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  12. These sound so decadent with the chocolate and clotted cream! Heavenly!

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  13. Great idea! The gorgeous Zeb sent me two blocks of Willie's cacao, and I still have one left...

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  14. Thanks for visiting my blog - I feel like I just discovered a second Christmas, having found a blog all about cooking with chocolate!! Am bookmarking and coming back soon :o)

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  15. Oh wow! Chocolate and clotted cream in a pancake! It's a lovely looking pancake too. Mine rarely have that perfect lightly speckled with brown look.

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  16. Cinnamon Girl - yes the clotted cream was an inspiration, just lucky we had some in the fridge.

    Celia - thank you for reminding me where it was I saw 3 recipes made with one block of Willie's cocoa.

    Hannah - glad the feelings were reciprocated.

    FoodieCat - having just burnt a pan with the savoury filling designed to go in our pancakes just beforehand, we were very pleased to manage near perfect pancakes when it came to making those.

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  17. Hi
    first time here..stumbled down from another blogroll...oh boy! you have a great collection of recipes..making me drool..I'll come back for more..following you..;-))

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  18. Thanks Jagruti - glad you found my blog.

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