Sunday, 7 March 2010

Chocolate Breakfast Competition


Now my blog has passed its first blogiversary, it seems like the right sort of time to run a competition. Interested? Here's what to do:

Give me your most inspired ideas for a great chocolate themed breakfast via the comments link at the bottom of this post by 22:00 GMT on Saturday 20th March.

CT and myself will be judging the competition on originality but, more importantly how much we'd like to have your suggestions for our own breakfast. Our decision is final and no negotiation will be entered into.

The prize is a jute bag containing 3 boxes of each of the delicious chocolate granolas described in this previous post, along with a Dorset Cereals bowl to eat it in. I'm already feeling envious!

Apologies to overseas visitors but whilst I look forward to reading all comments and ideas, the prize is only available to those living in the UK.

21 comments:

  1. Ohhhh - what to pick, what to pick! I think if I was going to allow myself chocolate for breakfast then I would have to go for a French Toast Sandwhich with chocolate melting inbetween the soft eggy bread - Bill Granger does a mouthwatering version I've seen on tv and always wanted to try!!!

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  2. I just got a waffle maker, so I would say crispy, chocolate chip waffles served with a frothy glassful of chocolate milk with pear and ginger, which is just divine. You end the meal of with a chocolatey milk moustache :)

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  3. The best chocolate breakfast I have ever had was on holiday in spain. It is not exactly a healthy start to the day but it is very good. This is a Gordon Ramsey recipe - I hope that is not cheating.
    In case you are interested there is a channel 4 mini video showing how to make it on the web.

    Churros con chocolatte (spanish doughnuts dipped in hot chocolate)

    Serves 4
    Makes 16 x 3-4 inch churros with extra to spare (if needed to test the churros before serving them)
    Ingredients
    For the churros:
    250g plain flour
    Pinch of salt
    50g unsalted butter
    200ml water
    For the hot chocolate:
    150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) plus extra for grating
    300ml double cream
    1 vanilla pod, split
    2” stick cinnamon
    ¼ red chilli, unchopped
    1 orange, 3-4 pieces of peel only
    For the sugar and cinnamon:
    Approx 50g caster sugar for dusting
    Approx 3 tsp ground cinnamon
    300ml vegetable oil for deep frying
    Sturdy piping bag with a star nozzle
    Method: How to make churros and chocolate
    1. Place the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the water and bring to the boil. Straight away pour this into the flour and mix using an electric whisk to make a smooth paste. The finished paste should slowly drop from the whisk; if the mixture is too dry, add up to 3 tablespoons of warm water to loosen the mixture slightly. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
    2. To make the spiced chocolate break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl; heat the double cream in a saucepan with the vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, orange peel and chilli and bring to the boil. Strain the peel and spices from the cream onto the broken pieces of chocolate. Stir until the heat from the hot cream has melted the chocolate completely.
    3. Mix caster sugar and some ground cinnamon on a plate to roll the churros through once cooked.
    4. Spoon the churros paste into a sturdy piping bag fitted with star nozzle and chill until ready to use. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fat fryer or heavy bottomed pan to 180°C. Deep fry the churros a few at a time: pipe out 3-4 inch lengths directly into the hot oil and deep fry for approximately 4 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
    5. Remove the crispy churros with a slotted spoon and drain any excess oil. Place the drained churros directly onto the plate of sugar and cinnamon and coat generously while they are still warm.
    6. Divide the hot chocolate into 4 serving glasses, and place on a small plate with 4 sugar and cinnamon coated churros alongside. Garnish the finished dish with grated chocolate and serve.

    Enjoy!

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  4. I usually love cereal or granola for breakfast so for an extra special treat I'd make my oat granola breakfast scones studded with chocolate chips then spread them hot out the oven with chocolate spread - even better topped off with sliced banana! (cream on the side optional!) - yum yum! :)

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  5. When I was a child, my family used to go and stay in a beach hut on the side of a cliff in North Devon and we would to walk along the cliff top and down through the church yard into the village to buy provisions. Back in the 70s there was still a traditional bakery which fired its ovens with faggots. The bread was always delicious and sometimes as a treat we ate it with chocolate for breakfast - the trick was to follow every bite of bread with a bite of chocolate bar. My Dad was a French teacher and he told us that this was what the French ate for breakfast. It still sounds like a good idea but I think the setting was part of the charm - we used to eat it sitting round on the verandah of the hut in the first sun of the morning looking straight out to sea. Emma

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  6. My cousin and I made, ahem, chocolate "pancakes" for my dad when I was about eight. Not sure they resembled any pancakes I've ever had since!

    I would either choose a traditional pain au chocolat or Nigella's chocolate loaf cake - anything that's called 'loaf' can legitimately be eaten for breakfast!

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  7. Now I've never liked porridge, but recently I made myself try it American style with lots of sugar and dried fruits and nuts and surprised myself to find it delicious. It's quite hard to do that when you have been brought up with a father who insisted that you should only eat it served with salt!

    So I think I would go for a luxury triple chocolate chip (white, dark, milk) 'oatmeal' with toasted hazelnuts and fudge pieces. Only to be eaten on special occasions!

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  8. I really only like savoury things for breakfast so I'm struggling here... though I can definitely see the appeal of something with a mole sauce (chocolate and chilli) There again, I am the sort of person who delights in cold curry, say... or left over meat at breakfast!

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  9. Wendy - I didn't say it had to be sweet!

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  10. There's a very tasty sounding recipe for Chocolate, Chilli and Lime Bread in Green and Black's 'Chocolate Recipes' book - I'd like to try that toasted, with some home-made lime curd, and strong black coffee (which is the indispensible part of any breakfast).

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  11. I'm not entering (since I'm overseas), but really, the only chocolate I can face at breakfast is a really good hot chocolate. Please don't sack me from the chocolate fanatics society - I more than make up for it in the later part of the day! :)

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  12. Celia - a good hot chocolate still counts as chocolate in my book.

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  13. What a great competition, got to think about if it originality is the main criterion...more later

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  14. So far I think I'd like Suelle's suggestion for my breakfast, (or anything, anytime she's baking actually).
    But how about some really good sourdough, toasted and buttered, with homemade marmalade and then upmarket chocolate vermicelli (like the Dutch eat on bread) sprinkled on top? I'm more tea than coffee, so would want a nice Darjeeling too.
    I don't think I'm alone in thinking a leisurely brekker one of the best things about a day off and it's only 2 days to the weekend now!

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  15. Having tried chocolate cake for breakfast and suffered in the resulting sugar crash (but it was my birthday!) I would try something a little bit more nutritious and have pancakes with plenty of chocolate sauce and some chopped nuts to round the whole thing off. That should be enough to last until lunch time :D

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  16. I can't remember if I wished you a Happy first Blogiversary. So heres wishing you many more.

    Look forward to seeing reading the ideas and who you choose. warm wishes.

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  17. Thank you very much MangoCheeks. Me too looking forward to reading ideas - there have been some good ones so far.

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  18. Mmmh, chocolate for breakfast.. well there's always the problem of a carb coma or a sugar crash with anything too sweet, but I rather love a banana, split open and stuffed with chocolate, wrapped in foil and baked in a warm oven until gooey and delicious, scooped out with a sharp spoon and stirred through either porridge or plain yoghurt, depending on the weather!

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  19. Hmm... the ultimate chocolate for breakfast food for me is a classic pain au chocolat but that isn't very original is it?!
    I recently saw a recipe for almond breakfast pastries in a pinwheel shape with a chocolate gooey filling which looked fantastic - I've cut it out and saved it (somewhere!).
    Or perhaps fruit dipped in chocolate (either set or as fondue) might be a good choice for balance.

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  20. I would have to go for chocolate granola - nothing but chopped dark chocolate in it, but amazing flavour. Can't take credit for this one - I use Orangette's recipe: Chocolate granola

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