So what exactly is a Cornish split? It's a yeasted bun which pre-dates the Johnny come lately scone as the original receptacle for jam and clotted cream - the Cornish cream tea (jam first every time, whatever they say in Devon).
I had to get chocolate in, of course, now how best to do it? I thought I'd try substituting some of the butter with white chocolate as mentioned by Dan Lepard in his wonderful book Short and Sweet (he'd referred to it as a lard substitute, but what the heck!)
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- Melted 30g unsalted butter in a pan with 250ml milk and 100ml water over a low heat.
- Added 50g white chocolate (G&B) and left to melt.
- Placed 500g strong white flour into a bowl with a scant tsp of Cornish sea salt and 2 tsp dried yeast.
- Made a well in the centre and poured in the liquid, ensuring it was warm but not hot.
- Stirred until all fully incorporated then left for 15 minutes.
- Oiled work surface and eased dough out onto it and kneaded briefly and then gave it the Dan Lepard turn and fold treatment as interpreted by Carl Legge in his folding bread video.
- Returned to the bowl, covered with a tea towel and left to rise for 30 minutes.
- Did another brief knead followed by three turn and folds.
- Returned to the bowl, covered and left to double in size.
- Divided into 12 pieces and formed into rolls.
- Covered with a tea towel and left to double in size.
- Baked at 200C for 16 minutes.
- Melted 60g 72% dark chocolate (G&B cook's) in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
- When melted added 15g more to temper the chocolate.
- Stirred until smooth.
- Cut 12 strawberries in half and spooned chocolate over one side.
- Left to set then turned them over and spooned chocolate over the other side.
- Allowed splits to cool, then cut them in half & spread with strawberry jam (homemade by a friend with her own Cornish strawberries).
- Dolloped a spoon of cream on top, then placed a chocolate strawberry on top of the cream.
The splits were soft and slightly sweet and made the perfect foil for the lashings of jam and cream. The dipped strawberries were perhaps not the most elegant, but when they were perched on top of the cream, they looked just right. All in all, I have to say I was quite proud of my first attempt at Cornish Splits.
What Kate Baked. Karen of Lavender and Lovage is also running a giveaway on her blog to coincide with this month's theme.
One Ingredient, so how could I resist? Nazima co-hosts this monthly challenge with Laura of How to Cook Good Food.
Fabulicious Food is being guest hosted this month by Laura of How to Cook Good Food. And as Strawberries are very much in season during June, I am sharing my splits with this one too.
Made with Love Mondays where all submissions must be made entirely from scratch.