26 April 2012
A couple of weeks ago three lovely ladies in Germany, who all love to blog about food, launched a new initiative called “Post aus meiner Küche” (Engl: “Mail from my kitchen”). The idea is that every two months there will be a new theme and everyone who signs up will receive the name and address of someone to swap with. What is it you’re meant to swap? Something you made in your kitchen of course! You package it up nicely, send it off in the designated week, then sit back and wait for the postman to buzz you door in return. I thought it was such a lovely idea that I simply had to give it a go, and the first theme, due to be sent out this week, was ‘chocolate’.
I’d been meaning to give chocolate spoons a try for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity - the idea is that you can then melt them into a mug of hot milk, and you already have the spoon included to give it all a stir.
- Good quality chocolate - I used both dark chocolate and milk chocolate, with ca. 30g per spoon
- Some wooden teaspoons (I ordered mine from here)
- Plastic shot glasses
- Your choice of spices or other flavourings
- Melt your chocolate in a heatproof bowl sat over a saucepan of simmering water - just to be clear, I didn’t mix the dark and milk chocolate, I made two different batches.
- Once melted, carefully spoon your chocolate into the shot glasses, filling them about 3/4 of the way.
- Leave the chocolate to cool for 10-15 mins, then stick a spoon into each shot glass. Be careful not to jam the spoons in too far, otherwise the chocolate may split when you try to remove them later on (I had to do a little repair job and remelt one of them).
- Sprinkle you chosen spices or flavourings on top - I went for milk chocolate & cardamom, and dark chocolate & chilli.
- Stick the shot glasses in the freezer for at least an hour or until the chocolate has fully set.
- Once the chocolate is set, remove the chocolate spoons from the shot glasses. I found that if I just held them in my hands for a couple of minutes they easily popped out. Don’t use force, or the chocolate will spilt away from the spoon.
- If you’re giving them away as a gift, package them up nicely, e.g. by wrapping each spoon in a square of cellophane paper and securing it with some coloured ribbon.