Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bread and Chocolate

When I travelled around Europe as a college student, my food de jour was bread and chocolate. There was always good crusty bread available--and chocolate was always on hand. I didn't have money for a pain au chocolate or an eclair, but bread.. well a loaf or a roll, depending on funds, was always available.

On Chow recently I saw arecipe for a Grilled chocolate Sandwich. The salty and the sweet, curbs the appetite and fills the stomach. The Chow recipe uses cinnamon. Here's my adaptation without cinnamon. Experiment with different organic fair-trade chocolate with different amounts of cacao.

How easy is this? 15 minutes start to finish!!!

1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (or more/definitely the darker the better for me)
1 (7- to 8-inch) French or Sourdough roll, sliced in half horizontally
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

1. Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium (about 350°F) or a grill pan over medium-low heat. (a panini press works well, too)
2. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.
3. Place chocolate inside bread, close, and evenly spread butter on the outside.
4. Grill 5 minutes, pressing frequently with a metal spatula, until grill marks have formed and crust is browned. Flip. Grill the other side until browned and crusty, about 5 to 8 minutes more.
5. Remove from heat


Bill Gottfried said...

This would be great to serve at either at one of your "At Homes' or this Tuesday evening at our "last" session before the summer group starts. Bill Gottfried

Anonymous said...

I would love to do this with some sliced fresh strawberries added to the inside

Janet A said...

Bill's idea is great, make this Tuesday. That sure beats what I am planning to bring.