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