A while back, I was sent some pots of luxurious Food Thoughts 100% Organic Cocoa to try. Produced in the Dominican Republic by an accredited Fairtrade consortium, the cocoa is made with the finest beans and is ideal to use in baking due to its high cocoa fat content.
Brownies + clotted cream = heaven
Did you know that cocoa can boost your mood? For a long time we have known that it contains compounds that boost endorphins and serotonin, two of the best known chemicals that are responsible for making us feel happy, and a small daily dose can actually improve our health ...and I know I'm always in a good mood after eating chocolate or cocoa!
Food Thoughts Cocoa has a lovely rich chocolate taste - perfect for cakes, biscuits, desserts and brownies, which I chose to make. It also makes a good smooth bedtime drink.
Triple Chocolate Brownies
I use a microwave to melt the butter, you can melt it in a small saucepan if you prefer, but don't let it burn.
170g unsalted butter
75g cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
90g plain flour
Pinch of salt
200g roughly chopped chocolate, I use a mixture of plain, milk & white chocolate
Preheat oven to 160ºC and line a 20 cm (8 inch) square baking tin with baking parchment.
Put the butter into a mixing bowl and microwave in 20 second bursts on high until the butter has melted, add the cocoa powder and mix well using a wire whisk. Add the sugar and mix well.
Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking into the mixture.
Gently whisk in the vanilla, flour and salt until you no longer see any flour.
Food Thoughts Cocoa is certified to international Fairtrade standards, which enables farmers and workers in developing countries to improve their working and living conditions, and encourages environmental protection. More information on Fairtrade here. It is also certified by the Soil Association, the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use, as well as organic accreditation.
Food Thoughts Cocoa is available at Sainsbury's and retails at £2.20.
Disclosure: I was sent some Food Thoughts Cocoa to try. I was not paid to write this post, all views are my own.
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