Easter is nothing without chocolate, and it couldn’t be easier than these simple truffles and brownies swirled with almond butter
Ankles wet from dewy grass, a basket filled with foil-wrapped eggs, a sugar high by 10am … the Easter-egg hunt was an annual highlight when I was little. I’ll be recreating it for my son this year, but there’ll be some grownup offerings, too: squidgy-centred brownies and the easiest chocolate truffles. Both lean on a favourite pairing: chocolate and nut butter, a flavour friendship rarely bettered. If you can’t have nuts, then sunflower seed butter will work here, too.
Grand health claims have been made about chocolate, but while it gives us pleasure, can it really be good for us?
Chocolate has been touted as a treatment for agitation, anaemia, angina and asthma. It has been said to awaken appetite and act as an aphrodisiac. You may have noticed we’re still on the letter A.
More accurately, and to avoid adding to considerable existing confusion, it is the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree that have, over hundreds of years, been linked to cures and therapies for more than 100 diseases and conditions. Their status as a cure-all dates back over 2,000 years, having spread from the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs, via the Spanish conquistadors, into Europe from the 16th century.
André Aciman’s novel, set during one listless summer on the Italian Riviera, inspires Kate to make a cake that’ll suit bakers working in hot or cold weather
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When I looked at my dessert plate and saw the chocolate cake speckled with raspberry juice, it seemed to me that someone was pouring more and more red sauce than usual…
Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman