Good Eatin’: Cocoa Beans and Vanilla

List Item: Try 500 of the 1001 Foods You Must Try Before You Die

After a long time of not posting my own recipes it is time for me to do a second post in a row where I will be doing this… but first:

Food Item: Cocoa Bean

I quite like the package that I got these in, I mean who doesn’t enjoy a picture of the blue-footed booby. These beans were not quite what I expected, then again I just expected something akin to a small block of dark chocolate. When I had my first one I did not like them that much because they are very bitter. In many ways they are like a cross between bitter cocoa powder and an almond.

Food Item: Vanilla Bean

We all know the taste of vanilla and I was lucky to get a vanilla grinder within a recent Degusta box. The reason I used it was because one Saturday morning my partner woke up having dreamt of cookies… and really wanted some. So, I made some cookies using ingredients I had which meant that they ended up being vegan.

Ingredients (makes 12):

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sultanas
  • 2 tbsp jam (I used damson jam)
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup groundnut oil
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup skimmed milk

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sultanas in a bowl, form a well in the middle and set aside. In another bowl mix the rest of the ingredients and pour this into the well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Combine this until you get a consistent and sticky dough (if it is too dry add some extra milk).

Onto some pre-greased baking parchment dollop a tablespoon of the dough so you have enough for 12 biscuits. Flatten slightly and then bake for 15 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.

Progress: 171/500

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