It's a time to pay homage & remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is also happens to be the weekend where the outdoor pools are flung open for the season and backyard BBQ's summer grilling and get togethers are everywhere.
So what a great is it that yours truly has the opportunity to do a recipe featuring Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate.
The reason I'm getting all excited about this post, is that as you know I love supporting small businesses and artisanal products.
And Green & Black's story fits the bill - it all began in London in 1991 when Craig Sams (founder of the pioneering food company, Whole Earth) received a sample of dark organic cocoa beans. He had a sample of 70% dark chocolate made from the beans.
His wife, Josephine Fairley, discovered the half eaten bar of chocolate and tried some herself. So taken was she by the flavor that she was convinced other chocolate aficionados everywhere would share her appreciation. And so began the endeavor of making the world’s first organic chocolate – a high quality bittersweet dark chocolate packed with 70% cocoa solids.
And that is exactly why dearies, Green & Black’s use only organically grown cocoa beans and ingredients which are not only delicious but also ethically sourced.
In fact, Green & Black's name symbolizes the true intent behind their product;
Green for the strict organic principles and Black for the intensity of the chocolate!
As you know, many have followed suit since but this is where it all began - from one half eaten piece of chocolate, still in its wrapper!
My dark brown rectangular box (not full of half eaten bars I must clarify) arrived in the mail a few days ago had that understated classy look about it. Nestled in lovely gold embossed tissue were 4 bars of chocolate.
I decided I would work on a recipe that would use dark chocolate - half a little sweeter than the other. Perfect!
When I think of dark chocolate, I think wine, blackberries and cardamom. All of it goes so very well together don't you think?
So a dense, chocolate cake made with premium dark chocolate and blackberries - frozen, to omit the whole stewing to soften et cetra, baked to perfection, dusted with cocoa powder and finished with some love chocolate eggs seems like a perfect, minimalist and classy finish to this cake.
Classy & understated is what I'm shooting for - just like the chocolate! Not to mention incredibly smooth and delicious.
Have your attention yet?
A special thanks to Green & Black's Organic for their chocolate bars and just to be clear, as usual my opinions in my blog post are unbiased & entirely my own!