Wednesday, 22 December 2010

We Should Cocoa: Date and Chocolate Clafoutis

This month is being hosted by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog and the magic ingredient is dates.  See last month’s heavenly caramel entries here, sorry about the missing photo!

This morning I woke up in a bad mood.  I expected to wake up with tinnitus and a mild hangover.  But I didn’t. You see, I was supposed to be seeing these lovely fellows play at The O2 last night.  But the gig got postponed because of a fire on one of the tour buses.  I’m glad no one got hurt but they didn’t have time to set it up for the show.  So, it looks like next year will be the year we finally get to see Kings of Leon. 

So I’ve decided to kill a few birds with one stone.  My love for clafoutis as a breakfast item, chocolate because I’m a grown up and can eat chocolate for breakfast today and my entry for We Should Cocoa! Maybe today won’t be such a bad day afterall, as long as no one starts singing ‘your bus is on fiiiiiii-eeeeeerrrrrr’…

40gr self raising flour
3tbsp ground almonds
Small handful of dark chocolate chips
2tbsp light brown soft sugar or golden caster sugar
90ml milk
1 egg
Tiny pinch of salt
Six giant medjool dates

1, Preheat oven to 180o/c
2, Brush two small ovenproof dishes with a little vegetable oil and dust lightly with some flour.  Tap out the excess and leave to one side.
3, In a mixing bowl, sift in the dry ingredients and then whisk in the wet stuff and chocolate chips.  Whisk gently until you have a smooth batter. 
4, Slit your medjool dates length way and tease out the stones.  Split them in half and put 6 pieces into each little dish.
5, Divide the clafoutis batter into each dish and pop in the preheated oven for about 20-25minutes until puffed up and slightly golden. 
6, Remove from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes or so (or you may end up with a slightly burnt tongue from a scorching hot date, I speak from experience)
7, Dust with icing sugar before serving


  1. Thats awful about KOL, surely they should have had contingency plans?! Looks like a fabulous breakfast though, it definitely fares better than the toast I had this morning :)

  2. What a lovely breakfast - am feeling quite envious now and thinking this might be a nice thing to have on Christmas morning. Sorry to hear about your dashed plans, but hope the chocolate and date combination improved your mood.

  3. That's my kind of breakfast!!!

    At least you still have the concert to look forward to! (still giggling about singing "your bus is on fiiiieeeerrrr!!")

  4. Chocolate for breakfast has got to cheer you up! Great entry for this month's challenge and i am sure you will enjoy the Kings of Leon next year (some of my friends are in the same boat as you ... maybe I should have made them this to help cheer them up too!)

  5. This is definitely going to be a breakfast staple at the cottage! It did wonders for my lagging spirit! Thanks for all the lovely comments =)