Saturday, 18 June 2011

We Should Cocoa: Chips and Dips

This month’s We Should Cocoa is held by Choclette at the Chocolate Log Blog.  You can see last month’s fantastic roulade and Swiss roll entries here.  There are some fantastic ones there and some have definitely been bookmarked for future reference!

This month’s challenge is strawberries and you can see how to enter here.  Get going! Eat strawberries and a copious amount of chocolate! For research purposes of course!

I was in the process of doing my usual Google of ‘strawberry glut’ for the impending one my parents are going to be victim to, when something a bit different cropped up.  Strawberry salsa.  Made with peppers, onions, coriander and limes.  Sounded utterly gorgeous and has been filed under my BBQ sides list.  (Compulsive list maker over here…).  But I have a sweet tooth.  How lovely would be to have a sweet salsa? But how would you serve it?

Nachos of course!

Chocolate Nacho Biscuits

125gr butter
100gr golden caster sugar
1 egg
220gr plain flour
1 & ½ tbsps of cocoa powder

1, Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy
2, Beat in the egg
3, Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and gently fold together into a soft dough. 
4, Stick this in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to make it easier to roll
5, Preheat your oven to 160o/c
6, Take your chilled dough from the fridge and pinch off a lump the size of a golf ball
7, Roll this out as thinly as you can on a lightly floured surface and cut a circle that is roughly 15cm in diameter.  It doesn’t really matter what size they are because they are so thin, if you want to do big ones, go for it! I simply used a bowl and cut round that.
8, Cut each circle into six portions and carefully lift them onto a lined baking sheet.
9, Cut more in the same way and bake for about six minutes. 
10, Remove them from the oven and carefully lift each one up as soon as possible and mould over a rolling pin.  Leave until just cool.  This doesn’t take long as they are so thin.
11, Voila! Nacho cookies!

Fruit Salsa

10-15 strawberries
½ green crunchy apple (like a Granny Smith)
10-15 stoned fresh cherries
Finely grated zest of ¼ of a lime
Couple of tsps of lime juice
1 tbsp icing sugar

1, Chop the fruit finely and toss together in a bowl.
2, Add in the zest, juice and icing sugar and stir to combine
3, Yeah, that easy.  Add different fruit/more of one type of fruit etc to taste. 

Serve with whipped double cream and chocolate nacho biscuits!


  1. This is absolute genius. I love it!

  2. Such a brilliant idea. Love it!

  3. What an inspired creation - love it. This is a must try. Just wondering about a touch of chilli in the nachos for that extra bit of authenticity! Thank you for participating again in We Should Cocoa.

  4. These would be great for a party!

  5. A strawberry glut, what a brilliant problem to have to deal with! I absolutely love this idea, so simple but so clever and perfect to serve at a barbecue.

  6. What a great idea! I'd love to try that for a dinner party one time!

  7. Such a great idea! Love it!! Great for a BBQ - will definitely be making it sometime this summer.

  8. This is such a cool idea. Definitely making this.

  9. OMG - what a fab idea! This will be on my next menu for a chip and dip party for sure. So clever. Thanks for taking part in the strawberry challenge with us.

  10. Hi Hanna,

    like the spin you put on 'sweet' nachos and salsa, really a novel idea. Strawberries and lime yummy!