Monday morning. Have you had a good weekend? Mine was fabulous! Saturday morning I had the first cooking class for children: a success beyond all expectations. There were 30 kids screaming and happy, covered with strawberries and yogurt, with their noses floured and their mouths dirty with ricotta. In the midst of all this crazy group of people, there was me, maybe more radiant and happy than all of them together, with a smile of satisfaction on my face.
So let’s start the week with a boost of energy, a quick recipe that celebrates and enhances my new love, agar agar. All of this started on the 12th of April, when I read Sigrid’s post about agar agar. Flash and revelation! Once you start playing with this powder – that is a very natural seaweed extract, vegetal and rich in minerals – you won’t be able to stop, and you’ll try to solidify anything existing naturally in a liquid form.
The first thing that is important to remember is that agar agar should be dissolved into a boiling liquid, from 2 to 4 grams is enough to solidify 500 ml of liquid: decrease the amount of powder and you’ll have a soft and creamy mixture, less solid. And if something does not work? Melt again everything and just increase the amount of agar agar or liquid to find the right proportion. All you have to do is try! For now, enjoy this quick recipe, taken from Cavoletto di Bruxelles, fool-proof and very light. This recipe will soon be followed by another recipe, creamy and strawberry flavoured, based on agar agar as well.
- espresso coffee, 250 ml
- cane sugar, 4 teaspoons
- dark chocolate, 30 gr
- cardamom, 4 pods, crushed
- agar agar powder, 2 teaspoons
Make coffee and stir in chopped dark chocolate, stirring constantly until dissolved. Put crushed cardamom pods in infusion into coffee and chocolate mixture, then let it cool completely. Add brown sugar and agar agar powder, mix with a whip and heat again. As soon as it begins to tremble, let it boil slowly from 20 to 30 seconds, then carefully pour into tiny molds for chocolate pralines. Time 2 hours, our coffee and chocolate cubes are ready to be eaten.
They are very intense and strong, you feel the dark chocolate and cardamom on the lingering coffee background. They are especially good and very light! Come on, it is almost like eating a coffee chocolate, but that leaves no sense of guilt! The only thing left is the intensity of coffee and the pleasant aroma of cardamom.