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sea salt chocolate muffins

When I saw this recipe I just had to try it – chocolate and sea salt, my favourite combination in a muffin. It’s adapted from the simple, sweet life.

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I made one half with white chocolate (Green&Blacks) and the other half with dark chocolate (Valrhona Manjari 64% cacao).

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The recipe recommended adding the chocolate pieces on top to stop them from sinking to the bottom, which I think is a great idea. Mine did sink to the bottom nonetheless, I’m not sure what went wrong there – maybe the chocolate chunks were too heavy?

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sea salt chocolate muffins
 
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Yields: 22
Ingredients
  • 1 stick (114g) butter
  • ½ cup (120ml) milk
  • 1 cup (190g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs (L)
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (90 -100g) chocolate, chopped (white and/ or dark)
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F / 205° C and line or grease a muffin pan.
  2. Melt the butter and add the milk to the warm butter.
  3. Combine the sugars with the butter and milk mixture in a bowl, then add the baking soda and vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
  5. Stir in the flour until everything is completely combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the muffin pan and add the chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° F / 175° C.
  8. Continue baking for 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle the muffins with a little bit of sea salt and bake for another 5 minutes.

 

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At first I thought I overdid the salt sprinkling part, but my usual cake testers (I want to call them my guinea pigs, but they are my colleagues) thought they were perfectly fine.

 

brics de sal

blanxart

Bombons Blanxart is a master chocolatier based in Barcelona, Spain. The company was founded in 1954 and states on their website that they carry out their entire production process, from roasting cocoa beans (Ghana, Congo, Guayaquil and the Dominican Republic) to packaging and distribution.

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Blanxart’s brics de sal are roasted and salted almonds covered in salted white chocolate – a salt party!

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The first thing you taste is the white chocolate covered in salt. The brics de sal are not made to melt in your mouth but to eat, so I’m not going to talk about the chocolate. Basically you’ll taste salt – white chocolate – salt – almond with added salt flakes – a full blown salt explosion. They are somewhat addictive, as salted nuts sometimes are, but the sweetness of the chocolate keeps you from eating the whole box in one go. For someone looking for a truly salty experience, these are highly recommendable.

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This is available at various online shops. I bought it from the Berliner Kaffeerösterei – a micro-coffee roaster, online store, coffee shop, patisserie – with a good selection of chocolates in Berlin. Price approx. € 3.

Images by Axel Lambrette (thank you!!!)

potato chip bar

chuao chocolatier

A few weeks ago I ordered quite a few chocolates from The Meadow in New York and this bar wasn’t on my “salt” radar – I chose it last minute as substitution for a bar that was out of stock. Now that I’ve looked at chuao chocolatier’s range of chocolate bars, there’s quite a few I would like to try, but short of visiting the US, I don’t think I’ll get a chance soon – they only ship within the 48 contiguous states.

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chuao chocolatier is a Venezuelan chocolatier based in California run by Master Chef Michael Antonorsi and his brother Richard. They operate two chocolate cafes in San Diego and their chocolates can be bought at various retailers. They named the company after the cacao-producing region of Chuao in Venezuela. The create what they call “fusion chocolate” by creating unusual flavours. Their website unfortunately does not explicitly explain where their cocoa is sourced, but maybe one can assume it’s from Venezuela.

This bar did not travel well and arrived in pieces. It’s a milk chocolate with kettle cooked potato chips and a hint of sea salt. When I opened the wrapping there was discernible smell of potato chips and sweet, slightly woodsy chocolate. The melt is tough to assess, the small potato chip pieces are grainy and you quickly want to just eat the chocolate. The chocolate itself leans to a darker side of milk chocolate and would probably not be one of my favourites. But I really like the crunchy aspect of this bar, even though it could use a little bit more salt. I would eat it again – it’s a somewhat guilty pleasure chocolate. And I would still like to try chuao chocolatier’s other salty bars.

Ingredients: Premium milk chocolate (41% cacao, cacao butter, sugar, dehydrated milk, soy lecithin [as an emulsifier], natural vanilla), potatoes, vegetable oil (sunflower, corn and/or canola oil), sea salt.

Zutaten: Premium Milch Schokolade (41% Kakao, Kakaobutter, Zucker, Milchpulver, Soyalecithtin [als Emulgator], Vanille), Kartoffeln, Pflanzenöl (Sonnenblumenöl, Maiskeimöl und/oder Rapsöl), Meersalz.

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As far as I know this bar is not available outside of the US. I bought it online from the meadow in New York. Price approx. $ 5,95.

Images by Axel Lambrette

milk chocolate with caramel and fleur de sel

bovetti

I actually wanted to start off with the salted chocolate that got me hooked but since I’ve eaten it all I have to wait for new supplies. In addition to finding and trying all salted chocolates I am also open to trying “related” ones, i.e. salted caramel and chocolates with salted nuts.

This bar is produced by Bovetti, an Italian chocolatier (the company is in France), who states on his website that all chocolates are made from top-grade raw materials, pure cocoa butter and without vegetable fat. Concerning fair trade issues, Valter Bovetti, together with some chocolatier friends, created an ethical trade association which sponsors cocoa plantations in São Tomé.bovetti

 

The chocolate which was visible through the window looked fatty and the caramel looked gluey. Not very appetising. Unfortunately this chocolate actually was as disappointing as it looked and reminded me of little more than standard Milka chocolate. It was very sweet and somewhat soulless. I didn’t taste even a hint of salt, but that might be just me, because I prefer a strong salty taste. The caramel pieces were sticky and chewy rather than smooth and buttery. Though this is not a chocolate I would buy again, my two friends who tried the chocolate with me, happily seized the bar and gobbled it up within minutes.

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Ingredients:  minimum 38% cocoa (cocoa solids and cocoa butter, milk powder, sugar, vanilla), caramel aroma 7% (sugar, glucose syrup, milk powder, butter, salt, caramel colouring).

Zutaten: Kakao 38% mind. (Kakaomasse und Kakaobutter, Milchpulver, Zucker, natürliche Vanille) natürliches Karamellaroma 7%, (Zucker, Glukose, Milchpulver, Butter, Saltz, aroma, Farbstoff Karamell) (sic!)bovetti_3

This bar is available at various online shops. I bought it from Schoko Galerie, a small shop with a good selection of chocolates in Berlin. Price approx. €4,50.

Images by Axel Lambrette (thank you!!!)