Yes, I really did this. I really went over to the dark (chocolate) side.
I decided that the long weekend is over and there must be people out there feeling as blue as I am about it. So it is ok to eat this.
(To those lovely people who took the time out to tell me what they’d like to see on the blog, the strawberry post is a bit longer and I sort of ran out of time, so you get to eat these sandwiches first and something INSANE on Friday :D)
Back to these illegal sandwiches that I calmly ate for breakfast on Sunday morning. After making a strawberry cheesecake, these blondies and just before a pretty awesome mushroom bourguignon that I tried for the first time.
It was not a healthy weekend. Unless you count retail therapy as exercise? (Yes?)
I digress again. There is melted dark chocolate and peanut butter, a layer of oozy salted caramel (yes, still doing fine in my fridge) all sandwiched between buttery brioche from The Baker’s Dozen.
I can’t even.
I got this idea off Foodgawker, where a blogger made sandwiches filled with chocolate and caramel mixed with cream and topped with cherries.
I had a bit of peanut butter I needed to finish, no cream and an obsessive need to locate brioche bread. So I decided to make up my own version. You can of course use any kind of bread, but these buttery, yet firm slices make the best kind of bookends for a filling as gooey as this one. I’d frozen the loaf for two days because I wasn’t ready to use it yet. But turns out, the chilled bread worked very well with the warm filling. If you want to tell yourself you’re making a healthy treat, whole wheat/multigrain/anything else is fine too 🙂
You do need to wait around a bit for the melted chocolate to cool and thicken, otherwise you land up with chocolate everywhere and the caramel only visible to the taste buds. Worse things have happened.
Oddly, and I know this will be the most unbelievable statement I’ve ever made, one such sandwich does not make you feel like you need to be rolled home. Serious.
You can also swap the filling for just about anything you love. The trick is to use stuff that’s bad for you and call it breakfast. Nutella and/or Biscoff (please call me over), maybe?
It’s a legit breakfast for a weekend, or when you start to panic because we’re going to be out of chocolate by 2020 (!!!!).
The proportions here make 4 sandwiches. I made 2 and therefore still have some filling stored deep inside my fridge where I’m trying not to look at it.
What you’ll need:
70 gms good quality dark chocolate
2 tbsps peanut butter
4 tbsps salted caramel, melted
8 slices of your favourite bread, but try and use cold bread
A pat of butter to grill the sandwiches
What to do:
1. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and peanut butter till smooth. Set aside to cool and thicken for a few minutes.
2. Spread 1 tbsp of caramel on 4 slices. Divide the chocolate mixture out equally between the other 4 slices. Sandwich.
3. Melt some butter in a hot pan and grill the sandwiches on both sides till golden brown and oozy.
Slice, serve hot, and get ready for some self-loathing 😀