Working for my choccy

After a few hours shopping in Totnes yesterday, I really needed a sit down with a hot drink and a cake.  So my friend and I went to the Green Café,  ordered hot chocolate, and  a rock cake to share. While we were waiting I spotted this sign image and thought okay I can do that. image Then the drinks arrived image Or rather the ingredients image So I had to stop knitting image and start mixing

Choccy done
But in the end it was delicious. Have you ever had to mix your own hot chocolate in a café? It was certainly different for me, but at least it proved it was the real thing and not some instant stuff!

The rock cake was pretty good as well but it wasn’t around long enough for a photo 🙂


45 thoughts on “Working for my choccy

  1. What a very good idea to have both wool and needles there. I imagine the charity benefit am so does the café and the clients enjoy a spot of knitting over their hot drinks. Everyone’s a winner.

  2. I’ve never had to mix it myself in the cafe, but if you buy Butler’s hot chocolate, it’s actually a pack of 10 pieces that you melt in hot milk. The outside is hard chocolate and the inside is soft. Delicious and much nicer than powdered chocolate.

  3. Oh, now you have my brain working overtime. There is somewhere that we visit that serves hot milk and a wooden spoon lathered in chocolate.

    Stir, stir and stir again…….

  4. I’ve never been to a cafe like that. I think I’d enjoy it a lot. But I HAVE to know: What on earth is a rock cake? I’ve never heard of it, and I’m wondering if it’s like something we have here in the States that we call by a different name. Even if you don’t have a photo, could you explain it please?

    1. The simplest thing to make ever!
      Rock cakes
      225g/8oz self-raising flour 75g/2½oz caster sugar 1 tsp baking powder 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes 150g/5½oz dried fruit 1 free-range egg 1 tbsp milk 2 tsp vanilla extract
      Preparation method 1.Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment. 2.Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and rub in the cubed butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then mix in the dried fruit. 3.In a clean bowl, beat the egg and milk together with the vanilla extract. 4.Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together as a thick, lumpy dough. Add a teaspoon more milk if you really need it to make the mixture stick together. 5.Place golfball-sized spoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking tray. Leave space between them as they will flatten and spread out to double their size during baking. 6.Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden-brown. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a couple of minutes then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool.
      less than 30 mins preparation time 10 to 30 mins cooking time
      Makes 12
      Try these light, crumbly tea-time favourites while they are still warm from the oven. So easy to make, and lots of fun for children to join in too.
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      1. Wow, thanks, Gilly. I didn’t intend for you to go to all this trouble to provide the actual recipe, but now that you have, I just may have to try them. They sound terrific.

  5. I like how the proprietors of the Green Cafe think. What a marvelous idea, and how relaxing. Lovely picture of you. This is new to me, mixing my own drink, but what a fabulous idea. ❤ I feel all warm and cuddly now to hear of such a place.

  6. What a great idea, Gilly. The knitted squares will probably look a bit rough though with lots of different people knitting a few rows each. 🙂 Yes, I’ve also had to mix my own chocolate drink in South Africa. It was extra delicious.

  7. Mixing your own hot chocolate – I so like that method; like you said, you really know what goes into your beverage then. Just curious, what will those knitted squares be used for? Perhaps someone makes blankets out of them ?

  8. Lovely – I was given two choccy stirrers just this last weekend for my birthday, so yet to try them out! And as a knitter, I thought this was brilliant (if I’d forgotten to take my own knitting along!).

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