Friday, 22 April 2011

April 22nd: HAPPY EASTER - Paul A. Young Billingtons Simnel Brownie

HAPPY EASTER

Hi All,

First off HAPPY EASTER to one and all. I hope you all have some nice time off and recharge the batter before heading back to school, work etc etc

ChocolateMission will be taking a well deserved break over Easter, but posting will resume on Tuesday 26th. During that time be sure to keep an eye on the news page and the Twitter feed - no doubt I will running some Twitter based competitions - you can 'Follow' me by clicking HERE.
Make sure you at least eat ten times your own weight in chocolate .... thats an order from myself ;D No doubt the Easter chocolate sales will be in full flow come Monday so I look out for any updates from myself documenting the extra special deals I spot.

Have a great Easter break

JIM


SNACK OF THE WEEK ..... a new part of '7Days of Chocolate Reviews' which will feature any manner of snacking product I have been products munching on in the week ...As I mentioned last week the amount of Easter products that have been sent to me this year has been tremendous and unfortunately I haven't had time to feature them all on the site. Despite receiving this particular product extremely late in the day (only Wednesday this week!!), I just had to give it a shout out on the site - it was just so tremendous! Indeed the 'Snack of the Week' award for this Easter Weekend goes to the Paul A. Young Simnel Brownie. Last Wednesday I featured some pretty pitiful Easter themed cakes from Cadbury - this creation from British chocolatier Paul A. Young (and sugar maker Billingtons) just blew them out the water.

So what the heck is a Simnel Brownie you ask!? Well if we are talking Paul A. Young style it's a chocolate brownie featuring vine fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg and marzipan. The brownie was sent to me in a lovely gift box, that contained the large cake slab draped in one Paul's stylish branded ribbons. Out it's transparent packet the brownie smelt like a wonderful concoction of spiced Christmas cake and chocolate - I could tell this was going to be good from the minute I opened it!

Take a look at the cross-section photo above .... Yes it really was that dense! This was like brownie I hadn't eaten before. It was viscous, gooey and heavy in both flavour and texture with it's raw, buttery spiced cocoa taste. As a whole, the brownie was beautifully constructed, with sweet fruits such raisins and cherries packed into every corner and mouthful taken. The balance and variety brought to the taste by the cinnamon and nutmeg spices, plus the crunchy sugary top which featured lumps of marzipan, was just epically fantastic - this cake was a flavourful masterpiece. Speaking as a guy who has eaten cakes such as Heavenly Cakes's Billionaire Shortbread, it should give you some sort of idea how highly I rated this when I say it was a truly outstanding brownie. This was one of the richest cakes I think I have ever eaten - if you happen to be passing Paul's shop in London this Easter weekend then I highly recommend you get yourself one of these. It's probably wise to share.

8.8 out of 10


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