Thank you to all who participated in this month's We Should Cocoa, we really do appreciate the time and effort that you all put in. This was another tough challenge from me it seems - I shall be getting a reputation for meanness if I don't watch out ;-) However, nineteen of you were not put off and have come up with some really interesting and delicious looking recipes using tea and chocolate. There are also some stunning photographs which put my own efforts to shame. It was particularly interesting to see the variety of teas that were used; it seems that Earl Grey is a particularly popular choice. I know I've said it before and I expect I'll say it again, but there are an awful lot of creative food bloggers out there.
Chele will be posting the next We Should Cocoa challenge on the Chocolate Teapot on 1 March 2011 - what madness will she be getting us into I wonder?
Matcha Chocolat. Katie won't be seeing the entries until this post goes up, so I won't be able to announce the winner quite yet. When a decision has been made, I will publish their name at the bottom of this post.
Mainly Baking hasn't yet missed a We Should Cocoa challenge and she made an early start on this one with these delectable Tea Cream Sandwich Biscuits using Earl Grey. Suelle, we will miss you next month but hope you have a great holiday.
Le Fleur Chocolat has given us a real treat using genmaicha with these Dark Riceball Chocolate Truffles. They not only look delectable, but are vegan too.
Tart to Heart who has made some beautiful looking Earl Grey Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey-Lemon Buttercream - just the sound of these has my taste buds tantalised.
Well on time, Dom of Belleau Kitchen has baked a Tea and Chocolate Cake to be proud of - I must get myself a bundt mould. As well as the PG Tips and chocolate, it has another, more unexpected, ingredient.
Michelle of Food, Football and a Baby has in her words "taken a couple of liberties" with her Nilgiri Tea Creams with Chocolate Dipped Cornish Fairings. I forgive her though as she has appealed to my devotion to my home county by making Cornish fairings.
Phil of As Strong As Soup has come up with something completely different, a savoury dish using Ceylon and a first (I think) for We Should Cocoa - Tea-Poached Chicken Chilli.
Eira of Cookbooks Galore has also made a Chocolate Black Tea Cake, but with a twist, she used orange flavoured tea.
These amazingly coloured Matcha Sugar Cookie Brownies were baked by Victoria of District Chocoholic at 2 am, that is what I call dedication.
Matcha was also my tea of choice - I just so love the colour - Matcha Chocolate Roll
Chele went out on a limb and used vanilla tea in her amazing birthday cake - White Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Tea Infused Sugar Syrup and Vanilla Buttercream. I know who I'm booking to make my birthday cake this year!
Another first timer, Mel of Sharky Oven Gloves, has used chai to make Chilli Chai Chocolate Cupcakes and the shark looking on seems very keen to sink his teeth into it.
Green Gourmet Giraffe came up with some highly unusual ingredients in her Earl Grey Cupcakes with Chocolate and Cashew Frosting.
The more than occasional baker with her attractive marbled Green Tea Chocolate Bundt Cake using her new (and much coveted by me) silicone bundt mould.
BrownievilleGirl has gone for a good old Irish recipe using black tea with her Chocolate Tea Brack. Given she likes neither tea nor dried fruit this is quite heroic of her.
Nora the Kitchen 'Splorer has gone for something similar, but a yeasted bread this time - Chai fruit and chocolate bread.
Using Mainly Spoons has made Chocolate, ginger and cardamom tea loaf.
I know how good this is because I sneakily tried to get a 2nd entry in and made this very same loaf using Earl Grey.
TheKitchenMaid used green tea to make not only this delicious Chocolate Honey Tea but also a beautifying face mask - it's on my list ;-)
Chocolate Here using Earl Grey and unusually cocoa nibs to make Cocoa nib tea.
Corner Cottage Bakery battled with her cold and just made it at the very last minute with her Chocolate Chai Fondants
Update 6 March 2011
Katie of Matcha Chocolat really enjoyed reading your entries and was duly impressed. She had a hard time making a decision, but in the end the lucky winner of her chocolates is: Dom of Belleau Kitchen because " I liked the tea and chocolate cake for its rustic appeal and use of everyday ingredients; yet with an alternative twist (beetroot & PG tips). Great way to highlight a more savory side to tea infused cuisine!"