Catalan jam sandwich - pa amb xocolata

Recipe by Neil Morris - 08 May 2012

catalan jam sandwich

Region: Catalonia

Preparation: 10 minutes (1 day to prepare cardamom oil, 2 hours to cool the chocolate)

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Method: hot grill or toaster

Difficulty: easy

Serves: as many as you like!

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This Catalan jam sandwich is my version of a popular Catalan snack pa amb xocolata where bread is served simply with melted chocolate, salt and olive oil. This version makes a simple but tasty dessert and is enhanced by the flavours of cardamom and quince.

The simplicity of the dish and any version of pa amb xocolata demands good quality ingredients so buy the strongest dark chocolate that you can find (85% cocoa is ideal), the best extra virgin olive oil, a good loaf of farmhouse bread and fine salt flakes such as the Maldon variety.

Quince jelly can now be bought in some major supermarkets as well as specialist delis.

Shopping list

  • farmhouse bread (pan)
  • dark chocolate (chocolate oscuro)
  • quince jelly (membrillo)
  • extra virgin olive oil (aceite de oliva virgen extra)
  • cardamom pods (cardomomo vainas)
  • fine salt flakes (escamas de sal fina)
  • cocoa powder for dusting (cacao en polvo)

Method

Prepare the cardamom oil in advance by putting 50ml of olive oil in a pan with a few cardamom pods and heat very gently over a low heat for an hour or so and then transfer the oil and pods to a container and leave overnight to infuse.

Finely grate some dark chocolate and refrigerate for an hour or two.

Slice the bread to the desired thickness (1-2cm) and using a round pastry cutter, cut the bread into circles. Toast or grill the bread until lightly browned on the outside but still soft in the middle. Spread some quince paste on to one circle of bread and then make a small sandwich with another. Sprinkle some of the grated chocolate on the sandwich, dust with cocoa powder and then garnish with the sea salt flakes.

Serve on a warmed plate drizzled with the cardamom oil which will mix with the melting chocolate and salt as you slice the sandwich.

Delicious!

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