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For a city known for coffee, Seattle’s got a surprisingly sweet side. Make the most of it by trying out these three recipes, courtesy of Fremont’s Theo Chocolate.
Recipes from Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle’s Favorite Chocolate Maker.
Real baby carrots, the kind with lacy green tops and delicate peel (as opposed to the factory-shaped cylindrical ones that come in a bag), are tender and sweet and practically worth the trip to the farmers’ market just for them alone. They’re so delicious they don’t really need anything at all.
But hey, sometimes we like to gild the lily, and as much as we honor the perfection that is the real baby carrot, this surprisingly simple syrup steals the show here, elevating an already perfect vegetable into an elegant, dramatic, delectable side dish.
The syrup goes equally well with roasted beets, and it’s also sublime drizzled over a well-seasoned grilled steak. Let your imagination run wild with this sauce — it will enliven a wide range of dishes.
Makes 6 to 8 side dish servings
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
To serve, discard the thyme and arrange the carrots on a serving dish. Drizzle them generously with the syrup, and serve immediately.
Buy a Theo cookbook at the factory store (3400 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle) through the end of May and $10 of the purchase will be donated to Mary's Place to support homeless women, children and families in emergency situations.
Beer’s generally low alcohol content makes it very flavor forward, and craft brewing tends to highlight the ingredients even more intensely.
Stouts and porters are thick, dark beers with flavor notes tending toward sweet roasted coffee, chocolate and cola, which make them tempting to incorporate into baking. And we’re pros at giving in to temptation at Theo, especially if we think it will taste good! Tender and moist, this cake is very, very chocolaty and not overly sweet.
When you take a bite, the beer’s malty, roasted flavor comes through at the start, and then the chocolate takes over. Although you only need one cup of beer for the cake, before you drink the rest of the bottle, please note that you’ll need to save two tablespoons for the glaze.
Makes one 10-inch Bundt cake
This cookie was created by Robin Wehl Martin, owner of Hello Robin, to honor Seattleite Macklemore, the rapping half of musical artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Martin’s little cookie shop on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is the kind of place every neighborhood should have. It’s a really happy place, bursting with warmth and personality, and a constant stream of decadent treats like this one coming out of the oven. Martin tops these cookies with half a square of Theo chocolate, but feel free to use a whole square.
Makes 3 dozen cookies