Cook the Book Fridays: Chocolate-Covered (not Chai) Mocha Bars from Everyday Dorie

This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Everyday Dorie and it’s one I wasn’t sure about making since I am not really a “tea person”. I don’t like tea-flavoured things and I am not a fan of chai (note: Did you know that “chai” means “tea” in Hindi? Here’s an interesting take).

I also didn’t want to make a whole recipe’s worth so I divided the recipe by the egg whites (3) to make 1/3 of the quantity for what ended up being 4 substantial bars (that I baked at the same time as this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe). I baked this in a tiny loaf tin (mini are the Zenker brand, bought in Europe but these (affiliate links) are of similar dimensions if you can’t find the Zenker). And, knowing what I know about the chai/ tea flavour, I went the coffee/ mocha route replacing the chai and spices (ginger and cinnamon) with 1 tablespoon of instant coffee.

It made the perfect mini loaf that I shared with a gluten-free neighbour and we both agreed it was scrumptious. Mine was a thin bat and a little bit fudgey (maybe to do with the GF flour?) but this was a bonus! These were SO good and the milk chocolate which I was a bit skeptical of worked well here against the bitter coffee flavour – it wasn’t too sweet at all.

So, sorry Dorie. Sorry, Doristas, but this one would definitely be considered going rogue and I’m not actually really sorry because it was delish!

Get the recipe for Chocolate-Covered Chai Bars on p 248 of Dorie Grenspan’s Everyday Dorie or here.

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4 thoughts on “Cook the Book Fridays: Chocolate-Covered (not Chai) Mocha Bars from Everyday Dorie”

  1. Going rogue is one of the really fun benefits of cooking in a group…it is so interesting to see what people come up with each week. Thank you for the measurements, I always write in all my cookbooks, so many recipes have your notations for making smaller versions…that’s a nice thing for me as I can go through and make a small something or other from your notes. Thank you for your generosity. Your bars look wonderful.

  2. I am glad your change on the recipe was a success!! Always great when that happens. 😍. I liked your tip on using a loaf pan for smaller batches.

  3. Sorry not sorry, I think that was a great twist. I would like to try the coffee version too. I am not normally a milk chocolate person but it worked in this recipe.


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