Dessert for Breakfast at Escribá

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If you visit Barcelona, I hope one morning you find yourself eating breakfast at Escribá. It’s located on Av. Las Ramblas almost right next to La Boquería market. Passersby tend to notice it because of all the gorgeous cakes and chocolates in the window! The first time we popped in, it was to admire the fancy desserts. We weren’t going to get anything because it was only just after 9am. That’s when I glanced at a displayed menu and saw the word, desayuno. “(GASP) They have breakfast here!”, I whispered excitedly to my husband. So then we got a table. What could be better than breaking fast at a dessert place?! We ended up with café con leche, a spinach & goat cheese quiche, hot chocolate, and ensaimadas. First let me tell you about the traditional Spanish breakfast pastry called the ensaimada. It is like a flat swirly croissant made from brioche bread and topped with powdered sugar. It is super tasty! On our second and third visits (yes, 3x in 6 days!) we ordered ensaimadas carmelitzadas which I would equate to a grilled ham and cheese that uses an ENSAIMADA instead of bread. This may have been the yummiest thing I’ve ever eaten in my life! You’ve got to try one. ry=400-6

ry=400By the way, my simple café con leche was divine because it was served with a small chocolate bar to stir in and let melt in my coffee. Umm, why have I never done this before?! Here’s a picture. Mine’s on the bottom left, and you can see the chocolate there on the saucer! The mug on the top right is my husband’s hot chocolate (he doesn’t like coffee) but can I tell you what was actually inside that mug? MELTED CHOCOLATE. This was no ordinary “hot milk with chocolate powder stirred in” type drink. This was literally a mug full to the brim of creamy melted chocolate bars. Unsweetened too! It was served with sugar packets! 100% chocolate folks. And whatever toppings you like. Twice he got the raspberry sauce and this photo here is of the hazelnut/praline option. AMAZING! I think these particular beverages will be served in heaven <3

11393693_3509442973435_4921978299425943423_oWe ate outside during 2 of our visits and this would be my seating choice again if we were to go back. Eating inside was a bit cramped with the energetic kiddos, but still lovely. My 2 year old was actually kept quite occupied by admiring all the desserts in the display windows!

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On our last day in Barcelona, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by eating at Escribá. We let our toddler have cake for breakfast… it was a chocolate orange cake with melted chocolate poured on top. If I remember correctly I think it was called “El Escribá”. He chose it from the window and was super excited about how delicious it was!

I highly recommend visiting this place. The wait staff were very friendly and seemed to enjoy trying out their English phrases on us. Prices were reasonable and all the food we tried was sensational! I would definitely go back to try the horchata they had on tap inside; it looked amazing!

Brownie Batter for Two

I LOVE chocolate. I remember my parents referring to me as a “chocoholic” when I was young because I would eat (and eat and eat) anything chocolate! So you’ll understand my disappointment when I realized my body was very sensitive to refined sugars. After being sick on and off for years, and suffering a cold/flu for months straight (I’ll write about this in more detail someday), I decided to cut out all processed foods from my diet. After a week or so I started to feel more like myself. Hooray, a solution!! Being the chocolate addict that I am though, I still crave sweet treats.
I found a chocolate pudding recipe from a great blog called Delicious Obsessions and tweaked it a bit to make it creamier like brownie batter for two people. Who can resist brownie batter; especially one that is good for you?! I also didn’t want to call it pudding because “pudding” here in Northern Ireland is more of a blood pudding/sausage type food. This is NOT that type of pudding! Get ready for some rich chocolatey goodness that you don’t have to feel guilty about!
This recipe is perfectly suited to share with a friend or loved one. My husband and I like to make a batch after we get the boys to sleep! YUM.
Refined sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free…. it could even be vegan if you substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for the honey.
This recipe fills 2 regular sized coffee mugs.
brownie batter
Brownie Batter for Two
5 small sweet potatoes
1/2 cup cocoa powder (if you have dark cocoa, use a heaping 1/4 cup instead)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
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1. Bake sweet potatoes in oven at 220c for 45 minutes or until soft. Once cool enough to handle, peel and discard skins.
2. While still warm, combine potatoes and coconut oil in a blender or food processor.
3. Blend in all other ingredients until creamy.
4. Pour into two mugs and enjoy!*
 *I like to eat it while still warm, but it is also tasty if refrigerated!