I had just finished composing my blog’s menu for March when an email came through from Nazneen, the author of Coffee and Crumpets, asking if I would guest post for her blog. At the time, Pão de Mel (Honey Bread) was one of the treats that were on my mind!
I willingly accepted this opportunity to guest post for her– Nazneen is one of my favorite fellow bloggers, and because of this, I could not refuse her kind offer. I have no doubt that if we lived nearby, we’d be great friends.
So I asked her what type of dish she’d like to have appear in the post… She suggested a Brazilian chocolate dessert. From among several different ones that I had in mind, I picked pão de mel— “honey bread.” For those unfamiliar with this dessert popular in Brazil, pão de mel is a cake sandwich of European origin, made mostly from honey, chocolate, and spices, which is coated in chocolate to prolong its flavor and moist texture, and can be filled with dulce de leche, brigadeiro filling, jam, etc. It usually has either a square or round shape (resembling a cookie sandwich or alfajor). However, today I preferred to give ours the shape of a mini cake.
Pão de Mel has a rich, decadent taste of chocolate (of course) and especially of spices — oh, it is also a great dessert to have with a good cup of coffee. I thought that pão de mel would pair well with the concept of Nazneen’s blog. When I think about spices, Indian cuisine jumps immediately to mind… And where do I find great Indian recipes when I do need them? Coffee and Crumpets!!!
Although this pão de mel recipe has been adapted from a Brazilian pastry chef, I came up with the decoration.