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Win a free massage with Urban Massage!

January 30th 2015

Exclusively for this Valentine’s Day, we have teamed up with Urban Massage to give away three free one hour massages!

To be in with a chance of winning, tweet, Facebook or Instagram us telling us which is your most romantic city and why! #urbanvalentinescomp

Terms and Conditions:

Winners will be chosen at random. On Twitter, please include the hashtag #urbanvalentinescomp. Entries must be received between Monday 2nd and Sunday 15th February 2015. Winners will be announced on Monday 16th February.

We have three one hour massages to give away – one winner will be picked from one Twitter, one from Instagram and one from Facebook. Each prize is a one hour treatment and the winner can choose from any treatments listed on the Urban Massage website at time of booking. Times and dates are subject to availability, as per the website.  Cannot be exchanged for any other prize or cash. Available within London zones 1-4 only.  Prize must be booked in before December 31st2015.  Available for over 16’s only.

A ROMANTIC JOURNEY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

January 26th 2015

Inspired by the world’s most romantic destinations, this year Paul has created a Valentine’s collection that is sure to sweep your loved one off their feet. Using only the finest ingredients, the collection echoes the smells, textures, colours and tastes of famous getaway cities.

Take a taste trip to:

  • Marrakesh – Mint leaves, tea and rose petals, Valrhona 72% Venezuelan
  • Paris – Fontaine Absinthe, lump sugar and water, Valrhona 64% Dominican Republic
  • New York – Vanilla cheesecake, Valrhona White chocolate, Madagascan Vanilla bean, digestive biscuit, Valrhona 72% Venezulean
  • Seville – Marmalade ganache, toasted almonds, Valrhona 64% Madaagascan
  • Lisbon – Pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart) truffle, Madagascan vanilla bean, Valrhona white chocolate, Caramelized milk chocolate, wafer pieces
  • Istanbul – Pistachio, honey and fig caramel, 67% Michel Cluizel Saint Dominique.
  • Copenhagen – Romkugler, chocolate cake, Appleton Estate rum, 70% Valrhona.
  • Dublin – Guinness truffle with soda bread, 65% Duffy’s Dominican Republic.
  • Edinburgh – Glen Moray Port cask whisky, oats and salt, 83% Duffy’s Ecuadorian.
  • London – Sacred distillery Gin, Bermondsey tonic water and lime, 64% Michel Cluizel Papua New Guinea.
  • Venice – Mascarpone, basil and limoncello, Valrhona, 66% Caribbean.

    • Recreate memories of past trips, hint at a romantic break to come or simply eat your way through the ultimate dream holiday with a box featuring all the flavours!

      Truffles on sale 7th February. (Prices: 1 chocolate £2.00, 4 piece box £7.00, 9 piece £15.50, 16 piece £26.00, 25 piece £40.00 & 42 piece £65.00)

      Other items in the Valentine’s collection include: 

      • Signature Heart – Paul’s solid milk or dark chocolate heart, hand-decorated with edible silver leaf and gold shimmer. Boxed in single hearts for a sophisticated and classic Valentine gift. £9.95
      • After dinner dessert dome – The MUST have dessert, a large dome of 64% Madagascan chocolate, Raspberry reduction, Black raspberry ganache, hand decorated and finished with a solid chocolate heart. £5.95 individually boxed.
      • Pink praline brownie – £4.50
      • Billionaires salted caramel and Chipotle chilli shortbread £3.95
      • Exclusive to paul.a.young at Heal’s  – Rose petal masala and white chocolate heart cookie £2.95; Brownie pie – Seville marmalade, ginger and almond £3.50

        • Don’t forget all of our products are available for pre-order or mail order. Simply call any of our 4 London stores and the team will be happy to make the arrangements for you!

Cocoa Bean and Mint Tea Infusion

January 9th 2015

Not being able to find a mint tea that I liked, I decided to experiment with cocoa beans and fresh mint leaves. I use cracked cocoa beans which are sometimes called cocoa nibs or grué de cacao, but feel free to experiment with different types of cocoa beans.

INGREDIENTS

12 mint leaves
6 cocoa beans, crushed lightly, or 11/2 teaspoons cocoa nibs
2 teaspoons palm sugar or light muscovado sugar

METHOD

Bring 500ml filtered or mineral water to the boil
Place 6 mint leaves and the cocoa beans or nibs into each glass, along with a teaspoon of palm or muscovado sugar. Pour on the boiling water and stir until the sugar has dissolved
Wait for the cocoa beans to sink to the bottom of the glass, which takes 2-3 minutes; then it’s ready to drink!
Once the weather warms up, try adding lots of ice for a chilled infusion!

From ‘Adventures with Chocolate’ by Paul A. Young (Kyle Books, £14.99) Photography: Anders Schonnemann.

The Ultimate Alternative to Christmas Pudding

December 19th 2014

Do you remember this recipe from Paul’s appearance on Sunday Brunch last Christmas? Why not try it this year instead of the traditional Christmas pud?

Salted caramel, mincemeat and chocolate pudding with salted rum caramel sauce

Use a 1 litre heatproof or ceramic pudding basin.

300g plain flour
1.5 tablespoons baking powder
150g unrefined light muscovado sugar
110g butter
35g cocoa powder
Half teaspoon sea salt
3 medium free range eggs at room temperature
50mls milk

1. In a mixer with the paddle attachment place the dry ingredients and butter and mix until a breadcrumb texture is formed.
2. Whisk the eggs and milk together, add to the dry mixture and mix until smooth.

For the pudding bowl
20g butter for greasing
1 table spoon plain flour
1 table spoon cocoa powder

3. Soften the butter but do not fully melt.
4. Brush the sides of the basin from the bottom to the top ten the bottom.
5. Mix the cocoa powder and flour together and dust the inside of the basin knocking any excess out.

For the mincemeat
250g Raisins
250g Sultanas
50g Mixed peel
125 Apples grated skin on
½ Orange juice and zest
60g Melted Butter
125g unrefined Light muscovado sugar
60mls Brandy
60mls Ruby port
10g Cinnamon ground
5g Nutmeg ground

6. Mix all the ingredients together and leave for 24 hours before using.

For the salted caramel and rum sauce
200g unsalted butter
200g unrefined light muscovado sugar
200mls double cream
3 teaspoons Maldon sea salt.
50mls Dark rum

7. Bring the butter, salt and sugar to the simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes taking care not to let it catch on the bottom of the pan.
8. Take off the heat and pour in the cream whisking well.
Before adding the Rum –
9. Place 100mls of the caramel into a mixing bowl with three tablespoons of mincemeat and mix well.
10. Mix the 50mls of rum into the remaining salted caramel sauce.

Putting the pudding together
11. Spoon the mincemeat and caramel mixture into the bottom of the basin
12. Now fill on top with the chocolate pudding mix leaving some space at the top for expansion.
13. Now tightly food wrap the basin to seal in the mix and use the lid if your plastic basin has one.
14. Place a sheet of foil over the top tucking around the basin and steam for 45 minutes wither in a basin half filled with water or in a steamer.
15. Once steamed remove the cling film quickly and carefully to allow the pudding to cool slightly.
16. Cut off any excess pudding to level (eat the trimmings)
17. Now turn the pudding out onto a presentation dish and lace, smother and enrobe the pudding in the warm run caramel sauce.

Serve with Vanilla ice cream or simple classic whipped double cream.

Best Kept Advent Village competition

November 28th 2014

Our advent calendars sold out in record time this year! If you are one of the lucky recipients, enter our Best Kept Advent Village competition for your chance to win two places on one of our Tasting Evenings in 2015.

 

 

Simply tweet Paul, Facebook or Instagram a picture showing how you’ve set up your advent calendar using the hashtag #bestkeptadventvillage and our favourite will win this exciting prize! (T&Cs: entries close 8th December; winner will be announced 15th December; travel not included in the prize; limited dates available)

In the news today

November 18th 2014

Did you spot our favourite Master Chocolatier on TV this morning?

Paul was on Good Morning Britain this morning and will also be on ITV London news at 10pm tonight discussing the potential upcoming cocoa crisis.

If you missed it, here is what you missed!

“Running out of chocolate by 2020 hitting the news again should make us all prick our ears up as life without chocolate would not be as enjoyable for many people. Urgent action is required and I don’t think there is one simple answer but paying more for cocoa directly to the farmer and producer will help. New organisations such as Direct Cacao are striving to increase the price we all pay including the multi nationals so that growers around the world can invest, expand and have a healthy and prosperous future growing enough caoao for the increasing demand. Consumers will need to pay more for their chocolate – I am prepared to pay more for fantastic chocolate and cacao, and customers would have to take some of the hit. Chocolate is in danger of becoming a pleasure only for the wealthy or as an occasional treat rather than something we eat daily. Either way paying more for it and ensuring the growers are paid more is an important step forward to ease the crisis.”

paul.a.young 2014 Advent Calendar

October 21st 2014

We are very excited to announce that our paul.a.young 2014 Advent Calendar is now available for pre-order!

This year, our advent calendar is actually a little wooden advent village with individual wooden houses that can be displayed around the home. Each house will have one of our delicious filled chocolates in them, from our seasonal collection.

The advent calendar is £69 and will be available for collection or delivery during the last week in November – there will be an extra charge should you require delivery.

We have limited stock available, so please pop into one of our stores or call us to pre-order your advent calendar today!

Available on Craved!

September 16th 2014

We are pleased to announce that we are now available on Craved, a new site offering delivery of small batch London producers.

Currently, the products available to order are our Caramel crunch bars, Marmite bars, Brickhouse Sourdough bars and Sea Salted Caramel bars as well as our 40% Milk with Madagascan Sea Salt bars. Our two flavours of Hot Chocolate are also available.

We hope to expand the collection soon and we are excited to be part of the family!

The Power of Summer at Battersea Power Station

Aug

3

We are looking forward to taking part in The Power of Summer festival on Sunday 3rd August at Battersea Power Station!

We have partnered with the Indytute to offer an exclusive 30 minute Tasting workshop, hosted by one of our talented chocolate experts. Limited spaces are available on the workshop, so tickets must be booked in advance.

Click here for further details and book your tickets today to avoid disappointment!

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paul.a.young at The Handmade Fair, presented by Kirstie Allsopp

Sep

21

We are very excited that Paul will be joining Kirstie Allsopp and taking part in The Handmade Fair, in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

The Handmade Fair puts learning and making at the heart of your day. Britain’s best artisans and hand-picked sellers will come together with Kirstie Allsopp to create the first all making craft fair.

Paul will be demonstrating on Sunday 21st September at 11am in the Super Theatre. Tickets must be booked in advance. We hope to see you there!

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