There Is Always Chocolate In The Summer

Summer is usually all about fruit for me. Peaches, apricots, cherries, melon, and a array of sweet and tart berries. I turn them into tarts, muffins, sorbets and ice cream… Sometimes even into savory dishes. But one can only stay away from chocolate for so long. I try, believe me — with no result.

I spent a lot of time at home last week working on the finishing touches of the manuscript. “What is new?” you might be wondering. So does everyone else in my life.

“Maybe you should get some fresh air?” my mom tells me everyday over the phone. “Go for a walk and get some fresh air” I’m counting down the days when I get to do that with her.

One more week and I will be back home.

I have been revisiting some of the recipes in the book. Baking them over and over again and seeing that they work every time gives me a sense of peace. I can get very obsessive about details and when I think of a recipe that was tested a while ago, I tend to think “What if it doesn’t work!”. I panic. Then I jump into the kitchen.

Last week there were many chocolate recipes. I craved them. The intensity and richness.

I made my favorite dark chocolate and hazelnut cake. Very moist… almost the texture of a brownie. It works every time.

I also made chocolate pots de creme with raspberries and currants. You can find a similar recipe here. And with leftover chocolate tart dough, I made a chocolate, black and red raspberry, and currant galette.

I certainly got my fix.

In a few more days, I will be done. My manuscript will be in the hands of my editor and there will be a big sigh of relief (mine, of course). Then we will be off to the Basque Country for some quiet family time, food, and another Robin Food show.

But for now. I must return to my book…. with a slice of chocolate cake right next to me.

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92 Responses to “There Is Always Chocolate In The Summer”

  1. Katie says:

    Mm this all looks so amazing, congratulations on almost being done with your manuscript! woohoo!

  2. Beautiful as ever – I can’t wait to see the cookbook! Have a wonderful time at home.

  3. There are no words.

    There just aren’t.

    I’m looking at plane tickets and I think I found a great pri…..wait, what?

    Stay home? Stop being a freak?


    (looks gorgeous!)

  4. Sukaina says:

    Aran- beautiful as usual. Have a wonderful time in the Basque country and relax and be pampered. The cake certainly does look like it has a texture of brownies and I lurveee the spoons. I saw similar ones at a Parisian shp called Sabre here and instantly feell in love!

  5. Zorionak liburuagatik! Robin Food-en programaren zain egongo naiz.

  6. tinajo says:

    Beautiful pics – and chocolate is always great! :-)

  7. I love it! I always have to get my chocolate fix…summer or any season, for that matter! :-) Yum! Enjoy your slice of chocolate cake! :-)

  8. Hannah says:

    Mmmmm…looks so delicious! Beautiful pictures. Chocolate is perfect in any season.

  9. Moni says:

    Everything looks great! Of course, there is nothing better than chocolate, whatever the season! The pictures are gorgeous!

  10. I always crave chocolate during the summertime… That cake looks marvelous!



  11. Ta says:

    I have also been craving some summer chocolate. Congrats on being so close to done with the book

  12. Sukhesh says:

    Love at first site with your blog :)

  13. It’s so funny, I was about to post one of my favorite flourless chocolate desserts, with the idea of ‘cleansing our palates’ from all the summer fruits! We’re on the same wavelength. The chocolate fruit galette is inspired!
    Can’t wait for your posts from your visit home, have fun!

  14. lifediving says:

    I’m in a constant state of craving chocolate. Some might call it chocolate homeostasis. Your photos are just mouth-watering. Good luck on your book!

  15. Judy says:

    Where did you get the spoons?

  16. Hannah says:

    Congratulations on almost being finished with your manuscript! Your chocolate recipes look divine and the photos are stunning, as always. Enjoy your visit home!

  17. sécia says:

    You’re torturing me! It all looks so delicious and your photos are beautiful as always.

    ♥ sécia

  18. Lea says:

    That looks great!

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  19. Maia says:

    Pots de creme… can’t wait for that recipe. And the spoons are just too cute.

  20. chocolate always makes things better… and this simply makes me feel better just looking at it.
    rest well… you are on the home stretch… xx pam

  21. Gorgeous & i bet absolutely refreshing and delicious!

  22. Aran, I’m in chocolate and berry heaven just looking at these pictures. I thought about making some fudgey brownies tonight, and this sealed the deal! Would you mind telling me where you buy all your pretty spoons and plates?

  23. Juliana says:

    Beautiful as always, and I can’t wait to hold your book in my hands. Have a wonderful time back home.

  24. You should know that, even though we are complete strangers, through the miracle of Blogland, I think of you and send you very well wishes. It’s been months, now, that I’ve thought of you and your book and, also, your food photography class (sigh, if only I could have come….) and, also, just wish that I could take beautiful high key food photography like you do. (I’m experimenting and trying and having fun finding my way – er, inbetween puppies and kids and housework and gardening, that is. Oops! I’m telling you my life’s story – sorry.=])

    Well, as for chocolate – there’s always one campfire with a s’more, every summer, for me! It wouldn’t be summer without it. But, after saying that, I’m, now, going to try and redeem myself by saying that I’m going to go and try out that recipe for orange, blueberry, almond bread that I have. (Not a tea bread but it looks so wonderful!)

    Congratulations! We love coming and hearing about your exciting projects – even if we do usually ‘lurk’. =]

    Love, Katy Noelle

  25. Junsui says:

    I can relate to this post quite well! After many cherry, plum and blueberry recipes, I too fell prey to my need for chocolate by baking a gooey chocolate tart.

    Yours in chocolate solidarity,


  26. Dzoli says:

    Chocolate knows no time.It is always welcome in my house;)

  27. Oh, yum. Yum! I really cannot wait for your book. I feel like I must say this in every comment but it’s true! Closing in on the home stretch now . . . thanks for being so thorough. Thanks for producing such a work.

  28. Anonymous says:


    YUM, this makes me sooooo hungry!! Craving chocolate now.. :-)

    I love those little glass jars you have the chocolate in (the clear ones) with little cherries on top, where can I get some from?


  29. nom nom nom nom nom lol brillian pics :-)

  30. Carmen says:

    Los martes o miercoles por la mañala lo primero que hago es pasarme po tu blog, estoy adicta vaya.

    De nuevo vas a Robin Food?!! me alegro un monton, las dos recetitas que hiciste la otra vez ( las galletas no) pero la quino a sopa d emelon las hago mucho desde entonces.

  31. Signe says:

    Amazing images, like always :)
    And I am in LOVE with your plastic spoons, can I ask where you bought them?

    Hugs from Norway,

  32. Ilke says:

    I have to try that chocolate hazelnut cake! My two favorite ingredients!

    Good luck with the book and I am sure you will find a great relief once you are with your family. Enjoy your very much deserved family time!

  33. Yay, on being almost finished!!! Can’t wait to purchase your book!!
    I also have to ask where you purchased those spoons – they’re wonderful!!

  34. Kiara says:

    Delle immagini splendide per ricette altrettanto meravigliose!

  35. Lucia says:

    Chocolate always helps. When you’re tired, when you’re stuck, when you can’t go out or breathe. Chocolate is a relief.

  36. I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine….I often wait until my morning is perfectly set up (cup of coffee in hand, curtains drawn back, fruit scattered in my bowl, record playing) before I check your blog. It is a magical place for me, one that I hold my breath for, wondering “oh did she post today? no, not yet?! darn!” and then I check again and voila, my soul is graced with dreamy, white, crisp photos, gentle stories and recipes that make me want to be a better woman…

    You are a wonderwall to me, and I am so grateful for all that you are. You are my little personal joy haven, and I thank you for that.


  37. my oh my! what lovely redcurrants you’ve gotten! We would only dream about getting such quantities here in tropical Singapore where they don’t last that long…

  38. Bella says:

    I loved the photos and I was wondering if all of the deserts presented were gluten free. I definitely look forward to your new gluten free cookbook coming out in 2012. ~ Bella

  39. I love the way you photograph your food; so simple yet so gorgeous.

  40. Gorgeous! Is the chocolate hazelnut cake recipe on the blog — or do I have to wait for the beautiful book?

  41. What a lovely cakes all absolutely beautiful!

  42. Wonderful! I rarely crave chocolate, but after reading this I really want a large piece of your chocolate cake! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Such incredible and gorgeous photos! As always of course this is a darling, beautiful post. You have inspired me to bake up mounds of chocolate deliciousness.

    Congrats and good luck with the manuscript!

  44. Shar says:

    Books and cake sure sounds good to me. Especially chocolate.

  45. a. maren says:

    wow everything is so beautiful. i especially love the currants. gorgeous.

  46. Agnes says:

    These photos are wonderful! I’ve consumed chocolate like there is no tomorrow these past few days and I’m still not feeling guilty . . . I’m getting a bit uneasy.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I hope it taste as good at it looks!

  48. Drizzle says:

    So glad I’m not on a diet! Looks so delicious!
    Need chocolate…


  49. nice blog! first time to read it pass over mine

    good pictures! and very simple, simple is dificult!

  50. Lovely, as usual!
    We love to visit your blog, everything’s so bright and joyful here!

  51. Onsire says:

    Hello! I love this Blog! So lovely pictures! :) Im enjoy this blog.. and sorry my english sucks. :) Greetings from Finland :)

  52. Julia says:

    Aupa Aran, i am new to your blog but i am amazed by the atmosphere you are able to create with the photos :) this last post about the berries reminds me so much of my childhood summers. greetings from Spain. Julia

  53. Adla says:

    Such a lovely blog you have and through the pictures it shows that you cook with heart. All the best and look forward to your book ,

    Kind regards, Adla

  54. cindy* says:

    There is always a place for chocolate in any season!
    I cannot wait to see your book Aran, I already know it will be so lovely!

  55. I think its great in the summer but of ocurse year round!

  56. Jesse says:

    I LOVE your pictures, so much so that one is currently the background on my phone. I hope that is OK.

    These chocolate creations sounds utterly divine and I love the brown, red and white colors.

  57. Gabriella says:

    You pretty much have me craving chocolate for the whole day now and I just started work,. This is not right.

    Bet yu can’t wait to e home. :)

  58. Hi.. here’s a little more to be happy about!… An award is waiting for you at the Northern Light Blog :)

    Keep up the great work!

  59. amelia says:

    Beautiful photos.
    Now I’m really hungry.

  60. Carrian says:

    So, so gorgeous. You have an amazing talent, or 5.

  61. Sarah says:

    I agree: It always comes back to chocolate! Your dark chocolate and hazelnut cake sounds divine.

    I also love your red currant creations. Beautiful!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Keen & Fitting

  62. Naomi says:

    These are so beautiful as always, and I can’t wait to see your book!!

  63. Your photography is unbelievable. I’m going to follow you just for that!

  64. Julienne says:

    Where did you get those darling spoons?

  65. Erica says:

    Beautiful! All looks amazing! Love your pics too!

    San Diego Mobile Notary

  66. windyar says:

    This looks amazing! Honestly these pictures are terrible for my diet!;D You have incredible imagination.

  67. wow complimenti per questo meraviglioso blog ^_^ i bimbi che vedo nelle foto sono deliziosi ^_^
    anche io ho 4 figli ed ho intrapreso l’avventura del blog da soli 8 mesi che dire è diventata un esperienza fondamentale della mia vita
    ti invito a partecipare al mi ocontest sui lievitati
    si vince una planetaria kenwood kmp045 professional mi farebbe davvero piacere se partecipassi o mi aiuteresti a diffondere la notizia
    complimenti per le tue ricette e le tue foto fantastiche

  68. Forrest says:

    This makes me sooo hungry!

  69. Forrest says:

    This makes me sooo hungry!

  70. Stephanie says:

    I love seeing those sweet, little glass jars at work :) So happy they survived the mail! xo You and I are on the same page with these currants…I have been craving them too and thrilled to have found some here. What a find…

  71. I’m so excited for your book, Aran… it’s going to be sooo wonderful. I have these same spoons in my styling drawer! :)

  72. it looks so delicious. :)
    and lovely

  73. Shawnene says:

    Beautiful as usual. I was wondering if you could tell me the fabric you used for these photos? I LOVE it. You can email it to me or respond to my comment, however I think email would be best.

    Thank you,

  74. Irishbaker says:

    Have been looking through your blog and I must say all the recipes look deliciou!Your photography skills are so good :)

  75. Donna says:

    Beautiful photos and the food looks delicious! Hope you enjoyed! x

  76. Chez Us says:

    I cannot wait to read you book – am positive it will be as lovely as you are. As well I am looking forward to tagging along on your journey through the Basque Country – even if it is only virtually – always a highlight of my year!

    On a side note, I am looking everywhere for cute little spoons, forks and knives such as the ones you have in your photos. Where do you find them? Please? :) Merci!

  77. Joyce says:

    I love chocolates too!

    Where can I find your recipe of Chocolate hazelnut cake? :) I would love to try it myself. Thank you!

  78. Joyce- the recipe will be in my upcoming book to be published in fall 2012. thanks!

  79. Sini says:

    Can’t wait for your book and this beautiful pictures are making me more and more impatient.
    And I have to say, once again, that I absolutely LOVE your dishes, Aran. Are those plates from PiP Studio?

  80. I found your blog thanks to The Times highlighting it as one of the 50 best food blogs. I am so pleased I have found it. I love the photography. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I cannot wait to read more…

  81. Ivana says:

    I have my own version of cake with dark chocolate and hazelnut. There is no better combination. Except maybe chocolate cake with orange jam.

    I like your healthy – refreshing combination with always desirable dark chocolate.

    Images are excelent.

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