Bread with Chocolate

This recipe will surprise you as much as it did me. The full name is Rustic Bread with Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil, and Salt, which reveals all four recipe ingredients. The recipe comes from the book Tapas – A Taste of Spain in America, by José Andrés.

José Andrés is a well known Spanish chef who’s highly regarded for not only his culinary expertise but also his humanitarian work. I’ve seen the chef on various shows, and he just seems like a very nice human being. As of 2024, he owns 19 restaurants around the world, so along with his charity work, he must be extremely busy.

This tapas book was published in 2005. I probably bought it that year, because I wouldn’t have bought it after our trip in Spain in 2007. Let me explain.

I designed a road trip for my husband and myself beginning in Madrid, a lovely visit in Cuenca, Peniscola on the coast, then drove inland to a Parador in Cardona, with an incredible stop at Montserrat. After that was a crazy fun drive through Andorra, over the Pyrenees, and into France where we visited my sister. After a week, we returned to Madrid on a different, more northern route. At the bottom of this post are some photos from the trip.

The reason I mention our trip, is that as is our “way” with traveling, we don’t go to touristy spots. (After seeing the Eiffel Tower and The Vatican, of course.) And we weren’t in Spain during the tourist months, either. I had been so excited for the famous Spain “tapas,” but was terribly disappointed.

The actual tapas in the tapas bars and little cafés? Most of them were moving. I’m not kidding. Spider and crab-like critters moving on their bed of tomatoes. Seriously. They reminded me of the fresh white eels that I read about as a kid in National Geographic that people eat on New Year’s Eve for good luck. I couldn’t do it. I expected gambas, patatas, croquettes, etc.

The meals were fabulous, though, and the house wine. We enjoyed lots of Iberico ham, and Manchego with rosemary inside, all drizzled with olive oil. Heaven.

So back to my tapas cookbook, here it is 2024 and when I pulled it out of my book case and opened it up, I realized I’d never read it. I must have purchased it after our trip to Spain! In any case, all is forgiven, just not quite forgotten. We will be going back to Spain. Here is the recipe.

Rustic Bread with Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil, and Salt
Pan con chocolate, aceite y sal
Printable recipe below

4 1/2” thick slices rustic bread
4 ounces dark chocolate
4 tablespoons Spanish extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt to taste

Heat the oven to 200 degrees.

Toast the slices of bread in a toaster until brown. (I didn’t do this.)

Using a knife, break the chocolate into small pieces. Scatter them over the toasted bread, and place in the oven until the chocolate melts, about 5 minutes. (I personally would have tempered the chocolate first.)

Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle a little salt on top, and serve.

Chef Andrés call this simple dessert one of the best examples of a uniquely Spanish mix of olive oil and chocolate on bread.

Before oil and salt, which was favorite part of these tapas!

 

 

By Published On: February 26th, 202454 Comments on Bread with Chocolate

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

54 Comments

  1. Bernadette February 26, 2024 at 6:16 AM - Reply

    I never have made a Jose Andres recipe which is quite shocking to me because I follow him and donate to his humanitarian cause. My granddaughter will think she has died and gone to heaven when I make this for her.

    • Chef Mimi February 26, 2024 at 8:24 AM - Reply

      You will too!

  2. spicedblog February 26, 2024 at 6:34 AM - Reply

    What a fun recipe! I can totally see how these flavors work well together…and I personally love Guittard chocolate, too. And like you, I don’t want my food to move on the plate. Eek.

    • Chef Mimi February 26, 2024 at 8:25 AM - Reply

      Yeah. I’ve eaten lots of crazy stuff, but nothing still alive.

  3. gwenthinks February 26, 2024 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    Headed on our first trip to Spain next week. Thanks, I’ll be wary of moving tapas. Interesting recipe– I’ll give it a try!

    • Chef Mimi February 26, 2024 at 8:42 AM - Reply

      Exciting! My daughter and husband spent Christmas in Cadiz. I forgot to ask them about moving tapas!!!

  4. Jeff the Chef February 26, 2024 at 9:02 AM - Reply

    This doesn’t completely surprise me, since a good bread crust could become something like a crust. Plus, I would eat Nutella on toast any day, and this is in that vein. Plus, I’m aware that in some places in the world, chocolate on toast is a thing. BUT I’ve never had it! Now I’ve got to, because it looks delicious. But my real point is, they served you things that were still alive? I’m afriad I, like you, would have to draw the line there.

    • Chef Mimi February 26, 2024 at 9:04 AM - Reply

      Well, I did. I’m not as adventurous as I thought. My French grandmère always melted chocolate in baguettes for my sister and me. Loved it.

  5. cookingwithauntjuju.com February 26, 2024 at 10:07 AM - Reply

    I have a number of his cookbooks including this one and a favorite “The World Central Kitchen – Feeding Humanity.” My sister recentlly did a partial trek across Camino de Santiago and did not talk about anything “live” as you mentioned. She would have freaked! Not my favorite way to have chocolate but I’m sure it’s good!

    • Chef Mimi February 26, 2024 at 11:42 AM - Reply

      He did so much during the pandemic I remember. I don’t know how I got so unlucky with the tapas, but we definitely ate well otherwise!

  6. johnrieber February 26, 2024 at 11:31 AM - Reply

    Dont’ hate me but I’m not a chocolate fan…that said, love the artistry at play here!

  7. Charlie DeSando February 26, 2024 at 1:11 PM - Reply

    great combo, there is a store in DC on Capitol Hill near where I used to live named Bread & Chocolate

    • Chef Mimi February 26, 2024 at 1:14 PM - Reply

      Oh interesting!!

  8. Ben | Havocinthekitchen February 26, 2024 at 1:49 PM - Reply

    Dark chocolate and olive oil on a toast? What a wonderful and unique recipe – and so fancy, too!

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:53 AM - Reply

      My grandmother in France used to warm chocolate in baguettes, so I guess it’s a fairly common combination!

  9. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen February 26, 2024 at 2:25 PM - Reply

    This sounds really tasty, the addition of the olive oil is unexpected!

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:53 AM - Reply

      The olive oil was my favorite part. You need to try this!

  10. sherry February 26, 2024 at 5:43 PM - Reply

    yum sounds delicious. Just wondering why you would have tempered the chocolate first?

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:54 AM - Reply

      To make it smoother and prettier. I didn’t think the melted chocolate looked enticing.

  11. Debra February 26, 2024 at 9:00 PM - Reply

    Wow! I don’t think I ever thought of bread with chocolate as a specific recipe, but it’s genius! With olive oil? I can’t think of anything more scrumptious. Seriously! I am intrigued, as well as repelled, by your Spanish experience with creepy crawly tapas. All that aside, what a wonderful trip! I really enjoyed your photos! I do hope you will be able to return. 😉

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:55 AM - Reply

      We’ll actually be in Spain this year. It’s a beautiful country. My French grandmother put chocolate in warm baguettes and I remember how good that was, but would never have thought to add olive oil and salt!

  12. Tandy | Lavender and Lime February 26, 2024 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    This sounds like something I would do for Hannah. I also have a tapas book that’s barely been looked at, let alone used.

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:56 AM - Reply

      That’s very interesting! Maybe because we’re used to cooking larger amounts?!

  13. carrietalkingmeals February 27, 2024 at 3:43 AM - Reply

    Mimi, thanks for sharing this one!! I cannot tell you how many times my kids ask me for dessert and I have nothing. But this is a perfect sweet and salty combination that I could pull together so quickly. Love it

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:57 AM - Reply

      My French grandmother used to warm chocolate in baguettes and we ate them like a sandwich. But I hadn’t remembered that until I saw this recipe!

  14. thatskinnychickcanbake February 27, 2024 at 6:46 AM - Reply

    Wow, what a great adventure. I’ve been to the Madrid airport, but I don’t think that counts. I may have to have a chocolate themed dinner club gathering. You’ve provided the appetizer!!

    • Chef Mimi February 27, 2024 at 7:58 AM - Reply

      Oh fun! What a great idea!

  15. Raymund February 27, 2024 at 6:40 PM - Reply

    What a delightful story behind this recipe! Your road trip through Spain sounds like quite the adventure, filled with unexpected culinary experiences. It’s funny how our travel memories can shape our expectations of certain cuisines. Despite the tapas disappointment, your journey sounds unforgettable. Thank you for sharing both the recipe and your captivating travel tale!

    • Chef Mimi February 28, 2024 at 2:01 PM - Reply

      I would go on that same trip again it was so good. But then, I wouldn’t, because we always have to go to new places!

  16. Anonymous February 27, 2024 at 6:51 PM - Reply

    sounds like a lovely trip Mimi! As far as the cookbook goes, I’ve done that so many times where I’ve bought one and then forgotten I had bought it. (In some cases bought a second copy!) But it’s like getting a present again!

    • Chef Mimi February 28, 2024 at 2:01 PM - Reply

      That’s a great way to look at it!

  17. sarchakra February 27, 2024 at 7:03 PM - Reply

    You are so well travelled, I love that :-) Great pictures of a memorable trip. Im not very fond of chocolate but my favorite way of eating Nutella is on a toasted sourdough which is also rustic bread so this recipe totally makes sense. That melted chocolate is so decadent.

    • Chef Mimi February 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM - Reply

      We keep trying! I think traveling is so important, and not just for the food!

      • sarchakra March 26, 2024 at 5:56 PM

        Absolutely 💯 I love traveling

  18. Ann Coleman February 27, 2024 at 7:36 PM - Reply

    What a great trip! And although I’d never think of pairing chocolate and bread, it really does sound (and look) good!

    • Chef Mimi February 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM - Reply

      It was fun trying!

  19. Gerlinde de Broekert February 27, 2024 at 11:11 PM - Reply

    We used to ear butter and sugar bread when I was a kid in Germany. Why not chocolate.

    • Chef Mimi February 28, 2024 at 8:48 AM - Reply

      In France we had baguettes with warmed chocolate!!

  20. terrie gura February 28, 2024 at 2:59 PM - Reply

    Well, yum! Dark chocolate and sea salt are a match made in heaven, as far as I’m concerned.

    • Chef Mimi February 29, 2024 at 8:49 AM - Reply

      I really like salted caramel! But this was pretty incredible.

  21. cookingwithauntjuju.com February 29, 2024 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    Did you mean for your nail polish to match the pansies – LOL! Great idea if so as I don’t like fingers in pictures…

    • Chef Mimi February 29, 2024 at 6:19 PM - Reply

      Just a happy coincidence!

  22. David Scott Allen March 1, 2024 at 11:57 AM - Reply

    I must admit that I’ve never been much for the French “bread and chocolate” but this seems a lot different with the olive oil and salt. Also, since I was young, I’ve been to Venice, where I had tuna served with cocoa powder as a cicchetto. it took on a whole new meeting when it was savory. I know this has some sweetness, but it sounds really interesting, and I want to try it. Also, I think he is a wonderful human being! He has done so much for the world, and he deserves all the credit he gets.

    • Chef Mimi March 1, 2024 at 7:16 PM - Reply

      Tuna and cocoa powder? I can’t taste that in my head!!! Yes, Mr. Andres is such a great human being, you’re right. The olive oil and salt made a huge difference.

  23. ingoodflavor March 2, 2024 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    Sounds like authentic spanish tapas are too exotic for me too! This is an unexpected combination, but it would be fun to try.

    • Chef Mimi March 2, 2024 at 6:01 PM - Reply

      It was definitely fun trying!

  24. Anonymous March 3, 2024 at 6:39 PM - Reply

    I’m all in on the bread with chocolate. Right up my alley. :-)
    I am a tapas lover. Having lived in Madrid for a year (many moons ago), I ate them daily. I will say though, that I had my favorite tapas in San Sebastian on a trip in 2018. I didn’t see any that were moving, though I did avoid a couple with eyeballs. ;-) ~Valentina

    • Chef Mimi March 4, 2024 at 5:28 PM - Reply

      Ha!!! That’s so exciting that you lived in Madrid. We’ll be back there in September. It’s a beautiful city. Glad you avoided the eyeballs!!!

  25. 2pots2cook March 7, 2024 at 2:47 AM - Reply

    Irresistible country and irresistible food indeed!

    • Chef Mimi March 7, 2024 at 8:17 AM - Reply

      Thank you!!!

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