Cocktail Brownies from Sweet Tooth

Maria at her Sweet Tooth, Hoxton Street Market stall

Maria at her Sweet Tooth, Hoxton Street Market stall

Last Saturday, we met the lovely Maria who owns Sweet Tooth and has come up with the, frankly genius, idea of cocktail brownies. When I asked Maria for the inspiration behind this she said, “Cocktails and brownies are 2 of my favourite things, I had to figure out a way to combine them.” That’s the sort of mission statement I can get behind!

We tried 2 brownies, the mojito and the pina colada. Maria added extra demerara sugar on the top of the mojito one to represent the sugar rim on the cocktail. I Iiked the mojito with its delicate hints of  mint and lime but my favourite one was the pina colada, the chunks of pineapple made it super moist and the toasty strands of coconut added a lovely contrast. Pineapple and chocolate who would’ve thought they’d work so well together!

Mojito (at back) and Pina Colada (in front) brownies

Mojito (at back) and Pina Colada (in front) brownies

I really recommend getting down to Maria’s stall and checking them out, see below for details of where she trades:

Saturdays @ Hoxton Street Market, Hoxton (The Brownie Bar)

 

 

Hoxton Street Market is a classic East End market that dates back to 1687, close
to Shoreditch but with its own distinctly local flavour.

You can catch Sweet Tooth there under the flag of The Brownie Bar..!

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/hoxton-market.htm


Fridays @ North Cross Road Market, East Dulwich

 

 

North Cross Road is perhaps a slightly obscure choice for weekend shoppers.
However, it’s becoming something of a South London destination.

It’s something of a hidden gem and, due to the ongoing expansion plans by
Southwark Council, Will continue to grow in size and popularity.

http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/10005/markets/252/north_cross_road_market/1

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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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4 Responses to Cocktail Brownies from Sweet Tooth

  1. Federico says:

    Oh my god, this woman is a genius! (I was researching stuff for my next trip to London, by the way, and I stumbled on your website: good job! ;-P)

  2. I thought exactly the same!

    • goantolondon says:

      Thank you for the lovely comment Lynda, and glad that you enjoyed reading the post. Have you visited Maria’s stall and tried some of her cocktail brownies? (Sorry for the delayed reply, as we both work in demanding jobs in NHS hospitals and just have enough time to quickly post new reviews; and I have just remembered to check comments awaiting approval.) Hope you continue to enjoy reading our blog, and we look forward to receiving any comments you have on our posts; as we always like to hear from our readers. Thank you again for taking the time to interact with us.

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