Making chocolate at home is very easy and who doesn’t like chocolate? I mean, people who don’t like chocolate might exist – but I’ve never met any of them. Chocolate is something I prefer over any other dessert or treats. All I need is a small piece of my favourite chocolate (ok, two…) and the world is a better place. I also only like any cakes and sweet dessert if they contain chocolate – no sugary Victoria sponge for me and I would never touch a lemon drizzle. Bobcat feels the same way about chocolate: when he picks a dessert in a restaurant, he always picks something with chocolate. It’s always a safe choice. You just can’t go wrong.
I’ve tried to make chocolate at home a few times and they were ok, but this time they’ve turned out just perfect and delicious! I like good quality, organic, dark chocolate with nuts or berries. Stay away from me with “white chocolate”. (That’s not chocolate, that’s sugar paste.) Also, I prefer my chocolate to be fairly traded.
If you take my advice and buy top quality ingredients and follow the recipe below, the success is guaranteed. They look gorgeous, aren’t they? They also make great handmade gifts for Valentine’s Day or stocking fillers for Christmas. I made these for my some of my friends’ birthday and they loved them (phew!).
You can of course use other nuts or berries or none at all! Use organic and raw ingredients if you can – they are so much better both taste and quality wise.
So, here’s the recipe:
100g raw cacao butter
100g raw and unsweetened cacao powder
100ml agave syrup
25g pistachios chopped
25g goji berries
Heat water in a saucepan and place a heat resistant bowl over the saucepan. Chop the cacao butter and put in the bowl. Let it start melting, use low heat. In the meantime, chop up the pistachios. Remove saucepan from heat and set bowl of butter over it. When the butter is liquid, stir in the cacao powder, keep stirring, the lumps will dissolve. Then thoroughly stir in the agave syrup. Finally, stir in Nuts & Fruit, until it is well coated. Spoon mixture carefully into chocolate mould. Put the mould straight into the freezer for 15 minutes to set. Remove them and enjoy.