Friday, 21 November 2014

Suma Bloggers Network - DIY Raw Chocolate



I'm a big fan of raw chocolate - for a little treat now and again there's nothing better than an Om bar or something from Kate Magic's online store. As much as I like it, I have to be honest with myself - those little bars of heaven can be quite costly. I love making my own chocolate because not only is it more cost effective, it means I can get creative with the flavours!



The basic chocolate mix requires raw cacao powder, raw cacao butter and something to sweeten it. I love the Raw Chocolate Company for their powder and butter (available from Suma). My personal favorite way to sweeten the mixture is with agave, but I've also tried it with coconut sugar with success.  You are also going to need some kind of molds - I've found silicone ones the best as it's easy to pop the chocolates out after setting. You could get as creative as you like, there are so many cute molds out there! I think these would make an awesome home made Christmas gift too.



Into my molds I popped various other yummy things to create some variety - goji berries, cacao nibs, walnuts and nut butters all make excellent fillings! You can even use sturdy cupcake cases (ones that will free-stand) to make nut butter cups.

Recipe

100g Raw Cacao Butter
70g Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 cup agave syrup

Method

Get some water up to boiling point in a saucepan and get a heat proof mixing bowl ready. Into the mixing bowl place you cacao butter. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan and reduce the heat so that the water is just simmering.
Melt the cacao butter very gently until it is all liquid. Take the bowl off the heat - careful, that thing will be hot!
Add in the cacao powder and mix quickly until everything is sooth. At this point add in the agave and mix throughly.
Carefully pour the chocolate mix into the molds along with whatever fillings you have chosen.
The best way to set your chocolates is in the fridge for at least 3 hours. Make sure you have a free shelf so everything can be laid flat.
Once set - enjoy!

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