I've been meaning to have a go at making some raw chocolate for a long time, but for one reason or another haven't actually got around to it - until recently! The raw chocolate products I have bought are really delicious, although quite unlike chocolate as we know it. Raw chocolate is meant to be actively healthy. The ingredients have minimum processing and the cocoa itself has not been heat treated which is the case with most of the cocoa powders we are familiar with. There is also no sugar involved. The downside is that the ingredients are all quite expensive, especially if using organic ones as I have done. Although some time ago I'd cut a recipe out from the Natural Store magazine, this was a bit of an experiment and I wanted to try some different flavours; these ended up as being plain, rose, lucuma and cinnamon.
This is what I did:
- Melted 100g chopped raw cocoa butter in a bowl over hot water
- Added 1 tbsp coconut oil.
- When melted, mixed in 4 tbsp raw cocoa powder and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt.
- Beat in 3 tbsp raw agave syrup (this is where I may have gone wrong as the recipe I was meant to be following suggested if not blended really well the agave syrup would sink - hey ho, guess what happened!).
- Spooned 1/4 of mixture into some shell shaped moulds.
- Added 1 tsp of whizzed up dried rose petals to another 1/4 and spooned that into rose shaped moulds.
- Added 1 tbsp lucuma powder to the remaining mixture and spooned 1/4 into a mini silicone loaf tin.
- Added a drop or cinnamon essential oil to the last remaining 1/4 and poured that into a mini silicone loaf tin.
- Put them all into the fridge to set for a couple of hours.
This chocolate smelt wonderful as I was making it and I had high hopes. Oh well, it was my first attempt! The mixture containing the lucuma powder wasn't too bad and had only separated slightly but the shapes had separated out and the agave syrup ran all over the place when I turned them out. The rose flavour didn't come through at all and the bits of rose petal didn't add to the general enjoyment. Luckily, the taste was good, quite similar to the products I've bought and enjoyed. The texture certainly needs working on, but I think it is worth having another go. I will need to find a better way of creating a rose flavoured chocolate, but the cinnamon flavour worked well. They were very simple to make and although expensive are a lot cheaper than the ready made bars.
Any tips much appreciated.