Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Raw Chocolates - a first attempt


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.

15 comments:

  1. try again... now I will hypnotise you... look into my eyes... not around my eyes... into my eyes... you're under... now put them in a box and send them to Belleau Kitchen... NOW ! x

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  2. I've never heard of raw chocolate, let alone tasted it or tried to make my own. I think you are very adventerous giving this a go and as my Granny always tells me ... if at first you don't succeed ;0)

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  3. I haven't heard of raw chocolate either and I am very impressed with you making your own chocolate. I can see the shopfront "Choclette's Chocolates". I am afraid I can't give you any tips, as I wouldn't have a clue where to start!

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  4. Gosh that was brave. They look good.

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  5. Wow looks too good, perfect i can say...

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  6. That looks well impressive! Keep at it; practice makes perfect :)

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  7. I have nothing but admiration for you for even trying this. I am really impressed. I unfortunately have no tips to share with you. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings Mary

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  8. This is really new to me so I'm just helpless in any tips. But it looks good!

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  9. Wow, those ingredients sound wonderful. They look good!

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  10. Fascinating, Choclette! I've been reading a bit about this - great to see how they turn out. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Dominic - You're on - if I ever manage to make any decent ones that is!

    Chele - I know, just stick with it and keep trying - yawn!

    Kath - Now wouldn't a chocolate shop be grand. Sadly, tips to not seem to be forthcoming.

    Thank you Janice

    Thanks Sushma - I was certainly pleased with one of them.

    Catherine - I guess you're right and I should just try again and again!

    Mary - Thank you, I guess it was a bit of a forlorn hope.

    Thanks MaryMoh

    CityHippy - they tasted good, not so sure about the looks.

    Thank you Celia, but I would hope most would turn out a lot better than this.



    Sushma

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  12. I have some little pieces of raw cocoa butter and cocoa mass and some nibs? on the shelf and haven't dared do anything with them yet. So will turn to you for advice, as I know 0 (zilch) about making chocolate! I read about tempering and it just sounds like the sort of thing I would mess up.

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  13. Choclette, I've been down the raw route too thanks to CHOC Chicks chocolate making kit. I followed their quantities to the letter. The amount of liquid is important it seems. I wonder if you use say 6tbsp cocoa powder would the mixture bind?

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  14. They looks great, am quite impressed with coconut butter, which is quite new for me....though i can't give any tips, but would love to grab one and enjoy :)

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  15. Joanna - As you can see from my less than perfect results, I may not be the best one to advise. making raw chocolate is an awful lot easier than tempering, which I'm also rather wary of. I'd say find a recipe and give it a go - you could even try using this one and see if you get better results than me!

    Thanks Gillian, might give that a try. Yours certainly looked very good.

    Ananda - luckily, they did, at least, taste good.

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