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homemade chocolate from scratch

Homemade Chocolate

Make your own chocolate from scratch using the flavours you like. The result is yumminess in a bar and most likely healthier than refined sugar packed commercial version!
5 from 42 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Moulding 4 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Romanian
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 200 ml water
  • 200 g coconut sugar organic
  • 50 g cacao powder organic
  • 200 g powdered milk (extra 30-50 g if needed)
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • flavours of choice
  • 60 g roasted hazelnuts optional

Instructions
 

  • In a pan, boil the water with sugar for 8 minutes, until it becomes syrupy.
  • Add the cacao powder, mix well and continue boiling at low temperature for another 4 minutes. Stir occasionally, so it does not crystalise or stick to the pan.
  • Remove the pan from the hob, add the powdered milk and mix well. Depending on the type of powdered milk used, you might want to grind it before if it is too lumpy.
  • During this step, you will observe that the powdered milk will quickly absorb the syrupy composition and thicken. Keep mixing until all lumps dissolve.
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  • Add the butter and mix well. Optionally, add roasted crushed hazelnuts.
  • Add whatever flavours you wish. Try with small quantities first to see if you want to go for it. My favourite flavours are rum essence with a little dash of ground pepper or orange essence with pepper. The choice is yours!
  • At this point, the composition should be malleable enough to pour in silicone moulds if you decided to go for special occasion shapes. Larger moulds work better than smaller; the Christmas shapes I tried were not quite successful because of this!
  • If you are going for simple bar shapes, place a parchment paper on a tray, empty the content from the pan and level nicely with a spatula.
  • Cool in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours, depending on the layer's thickness. Overnight is better!
  • If you used shapes, carefully remove your chocolate from the silicone moulds. Otherwise, cut bars of desired thickness and enjoy when you are craving something sweet!

Notes

From these quantities, I obtained approximately 600 g of chocolate. Simple maths say that a 100 g bar contains about 33 g organic, unrefined sugar.  A lot less and better than any bar I bought from the shops!
For a vegan version, skip the butter and use coconut, rice or soy powdered milk as substitutes. I have not tried them, and I do not know how the consistency works.
Homemade chocolate should preferably be stored in the fridge as it contains dairy products. If you use substitutes for a vegan version, then a container and room temperature will do.
Keyword easy dessert, homemade chocolate, treat recipe