I've been feeling under the weather the past few weeks, and needed some natural up-lifting. Well, a few days ago, D encouraged me to go and do something just for myself, something that would be a good distraction from the lows bringing me down.
For those of you who know me through blog-reading, will know that I am not a chocolate fanatic, I' enjoy small morsels now and again, when the mood takes me. However, I had recently read about raw chocolate classes and it got me kind of curious. I've eaten raw chocolate in the past, I have to admit I wasn't that keen on it at first, but then with every small bite I developed a taste for it. Still not mad about it, but like it enough to try and attempt making my own. Well before I knew it I was at a Raw Chocolate class being taught on a one to one basis. Raw chocolate base is made from raw cacao and cacao butter. I was also introduced to lots of new ingredients, like mesquite powder (white carob), lucuma, purple corn flour, maca root powder, baobab powder and a number of others that escape my head.
As well as coming home smelling sweet like chocolate, I came home with this impressive selection. You should have seen my reaction when the chocolate fell out effortlessly from the moulds. Totally amazing. They are definitely an acquired taste, none of my nephews or nieces liked them, saying that they were too bitty. I didn't mind them, nor did D - so plenty for us to enjoy over the next couple of weeks.
Above heart-shaped coins enhance with lavender buds, purple corn flour, cacao nibs, carob powder, vanilla and maple syrup
These shaped into butterflies and a flower have lucuma fruit powder and vanilla extract
Sea shells with a hint of Himalayan Rose Pink Crystal Salt
And finally, Mint extract, some kind of seaweed powder (sorry can't remember the name at the moment) and carob powder .
I am planning to go back in a month or so as it was a lovely distraction for the day. And I am planning to take along a stash of chilli flakes as I would like to make some red chilli and cacao raw chocolate.
Raw Chocolate with many flavour options
You will need plastic chocolate moulds for these or mini silicone moulds
60g raw cacao butter
50g raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon agave syrup or maple syrup
Additional natural flavourings
1 tablespoon of lacuma, maca, spirulina, carob, cornflower etc.
Pink Himilayan Salt
Edible flowers like rose buds, lavender, marigold etc.
Drops of vanilla, rose, mint and lavender extract
In a double boiler (or use double boiler method), melt the cacao butter, when it has melted stir in the cacao powder. Stir well to combine.
Remove from the heat.
Then add in your chosen flavour enhancers.
Then carefully pour into chocolate moulds.
Set aside somewhere cool to set or in the fridge to set.
When ready, carefully turn them out.