Not to love chocolate is simply impossible! This deliciously delicious dessert won the hearts of not only small sweet tooth. Even those who have taken place in this life cannot deny themselves this small weakness. The technology for making chocolate is rather complicated, but this is not an obstacle for home cooks, eager to make chocolate with their own hands in their own kitchen. The preparation of this delicacy in the home kitchen allows you to experiment with the filling, dessert hardness, shape and even taste. But first things first.
How to make chocolate from cocoa?
Culinary craftswomen by trial and error
created a huge number of recipes for making homemade sweets. Here is one of them. The main ingredients for making this delicious treat are:
- cocoa powder;
Making chocolate with your own hands using this recipe is quite simple. The specific weight of each component does not exist. Products are bookmarked by eye, but it should be remembered that the consistency of still liquid chocolate should resemble thick sour cream. The hardness of the product, as well as its sweetness, depends on the amount of cocoa powder added: the more cocoa is added, the harder and more bitter the prepared dessert will be.
Most often, when they make chocolate with their own hands, they use classic butter, and sometimes a spread. Ideally, you should buy cocoa butter, which can be found on the shelves of large supermarkets. If this is not possible, it is best to use butter, as the spread gives an unpleasant aftertaste to the finished treat.
How to make chocolate with your own hands: the cooking process
The basis of homemade goodies is butter: the greater its initial weight, the more tasty mass it will turn out. Chop the butter into small pieces and then melt in a saucepan. When it boils, sugar and cocoa powder should be added to it. After receiving the desired consistency, let the chocolate mixture boil a little (2-3 minutes are enough). Then remove the cookware from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly. After cooling, it is placed in the refrigerator for several hours, where it hardens completely.
How to make chocolate from cocoa, we figured out. But not everyone likes the bitter taste of this delicacy, so try to make a milk dessert.
Milk chocolate recipeMilk chocolate
has a more delicate taste than classic. The ingredient composition of this treat is practically no different from the classic recipe. Additionally, milk is introduced into the composition of the mixture, and certain proportions are necessarily observed.
To make milk chocolate, we need the following products:
- butter - 50 grams;
- milk - 2 tablespoons;
- cocoa powder - 100 grams;
- granulated sugar - 1 tablespoon.
First, you should warm the milk to a temperature of approximately 60-70 degrees, add the required amount of sugar to it and stir. Then melt the butter. You can do this on a stove or use a water bath. Once the butter has completely melted, add the sweetened milk and gently pour the cocoa, constantly stirring the mixture so that no lumps form. After thoroughly mixing all the ingredients, cook the mixture on low heat for several minutes. As practice shows, 2-3 minutes are enough. Then the finished product should be removed to the refrigerator, after cooling the mixture.
Now you know how to make milk chocolate, and you can treat all your friends with this delicious dessert.
Some useful tips
To make the treat more tasty, it’s worth taking a few useful tips:
1. Ready chocolate mix can be cooled not only in the freezer, but also simply on the top shelf of the refrigerator. In this case, the finished treat will be softer in consistency.
2. To slightly vary the taste of homemade chocolate, you can add vanilla to it.
3. To make the product more healthy, sometimes sugar is replaced with honey. But since honey cannot be heated too much, otherwise it loses its beneficial properties, it is introduced into the mixture after the cooking process. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled sufficiently, you can add honey and mix thoroughly the resulting mass.
4. To make the mixture more homogeneous, it is best to use a blender to mix the products.
Shape and filling
Even if you make chocolate with your own hands, this does not mean at all that your treat will be a ridiculous flat pancake or just a plain-looking lump. Do not abandon the beautiful design of your culinary delights. You can use ordinary molds for making ice.
Now on the shelves of supermarkets there are many different molds that allow you to make chocolate figures with your own hands.
The filling for homemade goodies is entirely up to your imagination. If you rely on standard fillers, then these are, of course, nuts. You can use classic almonds or hazelnuts, cashews or peanuts. There are many options. Nuts can be planted whole, but can be crushed.
If you plan to serve a treat in the form of bricks, then this candy can be filled with coconut or waffle chips. An unusual option for filling homemade chocolate will be the use of dried fruits. Shredded prunes or dried apricots help to neutralize the taste of the dessert that is too sweet, and also make it more useful.
Not only delicious, but also healthy.
Now that you know how to make chocolate from cocoa, it’s not necessary to run to the store to buy a tile of your favorite treat. In addition, the home version of this dream sweet tooth is more useful than the store counterpart. Why? All the ingredients used in the dessert preparation process are natural; there are no various stabilizers and flavor enhancers.
Experiment, surprise your friends and relatives with unusual tastes of homemade chocolate. Bon Appetit!