Food of the Gods

Theobroma cacao directly translated as ‘Food of the Gods’.  The tree which brings us our all time favourite treat!

I have been reading a fabulous book called ‘Willies Chocolate Bible’ written by Willie Harcourt-Cooze. The book takes you through a fantastic journey around the equator, on the authors search for the perfect bean. It is also filled with his recipes for all things cacao, sweet and savoury. This book has inspired my own search (although maybe not quite around the world) for new flavours and products, and lots of new wonderful gifts and treats.

I decided to try a few modified recipes from The Chocolate Bible, one being Aztec Hot Chocolate. I believe this was extremely brave as I was using 100% Cacoa. I am no wimp when it comes to the bitter sweet depth of flavour only to be found in a really good Dark Chocolate, but this Indonesian beauty (which is created by the author of the book) was on a whole new level. No sugar, no natural vanilla just pure undiluted Cacoa.  Extremely bitter and deep in flavour, not something you could sit and snack on.

The original recipe is as follows

Aztec Hot Chocolate

serves 6

90g 100% cacao finely grated

450ml Water

1 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla essence

1/2 tbsp Honey

Tip the cacao, water, chilli powder into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring frequently, then lower the heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Whisk well to create a light foam. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence. Serve piping hot in small cups. Or leave to cool as the Aztecs would have done, and drink at room temperature.

I have to admit, I didn’t add the chilli, and after trying this the texture was amazing but I actually added a splash of milk to dilute the strength and bitterness slightly. But I really enjoyed drinking a real full flavoured hot chocolate (nearly) as the Aztecs would have done.

Look out for the next Chocolate Angel blog post, where I will be making Cacao Tea.

More news on The Chocolate Angel,  watch this space for The Chocolate Angel goodies coming to an outlet soon.

Food of the Gods

Theobroma cacao directly translated as ‘Food of the Gods’.  The tree which brings us our all time favourite treat!

I have been reading a fabulous book called ‘Willies Chocolate Bible’ written by Willie Harcourt-Cooze. The book takes you through a fantastic journey around the equator, on the authors search for the perfect bean. It is also filled with his recipes for all things cacao, sweet and savoury. This book has inspired my own search (although maybe not quite around the world) for new flavours and products, and lots of new wonderful gifts and treats.

I decided to try a few modified recipes from The Chocolate Bible, one being Aztec Hot Chocolate. I believe this was extremely brave as I was using 100% Cacoa. I am no wimp when it comes to the bitter sweet depth of flavour only to be found in a really good Dark Chocolate, but this Indonesian beauty (which is created by the author of the book) was on a whole new level. No sugar, no natural vanilla just pure undiluted Cacoa.  Extremely bitter and deep in flavour, not something you could sit and snack on.

The original recipe is as follows

Aztec Hot Chocolate

serves 6

90g 100% cacao finely grated

450ml Water

1 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla essence

1/2 tbsp Honey

Tip the cacao, water, chilli powder into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring frequently, then lower the heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Whisk well to create a light foam. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence. Serve piping hot in small cups. Or leave to cool as the aztecs would have done, and drink at room temperature.

I have to admit, I didn’t add the chilli, and after trying this the texture was amazing but I actually added a splash of milk to dilute the strength and bitterness slightly. But I really enjoyed drinking a real full flavoured hot chocolate (nearly) as the Aztecs would have done.

Look out for the next Chocolate Angel blog post, where I will be making Cacao Tea.

More news on The Chocolate Angel,  watch this space for The Chocolate Angel goodies coming to an outlet soon.

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