• Helen Scott

Home-made Easter Eggs (raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free)

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3 ingredients, 4 simple steps, 5 minutes prep and multiple reasons why you should make your own Easter eggs! This is raw, vegan and organic chocolate, and once you try this simple recipe, you will never want the bought stuff again!

Homemade chocolate is very quick and easy to make, and an ideal pressie to take to a dinner party. While wine is most people's default option, including ours, sometimes it's thoughtful to take something else for the host not least if they are pregnant or teetotal, and especially in the cases where, according to my husband "to take wine to a man is to insult his cellar".

This recipe uses just cacao butter, raw cacao powder and maple syrup resulting in the most moreish, velvety and rich chocolate, which is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I usually add the zest of 3/4 of an orange too to create a Terry's Chocolate Orange effect, and this is my ultimate favourite, but sometimes I add almonds and raisins on top in the style of Cadbury's Fruit n' Nut! I have also been experimenting with different salts including a seasalt that had been infused with cinnamon and orange zest. Experiment for yourself!

You can pour the chocolate into ice cube trays or small moulds for fun shapes, or onto a shallow baking tray or the lid of tupperware to make a slab of chocolate.

What you need:

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1 cup of raw cacao powder (or cocoa)

1 cup of raw cacao butter (1/2 cup cacao butter + 1/2 cup coconut oil but pure cacao means the chocolate won't melt so easily, although it is more expensive)

1/4 cup of maple syrup

Flavourings/Toppings (optional)

To go inside the chocolate:

1 heaped teaspoon of orange zest or

1.5 teaspoons of ground cardamom or

pinch of cinnmon or

pinch of chilli powder

inside of a vanilla pod

drop of vanilla essence

drop of Brandy

drop of Cointreau

To go in or on top of the chocolate: nuts, seeds, dried fruits, dried roses, pistachios, mineral salt, cacao nibs for crunch

Method:

1. If either your cacao butter or coconut oil are solid, you will need to melt them. Take your slab of cacao butter and chop or grate it into small pieces, then melt it over a bain-marie. This involves filling a small saucepan with water and putting it onto simmer. Then place a pyrex or heatproof bowl above the saucepan with your cacao butter in it and keep stirring it with a wooden spoon until it melts. Your final quantity need to be 1 cup. Whatever it is, match it with the same amount of cacao.

2. Pour the melted cacao (and coconut oil if you are using it) into the food processor with the same volume (in cups) of cacao and the 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Add flavouring now if you desire e.g. orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom etc. Blend for 10 seconds until smooth, remembering to scrape down the sides if necessary.

3. Pour into moulds then place in the freezer to speed up the setting process. You can use bought chocolate mould, or an ice cube tray or tupperware lids to make slabs.

4. SECRET TIP! As you clear up, run your hand into the (hopefully cool now) bowl where you melted the cacao butter, and use the leftover to moisturise your body! Don't worry what anyone else in the room thinks! It's the best, most natural moisturiser ever and will make your skin look and feel great! Plus, you are now as edible as the chocolate you made...

5. Once the chocolates are set, in a few hours, depending on the size of the mould, you can pop them out of their moulds and move them into the fridge in an airtight container.

NB. To make the most solid chocolate that will not melt at room temperature, use 100% cacao butter. You can use a mix (50/50) of coconut oil and cacao butter, which will be cheaper, but it will melt more easily at room temperature and you will have very chocolatey fingers when eating it! Not the worst problem ever though...

If you are transporting your chocolates to a dinner party, keep them in the fridge until the last minute then carry them in a cooler bag with an icepack underneath, just to be on the safe side!

FYI, last Saturday night I made a slab at 6.45pm, had it in the freezer by 6.50pm then was out the door with it set at 7.15pm for a dinner at 7.30pm!

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