Customised chocolate is always a great gift. I always bring something with me when visiting friends because I think it is a good sign not to come empty hands. Chocolate is suitable for everyone and it also makes the gift pretty.
I started making the chocolate at home because of two reasons. First of all, I like some special ingredients in it, so I cannot always find my favourite kind in store. Secondly, the ingredients list in the chocolate nowadays is so long and the great part of the bar you buy is not a chocolate at all. Oh, and the third reason is that I like to put extra effort where I can. But you already know that.
The most important part of the process is melting you chocolate correctly. If you heat it too much, it will never keep its structure again and melt down the moment you take it in your hands. The water bath method is good when making glazes, for bars it is better to use this technique:
Take a half of your chocolate and put into a water bath until first sights of melted chocolate. Then – take it of the heat and whisk until all chocolate is melted. Add another part of chocolate and whisk again until all peaces are full melted.
Another method is to use a microwave. The process is the same – heat half of the chocolate in microwave for 30sec-1min, add the rest one and whisk it well.
Whichever method you choose, now it is the stage to add the spices (optional). I like dark chocolate with chilli, so I added a tiny pinch of chilli powder in. You can also add dried ginger powder or whatever else you like. Now it is time to pour the mixture on baking paper. I always lay it on baking pan so it is easier to move it around. Pour all the mixture on the paper, flatten a little with the knife and sprinkle all your toppings. I’ve chosen roasted chopped almonds, pink pepper and roasted sesame seeds. Leave the chocolate to harden in cool place, but do not put it into a fridge, because it can cause the water condensing on the chocolate. After it is totally harden, slice in peaces of your choice and voila!!
I’ve used 200g of chocolate for this recipe, 8-9 almonds, 1tsp os sesame seeds and pinch of pink pepper.