Phew! What a busy time I've been having. Most of last weekend was taken up with preparing for and demoing at The Fresh Network Open Day. It felt a little bit different as it was on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday, I mean, we were eating raw chocolate when most people would have eating roast spuds and then falling asleep in front of the TV! There was a great crowd of people, it's really nice to be around like-minded people. It always reconnects me to my reasons for being raw and also wanting to create raw food for others - it strengthens my 'why' as Karen would say.
Anway, on to my reason for this post. As I have already said, I was demoing raw chocolate at the Open Day, in the form of Raw Easter Eggs. Everyone loved the chocolate and was amazed when I popped the egg out of the mould so I wanted to share the recipe and method with you all. This is a great one for parents as you now don't have to compromise or feel that your kids are missing out...read on....
Raw Chocolate Easter Eggs
Recipe by Russell James
Makes 3+ good size eggs with chocolate left over for making chunks of of 'fruit and nut'! Top Tip: This can be achieved by adding raisins and pieces of your favorite crushed nuts to the left over mixture and putting into ice cube trays.
2c cashew butter (1 16oz jar)
2c cacao powder or if no cacao powder available, use 1c milled cacao nibs + 1c carob
2c grated cacao butter
2T vanilla extract or the inside of 2 whole vanilla pods
1c agave nectar
1. Put the grated cacao butter in a bowl and place in a dehydrator at 115 degrees F. The idea is to turn the butter into liquid for use later on in the recipe. You can also achieve this by placing the bowl in a sink of hot water.
2. In a food processor mix the cashew butter and cacao powder (or cacao and carob, if using) thoroughly. This will be easier if the cashew butter is at room temperature.
3. Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and add vanilla extract (or pods) and agave. Mix in by hand.
4. When cacao butter has liquidised, pour into chocolate mixture and mix again by hand.
5. Use a spoon to spread chocolate into egg moulds (I got my egg moulds from Lakeland). If you're using cacao nibs and carob you may find that mixture is a little to dry and stiff to work with so you can cover and put into the dehydrator for about half an hour to loosen it up. Be sure to save some chocolate mixture to seal the 2 halves of the egg together.
6. Put egg moulds in freezer until chocolate has set. This could also be done in the fridge if you're not in a hurry. Eggs should now easily pop out of the mould.
7. Use your fingers to apply the chocolate you saved to the edges of one of the egg halves. This doesn't have to be perfect and you can be quite liberal with it as you're going to wipe off any excess.
8. Push the 2 halves together and use your finger to finish off the seal and get a smooth join. Egg can then be put in the fridge.
9. Eat while weeping with joy (Karen's words, not mine! :-))