Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DIY Quick Nutty Homemade Chocolate Bars

Yesterday was Lohri - a festival much celebrated by the Punjabi community of India to mark the coming of the harvest. My cousin had a celebration over at her place and I wanted to do something special for her.
Given that I don't (yet) have a reputation for being the best cook in my family, i decided to go with something that I love working with - chocolate.

Here's what you need:
  • Half a bar of cooking dark chocolate
  • A handful of peanuts - i used the organic unsalted variety
  • Vanilla essence
Here's what you need to do:

Step 1: Roast peanuts in a pan on low flame for anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes up till they turn a light golden. A tad overdone, but yummy nonetheless.

Step 2: Leave the peanuts to cool. Chop the dark chocolate into chunks.

Step 3:  In a large crock-pot, bring water to a boil. Put the dark chocolate in a smaller crock-pot and carefully place within the larger one. Keep on low flame.

Step 4: Stir continuously till the chocolate melts to avoid burning. Once the chocolate is fully melted, add 2-3 drops of vanilla essence and stir for about a minute.

Step 5: Gently roll the peanuts between your fingers to remove the peanut coverings and add the peanuts to the melted chocolate while still in the crock-pot.

Step 6: Cover the peanuts in chocolate completely and pour the mixture out into a lightly greased baking pan. I added a layer of chocolate chips on top to make it extra nutty. This is, of course, optional!

Step 7: Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. It is important to not refrigerate for long because we don't want the chocolate to get too hard to cut.

Step 8: Cut the chocolate into bite-sized pieces and serve.

These were gone in 15 minutes! :) Cheers

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