Chocolate-this is indeed a magical word,Am I right.There are hardly any joyous occasions celebrated without chocolate these days.Be it Diwali,birthday,valentine’s day,chocolate takes a pride position.With so many many wonderful varieties available through out the world,one may think what is the necessity to even attempt making chocolate at home,but let me tell you,how much ever money you spend and gift a boxful of expensive chocolates to your loved one’s,they do lack a personal touch that even a small portion of homemade chocolates provide,don’t you agree with me.That too these wonderful cute looking nutties will have your friends/guests keep thinking and raving about you once you offer them these cuties :). This is the chocolate that I grew up with,my mom used to make it when we were kids,but some how she stopped making them in due course.Recently when we are at in-law’s to celebrate Diwali my mother in law had made this and it rekindled all my craze and liking towards this :). I got the recipe from her and I made sure to try a batch on my own once I returned to Chennai. The recipe is the same as my mom does and it is very very simple.Before I tried this I just searched for homemade chocolates and all the recipes I read called for one string sugar syrup(not my cup of tea huh),but here I am blogging a fool proof recipe for homemade chocolate.Try out and you will fall in love with this 🙂
1 1/2 cup milk powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup powdered or icing sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
Dried fruits,nuts as of your choice
A tiny pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1.Beat the sugar and butter very well until creamy in large bowl.
2.Add milk powder.cocoa,sea salt to this and mix well.The mixture will be something like very fine bread crumbs.
3.Now heat a non stick kadai and add the mixture to it.Stir on medium flame for 10 minutes.add milk,fruits and nuts and stir for 5 minutes.The mixture will turn glossy and butter will begin to melt.
4.Remove from flame once the mixture leaves the walls of the vessel,pour on a greased plate.
5.Refrigerate for 30 minutes
6.Now make small balls from the chocolate mixture and again refrigerate for 30 minutes.
7.Store the nutties in a air tight jar(if at all you resist eating :).
1.You can place in one broken almond/hazelnut in each ball before rolling.
2.You can also add any falavoring like vannila/cinnamon to this chocolate
3.Sea salt lends a very sharp flavor to this chocolate,but you can substitute normal salt too.
4.You can allow the mixture to set in tart/jelly moulds are even cut into diamonds instaed of making nutties
5.After the mentioned setting time,these chocolates need not be refrigerated.
They keep well for around a week at room temperature.