Cacao bean to chocolate dessert



We're going to make our own chocolate and from that we're going to make a delicious chocolate mouse, a crumble, a koa interior and a chocolate glaze. All great recipes, so enjoy guys!



Making your own chocolate


For that we’re going to start by toasting 1 kilogram of raw cacao beans at 170 degrees Celsius for 50 minutes. Once they’re toasted you can remove the membranes. There is an easier way of doing this but for that you need a fan and mine was unfortunately broken. Click on the link for my previous bean to bar video if you want to know more. Once all the membranes are removed you can transfer the nibs into a wet grinder. I’m making a dark chocolate that’s 75%, so you’ll need 65% of cacao, nibs in this case 650 grams. Then add 10% of cacao butter or 100 grams and let it grind for 1 hour. Now finally add 25% of sugar or 250 grams. Those are the only three ingredients that you’ll need to make your own chocolate. Now let this grind for at least 24 hours. It may seem long, but the difference in the smoothness of the chocolate is massive! Once that’s done turn off the machine and transfer the chocolate in a bowl. Make sure you scrape all the chocolate from the grinder, you don’t want to waste anything! Then we’re going to temper the chocolate. Pour four fifth of your hot chocolate on a smooth worktop and while moving it cool it down this it’s 29 degrees Celsius. We do this to active certain crystals in the chocolate that will ensure that it will have a nice shine, a better crisp, it will set faster and not melt as quickly as otherwise. Once that’s done transfer it back into the bowl and give it a good mix. Now use a brush to cover a cacao mold with a thin layer of the chocolate. Here I use the mold from Mold Brothers Pastry. Find a link to it in the description of this video. Now clean the sides and let it set out of the fridge. The remaining chocolate you can pipe in small rounds on some parchment paper or a silicon sheet to make it easier to store and use later on.



The crumble

80 grams

flour

100 grams

sugar

2 grams

flaky salt

100 grams

butter

40 grams

melted dark chocolate

First mix 80 grams of flour with 100 grams of sugar, 2 grams of flaky salt, 100 grams of butter and 40 grams of melted dark chocolate. Now mix this and then knead it into a firm dough. After that spread it on a silicon sheet and bake it at 160 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes. Give it a good mix every 5 minutes and the let it cool down completely.



The interior

1 leaf or 1.6 grams

gelatin

100 grams

Koa juice

80 grams

milk

20 grams

sugar

50 grams

egg yolk

10 grams

corn starch

First soak the gelatin in cold water. Now pour the Koa juice into a saucepan. Koa a sweet juice made from the white pulp surrounding the cacao beans. Also add the milk, the sugar, the egg yolk and the corn starch. Now mix this well and then while stirring bring it to a boil. Then turn of the heat and add your gelatin. Mix this and then transfer it into a piping bag. Now take the interior mold and fill it halfway. Then add a bit of the chocolate crumble and cover the mold with the top half. Now fill it completely and then let it set in your freezer. Once that’s done remove it and keep it in your freezer for later.



The brownie

2

eggs

140 grams

sugar

140 grams

butter

140 grams

dark chocolate

90 grams

flour

2 grams

salt

1 gram

baking soda

Transfer the eggs into a bowl together with the sugar. Now beat this till fluffy. Meanwhile melt the butter in a saucepan on a low heat. Once melted add the chocolate and mix this till smooth. Then add it to the fluffy eggs and then stop beating it. After that add the flour, the salt, and the baking soda. Fold this together. Then take a baking tin and grease it with some butter or spray. Pour your batter into the tin and then bake it at 160 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. After that let it cool down on an oven rack. Then cut it into small cubes and keep it dry and covered for later.



The chocolate mousse

1 leaf or 1.6 grams

gelatin

100 grams

milk

25 grams

cream

25 grams

egg yolk

15 grams

sugar

125 grams

dark chocolate

200 grams

cream

First soak the gelatin in cold water. Then pour the milk into a saucepan. Also add the cream, the egg yolk and the sugar. Mix this well and then while stirring cook it till it has thickened. Then turn of the heat, add your gelatin and the chocolate. Mix it once more. Then pour the cream into a bowl and beat it till it start to thicken. Now add your chocolate mixture and fold it together. Then transfer it into a piping bag and fill the sides of the bottom mold. Add a couple of your brownie cubes and then press the interior in the middle. Add some more brownie and cover the mold with the top. Now fill it completely with the mousse and then let it set in your freezer. Once that’s done remove it from the mold and keep it in your freezer for later.



The glaze

200 grams

cacao butter

200 grams

white chocolate

red fat soluble color powder

purple fat soluble color powder

yellow fat soluble color powder

Melt the cacao butter on a low heat in a saucepan. After that add the white chocolate and some red fat soluble color powder, a touch of purple and a touch of yellow. Now mix this till smooth. Then pour it in a measuring jar and glaze your cacao pod. Let the glaze set for a minute and then dust some cacao powder on the outside. Remove the excess powder with your finger.


How to finish the dessert


First begin by piping some of the chocolate mousse on a plate and cover it with the chocolate crumble. Now put the cacao pod on top and then it ready to be served!