It is a fact some chocolate is better than others. These raw chocolate home made Easter eggs are simply heavenly and require a lot more patience to set than I have! There is nothing better than a home made gift and if they are for the family – there is no guilt either.
A perfect Easter activity with the kids or just for the love of giving these will bring a smile to everyone.
For the Chocolate
100g Cacao butter
100ml Agave, honey or maple syrup
40g Unsweetened cacao powder
2 tbs Coconut oil
For the Nut filling (see options)
260g Mixed nuts – you could gently roast these if you want for 8 minutes at 160˚C
4 Medjool dates approx. 80g – optional for sweetness
1/4 tsp Vanilla paste
A pinch of Sea salt
This will make 9 whole cadbury’s cream egg sized eggs (18 halves). Plus extra nut filling. Note this quantity of nut filling is made as you need enough for this to work in your food processor.
Options: if you are in a hurry a good quality nut butter would be an ideal substitute for the nut filling, or you could omit this and use a whole nut, a pitted date chopped or a few chopped nuts.
For the Chocolate
- Set the cacao butter and coconut oil in a main marie – a smallish bowl with your cacao butter fitted snug over a larger bowl with hot water. Make sure your cacao does not come into contact with any water or your chocolate will separate.
- Add your sweetener: agave, honey or maple syrup
- Add your cacao and mix thoroughly. It is really important everything is melted – set over fresh hot water if need be.
- Your chocolate mixture will be quite ‘thin’ but you can help speed it’s setting (and thickening) by placing your bowl in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes
For the nut filling
- Blitz all the ingredients in your food processor. You will need to keep scraping the mixture down the walls. This will take 5 – 10 minutes
Putting your home made Easter egg together
- So you can either mix half the nut mixture with all the chocolate and pour into your lightly oiled moulds (I use coconut oil)
- Or you can get creative…
You could layer nut and chocolate for a stripy effect
You could pour in chocolate then add a nut filling ball to give it a nutty centre
….or whatever brilliant ideas you have!
- Leave to set in the fridge over-night or in the freezer for a couple of hours – patience really does pay off
- Pop your egg halves out – shave off any excess mixture to ensure the joining edges are flat and ‘glue’ together with a little melted chocolate
- Store in the fridge
How kids can help
- Stirring the melting chocolate
- Tipping the nuts into the food processor
- Pitting the dates
- Mixing the ingredients together
- Greasing the moulds
- Designing their egg
- Gluing the egg halves together
- Gift wrapping
You may even find a rather guilty helper….!!