After receiving many requests we posting recipe of quick simple home chocolate making - all you need is Cacao beans, cream and sugar. Later on next choco-creations you can add sea salt & chili, various nuts and dry berries, dates and anything else you want. This is "Classic" - how we made it that very first time.
Stage-1: roast & peel the beans
Take any hot pan with thick bottom to avoid the burn and stir the dry fermented beans (or as how you get them) on a low fire until the first crack sounds. You'll smell the aroma as well. Beans are roasted and ready to peel! Its easy to peel the Cacao beans while its hot, and getting harder when beans going cooler. Don't throw away the husk of cocoa - its full of benefits, as was recently re-proved by Takashi Ooshima from Osaka University.
Stage-2: grind the beans, prepare the syrup
You can use home grinder from blender if you don't have anything more dedicated to Cacao, but do it in a few times - beans extracting the oil and its can stuck the motor - so you need to open to mix them and grind again into Cacao paste. Please note that your paste made this way will not be same consistence as made with Pro-equipment, what is even better for real lovers of organic chocolate.
At same time put the cream (its can be coconut cream) with preferred sugar on a low fire and stir it until sugar will fully dissolved. Boil the syrup until it will have a nice golden color.
Stage-3: add Cacao paste to syrup
Add paste, turn off the fire and sir the chocolate thoroughly. Put it into beautiful cups - its ready! Keep in refrigerator for weeks, or in cool dry place - for 3-4 days.
PROPORTIONS: try 1-1-1, or equal part of beans, sugar and cream. Taste it when ready to improve your own proportions.
All important & interesting which happens recently in the World of Chocolate in that part of the globe - in few pictures.
More cacao plants in South Thailand - the Return
Dream-Plan #7 - Upon the returning to Phangan island we were informed about large fields of cacao trees on Samui 40 years ago. Father of good man we've met was growing it and collected the harvest for years, until changed them to more valuable tree culture on that time. Now we going to plant new cacao with the family and treat them with delicious chocolate to build the long-lasting aim. Our young plants here looking almost as a trees - you can meet them in a few areas of the island, while the major amount is at Khao Tam area. Its no surprise why the cacao growing so quick here - just look the gallery of gardens around! More about our chocolate activity - at Phangan website.
Young trees in Hua Hin
Young cacao, planted right from the fruits, already big enough to be moved to the ground in blessed land of Prachuap Khiri Khan - we left there about 100 cacao plants. Trees below - from the English school.
More choco-recipes, Technics & knowledge
Chocolate with L-Dopa, powered with Mucuna Prueris, chocolate on coconut milk, chocolate with super-herbs... We're still exploring and discovering World of Chocolate!
Volunteering in testing mode
Inviting of volunteers for cleaning the cacao beans and making a chocolate in home-style conditions appears as a fresh interesting experience! Each of participants was granted by pack of cacao beans from the new harvest. More news from the Tree World find on Kalos Eco.
The farm located in next sub-district from us and looks deserted for quite a while. Many wonderful cocoa trees growing here without any care, and nobody picking the fruits during the season. Farm owners working somewhere all day and don't know how to prepare the beans and make the chocolate. Probably, same as their neighbors, they will cut down the cocoa trees one day to plant Durian seedlings. If we'll not behave in a right direction before that.
Fan and air-conditioning rooms available on-site wit special long-term rates for the tree-owners. Here are the resort web-page with online booking. Various Beach accommodation located in 20 minutes drive. Visit Chomlay - huge beach resort, what is currently out of service, but planning to be opened in a nearest future.
Cars and bikes rent
In a days of national and local festivals we advice you to contact us in advance
Farm stuff can reserve van or other cars, motorcycles and motorbikes. Prices approx: 1200-2000 THB/day for a car (no driver), 500 for motorcycle and less for a bike. Driver is available, also possible to arrange English speaking driver, depends of desired dates.
However there are no cafe on a farm onsite, many options available nearby. Local street cafes - by short ride. Beautiful restaurant - in 7 km.
Beach cafes, pub and restaurants - in 15-20 km.
What to see
Please look at Nakhon SI Thammarat Photo Guide, dedicated to that. We also can assist to hire professional local guide, who will show you historical and cultural, sea or simply most enchanting spots in the Nakhon SI Thammarat province. Learn the nature colors of night with Rony and his online gallery.
The lady of the farm knows all the trees and skillfully cares for each of them.
The fruits are collected 2 crops a year. Main autumn harvest richer than the second in spring.
After picking the fruits her family cutting them, shelling the cocoa beans and putting them under the sun to dry - for about 2 weeks in hot sunny days. Season of Autumn harvest is rainy, so its takes much longer time.
Simple, delicious and well-balanced recipe of dark creamy chocolate. Its includes:
Classiс dark chocolate