This is a pretty traditional tasting chocolate, expect it contains goat's milk powder. Now, I know some of you are asking why in the would would I develop a recipe like this. It is a pretty simple answer actually. My daughter is intolerant of any cow's milk product, so she can't have any traditional milk chocolate. But she is not "milk" intolerant and can drink goat's milk (we also milk our own goats). Likewise, she can eat milk chocolate made with Meyenburg Goat's milk powder. I will probably start carrying it, but for the time being, check your local health food store. Oh, and it does not have a "goaty" taste. It is just smooth and creamy.
This formulation will make almost 7 pounds of "40 % cocoa" Goat's milk chocolate.
- 1.0 lb Cocoa liqueur from a well flavored cocoa bean - I like Ghana and Papua New Guinea (15 %)
- 27 oz Cocoa butter (25 %)
- 1 t lecithin
- 22 oz Meyenburg full fat dry milk (20%)
- 43 oz sugar (40%)
- Roast the cocoa beans until just cracking. I do this in a drum roaster, 320 F for 15-20 minutes. I like this bean a little lighter roasted, but roast to your tastes of course. Only you know what you like. You might try 325 for 20-30 minutes for a little roasty flavor.
- Crack and winnow the beans - you should have about 16 oz of nibs remaining if you start with about 20-22 oz of beans.
- Grind in your Champion juicer. Go ahead and add your cocoa butter and lecithin at this time, mixed with some of the trace husk you have running back through.
- Place your Cocoa liqueur and butter mixture in your Santha Wet Grinder. It is very helpful to have your solid ingredients warmed up to at least 120 F, including the Melanger drum and wheels. Slowly add the sugar and Goat's milk powder into the melted cocoa liqueur while the Spectra Melanger is running. Run the melanger until the chocolate is of the smoothness you desire. I find 12-16 hours is about right. Your tastes may vary.
- After it is out of the Melanger temper and mold up your chocolate into the shape of your choice.
- Place into a cool, dry place to solidify and then unmold, usually about 24 hours later to be safe. This can be done in a refrigerator if you wish.
- Let the chocolate rest for another 24 hours before eating (well, eat it earlier, but it does benefit from the rest).