29th October 2021
For our final batch with these beans, we stuck with the 70% bars with 10% cocoa butter:
We also stuck with the roast temperature and timing from the previous successful roast:
The roast went well and the nibs tasted pretty good, we were looking forward to how the bars would turn out but a bit nervous after our last two disastrous attempts!
Again, we stuck with the timing of the previous successful attempts, although this time we did add the sugar much later once the flavour of the chocolate had settled down. This was around 22.5 hours into the grind.
We added an extra stage into our process this time, and left the untempered chocolate to set and mature for a week before we tempered it and moulded it into bars. The tempering process went much more smoothly, perhaps because of this extra step.
These are definitely our best bars yet. We’ve got the flavour of the bean coming through, no bitterness and a good, smooth texture with a nice snap. We’re really happy with how this batch turned out, especially after the previous failures.
Now that we’ve learnt how to make chocolate successfully and made a batch from start to finish with no issues, we’re ready to get some really good cocoa beans and see what we can do with them. We’re really excited about this!