Many tourists bring natural cocoa balls home from the Dominican Republic but not many people know how to cook them. Here, we give a few drink recipes as well as talk about the beneficial properties of Dominican cocoa.
Grate some balls of natural cocoa. Heat some milk and add the grated cocoa at the rate of 1 tablespoon of powder to 1 cup of milk. Add a pinch of salt and sugar to taste. If you like, you can add a few drops of vanilla or cinnamon stick.
Bring the liquid to a boil, boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and cool to the desired temperature.
The most unusual recipe for cocoa preparation comes from the ancient Aztecs. The basis for preparation of the beverage was hot chili pepper.
For 2 servings of such exotica you will need 2 cups of milk, half a vanilla pod, ordinary Dominican, (if you have no vanilla, you can use something else), a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 chili pepper, half tiles of dark chocolate or 3 tablespoons of grated cocoa balls.
Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds. In a thick bowl, lay out cinnamon, vanilla and chili pepper. Pour in the warmed milk and cook the mixture for 3-4 minutes on low heat. Then Stir in grated chocolate or cocoa balls. Cook for a few minutes. The drink should drain. If you are using conventional cocoa powder, sprinkle in it, along with spices, and simmer 4-5 minutes.
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If you are allergic to lactose or do not like the taste of milk, there is a way to prepare the cocoa with water.
For two portions, you need to add 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of grated cocoa balls, 2 teaspoons of sugar and additives - cinnamon and vanilla. Water should be brought almost to a boil then poured into a bowl, while mixing well, the hot water, grated cacao balls, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. The mixture is boiled for about 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
To cook multicooker cocoa, Mix 1 liter of milk with 5 tablespoons of grated cocoa balls, 2-3 tablespoons sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix the Cocoa thoroughly with the milk to avoid lumps. Fill the multicooker to capacity with the milk and cocoa mix and stir a little. Switch on the multicooker to "Chill". Enable mode. After 1 hour the beverage is ready.
Of course, cocoa can be prepared according to any recipe. You can add vanilla, ground cinnamon, sugar, fructose, honey, small pieces of marshmallow, low-fat whipped cream.
Cocao taste depends on what type of bean you are using.
• Class "Criollo" not only has no bitterness or acidity but also has a pleasant aroma.
• «Trinitario» beans varieties are slightly bitter with an aromatic chocolate taste.
• Ecuadorian variety "Nacional" also refers to the expensive elite varieties of cacao beans.
• The taste of cocoa beans of the cheapest grade - "Forastero" often has sour and bitter tones.
Cocoa beans, as well as products from them, contain large amounts of antioxidants and anti-depressants. According to some reports, caffeine contained in cocoa beans substances is even more efficient than that in coffee beans.
Therefore a cocoa drink is well suited to those who have a big work day ahead as well as those who want to relax after a hard day.
Cocoa has many other useful properties. For example, it reduces the risk of developing diseases of the cardiovascular system and the risk of gastric ulcer, stroke and other diseases
Enjoy your сосоа!