Veracruz Chronicles

Friday, January 27, 2006

Willa blogs: How to make chocolate!

Hey everyone. We made chocolate the other day. It was fun, hard and tasty. This chocolate is not like the normal chocclate you find in the store, it is better with freshly ground cinnamon, cacao beans and sugar.

The ingredients, ready to grind

First you grind the cinnamon (it makes the best smell).

Toasted canela

This is a picture of Mexican cinnamon, called canela. It tastes a little different than other cinnamon.

Then you grind the sugar .Then you grind them together.

Working with the molino is hard work.


Then you grind the Cacao beans. (Cacao beans are really chocolate from nature. They come from Mexico and we buy them in the market in the center of town. When you roast them, they smell like coffee. They are not too sweet, more like a flower.)

Roasted cacao beans, ready to grind
These are roasted beans.

A big bowl of ground cacao.
This is the cacao bean right after we ground it the first time. It really smells yummy.

Then you grind it again. After you grind all of it together, it is hot and right after it comes out of the molina (the grinder), you need to form the warm chocolate into patties.
Making gorditas with chocolate.

With the ones that are still hot you can make leaves by taking a real leaf and puting it on the chocolate and cuting the shape out.
Austin making figures.

This is me and my brothers and Thelma our friend taking the shell off the cacao beans after we roasted them.

Peeling cacao beans

Making chocolate takes a lot of work and everyone in the family has to help, but it is worth it when you get to eat the chocolate or your mom makes hot chocolate for you before bed!

If you come to Mexico, we will teach you how to make chocolate, if we have the time.

7 Comments:

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willa, you are learning to do such interesting things in Mexico. It was very cold in Oklahoma the other day, so we tried some of your home made cocoa. Deliciouso!!Muy bueno, ninacita! Thankyou for telling us all about the recipe.
Granny P

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Willa (and Austin and Ansel and Mark and Joy)--

Thanks for the great story about chocolate! I could just about smell all the yummy ingredients! That was actually because we are drinking some of your hot chocolate right now--thanks, Joy! (I say we because I'm here with Isaac, and his friend from McKinley Mia.)

We really enjoy your blog--it's nice to see what you are up to. But we look forward to seeing you back in Norman, so we can hear all about your adventures directly.

Love,

--Zev

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Grandma Griffin said...

Willa, I read your blog with you while I was there in Papantla, but it was great to read it again when I got back home to Cuernavaca and enjoy all the detail of the pictures your mom took of you all. She's a good photographer and I especially enjoyed the composition of the photo where you are grinding and Ansel is observing.
I love you!

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger Peter Williams said...

Hi Willa,
Was it fun making chocolate?It looks really cool.I can't wait to see you
again.
from,
Natalie

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger dueneskarla said...

Willa I heard you talking about making chocolate last time in Art class .I can't believe you use to live in Veracruz you're very lucky!

 
At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Karla Duenes said...

I remember you telling us about Veracruz in Art about making chocolate.It sound it so fun.I can't believe you use to live in Veracruz that must have been relly exciting!

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Willa!
You seem to live a wonderful life...
I wish I was you!

 

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