Chocolates are loved by young and old alike. I am a great fan of chocolates too. During my initial days in Singapore I used to stock up different flavors of chocolate and gorge on as i had many varieties to try. After the first year I got bored of chocolates for sometime. Now i have chocolates occasionally. I have a special flare for home made chocolate as my mom always made it at home. I made these Kesar Mawa Choco squares and these were a instant hit at my place. Some Chocolates are absolutely Irresistible. Do you agree?
Some Facts about Chocolate:
Chocolate is believed to Contain Anti oxidants
It Is high in Calories
Associated with Diabetes and hypertension for a very long time
Chocolate should be eaten in moderation for weight watchers
Studies have shown that it helps to lower cholesterol
Known to enhance Athletic Performance
Well any thing eaten in moderation is ok.
Dark Chocolates are better
What is Shhhhh Cooking Theme for August?
This Month I have been paired with Mayuri Patel who is an experienced and wonderful blogger and manages this awesome group with Renu. She is an excellent baker and has many recipes on her blog Mayuri’sJikoni. I have bookmarked her Beetroot blueberry pops to try it soon. I am super excited when she suggested the theme Chocolate. She gave me two ingredients Kesar / Saffron and Raisins. I gave her two ingredients Avocado and Chilli Powder and she made a insanely delicious Chilli Avocado Chocolate Cake.
Recipe for Kesar Mawa Choco Squares:
340 Gms of Hershey’s Mini Choco Chips(Semi Sweet)
2 Tsp Condensed Milk
1 Cup Milk
2 Cups Milk Powder
1/4 Tsp Kesar / Saffron
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Ghee
1/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder
10 Cashews Chopped
20 Raisins Halved
1/2 Cup desiccated Coconut
First Let us make the Kesar and Mawa Mix ready.
Take a heavy bottom pan. Add milk and milk powder. Gradually Whisk until it becomes a lump free mixture.
Place this pan on low flame and stir continuously cooking for about 5-7 mins.
Now add ghee, kesar and cardamom powder and keep stirring until you get a semi thick consistency.
Once you see the semi thick consistency add sugar and mix well until it forms a lump of dough and ghee is released.
Transfer this mixture to another mixing bowl.
Take a microwave proof / safe bowl. Add the mini choco chips and condensed milk. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave.
Add the Mawa kesar mix to the melted choco chip mixture and mix well . You will get a thick mixture. Add the chopped cashews and raisins.
Take a square glass bowl. Place the cling wrap in the glass bowl. Now transfer the chocolate mixture on top of the cling wrap in the square bowl. Spread evenly using a spatula. Cover it with the cling wrap.
Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
Remove the refrigerated chocolate mass. Cut them into desired shapes.
Roll them in the desiccated coconut and Viola the Kesar Mawa choco squares are ready to be served.
Feel free to use Cocoa powder in case you do not have choco chips but reduce the qty to half.
You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar or use only condensed milk as per your choice
Feel free to add dry fruits of your choice
Rolling the squares in desiccated coconut is optional . You can roll them in cocoa powder or just leave it as it is.