Woke up today morning and thought i do an article on Chocolate (being Valentines n all).So i showered got ready had breakfast n got out by 9 a.m only to have my driver missing and the scorching hot sun on my head(by 9 can u imagine!).But he came back a few calls and swearwords after.But thats not what i’m here to talk about , so getting back to the topic…
I’m sure u are all aware that Ghanian cocoa is famous all over the world for its high quality.Ghana has been growing cocoa since the 1870’s.Until 1980 Ghana was the worlds largest producer of cocoa.It is currently the second largest producer doing over a million tonnes a year.Now thats what i call quantity !It may interest you that buyers of this particular cocoa pay US$50 more due to its high quality of beans.Often called as “Black Gold”.But let me tell u if u get close to the pods when they are drying/fermenting….ah they stink…to the 7th heaven.U could never imagine that they make chocolate out of that stuff.
It was a pretty big place and i wonder what all these towers are fillied with….melted chocolate!!!!
And this would be like the African Willy Wonka Chocolate factory….sigh but i would never find out…
These are what the cleaned cocoa beans look like.Pretty much like almonds.Had to bribe the security guard to get these.They smelled a bit like chocolate.But very little.
Like i said Golden tree manufactures some of the coco for local consumption and the quality is A 1.Its sad though they dont do much for the locals and export almost all of it outside.The baking chocolate is so fresh and melts as soon as u start cookin it.I always buy tonns of it before i leave so i can use it in HK.Could’nt use any other when i am previliged enough to get these.
And so the featured recipe for today is Chocolate Cake…Tada….
Not an original idea and i must give the credit for this one to Chocolate and Zucchini….
The recipe was from her all i changed a bit was the selection of the topping.
I used sunflowerseeds(which i peeled with my own hands…gosh u’re probably wondering i must have a lot of time on my hands) and toasted almonds with raspberry jam.Turned out just wonderful…melt in your mouth texture…!