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Romanian Homemade Chocolate Bars

by silvi (follow)
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This is a Romanian dessert, that our mother and grandmother used to make at home. Itís not so healthy, thatís why itís a treat, not a snack, but itís delicious. I always loved this chocolate bar, it reminds me of my childhood years. There are just a few ingredients and with a few steps, you too can make this.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 10-15 bars, depending on the size

150 g brown sugar
120 ml water
100 g room temperature butter
300 g powdered milk
100 g cacao powder
Nuts (optional), I used hazelnuts
Raisins (optional), I used some raisins soaked in Amaretto

Measure every ingredient to have them ready, because you have to move quite fast with this chocolate because it hardens. Mix the powdered milk and cacao powder together.
In a medium pot add the water and sugar. Put the pot on the stove and cook the syrup for 10 minutes from when it starts boiling, on medium-low heat, stirring constantly. You will see that it forms a syrup. Take the pot off the heat and add the butter. Stir until it's completely melted.

Add the nuts and raisins and mix. Add the cacao and milk mixture and stir until everything is combined and you can't see any traces of milk.

It should form a dough. Move this dough to a baking sheet (15 x 23 cm) lined with cling film and level it nicely with your hands or a wooden spoon. Add more hazelnuts on top if you want.

Let it sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours, until it cools down completely. Then you can take out the chocolate from the baking sheet, and cut it into the shapes you desire and like.
You can keep this chocolate in an airtight container for 2 weeks, but will it last that long?

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