[Sca-cooks] Sweet chocolate, Modican chocolate (OOP -- maybe)
johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Sun Aug 26 12:47:41 PDT 2007
I have a quibble here--- How could the Aztecs have been crushing
cacao beans with sugar prior to the Europeans bringing sugarcane
to the New World?
> While I was in Sicily last year, I had bought Modican chocolate, which the natives of Modica claim has been made in that city at least from the 1600s. Modica was founded in the late 1500s by the Aragonese royalty, and was a rich city. Modicans claim the basic recipe came from the Aztec. The chocolate is made by crushing the cacao beans on a heated volcanic stone, and the paste is mixed with sugar, poured into slabs, and then cooled. What results is a very gritty-textured chocolate, with the sugar lending a crystalline quality.snipped
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