My aunt used to make chocolate peda from scratch – that is, by boiling down milk until it becomes almost-solid and adding cocoa powder and sugar along the way. I have eaten countless chocolate burfi squares during my childhood (yes I was a fat child, why do you ask?) and this chocolate peda brought back those memories for sure.
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
Preparation time: 3 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes 15 small pieces
Recipe adapted from: Madhura
1 can (~400 gm) of condensed milk
1 cup of milk powder
1/3 cup of cocoa powder / chocolate chips / chocolate chunks
2-3 drops of vanilla extract (optional)
A pinch of salt (optional)
2 tbsp of unsalted butter
How to make Chocolate Peda (Chocolate Burfi)
1. Heat a non-stick pan and add the butter. Turn the heat to simmer (very low) and wait until the butter melts completely.
2. Add the condensed milk…
… milk powder, and
… chocolate pieces or cocoa powder (whatever you are using)
3, Continue to keep the flame low. Mix the ingredients gently together until they incorporate. If you are using chocolate pieces or chips, it will slowly start melting.
4. Continue stirring until the mixture starts to turn smooth and add the vanilla and salt. Keep mixing. The mixture will start to thicken. Don’t stop mixing at any stage, otherwise the bottom will burn.
Soon – in about 3-4 mins, the mixture will be thicker and a bit harder to mix. Continue. Thank your lucky stars you are not my aunt who is making this from milk for her niece. The cooking time in that case will be at least 4 times longer!
5. After 5-6 more minutes of patient stirring, the mixture will be gloopy and thick and leave the sides of the pan, circling around your ladle. From this stage, continue to cook for another 2-3 mins. If you remove it too early, the chocolate peda will be fudgy and too sticky.
6. Once the mixture is super thick and comes around your ladle refusing to let you budge it any more, transfer to a greased plate or tray.
7. Pat it down with the back of your silicon spatula or wet fingertips (the mixture will be very hot!)…
… and stick some chopped or whole cashew nuts in there. Let it cool completely and refrigerate for an hour.
You can cut the chocolate peda into squares (and call it chocolate burfi) or shape them into flat discs and call them their rightful name. I prefer the latter so that’s what I did. Also, the difference in colour while cooking and the final pictures of the burfi is due to the difference in lighting in my kitchen and outside.
Phew! Chocolate peda and rava laddu concludes my Diwali sweet making for this year.
Wishing all readers a wonderful Diwali 2012. May your kitchen and tummies be filled with wonderful Diwali sweets and snacks.
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