Saturday, February 19, 2011
Chef's Moulded Chocolate Treasures
We end this week's petit fours theme with, amongst other things, more chocolate! Unlike the truffles made in Basic with their kaleidoscope of booze flavored fillings (which I lurved) or chocolate croquembouche made in Intermediate with their very thick chocolate shells (which I did not enjoy biting through), these babies encased a simple and gorgeous honey ganache within a thin chocolate shell, though the process was anything but simple:
Chef Karen's Toys: Magnetic Chocolate Moulds & Pattern Transfer Sheets
Painting On Food Color For Decoration
Filling Moulds With Chocolate, Tipping Excess Out To Create Chocolate Shells
Scrapping Off More Excess For Clean Finish
Piping Honey Ganache Into Shells
Warming Ganache For Better Adherence (To Chocolate & Transfer Sheet)
Scrapping ON Transfer Sheet
Moulded chocolates done and dusted, we moved on to much easier tasks, namely:
Literally fruits dipped in hot caramel, of which I'm not a fan. The way I see it, a perfectly fresh and sweet piece of fruit should be enjoyed on its own, not encased in a coat of caramel that cuts like glass when you bite into it trying to reach the fruit within.
Enrobing Preserved Orange Peels In Chocolate: Delightful
Milk Chocolate Fudge
Unlike the white chocolate fudge made in Intermediate which was tongue numbingly sweet, this was slightly more enjoyable, due to the addition of chocolate, what else. Bring to boil sugar, glucose and cream, add to that chocolate and butter, mix to combine and pour into mould to set. Finish with a thin later of tampered chocolate and you're in business!
Slicing Fudge With Guitar Cutter, Enrobing In Chocolate
Chocolate And Caramelized Fruit Platter
3 Dimensional Beauty
Surprise Sugar Treats
Morning treat from classmate Matin, I picked a green one. (Pistachio! Yum!)
My Candy Stash: Milk Chocolate Fudge, Caramelised Fruits
Moulded Chocolates, Preserved Fruit Peel
I made a couple of surprising discoveries today:
1. The preserved orange peel which I just knew I would hate at the start of this arduous process turned out to be my favorite! The peel was not bitter or as sweet as I feared (turns out the sugar syrup was mostly there to draw out the moisture from the peel), instead it was only mildly bitter with just the right amount of sweetness and bite in taste and texture that went beautifully with the chocolate shell. I absolutely loved it!
2. The hard caramel on the fruits was just as unappetizing as I thought it would be, but when I cracked opened and rinsed off the offending sugar (I'm not one to waste good food) I discovered the fruits had softened from being dipped in lava hot caramel, "cooking" them ever so slightly which brought out their inherent sweetness to a more pronounced level.
3. I can tamper chocolate! In the last 3 weeks we have been tampering a lot, and I mean a heck lot of chocolate, getting a ton of practice in the process and today, my tampered chocolate was perfect. And I mean puuurr-feeccttoo! The chocolate on the preserved peels set in less than 2 minutes, and hours later when I brought them home, they were still oh-so-shiny with nary a trace of fat or sugar-bloom. Boo-Yah!