Saturday, August 27, 2011
August DB 2011 challenge - Candylicious, Tempering Chocolate
This month's challenge was to temper chocolate and make bonbons.
This was a a great challenge I have always wanted to temper chocolate and luckily I got into a great chocolate making class and I made these lovely bonbons.
Also I was extra excited since the challenge was co-hosted by Lisa one of my favourite bloggers and we a special joint project coming soon.
Since I made my chocolate at school they worked out very well I thought. The other forum members really went all out the creativity was amazing.
I have to make this a short-and-sweet posting since I'm writing a "short novel" that needs my full attention at the moment.
The August 2011 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Lisa of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drive and Mandy of What the Fruitcake?!. These two sugar mavens challenged us to make sinfully delicious candies! This was a special challenge for the Daring Bakers because the good folks at http://www.chocoley.com offered an amazing prize for the winner of the most creative and delicious candy!
Chocolate School results
I was in Balmain and I saw that a shop was having "chocolate" classes and I was lucky enough to get the last place for the very expensive course. These are the results of the classes (over two days), I made six kinds of bon bons. I have to admit that I got better and better at tempering chocolate some of the bon bons came out very shiny, since the moulds where brand new. The class was very informative and entertaining well worth it I thought! I'm not sure if these count for the challenge since I made these in class using their fancy moulds and top quality equipment but I loved learning so many new processes and techniques. (Sorry I wasn't allow to take photos in the class).
I did learn that you can only get very shiny chocolate coatings by using a mould and the better the quality of the surface of the mould the better the final shine of the coating.
Dolphin - blue/grey coloured choc mould filled with choc truffle marzipan mousse filling
Pink heart - pink choc coating with white choc cream & strawberry jam filling
Heart with dark red swirl - swirled dark red choc coating with chilli choc cream filling
Mint Leaf - dark choc coating with mint choc cream filling
Box with bow - shiny tempered choc coating with praline filling
Oblong topped with orange peel - dark choc coating with orange choc cream filling
Assorted bons bons