Monday, November 16, 2009

Chocolates

I've been making chocolates lately. A lot of hard work, but I'm really enjoying it. Chocolate is challenging due to the finicky nature of sugar crystals - in order to make a pretty chocolate that has a beautiful shiny coat, with snap and an interesting filling. I've been loving the booze thing - all these exotic (at least to me) liquors such as St Germain (Elderberry), Pernod (seriously strong black licorice) and Absinthe (which I like to call "Van Gough" - just a really strong Pernod with a stronger 'chemicalness' to it).

I made Advocaat as well - it's an egg based liquor (egg yolks, brandy, condensed milk and vanilla bean) which I made into a ganache using white chocolate and filled dark chocolate molds. Chocolates are something I have really enjoyed. So watch out all you people I know (and like!) you may be getting some experimental choc's for xmas!

9 comments:

Stephanie said...

Those are abosolutely gorgeous! They look like they came straight from a chocolatier!

Morta Di Fame said...

These are the perfect little chocolate jewels!

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Danger Kitten said...

These look very professional! How did you get them in that geometric shape? Did you use a mold?

rhid said...

Thanks everyone. I was rather chuffed with the outcome of these guys. Danger Kitten - I used molds - specifically polycarbonate molds, which I found far more stable than the flimsy plastic.

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Gigi said...

i can't wait to see your next chocolate creation!

Atticus said...

Those chocolates look amazing - any chance you can send some to your mum and she can share them with me?
Kat

rhid said...

Ah Kat - I'd love to send them if only Australia would let me! I think they would be confiscated and burned on a little island off Australia... also I hear it's awfully hot over there... not very conducive to chocolate survival....

Thanks Gigi - holidays are coming up so I'm sure there will be more!