Tuesday, July 14

Carmelita and her Chocolate Factbook

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 Hello there you sweet-toothed people!

Of all types of chocolates, I have always had a leaning for dark chocolate, mainly soft-centred ones.  No second guesses why.  Combine it with loads of fruits and nuts and the resultant surprise could be the closest thing to heaven!

Get hold of say, a rum-n-raisin chocolate recipe.  A great deal of them on the internet – Google them up.  For easy steps, I suggest watching ReadySteadyEat‘s video on How to Make Homemade Chocolate.

Chocolate bar

1.  Armed with the specified quantity of INGREDIENTS and MATERIALS like dark chocolate compound, raisins, fresh cream, good Ole Monk of a Rum, piping bag, moulds, pastry scraper and spatula … you’re just about done!

Ganache

2.  GANACHE is what makes soft-centre chocolates irresistible.  This is achieved in three simple steps.

  • Heat fresh cream in a microwave oven which is, to a great degree, a preferred method over double boiling.  Unless scrupulous, double boiling can be challenging to preclude steam from getting into the chocolate.
  • Add chopped chocolate compound to the heated cream and stir till a silky finish.  Mix in the rum and raisin soon after, and well.
  • Leave to lie cool in the refrigerator.

PS: Note that ganache only works as a soft centre, it won’t set as chocolate as a whole (took me hours to figure that out the first time round!)

3.  CHOCOLATE TEMPERING & PREPARATION

  • Melt the chocolate as explained in Step 2, ensuring that the mixing bowl is completely dry as even so much as a drop of water could seize up the chocolate.
  • Tempering is what will give the end product a glossy finish.  Spread the chocolate on a flat slab using a pastry scraper and spatula.  Continue the back and forth spreading movements until the chocolate cools, taking care to avoid creating air bubbles during the process.
  • I repeat, tempering is what will give the chocolate its silky zest.  A bit of a messy procedure this tempering, don’t lose your temper on this I might add.
  • Line hollow shell-shaped moulds with tempered melted chocolate, wait 20 seconds before tapping out the excess chocolate.  A piping bag will help with the lining bit.
  • Let cool in the fridge for a few minutes, then bring it out again to line yet another coat of melted chocolate over the first.  Repeat the earlier step, that is waiting yet another 20 seconds, tap out the excess chocolate.  Then leave to set in the fridge again.  Why do it twice you might ask.  Well, the dual lining makes the shell coating all the thicker and firmer to hold in the ganache that follows in the next stage.
  • Bring out the moulds from the fridge for the third time, this time spooning in tiny quantities of ganache in the centre of the shells.  Cover the base of the ganache-filled shells with melted chocolate to lock in the ganache, then set in the fridge for the final time.
  • When done, bring out the moulds from the fridge.  Then gently tap the contents onto a table surface to remove the formed soft-centred chocolates!
  • There is much scope for creativity in chocolate wrapping, try it with abandon!

    Chocolate wrapping

PS:  Morde is the brand of my choice for a nominally priced dark chocolate compound. 

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About Author

Carmelita is an Economics major and is employed with a private sector bank. She holds a diploma in journalism, but that's not the reason for her creative writing skills exhibited in a few freelancing feature writing assignments with a leading daily and also her blog. Her blog falls under the Top 25 of the Best Mumbai Blogs to Follow, by Feedspot.com ranking. She has an eye for offbeat travel, having visited seven continents and seeing more than what meets the average eye. Though not a cook per se, her tips on smart cooking are a thing to reckon in her food and cocktail recipes. As if this is not enough, she dabbles now and then in studio singing assignments which have gained her a sizeable fan following. That she is an avid reader is but natural, with a bent for literary classics which in turn have lent its influence in her blog writing panache.

6 Comments

  1. Thank you for the ganache n chocolate preparation n temperin tip…will try it out…

    Tried the yeast method n for the first time i saw the bubbles..thank you….

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