Artisan Chocolate Series, Part 3: Molded Chocolates
I’m not ready to let go of Valentine’s Day.
Really, it’s the combination of both the holiday and my birthday a few days earlier – I get spoiled with nearly a week of prolonged gifting and decadence, a chance to give back to the people I love and, of course, the perfect excuse to make a bundle of chocolates for gifting.
So whether you’re behind on your gifting, are just now getting around to seeing someone you love, or just aren’t prepared to cut off your chocolate supply cold-turkey, here’s another chance to impress yourself and others with newly acquired chocolate-making skills!
Artisan Chocolate Series, Part 2: Hand-Dipped Truffles
Are you ready for a visceral, tactile, get-your-hands-dirty chocolate experience?
Because I think you are.
Once you have mastered the art of tempering chocolate, it’s time to up your artisan game – with hand-dipped chocolate truffles. Delicate, crisp, tempered chocolate shells filled with creamy ganache, fruit paste, nut butters and even liqueurs, truffles are so much easier to make than you would think. Get your hands in that chocolate and make a mess – a mess that turns out gorgeous and impressive and delicious to eat!
Artisan Chocolate Series, Part 1: Tempering
Full disclosure: I am not a bean-to-bar* chocolate operation.
I just want to lay it bare from the start.
My packaging can’t be framed in an art gallery, and I must even admit I have terrible luck growing a full, luscious beard, or even a respectable moustache.
That doesn’t mean I can’t make amazing artisan chocolates – and it shouldn’t stop you either.
It’s only been a day since we left Playa del Carmen, and I’m already missing the flavors of Mexico (not to mention the luxurious summer heat, the lazy days by the pool, our palatial hotel bathroom, and the pleasures of room service and housekeeping :-P).
Though I’ve always loved Mexican food (or really, Tex-Mex, which is a totally different animal), I’ve always skewed more French or classic American with my cooking at home. Mexican food is so delicious and affordable at restaurants, we usually just default to that when a craving strikes (which is often); but after having exceptional coastal Mexican cuisine at our fingertips all weekend, I’m thinking I may need to expand my repertoire!