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Merry Berry

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  1. Drowning in Figs!

    With that much fruit, I would definitely second the paste, compote, or puree. When I have mass quantities of a fruit, I usually make them into a puree that I can freeze and use later for things like pate de fruit, ganache, etc. If you are looking to save them and use later, that is the route I would go. I love seeing the ideas on here. Some great ideas for figs. Wish I had your problem too!! haha
  2. About 10X and other powdered sugars

    Are you looking for a GF product or one without any starch? Because just regular 10x is (usually) just the sugar and cornstarch. Are you worried that cornstarch or tapioca might have traces of wheat in it? I do not know of any brands that have wheat gluten in them. I am surprised you could not get a good consistent product from using your thermomix. Those things can pulverize anything to dust haha. Now you have me wanting to try it to see if we can't fine sift it a couple of times halfway through to separate the larger hard to grind crystals.
  3. Oh my!!! And here I thought I was the only one
  4. Flavored Caramels

    With regards to the crystallization factor that everyone seems to stress over, I find it is much to ado about nothing...for the most part. I am way too lazy to constantly brush down the sides of the saucepan so I skip that step. Now, what I find to be the most important part to preventing crystallization (at least for me anyway) is to make sure everything is clean and spotless from the very beginning. Pots, tools, sugar does not have any foreign objects hanging out in there, etc. I find if I follow those things, watch the heat, AND do not scrape the sides of the pot, I never have to worry about crystallization. When my students are working with caramel, the number one thing they do to ruin it is not watching their heat and scraping the sides of the pot. You scrape the sides of the pot and reintroduce the sugar stuck there, the caramel in the pot will oftentimes "follow the leader" and start forming crystals. Game over from there. And other times, they do not clean out the pot very well before they start their caramel and the foreign object causes it to crystallize. Of course, it may vary for you all, but something to think about if you are having issues with sugar crystallization. Hope some of this helps.
  5. Intricate chocolate molds

    Thoughts on the Micelli molds? Their normal ones I mean.
  6. I think you are being a little hard on yourself about the colors. I do not know what you were going for, but I really like what you have in the picture. After all, it is always nice to take someone's creation and make it your own. I especially like the black specks embedded in the red since they look like the seeds in strawberries. Nice job.
  7. Whew, that is good to hear!!! I would hate to give up my chocolate and coffee combo!!!
  8. I wonder (and I may be way off on this) if they do not have some kind of flexible template on the stick or something and then they spray around it, picking it up, moving to the next cavity, spraying, moving to the next cavity, etc. I too have seen the talk about the tape, but I just cannot wrap my mind around that. I want to work fast and efficiently in the kitchen and trying to tape 300-500 cavities at a go seems too tedious to make any money off of it. But like I said I might not even be close. I too am curious what others are thinking.
  9. Hmm. Won't let me upload the last one. Even this site does not like the Bailey's chocolates haha.
  10. I have been lurking for a long time here and have learned a lot from following the posts here. A few Sundays ago we had a chocolate charity event and made 4 different varieties of chocolate bonbons with the theme being a New Orleans Sunday brunch. Even though the event did not really have a theme, I like to have one anyways haha. So I did a mimosa starter, lemon-goat cheese "salad", banana fosters dessert, and Bailey's cafe au lait digestif. Special thanks to all of you that contribute to this forum. Even more special thanks to AnythingButPlainChocolate for their lemon-goat cheese bonbon and lebowits for their banana foster ganache. The only problems I ran into was I do not have a melter and the chocolate would set up so fast, it was difficult to back them and scrape them quick enough. A lot of the backs were definitely not to my liking. And, I could not get the orange hue I really wanted with the mimosas. I wanted that OJ kind of look to them, but the yellow and red cocoa butters I was using were not cooperating haha. I was really surprised that the lemon-goat cheese was as popular as it was. It was one of the first to run out behind the mimosas. I figured it would be too polarizing. Much to my (personal) dismay, the least favorite was the Bailey's. I adore anything and everything coffee related and I really like the combination of coffee, cream, and chocolate. Unfortunately, not many people like coffee like I do I guess. I saw a thread the other day where posters were vehement in their dislike of chocolate and coffee. I always thought they were great together. I like playing with coffee caramels too. Oh well, I stand by my love of coffee and chocolate, but it might make me think twice about selling it my shop one day.
  11. Bonbons with cheese?

    Aldrins, If you look on page 1 of this thread, poster AnythingButPlainChocolate posted a lemon goat cheese recipe that I recently used to great success. I did a play on New Orleans Sunday brunch theme at a charity event that started with a mimosa, then the "salad/entree" portion of the lemon goat cheese (hence why I colored it green), then dessert of bananas foster, and finish it off with a Bailey's coffee bonbon. I got a lot of strange looks from people when I mention goat cheese, but some were converts once they tasted it and the others...well not so much. I personally loved them and for the people that already liked goat cheese, they were hooked. I am going to try an attach a picture of them, but the recipe given by ABPC was nice and I will make it again.
  12. Macarons: Troubleshooting & Tips

    Yes, I understand, to each their own. I tell my students all the time, many times, there is more than one way to get to your final result and sometimes no one way is the "right" way as long as it works for you and you can make money on it. I personally do not like the extra steps involved with the Italian method since time is precious in the kitchen. But if it works, why mess with it? Although I am always trying to tinker with my techniques and recipes trying to find a better and faster way. Who knows, one day I might convert to the Italian meringue method haha. MB
  13. As PG said, it should not take an hour of stirring and really it should not be so hot that it is burning on the bottom that requires constant stirring. Hmm. If I had to guess there is a technique being lost in translation here. Can you give us a rundown of how you cook everything and when you add it?
  14. Macarons: Troubleshooting & Tips

    Sorry it took so long to post this. I had to upload it to youtube. Hope it is all right to link things here. If not, I will take it down. Hope it helps.
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