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  1. julie99nl

    Beginner Chocolatier Investment

    That's how we started in school... Chocolate rocks, then mendiants and slabbed chocolate with inclusions, then moulded bars, molded bars with inclusions, slabbed hand cut and hand dipped bonbons, and then molded bonbon with only hand decoration. After all this, we were set loose on the machines.
  2. julie99nl

    Favorite white chocolate

    Isn't Amedei another brand all together?
  3. Beautiful egg! What a beautiful shine. I too am curious to see the interior. On a side note, I wonder if it's possible to rig up some kind of clamp to spin a mold using the kitchenaid attachment point. 😂
  4. julie99nl

    Vent about your screw-ups

    It's still working, only the paddle hits the back of the bowl when it goes faster than speed 6. 😓
  5. julie99nl

    Vent about your screw-ups

    My worst mistake, because it would be the most costly, was when I was kneading 2kg of bread dough in my kitchenaid. My husband came in and asked me to come look at something and I had my hand on the speed slider. As I walked away, my hand must have moved the slider to a higher speed and it didn't register in my mind when I walked away. About 30 seconds after I walked out of the kitchen there was a huge crash as my kitchen aid try to go bungee jumping off the counter. There is now a huge dent in the hardwood floor, the kitchenaid needs repair (will do it myself because kitchenaid wants a stupid amount of money and time to do it) And there is also a cosmetic dent in the top of the kitchenaid that I won't bother repairing. I saved the bread, which was the most important part....😂
  6. On vacation a neighbor asked me if I can make a dessert for their small dinner. I have a microscopic gas oven with no numbers on the dial. I call it crap shoot baking. I have a small ancient hand mixer and a mini food processor blender combo from the 90's. Zero pans, tins, rings, piping bags or tips, palette knives. 😂 About as simple as a home baking kitchen can be. But, I had brought with me some vacuum packed dulce de leche that I had sous vide for bonbons but didn't have time to use before I left. So, throw that in the suit case because what else do you need on vacation on a tropical island other than a bikini and a kilo of dulce de leche. So, this was my banoffee tartlet. Needless to say, everyone was amazed at my mad skills...
  7. I've played with ruby in ganache and i felt like everything was kind of muddled. The only exception to this is a ganache with cassis (black currant in the US, I believe) where it does actually compliment the flavour. Cassis ruby ganache macaron are especially yummy! I made what would normally be a raspberry white chocolate ganache and replaced the white chocolate with ruby. This was for a valentines truffle that someone asked for at the last minute and I had to come up with a big batch and quick. Everyone raved and loved them, but I thought they were too sweet and had very little depth of flavor. Maybe I'm just too picky. I also find the color of ruby unappealing.
  8. Jim, my starting point was my basic white chocolate ganache with fruit puree recipe for molded bonbons. I use this same ratio for mango and passion fruit combinewd and a guava. Having been raised in the tropics, my palate favors tropical fruits... I use boiron purees, so I got a decent flavor, but the combo needs work and could use something extra...maybe honey or a little bit of lavender or something crunchy. 100 gr fruit puree (blueberry in this case) 18 gr invert sugar 222 white chocolate 13 butter
  9. Thank you for the reply. Talking to my mentor shortly afterwards he reminded me of my confiserie class where we discussed differing fruit acidities and pectin. I guess I wasn't awake that day. 😂 Still working on the bonbon. The blueberry ganache was amazing! I need to play with the ratios a little of gel to ganache when I get back from vacation.
  10. Is your bread recipe already in bakers percentage? If not, break it down into percentages and then it's pretty easy. https://www.kingarthurflour.com/professional/bakers-percentage.html
  11. Paul Young does a whiskey ganache, which would be vegan and probably has a decent shelf life. But, if it needs to children friendly .....
  12. I'll check amazon.uk when I have my layover at Heathrow. Right now, it's only displaying the hardback and paperback editions. I'll check out the Brazilian book. I can speak Spanish, and understand enough Portuguese to read and follow along. I have an electronic subscription to the magazine Fou de Patisserie, which is always nice and I do need to catch up. There is an additional to their bimonthly called the Opus editions and one is for Chocolate. For anyone that doesn't know it, it's a lovely magazine with representations from all the current pastry chef rock stars. http://www.foudepatisserie.com/ I have the Andrew Garrison Shotts e-book I know a chef friend of mine has access to an electronic version of Leroux's first book. But I only want a legal copy. I would buy Bleu if it meant I could get the technical book in e-format. Thanks for all your other suggestions. I love all kinds of pastry books!
  13. It only shows me the hardcover edition. Maybe when I've landed in the US it'll display the kindle. Thanks!
  14. I'm going on holiday for the coming 3 weeks and I'm looking for some books for chocolatiers in electronic format. I've also got a ban placed on me for buying any more books because I have an attic, a shed, rooms and rooms full of every cooking, gardening and fictional book you can imagine. I've been looking all day for anything by Stephane Leroux, but I've had no luck. I've got Notter, Greweling, and Wybauw in hardcover but I wish I could get any of them in electronic versions as well. Any other recommendations?
  15. Or make a creme diplomat and stick in whole berries when piping. Raspberries and pastry creme can turn liver colored, which isn't very festive...😁