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Chris Hennes

Confections! What did we make? (2012 – 2014)

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Was playing with sugar today. Made a blown sugar apple as well as a bow.

The apple is simply genius. Amazing job.

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Heres a few things I just did for an event. Gold dusted caramels, espresso caramels, and sea salt caramels, along with blackberry and peach pate de fruit.

For my part, I can't get over the caramels. I have several different formulas, but none of them turn out firm enough to stand alone like those; dip or wrap in less than 10 minutes is required! Do you mind sharing a recipe? I can't decide if I should start troubleshooting my formulae or my technique.


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Sooooo pretty Minas!

What is that Apple filled with if anything?

Thanks! The apple is hollow, just a blown piece. It was just to see if I could do it, then after 15 tries I finally got the shape!

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For my part, I can't get over the caramels. I have several different formulas, but none of them turn out firm enough to stand alone like those; dip or wrap in less than 10 minutes is required! Do you mind sharing a recipe? I can't decide if I should start troubleshooting my formulae or my technique.

Thanks! Glad you like them! The folios is from Chocolates and Confections. Specifically, the sea salt caramels use the formula that include sweetened condensed milk, and the espresso caramels use the formula that contains evaporated milk and fresh cream. For as many recipes as you've tried, I'm going to assume you have Greweling book. There's a note on each caramel recipe that the temp of 239f or so is just an estimate, and that the caramels should be tested by hand. When making caramels, I add the butter at 230f or so, then when it nears 235ish I remove the thermometer and test a little bit of the mixture in cold water every few minutes, and you'll just see what the caramel feels like as you cook it a little longer. Just make some caramels and cook them a little longer then your inclined to. They will set up firmer, and have nice sharp edges when you cut them. Let me know if you want grewelings recipe if you don't have it already.

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Minas, I'm also going to gush about that apple, so beautiful and quite life-like. You truly have the midas touch when it comes to sugar. Sounds like the eg workshop is going to hopefully be in Vegas next year, you should come do a sugar demo!

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nothing quite as fancy from me this weekend as minas' apple ;) Just boring old chocolates :P

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nothing quite as fancy from me this weekend as minas' apple ;) Just boring old chocolates :P

Chris,

Very nice. I especially like the hearts. How did you get that nice splatter on them? Mine sometimes comes out in blobs or dribbles. The most successful time was when I used a toothbrush, but it was a total mess--I am still finding dots of cocoa butter all over the kitchen!

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Heres the rest of this weekends activities. Had another try at macarons, this was from the book 'Patisserie,'french meringue method, and it worked wonderful, got much more of a feel for making these shells. Next is a marzipan I made this morning, and then some marshmallows that will be at a hot cocoa bar at a wedding. Marshmallow flavors, left to right, are ginger, cinnamon/nutmeg, and cocoa.

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How did you get that nice splatter on them?

pretty technical...

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Just like you :D

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Kerry : It works both ways... Have you tried airbrushing that mixture? 80% high alcohol (90+% from Quebec works great) 20% powder

ZMaster : I don't mind explaining the processes, but truthfully it's indicated all over the forum. If you do need let me know.

Minas6907: if I may give you a little advice, you should mix gently (macaronner) your mixture a little more. It should be slightly runny (au ruban) and tap your tray with the flat of your hand to flatten the macaron just a little bit, or drop it on the table twice. For the rest, I love your products and confiserie, great job.

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Rodney, do you airbrush the mixture on finished piece or the mold?


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Rodney, do you airbrush the mixture on finished piece or the mold?

For the heart, it was after. I bought a bottle of velvet spray from a supplier, thinking I was gonna save time and money. And unfortunately saved none of the two.

The other 7 are airbrushed, brushed, or finger painted prior to chocolate molding. It takes too long when you don't have enough molds.

Have a great day

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I have airbrushed a similar mixture that I got as a sample at the PMCA a few years back. Strangely it had something along with the alcohol in it and I've never been able to wash it out of the molds since. I suppose I need to give them a rinse with some lacquer thinner - but that's probably not food safe!

I have Clear Spring 190 proof alcohol that I buy on the american side at the duty free.

I've not been happy with any of those sprays that I've bought - the airbrush seems to do a better job.

Rodney - what sort of airbrush are you using at the shop?

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For massive work i have bought at Canadian tire. For details my iwata hc works like a gem. I'm at work but will respond later. Don't work too hard.

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Snapping turtles - milk chocolate with poprocks. I'm packaging them 3 in a cello sleeve. Working on a bunch of items for an upcoming fun fair at my child's school.

Ok Kerry, are they just shells filled with poprocks to make a monster pop rock explosion in your mouth when you eat them or did you mix the poprocks together with the milk chocolate? Your creative genius kills me sometimes (in a good way, I love it!)

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Those look great... For your molds, have you tried rubbing them with alcohol and cotton?

For the airbrushes, I have 3, the Canadian tire set hvlp which have the compact and large gravity feed and an iwata eclipse model. They all work great. The unfortunate part of the big airbrushes is that they also spray the whole room. :-)

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Snapping turtles - milk chocolate with poprocks. I'm packaging them 3 in a cello sleeve. Working on a bunch of items for an upcoming fun fair at my child's school.

Ok Kerry, are they just shells filled with poprocks to make a monster pop rock explosion in your mouth when you eat them or did you mix the poprocks together with the milk chocolate? Your creative genius kills me sometimes (in a good way, I love it!)

Poured the shell - while still wet sprinkled in the poprocks, then backed off with more milk chocolate.

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Those look great... For your molds, have you tried rubbing them with alcohol and cotton?

For the airbrushes, I have 3, the Canadian tire set hvlp which have the compact and large gravity feed and an iwata eclipse model. They all work great. The unfortunate part of the big airbrushes is that they also spray the whole room. :-)

Alcohol and cotton to clean them?

I usually just use a soft microfibre or a non shedding cotton lap sponge (the kind they use to soak up blood in the OR) to give them a polish.

Even the HVLP sprays the whole room? The Fuji that I have sprays less than any other. Do you have an exhaust set up?

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