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Confections! What did we make? (2014 – 2016)


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@pastryaniAiming for Nov 1.  We won't be in the house by then, but, if the guys can get that one room mudded and sanded, I will prime, paint, and tile it. For that, I am aiming for mid-September. Should take less than a week to do it all.  Then, the electrician will have to come out and work his magic.  Then, I will order all the equipment and supplies. The major appliances are all in, but I put a hold on delivery until I've got a place to store it all.  (Right now, the basement is filled with bathroom vanities, toilets, doors, lighting fixtures, and nameless other gobs of widgets. ) Once all is in place, I can call and get the certification guy out to do his thing. 

This is a very hectic time right now...gardening, picking, butchering, canning; getting two kids ready for their senior year of HS, and one ready for 4th grade; plus all the house stuff. ugh.   So, it is just an absolute joy to me- when I can hop on here and get inspired with all the beautiful work everyone posts!!! Keep up the great pics! :D

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thanks @pastryani :D It looks like I used the marbling technique, but I cheated and just did a finger application of dark chocolate on the mould after the yellow cocoa butter, then molded in milk.

 

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I popped these bars out as well, they're a hazelnut, orange and coriander seed praline with popping candy

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Doesn't sound like cheating to me, sounds like a smart way to work around that cool but somewhat pain in the arse swirling technique.

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last ones for this Father's Day (Australia, this coming weekend)

 

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a few bad ones in this batch, the cocoa butter didn't contract from the mold as well as it should. I think my compressor isn't supplying enough pressure so I need to do multiple coats to get a nice coverage, making a really thick layer.

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On 8/30/2016 at 9:37 AM, keychris said:

a few bad ones in this batch, the cocoa butter didn't contract from the mold as well as it should. I think my compressor isn't supplying enough pressure so I need to do multiple coats to get a nice coverage, making a really thick layer.

 

The last couple of batches I've made have also been sticking in the mold quite a bit.  I'm thinking its related to the temperature/humidity (summer in SW Florida) and/or the temper of the cocoa butter.  The airbrush shouldn't need that much pressure.  30PSI is more than enough.  I'm usually turning the pressure down.  I've seen some videos on Instagram from Stick With Me Sweets where she gently flips the mold over and all the bon bons happily fall out in perfect uniform lines like little chocolate soldiers.  There must be some secret....

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I started working on my first production run for "fall" sales.  These are rosemary caramels.  I was very happy with the shine on these.  This is also the first time that I've used Valrhona (Ivoire) for molding.

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2 hours ago, lebowits said:

I started working on my first production run for "fall" sales.  These are rosemary caramels.  I was very happy with the shine on these.  This is also the first time that I've used Valrhona (Ivoire) for molding.

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Looks gorgeous....Can you describe the technique a little bit?

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It is finally cooling off a little bit and I got back into the chocolate kitchen today.

 

Caramel apple caramel


 

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Chai Spice

 

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Key Lime

 

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Next up are Halloween eyeballs:)

 

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@Kerry Beal

 

 I have never heard of either of these confections. Can you be a bit more descriptive, please. I am rather fond of anything with coconut.

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14 hours ago, Anna N said:

@Kerry Beal

 

 I have never heard of either of these confections. Can you be a bit more descriptive, please. I am rather fond of anything with coconut.

Shall bring you some tomorrow if the hubby doesn't find them.

 

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On 9/27/2016 at 1:02 PM, Bentley said:

Looks beautiful.  How do you get your gianduja so smooth?  Mine,which I process in a cuisinart, is always grainier.  

Bentley,

Alas, I am not the creator of that beautiful chocolate, but I can probably answer your question.  As you already know, you can get close to what you want if you run the food processor a long, long time, but it's not possible to make completely smooth hazelnut paste in a home processor.  I understand that there are stone grinders (from India, I think) that can do it.  But if you don't want to go to that length, L'Epicérie in NYC carries various sizes of Cacao Barry hazelnut paste and hazelnut praline paste, and I think they are delicious.  Recently I have discovered that I prefer gianduja made with 1/2 hazelnut paste and 1/2 dark chocolate--you don't get the added sugar of the praline paste.  If you should order either of these items, be aware that L'Epicérie also carries a paste that is not completely smooth.

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2 hours ago, Jim D. said:

As you already know, you can get close to what you want if you run the food processor a long, long time, but it's not possible to make completely smooth hazelnut paste in a home processor. 

 

Or you can get it pretty smooth in a food processor then push it through a fine mesh strainer.  If you're obsessive about it, that is :/

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