Monday, December 14, 2015

Leftover Chocolate, really...

I've had such fun making Chocolate Covered Chocolates and Coconut Snowball Truffles the past couple of weeks, and along the way I've had adventures.
You wouldn't believe the mess I made trying to figure out how to dip chocolates properly.
But they got done, and don't look too bad if I say so myself.
I'm bringing the Cherry ones with me on Friday to a gathering, we're doing a Christmas gift exchange. But the cherries aren't a gift, they are there to share with everyone.

One of the adventures I had in the kitchen was some chocolate 'seizing' up on me.  Somehow a drop or two of water got into the bowl, and the next thing I knew this gorgeous fluid chocolate was a big clumpy mess.

I could have cried, but I just took more chocolate out of the pantry, melted it and continued on.

In the meantime, the chocolate that had seized up, was sitting there.  I didn't want to throw it out, so I dug it out of the bowl and discovered that it crumbled.
I had an idea.
I crumbled up the rest, put it in a plastic bag and into the fridge it went.  I'm going to use it to decorate or roll some truffles into it. 
Waste not, want not.   I couldn't say Seize the day, cause I seized the chocolate.

I also had some more chocolate that I'd melted but it was acting rather strange, it was too thick to dip the rest of the Chocolate Covered Cherries, so I put it into the fridge overnight.
Then I got an idea, I'd add some hot cream to it, and turn it into a ganache and then freeze that so I could use it as a frosting for a chocolate cake or some cupcakes or ... later on.   I like to freeze frosting in a piping bag, that way it's ready to go when I pull it out of the freezer.   I just thaw it in the fridge overnight and then I'm good to go.
And as for the ganache, you can also add a spoonful to your morning coffee as a sub for a flavored coffee creamer.  It's very good.  

Well, gotta go clean up the rest of the mess, sigh.
The elves are on strike at my house, so I have to do it all.

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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