Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa's Kitchen: Molten chocolate

Today Santa's Kitchen focused on chocolate confections. First, we made peppermint bark, which is very easy but incredibly tasty.

Basically, you melt dark chocolate and spread it onto a sheet pan in a thin layer and let it cool. When it has solidified, melt an equal amount of white chocolate, add some peppermint extract and spread it out on top of the dark layer. Then sprinkle broken pieces of candy cane or other mint on top. I was in charge of melting the chocolate. Phineas was in charge of hacking the peppermints to bits.

Next, we made truffles, a more complex operation. First you make a ganache (dark chocolate and cream) and let it cool until firm. Then you form your truffles and freeze them for about 15 minutes until they are solid. After that, you give them a bath in melted chocolate and toss them into cocoa. Voila! Truffles.

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