Easter experiments

This last week I had one of my goddaughters over.Brianna is a bright , creative person with a strong sense of identity.

I had planned ganaches, truffles, perhaps experimenting with new molds, but this girl had other ideas! 🙂

Last time she came for a short stay we made lollipops and bars and decorated them with, well, everything! Fruit, nuts, crystallised fruit, everything in the cupboard, not even sure the kitchen sink wasn’t on there 🙂 It went down so well, we made a few this time too

IMG_4918    A butterfly in dried and crystallised fruit

IMG_4919 Mango dipped in yummy, fruit flavoured chocolate

While I had grandiose plans, Brianna wanted to experiment with flavours.

She spent time smelling them, asking about them, and pairing them together to smell in batches. I think she has a possible perfumier future if nothing else works out for her! A natural at it.

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She came up with 4 groups of flavours that she wanted to work with, I think we only had the time to do 3 of them. She decided on Mango and Violet for one flavour group,  Plum, Rhubarb and Orange flavour for another, and both of theses were done in milk chocolate, and we also made Mango and Raspberry in white chocolate. She spent time thinking it all out. The mango and Raspberry would tie flavour with the red colour of blood for the brains mold ! Chocolatier and biologist, a girl after my own heart.

We tried various new and old molds ( a post going into molds to follow soon, possibly even a couple of them….)

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and decorated them according to whom they were being given to

IMG_4911 each bar decorated differently

Experimenting with different decoration was fun, and the metallic shimmers went down well. They look so good on everything they decorate – even lips!

 

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Brianna tried her hand at dipping truffle shells that we had filled up with fruit and flavoured chocolate, or home made jams, or coconut cream, and fun was had decorating them afterwards.     IMG_4932   A picture of concentration while dipping the truffles       IMG_4930    demonstrating her piping skills.

We got experimental with my new ‘Power Flowers’ ( another post to follow on those and colourings), which are concentrated pockets of colour that you add to lighter chocolate or cocoa butter. We used the colours to decorate a small Easter egg, and, not forgetting, the BRAINS! I can hear the maniacal laughter ringing in my head 🙂

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