Trio of Truffles

Truffles and bite sized chocolates are the perfect treat for the warm seasons we're now approaching. They're easy to make and easier to carry with you anywhere. Recently I have been traveling a decent amount and, of course, I bring chocolates with me for anyone I am spending time with. Truffles and bonbons have been my go to as they are always a big winner with friends and family. After all, who doesn't love a soft centre? I have been … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Squares

Truth be told, I'm not a Valentines Day chick, but I love having a purpose for creating new recipes and holidays are awesome excuses to mess about in the kitchen. My intention this year is to keep all my recipes very simple, but aesthetically delightful and... mission accomplished, friends! Aren't they so pretty?!? The red velvet cake is soft and sweet, rich and deeply chocolatey, a touch of lemon juice gives a slight acidity to bring out the … [Read more...]

Mint Truffles

In my classes, I teach students how to create stunning chocolates using unique flavour combinations. They are encouraged to think outside the box of what's normal and run of the mill in the chocolate world. But, sometimes, the ordinary is the most extraordinary and, to me, a simple mint truffle is the epitome of that. Mint Sugar 100g ( ½ cup ) buckwheat, soaked and sprouted 10 hours 100g ( ½ cup ) xylitol 20g ( ¼ cup tightly … [Read more...]

Coconut “Bacon”Chocolate Bark

Pin It I didn't intend to post this as a recipe, to be honest, but the reaction it received on FaceBook made it inevitable. Just to be clear, there's no bacon or animal products in this recipe. Bacon has made a come back in the past few years largely because of the Paleo food movement. This movement has told people they can eat bacon again. For a long time it was believed to be a "bad" food. It's no longer considered so. Since then, … [Read more...]

Enrobing – Step by Step

Enrobing is a simple method and, as a chocolatier, one that I use frequently to finish my chocolates and confections. Also referred to as "dipping", enrobing is simply the act of covering an item in chocolate. The beauty of enrobing is that you don't need to make the chocolate from scratch in order to enrobe -- you can use pre bought chocolate, such as your favourite chocolate bar ( raw or cooked ) or you can use cacao paste. Recently, I … [Read more...]