Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Chocolate Molds: Bunnies, Eggs & Chicks, oh my!

I adore Chocolate Molds, particularly the older metal ones. Here are a few great Chocolate Molds for Easter!  It's all about Bunnies, Eggs and Chicks, oh My!




Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to Me! So for today's Birthday, I'm posting several Retro Birthday Cake Ads!




Sunday, March 29, 2015

Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

Do you love Cadbury Eggs? Are they a part of your Easter tradition? Want to make your own?

Instructables has a great recipe for Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs. I think they're really good. They're easy to make, although a bit time consuming. Even if they don't come out egg shaped, or the shell breaks, they're yummy! And, you can use good quality dark chocolate for even better flavor!

HOMEMADE CADBURY CREME EGGS

Ingredients
1/2 cup Lyle’s golden syrup or light corn syrup
6 Tbsp butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cup powdered sugar
yellow food coloring
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or a bag bittersweet chocolate chips)

The Filling:
Cream together corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Sift in confectioner's powdered sugar and beat until incorporated. Separate filling into whites and yolks! Take out about third of filling and stir in some yellow food coloring. Put the two bowls in the fridge to set up a little.

Shaping the Yolks:
This step is sticky! Keep your hands clean and cold. Make little yolk balls out of yellow mixture. Place them on parchment. Put them back in the fridge or freezer to firm up.
When yolks are set up, start embedding them in whites. Scoop an amount of white filling out and flatten it into circle. Place yolk ball inside, and wrap white around it. Put them in fridge.

Hint from Instructables: 
If you decide to use egg molds instead of dipping method, pipe  whites and yolks into chocolate molds with a pastry bag. This would save a LOT of time. 

Filling the Molds 
Melt chocolate in double boiler or short bursts in the microwave. Fill tmolds with  chocolate and swirl to coat  sides.  Once molds are set, put filling ball into half of each mold. Using more melted chocolate, join two halves of egg together. Let set and unmold. Use the freezer to help set this up.

Alternative Method: If you aren't using molds, try this:
Melt chocolate + 2 teaspoons of butter in microwave in short bursts until just melted. Either dip fillings into  chocolate with a fork and let set on parchment, or skewer fillings and dip them --kind of like cake pops! Once  chocolate is set, dip them again for a thick chocolate shell!

Want to see another recipe -- similar...but always good to have two to compare! Check out Ashley Rodriguez's (Not Without Salt) adaptation of this recipe on Food52.

No time to make these? Buy yourself some Cadbury Creme Eggs!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Charoset Ice Cream for Passover

O.K. I have your attention. Yes, you've heard of Passover Brownies and Cakes, but Charoset Ice Cream? Tantalizing, yes! And, a perfect topping for your chocolate desserts! Unfortunately Charoset Ice Cream, a Ben & Jerry's Israel Limited Edition flavor is only available in Israel. This ice cream is a mixture of vanilla, apples, walnuts and honey. What's not to love?

Charoset is one of the symbolic foods on the Passover plate. It's made with apples, cinnamon, honey, and sweet wine. Charoses is a reminder to those at the Passover seder of mortar that their brick-laying ancestors made as slaves in Egypt.

I don't have a recipe for Charoset Ice-Cream, but you can always use vanilla ice cream and mix in some of your own charoses! Why not? Want to make sure you'll like it? Use your charoset as a topping!

I make Charoses from chopped apples (Macintosh), chopped walnuts, some sweet red wine, a bit of cinnamon, and some honey. I like it chunky, but if you're going to put it on ice-cream, maybe chop the nuts and apples finer. Make your Charoses ahead and refrigerate for best flavor.

Yesterday I posted several recipes for Passover Brownies. Check them out here! Charoset Ice Cream would be a perfect addition (if it's a dairy meal)... or for later. Passover doesn't mean going without great desserts!