Posted by: briellethefirst | March 29, 2011

Dipping Chocolate

Guess what I learned to do today!? Oh, right…you read the title. Well then, it was fun. I made a stiff semi-sweet genache and rolled it into a dozen little balls. Then I melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips with a few white chocolate chips just for interest. This is generally done over a double boiler, but I’m impatient and daring, so I briefly heat a burner, turn it off and set the covered pan with the chocolate in it on the warm burner  while I do something else for a few minutes, like rolling the genache. You’ll want to lay a piece of waxed paper on a plate or cookie sheet. When the chocolate melts, take a genache ball and dip it in the melted chocolate, rolling it around with your finger until it’s compleatly covered, then put it on the waxed paper to set.

Make sure you touch up any thin spots your fingers leave and make a swirl or wavy flourish on top to mark what the filling is. You can make your own flourish code: swirl for dark chocolate genache, m-ish for milk chocolate genache, coloured white chocolate swirl for a fruit, green white chocolate or a sugared mint leaf for peppermint, a nut on top of a nut filling, B-ish flourish on a brownie…whatever you feel like. What do you dip? Whatever you have that can stand up to the dipping process without falling apart. Try cookie bits, pretzels, potato chips, fruit, peanut brittle, marshmallows… You will want these things to be eaten soon if they’re perishable, but that usually isn’t a problem in my house.

While the chocolate is still soft and sticky you can also sprinkle with coloured or chocolate oblong-things  or chopped nuts or shredded coconut or you can put other cool candy or cake decorations on that are small enough for the candy but big enough to work with with fingers or tweezers. Come to think of it, you can also mix up some buttercream icing and pipe it onto the candies just like you’d decorate a cake, only with fine, delicate tips. Have fun!

And no, you aren’t allowed to lick your fingers till you’re done…but it’s yummy when you do! This is a fun activity to do with kids…if you can keep them from eating it all before they’re done! But you can set them up for holiday memories at a side table to make the fancy desert sideboard stuff (thus keeping them relatively quiet and out from under foot) while you finish the rest of the holiday preparations. And a last-minute edit, if you’re working with just one hand this is a super, elegant desert you can manage with just one-hand!

Dipped Chocolates

Dipped Chocolates


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