I’m currently in the midst of Chocolates and Confections class at school. The class is really more like part chocolates – part really hard science class (at least for me). At any rate, above is a picture of some of what I made yesterday. On the top are peanut butter pralines (with rice krispies for crunch), painstakingly hand-dipped in lovingly table tempered milk chocolate. Arranged on the bottom of the sheet pan are mocha ganache-filled pralines, dipped in milk chocolate and garnished with cocoa nibs. We also made a raspberry ganache that we will cut and dip next Sunday. By the end of the (very long) day, we were all chocolate-covered! Thank goodness for Oxyclean.
I made these the other day when I needed something bready to go with the chicken chili I was making. The recipe is from Bakers’ Banter, and looked like something I’ve made a number of times before. Unfortunately, as it so often happens these days, I didn’t manage my time very wisely and when it came time to braid and divide the dough, I was scrambling. I haven’t braided dough lately and couldn’t quite remember how best to go about it and then I kind of hacked the braided loaves into irregular lengths. Oh well. They were still tasty.