new toys – bamboo kitchen scale and fun shaped fudge/marshmallow/jelly…cookie…cutters.
new fun extract flavors i picked up! already used the brandy with great success for the eggnog fudge recipe, very excited to figure out ways to incorporate the champagne one into my life…
following my three part (!!!) Thomas Keller cooking class we got a certificate for 20% off of his All Clad line, and when combined with the 20% holiday sale that was going on i got myself a new 3qt candy concocting saucepan for 40% off!
happy holidays to me.
first thing i will be making – eggnog fudge. non microwave version. fingers crossed.
went to the flea market today specifically to find pretty plates and bowls to display candy. plan on experimenting a little to see what colors and materials work best, all input appreciated…
Supplies, take 2.
when debating what i thought would be my first foray into candy making – chocolate tempering – i realized that all i had was my grimy old cutting board. not a pretty match for my pink measuring cups, purple measuring spoons, and blue polka dot knife.
went to a different kitchen supply store so that i could get an idea of what was out there and would have in the back of my head where i could go for certain things. and look to see what things that i hadn’t even thought about getting for this candy making project. decided on a brown cutting board which i thought would look good with a pile of chocolate aboard it. a smaller white one for potential jelly treats. stumbled upon some cute chocolate molds and one for lollipops – perfect for the Salted Chocolate Caramel Lollipops that i’m dying to make. some offset spatulas for spreading melted chocolate, a pastry brush, and wooden spoon because i also read that i would be needing one.
and pink chinese take out boxes that would contain my new future first project idea – Toffee.
so i went into this having a general idea of the kinds of items i needed to pick up – basic cookbooks, clean and pretty measuring spoons, some stainless steel bowls that i could use as a makeshift double boiler. a quick look into the first cookbook mentioned that i would need some dipping forks for chocolate coating and parchment paper for the finished product. i added in a wire cooling rack because it seemed like a good idea. the helpful lady at Sur la Table had the idea to include cute gold foil paper and mini candy wrappers for the finished product – but i’m not sure that my wrapping skills will be anything worthy of photographs…i’m imagining it will be like when i try to wrap things in saran wrap, which anyone knows is no easy or pretty feat.
oh, also a candy thermometer – i used to have one because homemade marshmallows were/are my favorite thing to make/eat but at some point i shattered the glass encased temperature gauge just being clumsy. typical.
and a bar of good dark chocolate. i chose Scharffen Berger, bittersweet 70% cacao.