Although I had all the ingredients to make this week's Baked Sunday Mornings recipe, I just kept putting it off. I'm not a big fan of working with melted chocolate. I don't do truffles, or cake pops for this very reason. I've previously failed to temper chocolate properly when we were presented with this challenge by the Daring Bakers. I just made a mess out of everything and totally lost my cool when all my hard work was rewarded with streaky candies.
Although the Baked recipe didn't call for tempering the chocolate, I really wanted to, one to prove to myself that I could do it, and two, I wanted to use cute Easter chocolate molds that I bought especially for this recipe. I had grand plans to give home made marshmallow filled chocolate to all the kids in Charlotte's class... Yeah right! I am definitely not a chocolatière. (The kids in Cha's class did not get treats this year...)
I did manage to temper the chocolate properly. It had a nice glossy sheen and a strong snap when bitten into. The marshmallow filling was just the right texture for these candies. But the process of filling the molds, tapping the excess chocolate out, letting it set, filling the cavities with marshmallows, re tempering chocolate to finish the candies is just such a pain in the ass! I made two trays of marshmallow filled chocolates and gave up. Sooo not worth it!
The candies were very good though. They sat on the counter for a week waiting to be photographed and we ate all the ugly ones. (Note to self, silicone ice cube trays from Ikea do not make good chocolate molds). But never again. I've proved to myself that I can temper chocolate, now I'm never doing it again!
I'm sure if I had followed the method in the book everything would have been fine. For the recipe, and to see how the other Baked Sunday Mornings members fared with their chocolate marshmallow cups, hop on over the the Baked Sunday Mornings Blog.
And happy Easter to everyone. While you're enjoying beautiful chocolates, take a moment to appreciate how much work goes into making these candies! I sure will!