I had my friend Cath over to my house to show her how I make chocolates. She had a party last weekend it was a ‘We’re Done’ party – this was to celebrate the end of her cancer treatment and frankly she is an inspiration.
During treatments she lost her hair so her party was a wig and hat themed do. No pictures of me, unfortunately as I looked a twerp. However Cath was rocking the Carmen Miranda look.
I made my mini meringues. But do save the effort and buy them if you can. It is important that once you separate your egg whites you weigh tem, then you use this weight to weigh out your caster sugar. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks and then add the sugar spoon by spoon. Do not add any cornflour, cream of tater or vinegar as this will make a soft centre – we want crunch here. Pipe out little meringues no bigger than 2cm wide onto baking parchment and dry them out in a 140C oven for 3 hours. Turn the oven off and allow them to get totally cold before storing in an airtight container.
Spread a thin layer of molten white chocolate onto baking parchment. Sprinkle over a layer of popping candy and press this into the surface of the chocolate.
Add another thin layer of chocolate and then sprinkle over a layer of freeze dried raspberry pieces and push this into the surface of the chocolate.
As soon as the chocolate has set stamp out 2cm discs of the layered chocolate. Put a little of the melted white chocolate into a piping bag and use this to glue one of the discs of chocolate to the meringue.
Drop the chocolates into the bowl of remaining white chocolate and enrobe them. I’m using posh chocolate tools here but this would work just as well with two forks. I have chosen to use transfer sheets, these are glossy sheets screen-printed with coloured cocoa butter when you sit a tempered chocolate onto this the design is affixed to the finished chocolate with a glamorous glossy finish. If you want to cut back on costs then just use baking parchment.
Here are the finished chocolates, boy does Cath ever put on a good spread. Good food, great company and a real celebration. Follow this link for my supplier of transfer sheets.