Sigh, there are many, many varieties of chocolate, and so little time.
I am a fan of dark chocolate, (not intense 85%+ cacoa but a nice 52-70%.) I find the flavor more intense than milk chocolate (34%) and of course there are the currently purported health benefits of dark chocolate. Not only do I have to contend with percent cacao but also many different manufacturers. I should probably create a spreadsheet for them all.
I am also experimenting with fillings for chocolate candies, a tough job, but someone really should do it. Last month I made two new fillings, buttercream and fresh raspberry/chocolate ganache. Both were excellent, but I wanted some candies with a soft gooey filling.
This morning I made a batch with some Guittard 46% semi-sweet baking chips I picked up at the grocery story a couple of weeks ago. I thought these might be a good compromise between the dark that I like and the milk chocolate that Fran prefers.
I tempered the chocolate, coated the inside of a heart shaped silicone mold and let it cure. This morning I made a batch of cream filling and divided it into two. One was flavored with peppermint to make some gooey peppermint patties, the other with vanilla for plain vanilla chocolates.
I want to make this same recipe but flavor with fresh strawberry or raspberry or orange ganache. I am experimenting with fillings as much as I am with different chocolates.
Homemade Peppermint or Vanilla Patties
• ½ – ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk (amount depends on desired consistency)
• 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract (optional)
• 339g (3 cups) powdered sugar
Optional Dipping Chocolate or use tempered chocolate in mold
• 8 ounces dark chocolate chopped
• 2 teaspoons oil
1. In a medium size bowl mix the sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract, and powdered sugar together. Add more sweetened condensed milk until mixed to viscosity desired.
2. Divide dough into number of flavors desired and place each portion in a small bowl
3. Add flavorings and mix well.
4. Pipe filling to fill each chocolate well to within 1/8” of the top of the well
5. Let set for 10 minutes
6. Add enough tempered chocolate to each well to seal the filling inside.
7. Scape bottom of mold to remove excess chocolate
8. Store the peppermint patties in the fridge until ready to be served! Enjoy!