Chocolate Week is one of my favourite weeks of the year, probably only topped by Champagne Week. I might bake with chocolate, but I’m not very good at working with chocolate to make chocolates. But I’m really, really good at eating it.
If you’ve got a chocoholic on your hands, then these five books will give them plenty of inspiration. Probably best to give them with chocolate as well. These books will induce severe cravings!
Apparently, Kirsten Tibballs is the queen of chocolate. My bad, I’ve never heard of her. But I love the sound of her recipes. Where would you begin? Chocolate pecan biscuits, white coconut truffles, orange and hazelnut chocolate bar, chocolate date meringue cake, hot chocolate tart…so much deliciousness! I’d happily eat all of these and then some.
I have a bit of a soft spot for Will Torrent, having seen him do demos on a couple of occasions. This is a great step by step guide to producing amazing chocolate products, from ganaches to pralines, pudding to biscuits. Why salted caramel millionaires shortbread isn’t more widely available, I don’t know, but I’d make it from this recipe.
Another of the UK’s great chocolatiers, this book by William Curley is certainly going to challenge your chocolate working skills. But William’s recipes will inspire you to give things a go. Sounds like a fun way to spend a few hour on a wet afternoon though.
This one is great for keen home bakers and chocolate eaters. Molly’s cakes are well renowned and pretty darn tasty. There are techniques, so for things like chocolate cups, and then baking of things like her ultimate chocolate cake. The kids here would have me making rocky road before the book was out the packaging.
Now this one is really coming from a chocolate master! Frederic Bau is the founder, creative director, and executive chef of l’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona. He is also widely regarded as one of the best chocolatiers in the world. So I think we can work on the basis that he knows his way around chocolate. I don’t expect there’s a recipe for rocky road in this one, but you’ll find plenty of instruction on chocolate tempering, moulding and filling. This is for someone who loves chocolate work, not just chocolate eating.
So, indulge in chocolate the calorie free way if you just buy these and read. But what would be the point in that? If you need some great chocolate to go alongside, then I am still very partial to any of Amelia Rope’s bars, definitely worth a try.
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