I’ve always found candy apples appealing. Their shine, the smooth texture of the candy coating, the crunch. Although I do love the bright red colour, I thought it would be interesting to play on colour and try a swap – make the apples the colour of the contain and the container the colour of the apples. For this project, I used white colouring instead of red for the apples and put in butterscotch flavour to compliment the apple. The candy bowl I made cherry flavour.
My brother’s birthday is this week, and he is a Dr. Who fan like myself, so I couldn’t resist combining my Sci-Fi interests once again with baking.Chocolate making isn’t something I do very often but sometimes I do use it when making cakes, but I did just chocolate this time. Bulk Barn had exactly the right colour of dark blue chocolate so I didn’t even have to colour it!
I made a large, hollow Tardis with solid chocolate mini-Tardis and Daleks. I experimented with filling them with ganache and was successful with a few, but because of the difficult shapes, I found it very hard to get them out of the mold without cracking the outer chocolate shell. Solid chocolate worked based for the smaller ones.
I haven’t done a full 3D hollow chocolate before so this was a first. I bought some binder clamps from the dollar store for this one. I filled 1/2 the mold with the chocolate and then clamped the 2 halves together. I shook and twisted the clamped molds around and then put into the freezer to harden.
Next time I make these, I’ll make sure to brush both sides of the mold with a layer of chocolate before attaching and shaking. I had a few instances of air bubbles along the sides so I’d rather have a nice, covered surface next time to avoid bubbles.
They came out of the mold so well; I was very pleased with the results.
I had been wanting to experiment with sugar art for some time and an opportunity came up with the Niagara Nights of Art exhibit as part of the Canada Capital of Culture program.
I submitted my proposal and got started playing with poured sugar sculpting. I tried many different techniques from pouring sugar onto different patterns made from silicone, pouring sugar over ice, over frozen peas, and directly into cold water.
I would love to experiment more in this area, and expand to blown sugar, but I just don’t have the equipment for that yet. I can’t wait until I do!