I love baking magazines, I really do. So much so in fact, that you’ll often find me leafing through entire racks in WHSmith, looking for my next sweet inspiration. Last year, one of my faves was the Cake Decorating Magazine, which proved to be an absolute godsend, helping me to master my piping and get to grips with royal icing.
I really loved this magazine, so you can imagine my delight when I heard about the launch of a sister publication... Something Sweet!
As an intro to the new mag, the good folks over at SS HQ gave me the opportunity to try out one of their fun how-to guides, focussing on chocolate hearts - and so with Valentines day just around the corner, I jumped at the chance to get involved.
Now, I often melt chocolate for my baking experiments, but have never had the opportunity to use moulds before, so when I unwrapped the lovely pink one that SS had kindly provided, I got a little bit giddy. Technique-wise everything was fairly straight forward - melt the chocolate, pour it into the mould, scrape the back with a palate knife to remove excess yumminess (licking the knife along the way, of course) leaving it in the fridge to set, before giving it a good old whack to help pop those chocolates out.
The main challenge for me, came in the form of wrapping the treats into the lovely gold foils which SS had included in the kit, and whilst I'm proud to say that I gave it my best shot, I fear my efforts weren't quite up to scratch. However, putting this minor set back aside, I must say I'm rather pleased with how they've turned out.
Now all I need to do is give them to that special someone for Valentines day... Who am I kidding? I ate them within seconds of these photos being taken!
Have you ever tried making chocolate before? Let me know about your experiences!