Monday, September 20, 2010

Chocolate Covered Salted Chocolate Caramels

 
The taste of these little "French" chocolates is as if you died and went to heaven.... and then came back to eat several more. They are not just caramels with a bit of sea salt sprinkled on top, no, that would be too easy. They are actually chocolate caramels made with a traditional caramel base, mixed with a two chocolate ganache. The outside has a....ahem... coverture chocolate coating on the outside... and then the sea salt, sprinkled daintily on top. (thank you Molly...my sister for the sea salt)

I have been having so much fun with this fabulous new cookbook called, The New French Baker by Sheila Linderman. Her recipes are divine, exact, descriptive, quite scientific and very French. Their can only be one explanation for why French pastries and sweets are just so...perfect, they must follow the recipes! I am so Not French. Everything about me screams the opposite. I tend to converse while cooking, my ADD can go into overdrive, I loose my place in the recipe... and before you know it, I have pushed the recipe aside and just end up doing my own thing. I have learned that this definitely does not happen when one is messing around with FRENCH food.


My sister Molly, from The Well Rounded Table, and I were going to have a day of cooking. French pastries and chocolates were the theme. More specifically, croissants and chocolate covered caramels. Somehow, I managed to hand off the 3 page croissant recipe to my sister... and I was stuck (not complaining) with the caramels. While I was knee deep in chocolate, Molly was rolling about the détrempe. The poor thing....she toiled (willingly I might add) for three days with the dough while I boiled sugar until it became the color of amber. Today, we spent six hours pretending we were French, drinking wine with our lunch, proofing dough, tempering chocolate and eating like queens. Needless to say, it was a wonderful day.


I left the recipe book at my sisters (hence no recipe today), along with my coat, extra caramels and other important items. I bet if I was French I wouldn't have forgotten them. So for now... I leave you with just  mouth watering images of deliciousness. 

Thank you to all of you who have supported me during this first round of Project FoodBlog!  It has been so much fun! Remember to vote!

And a big thank you to sweet Kristy at My Little Space for gifting me the Lovely Blog Award. Kristy is one of  those amazingly talented, funny, and kind persons that leave you feeling better about yourself and the world! Thank you Kristy! 





18 comments:

  1. Holy moly! These are so incredible. I can't even tell you how quickly these would dissapear in front of me. Sweet (and salty) perfection is what these are!

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  2. What a lovely lovely blog you have! You couldn't have picked a better treat to lure me in. I adore chocolate and caramel...and you didn't let me down! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Ah. Yeah. I'll have some please. Awesome, as always.

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  4. Ooo... this is the chocolate you mentioned about the other day, right! Looks so addictive! You know, people said diamond is a girl best friend but I think chocolate even better than that! haha... But it's best to have BOTH! ^_^ Enjoy & have a great day.
    Best wishes, Kristy

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  5. Megan, looking forward to this recipe! Are you going to post it up soon? Thanks!
    Kristy

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  6. I love the hook on the chocolates, looks very rustic.

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  7. all I can say is WOW!looks heavenly :)

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  8. Sweat and salty, PERFECTION! Looks soooo good! YUM!

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  9. Chocolate... sweet...salty... caramel. I thought only faeries made them. Scrumptious!

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  10. Megan,
    I LOVE your pretending to be French day...sounds like so much fun, particularly the wine with lunch! ha.
    These chocolate-caramel delights look absolutely amazing!!

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  11. Wow! These look amazing! Great photography also.

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  12. Matt did the very thing we had planned on doing...He placed a caramel in the center of one of his croissants! Super yummy.

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  13. WOW! You should get paid for this post, because I am totally buying this book! How awesome you and your sister had a baking day! Must check out her blog as well!

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  14. I want to learn how to make candies so bad! What an motivating post. They look soooo good!

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  15. The caramel post is on it's way! I fell asleep mid post last evening.... but I will have the recipe out tonight!

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  16. Wow, those chocolate covered caramels look so tempting! I love the sprinkling of salt on top!

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  17. I'm wanting a caramel now, but not just any caramel. I want one of yours! They're gorgeous!

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