On Thursday I thought I would make this edible Christmas craft. It looked so easy.
I tried following the directions, honestly. Basically this: Lay out the candy canes on a tray. Melt chocolate and put it inside a piping bag or a heavy-duty plastic bag with the corner cut off. Then squeeze the chocolate into the center of the heart shape.
This should have been the clue for me that I should not attempt this: I do not have a piping bag.
I melted a few dark chocolate Hershey’s kisses in the microwave, on “very low”. I had to check it several times because I didn’t want to overcook the chocolate. After this laborious effort, I put the gloppy chocolate into the plastic bag, and cut the corner off.
It was very messy getting the chocolate into the candy cane hearts, which kept moving around, but I managed to make two of them. Then there was a lot of chocolate left inside the bag, but not enough to squeeze out.
Such a waste of chocolate! I decided to try making the whole thing in the microwave. So I set up the candy canes in a heart shape on a plate, then chopped up two chocolate kisses. I was tired of tending the microwave, so I set it for 2 minutes and went away to do something else on my list. I ended up with the very likeness of molten lava taking over an innocent Hawaiian town:
Sometimes I should leave the baking to professionals. Today this is what we found at LaGourmandine, in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh:
It’s a Buchette de Noel! A miniature Buche de Noel (Yule log). I think it is so cute and lovely!
These pastries are so beautiful, they deserve to appear twice.
|Clafoutis on the left; Marquise in the front|
(Dark chocolate mousse with crème brûlée and crispy caramel)
Another traditional French Pastry from the Limousin region.
Dessert made of cherries covered with a Flan-like batter.
And here is my To Do List for Friday.
|You can click to embiggen, but trust me, it's a boring list.|
Also, it is incomplete.
Such things as “make chocolate candy cane hearts” and “write blog posts” do not appear on the list. I am continually wracked with guilt that my list never includes “Procure justice for everyone” or "bring about equity in school funding." I must confess that I seem to be utterly exhausted lately, which I attribute to this season of “The Hap-Hap-Happiest Time of the Year When Everyone Should be Hibernating But Instead Has Assigned Themselves A To Do List Ten Miles Long.”
But today I threw the list aside, and the three of us went to Lawrenceville in the rain, to do some Christmas shopping, and to go to the bakery which Youngest Daughter first encountered on a school field trip and has been raving about ever since. It was a good day, largely because I did not turn anything into lava.