celebration, chocolate cakes and bakes, patisserie and viennoiserie
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Blondes do have more fun.

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Macaron filled with a Valrhona Blond Dulcey chocolate ganache with Cocoa Nibs

I think it was a few weeks ago when I first heard about Valrhona’s Blond Dulcey chocolate. Somebody on Instagram was talking about it; raving about its deep and sweet caramel notes. Having used Valrhona’s Caramelia chocolate in a few bakes (and nibbled a few morsels along the way) I was intrigued.

Like all Valrhona chocolate, it does not come cheap, and I kept putting off ordering it and trying it out. Then I saw a couple of stunning creations on Instagram that were made with Dulcey and illustrated the rich colour of this confection. The images screamed “eat me!” So I bit the bullet and ordered a 250g bar.

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Caramelised white chocolate from one of the finest chocolate makers in the world.

I knew what I wanted to make with this caramelised white chocolate in order to test its taste and its qualities in a simple form, and that was to make a ganache. And not in or on a cake but between two macarons. Macarons are the perfect carriage for ganache, creams and sweet butters.

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Drying…

I was expecting the ganache to be very sweet (and I was correct) so I sprinkled the wet macarons with some cocoa nibs to counter balance this. In hindsight, I wouldn’t bother: the cocoa nibs are OK but serve as a distraction to the soft, giving texture of the finished macaron and I don’t think that they added much in the way of taste. But I am glad I tried out this new ingredient to me.

And if you want to know what Macarons recipe I use, it is the ever reliable one from http://www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk On this occasion I coloured the mixture very slightly with cream food colouring paste.

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Baked and ready to be filled. Macarons sprinkled with cocoa nibs.

For some reason my macarons feet have been a little feeble but I was happy enough with the overall result, and got on with making the chocolate ganache.

I heated up 150g of double (heavy) cream until almost boiling and simply added in 200g of finely chopped Valrhona Blond Dulcey chocolate. I mixed well until the chocolate was completely melted in to the cream then set it aside to cool and firm up (it will be pretty runny when hot). I like my macarons filling to be quite soft, so if you want a much firmer ganache, reduce the cream to 100g.

Once the macarons were paired up with matching sizes (because they all seem to vary just a little and need a matching partner: there *is* someone for everyone out there you see) and filled with piped ganache I chilled them overnight. Remember to bring them back to room temperature for serving so that all the flavours come through.

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Ta da! A bowl full of these delicate macarons filled with the most luxurious of chocolate ganaches.

So, would I splash the cash and buy this chocolate again? Yes, I would. It’s not for every day baking but an absolutely beautiful, rich and decadent ingredient to use for special cakes and bakes. I think it will be a beautiful addition to a caramel and chocolate celebration cake and have every intention of finding an excuse to make one soon.

http://www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk/2011/01/how-to-make-perfect-macaroons.html

http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/buy/valrhona-dulcey-blond-chocolate-block?by=cat&c=1058&o=2&pz=50&p=1

http://en.valrhona.com/accueil.aspx

6 Comments

  1. gjoe says

    I liked the cocoa nibs, they offered an interesting addition and flavour to the texture.

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  2. Christine Jeynes says

    Hi Frances

    These look delicious. I made my first macarons at a class this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it, so will be making more very soon. I love Ruth Clemens’ stuff as it always works.

    Great blog, keep up the good work

    Christine x

    CJ from my IPad

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