I’m in a pralines (chocolate candy) craze and I’ve made another batch again. This time I’ve decided to try my hand in decorating them, but I have yet to master it. I should probably get some thin brush to make dots and draw lines. I have to master tempering chocolate too – a large majority of the pralines turned out ok, but some still had that whitish cast which signifies that you haven’t managed to temper the chocolate well.
The pralines look very mat. It is because I’ve been making them by slathering the paper cups (similar to those for cupcakes and muffins, but much smaller). I need to buy several moulds – I can’t wait to get some glossy pralines.
For the filling, I have used cream in which I have mixed chocolate and rum. However, I didn’t have enough chocolate, so the filling was very runny. To thicken it a bit, I have put some coconut. I rather like this combination.
Anyway, I’ve had some friends visiting and I’ve wanted to impress them with my culinary abilities, so I’ve chosen to forego the traditional serving on the plate. I was serving other cakes, so I was afraid that the pralines will get lost among other desserts.
Instead, I’ve decided to put the pralines into several champagne glasses (short but wide ones, not the flutes), which were then lined up along the table. It was a success (both the pralines – they didn’t believe that I have made them; and the serving).
I recommend it, especially if you serve other kinds of cakes or any other appetisers on low plates. The glasses are taller and they put the pralines on the spotlight.
This is a nice solution for other small types of cakes, as long as they are not too creamy; or any other smaller snack.
What do you think about the idea?
Bon appétit : )