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Bobbie Noto earned a BS in Psychology from UNC. After working with abused children for two years, she changed gears and started a culinary career with her young daughter by her side. She is a recipe developer, food blogger, and the owner of a private catering business. Throughout the years, she has attended several professional pastry and baking programs from Chicago, New York, to Paris. Her dedication and passion for the culinary arts continues to constantly challenge her to create tantalizing pastry recipes while staying educated with the latest trends. Bobbie, along with her daughter, now her sous chef, currently teaches others the secrets to designing awe-inspiring pastries. Last year, she started a blog, in order to share with a wider audience the joys of French Pastries and wonderful friendship she has with her daughter.

Homemade Chocolate Candies

Time to start preparing for Thanksgiving! Homemade cinnamon bittersweet chocolate candies shaped in leaves and pumpkins are prefect.

Perfect for the Thanksgiving table! (Photo Credit: Bobbie Noto)

On Monday, this week took an unexpected turn. The day began well, Sydney and I even had a chance to meet for lunch and baking went well. DF at the last minute needed to fly to Boston, okay I’m used to him traveling, then it happened. Sydney ran to the mall to grab a few accessories for food photos, we were almost home. I was looking at Sydney, she was driving, I saw the car next to her, but as the car on her driver side moved towards her, I was dumb-founded, next that awful noise..CRUNCH. The car hit Sydney’s car parallel, the thoughts going through my mind, I can’t put into words. Sydney must have a guarding angel, she wasn’t badly hurt, the driver of the other car was fine, the car needs a little trip to the repair shop though!

Cinnamon Chocolate Candies:

Chocolate molds (pumpkins, leaves, acorns)

Small blowtorch

250 grams/ 8.2-ounces bittersweet  chocolate, for leaves/ acorns

125 grams/ 4.4 -ounces white chocolate, for pumpkins

1/4-teaspoon cinnamon, for the leafs and acorns

Orange food gel or powder colorant, for pumpkins

Tabletop tempering machine (Photo Credit: Bobbie Noto)

In either a Bain Marie water bath or tabletop tempering machine begin to melt the chocolate, I started with the bittersweet.

If you are using a Bain Marie water bath over medium-low heat, reserve about 60 grams/ 1/4 of the finely chopped chocolate. When the chocolate has melted take off the heat and add the reserved chocolate (the seed as it is referred to), stir the chocolate till the temperature is 32 degrees C./ 92 degrees F.Add the cinnamon to either method while it is melting.

There are a few ways to transfer the chocolate to the chocolate molds, but I find the most efficient is to pour the chocolate into a disposable piping bag, cut the tip from the bottom (once the chocolate is in the piping bag), and with light pressure pipe the chocolate into the mold.

Since this step of filling the molds needs to be done quickly I was unable to achieve a good photo of this step.

The same technique is used for white chocolate except it will melt at a lower temperature and it needs to temper at 28 degrees C/ 80 degrees F. add the orange color once the temperature reaches 30 degrees C/ 86 degrees F.

Voila! (Photo Credit: Bobbie Noto)

Once the chocolate has cooled place in the refrigerator for 15 more minutes, invert, and gently pop the candies out.

Store in a cool place till ready to serve.



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