Yesterday I finished nearly all the chocolate items I had slated for this weekend! Â I dipped all the dried apricots, candied ginger, and coconut almond fudge. Â I also cast four sets of chocolate molds, Â three of which came out fine and the fourth of which came out streaky and stuck to the sides of the mold. Â Chocolate molds can be quite temperamental, which is one of the reasons I prefer not to use them. Â (The other big one is that they are a royal PITA to clean after chocolate season is over.) Â However, I make a few flavors that are simply not suitable for dipping – the fig-cognac is too soft and the prune-honey is too sticky – so I’m stuck with molding at least a few flavors.
Regardless, the geodesic domes, leaves, and fluted round molds came out great, so I think I’m going to declare victory and stop there. Â That leaves me with just the peanut butter gianduja (a chocolate + peanut butter mix) to make today, although I may go a little further and add the sesame gianduja to the list. Â Which still leaves me with some free time!
So, I have printed out my patterns for the latest Autumn Splendor muslin (creating a small sea of paper!) and will try dyeing the fabric for it today. Â I’m using cotton flannel, I think, though I’ve also prepared sections of muslin that I may dye as well for future muslins. Â There are 11 panels to dye: eight for the Â fronts, side fronts, backs, and sleeves, plus two for the facings and one for the undercollars. Â I’ve already picked out colors, so it’s just a question of mixing up and applying the dyes. Â I might even be able to cut and sew the muslin before Chocopalooza starts, but that is a bit of a stretch.
And, just to give you a little eye candy, here is this year’s holiday card:
These are based on the photos my friend Lorah took during last year’s frenzy.
Off to cut up some transfer sheets! Â I can’t wait to see what my little Chinese paper-cut animals look like, on actual chocolates.