In my views, artisan skills are exactly that - the combine an art form and a skill to create a wonderful product. The skill without the art is necessary but not sufficient.
Everyone knows that I do love my artisan skills, and do my best to practice quite a few. However, I don't want people thinking that you can watch a few youtube clips and then produce better than shop bought quality. You need to acquire the skill and the art (which is what most shop bought produce lacks).
I'll use this thread to map my progress towards gaining the skill of chocolateer.
Post 1: the dreaded first attempt
Hours and hours of youtube/google research in place.
Select what looks to be a good recipe.
Buy ingredients - ensure they are of high quality (learned that from the cheese making).
Put the attempt off because I know it may well fail.
Sunday night - can't put it off any more because it's back to work tomorrow.
Have a crack.
I am amazed! They look really good - shiny, dark (used dark Cocoa) and well moulded. Bloody hell. They look professional.
Get too scared to try them. Eventually crack and taste.
* F A I L ! ! ! *
Jeez - they taste like a diet chocolate. No depth, no creaminess or fullness (otherwise, the taste itself is okay).
Bugga. *Andy goes off to find out what went wrong*
Stayed tuned to this channel folks. I think I've worked it out. I'll have another crack and post the results as soon as I get the chance. How could something so pretty have gone so wrong??!!!
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