I got up this morning and went for a walk along the Deschutes River here in Bend, and the view was amazing. It was cool and crisp and the weather felt positively like fall. I then went home, and got ready and fixed a little breakfast in my little chalet. I then hopped in the truck and loaded all my trappings up to the International School of Baking. It has only been one year since I have been here, but so much has happened with the progress of the bakery at home, and the decision to open a store downtown in Torrington. It has been a wild train ride, and today was no different. I have literally stepped off the train into Chocolate Wonderland. While the rest of the world was celebrating Labor Day, I was working diligently with my teacher and her assistant to create caramel fillings that would be worthy of attention.
The whole day was spent on these fillings and learning to properly fill molds with chocolate and then filling and sealing them. Marda’s first instruction to me was that I was responsible for the choice of the mold for the chocolates and how we decorated them. We also made a caramel base which we then divided into portions and each portions was flavored and made into a filling for a molded chocolate. It was a great education. We had tried working with molds at home before, but did not have the right tempering equipment. There was also some technique differences that made these chocolates turn out amazingly well. I still have much to learn as the photos will reveal. Chocolate is unforgiving and must be handled correctly. My molding technique will get better, and my design work is just beginning. But the fillings, and the tempering of the chocolate were sublime. The chocolates all had a perfect snap when you bit into them and I have never tasted such intensely flavored caramels before.