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|Nothing more beautiful or more delicious than home-made confections|
"We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love." - Mother Tereasa
Kari, Stop Laughing!
I don't think there is anything more satisfying - for the ones who love to impress with their food - than serving a whole assortment of home-made confections! I don't even think there is anything out there that tastes as good as the home-made confections, although there are many really good manufacturers there. Why? Because when you make the confections yourself you pay attention to so much detail, that no 8-hour shifter has the time or the mind set for. Worse still if these confections are machine made! They will look gorgeous, and absolutely same size and shape. But the machine, never tastes, never adjusts, never adds its mood or spirit to the food! The machine equates and calculates in its computerised mind, how to serve you the exact same formula every time! The same marzipan pear I make today, might taste slightly different if I make it tomorrow! Because today, I am feeling for cloves but tomorrow I might be more into cinnamon. But you will always have a fresh and different treat when you come here. Aren't anticipation and the surprise element way more exciting than knowing exactly what you are going to get? Not only in falvour but even in presentation. The packs are all almost identical and almost all are filled the same way! At home, you play with the design, you stack the plates, you use a cup for pops, and bowls for truffles and layers upon layers of sweetness and imagination. This is my philosophy on Home-made verses ready-packed. I am not saying that all manufacturers must shut down now! Some don't have the time, some don't have the knowledge, some can't be bothered, and somethings can be bought to save time and effort... But whenever you can, go for making things yourself. It is utmost satisfaction and a chance for complete pride in production :)
|Your home, your product, your rules!|
One of the best things about making your own confections tray or platter... is that you get to decide what should go in it. You get to choose whatever you fancy regardless if they belong or not to the same production unit! Meaning, it does not have to be all chocolate, or all candy, or only chocolate and candy! It can be anything you like. It is a confections tray. Provided it looks good there, any kind of confection can go on there. The only thing you must consider is storage conditions. You would want to stack the things that can be stored in the same conditions (fridge or room temperature). Other wise you will have to keep filling the plate right before your guests arrive.
|Assorted Mini Chocolate Pies|
In today's post, I will share with you how to make these succulent mini chocolate tartlets, which you can add to your confections trays this Eid. Whenever I have these mini tartlets on my confection trays they are usually the first to disappear! They are rich in flavour and very open for flavouring too. I have gone for nuts and fruits as toppings, but feel free to go for any topping you like.
Here are some topping suggestions to get your imagination going...
- Shredded Coconuts
- Candied Orange Peel
- Candied Fruits
- Maraschino Cherries
- Caramel Brittles
- even Intricate Sugar Designs...etc anything you fancy.
|Milk Chocolate Ganache|
|Mini dark chocolate pies|
|Mini White Chocolate Pies with Strawberry pieces|
|Assorted Confections Platter - With Compliments from my kitchen to yours ;)|
|Staub Cocotte, |
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