Thought for the day

It has been some time since I have done one of these, but it oddly enough struck a note.

“Oh how sweet it is to hear one’s own convictions from another’s lips.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

3 Responses to “Thought for the day”

  1. Your quote is very good, and one I seldom hear. Not many people quote Goethe, or any of the other great philosophers. Thank you so much.

  2. You are quite welcome. With the winter months coming in, and hopefully a little breathing room, I hope to get back to these.

  3. Hello,
    I’m in Florence, Italy studying chocolate and here is the tempering rules for doing it by hand.
    Melt over double boiler until 50 degrees Celcius/ (122 degrees Fahrenheit). this is for all three classes, dark, milk, white.
    Next:
    DARK CHOCOLATE:
    Pour half of mixture on table, start tempering it,
    • Take temperature to 27-28 degrees C./80.6-82.5F.
    • Put back in bowl with other melted chocolate
    • The mixture should be about 30 degrees C,(86F) if not keep stirring until the chocolate reaches 30-31 degrees C. (86-88F).

    WHITE CHOCOLATE & MILK CHOCOLATE:
    Pour half of mixture on table, start tempering it,
    • Take temperature to 24-25 degrees C./75-77F
    • Put back in bowl with melted chocolate
    • The mixture should be about 27 degrees C, (80.5F) if not keep stirring until the chocolate reaches 27-29 degrees C. (80.5-84F).
    There are tiny margins for error for the temperatures of the dark and the milk/white and these temperatures are critical.
    This method is very simple and not messy.
    I’m learning a lot about chocolate making commercially. I find it very exciting that there are folks that want to do it at home and that the equipment to do it is available too.

    Check out the school I’m at: http://www.apicius.it
    Also about my chocolate instructor:
    http://www.jamesbeard.org/events/2005/11/005.shtml
    http://www.bottegadelcioccolato.it/flash/bottega.html
    ciao,
    DonnaMarie

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