Friday, March 09, 2007

Night School at La Maison du Chocolat...


La Maison du Chocolat Macarons, watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"

La Maison du Chocolat has "new" macarons!


They're filled with infused chocolate ganache and available after March 19th..

Ganache is that divinely, "infused" chocolate filling in most French bonbons.
I was lucky to attend a night class at La Maison on chocolate and the making of ganache.

All in the name of research of course. La Maison calls the class the "TAMANACO".

We watched a demo of the making of ganache...

First boiled light cream is poured into the shredded chocolate.

This is when the infused flavorings are delicately added:
menthe du Maroc, citron d’Andalousie, vanille, framboise...

La Maison du Chocolat's lemon ganache As part of class studies, we tasted this wonderful lemon-infused ganache...

22 comments:

  1. Blame It on Paris9:30 AM

    Yummy! I am so jealous.

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  2. I bet people on a diet must
    burst into tears reading your
    sumptuous posts -

    love the watercolor with the
    lovely little chick:)

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  3. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Another winning painting. Love that Tea cup.
    Cris in OR

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  4. A ganache making class at La Maison de Chocolat??? Ooooh! You lucky thing! :)

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  5. How beautiful, the daffodil and the chick, both in their yellow finery, and the pretty cup and saucer (and the macarons, yes, one more macaron, and I take off to Dommayer's Patisserie *g*).

    I wonder if the crème parisienne my mom makes isn't a close relation to your chocolate ganache (after melting the chocolate with hot heavy - 36 % fat - cream, it is stirred til it cools down, and then poured over the cake as a glaze, or whipped to use as a filling).

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  6. I looked on the enlarged picture:
    Oh, Carol, this is so gorgeous,
    gives me the wants.

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  7. ooh, a class by La Maison du Chocolat, that must have been wonderful! I'll check out your article too :)

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  8. Coming soon to NYC - check it out!http://madmacnyc.com/
    Beautiful macarons. If I lived in NYC - I'd be there everyday.

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  9. Flights1:40 PM

    I’m drowning…
    Helpless is my tiny boat
    tossing, reeling
    on a ganache sea,
    My senses are engulfed
    by the sharp heady rush
    of menthe du Maroc, citron d’Andalousie, vanille, framboise...

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  10. loveitaly2:04 PM

    Ganache is also basically what you make when you make truffles, too--wonderful invention, eh!? We made them with lavender in it once that was divine, and we used Armagnac brandy to make a batch once. Roll the finished truffles into cocoa and other good things and you're good to go. Those pictures have me salivating. Lovely.

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  11. Forgot to say-I love your peep!

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  12. I am off to Paris on Wednesday so I will hot foot it to La Maison du Chocolat and buy a Macaron - all in the name of research of course.
    Love the little fat chick in the painting.

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  13. You all can take this class!
    No reason to be jealous..
    You might need a plane ticket depending, but it's worth it.
    Check out the Parcours link in the story.
    http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/mdcs/parcours.php

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  14. Oh my word...this is too much...mmmmmmmm...grat painting

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  15. Another wonderful display of your talent!

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  16. I'll have what your having. Macarons-my favorite.

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  17. Ganache has to be one of life's greatest pleasures. Pure decadence.

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  18. yum! those macarons look dee-lish..
    I love your paintings too=)

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  19. Even when its freezing you show us Spring in all her glory! Love all the daffodil sketches...

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  20. Ganache: I drink that stuff!
    Beautiful post! The macarons sounds delicious!

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  21. Wow - that definitely sounds good. Did they do anything with the ganache other than just let y'all slurp it up straight, or did they make something with it?

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  22. I love, love your blog and your macaron paintings! I may have to attempt painting one myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

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