Chocolate Fortune Pyramids

Chocolate Fortune Pyramids 2

My first true authentic experience of fortune cookies was in San Francisco about 2-3 years ago, where I saw them being made in a small store in Chinatown. I bought a bag of them and had the joy of multiple fortunes (mainly proverbs rather than actual predictions). Since then, I have made paper fortune cookies for dinner parties but that’s about it.

Chocolate Pyramids progressPyramid pattern prototypes – waves, cornelli lace. I decided on a geometric pattern in the end.

As you can probably tell from my projects, I enjoy lattice work. I wanted to make lattice pyramids – for no real particular reason other than the pleasure of making them. Initially, I had planned to make pyramids that housed nuts in them, but during my experiments I realised that nuts were too heavy, my pyramids just fell apart. Then it came to me – paper is light, right? I’ll make chocolate fortune pyramids! The perfect after dinner snack – I’ll even pop a mint leaf in there. They will be after dinner chocolate mint fortune lattice pyramids!

Recipe below – the hardest part of this project is probably the waiting for the chocolate to set over the multiple stages and consequently, the multiple stages of reheating chocolate that’s been sitting in the piping bag. Other than that, it’s pretty straightforward!

 

Chocolate Fortune Pyramids

 

Chocolate Fortune Pyramids

Ingredients and Materials

50g chocolate, melted (for tips on melting chocolate, read this article)
Pyramid template (click to download)
Waxed paper for piping chocolate
Plastic disposable piping bag
Strips of paper with fortunes written
Mint leaves

Method

  1. Print template and place under waxed paper.
  2. Place melted chocolate into piping bag and snip a very small hole off the top. Pipe according to the guidelines on the template. Leave to dry.
  3. Peel pieces off waxed paper carefully and assemble into pyramids by first stacking the first two together with a prop to support them and piping a stripe of chocolate at the seam to join them. Then, do the same for the other side. Pop the entire piping bag with chocolate into the microwave whenever it starts to firm up for 10 seconds to melt it down again.
  4. Place fortunes and mint leaves into the pyramid and finally, attach the bottom the same way as the sides.

Note: If you are using coverture chocolate, chocolate must be in temper for this project. Compound chocolate will not require tempering.

 

Hope you enjoy making them! Also, the quote in the photograph is one of my favourites – it reminds me that in everything, one has to start somewhere.  Even if it is just a single step.

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How To: Melt Chocolate Using A Microwave

Very often, I see tutorials online outlining the method of melting chocolate using a double boiler. That is a perfectly good way to melt chocolate but I find it quite time consuming and a hassle. This is how I melt chocolate for all of my projects, which I have found to be the easiest and quickest. I also melt butter in the same way.

  1. Put required amount of chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds.
  2. Take it out and give it a good stir. This distributes the heat and prevents the chocolate from burning. Microwave again for 20 seconds.
  3. Repeat Step 2 until all chocolate is melted. It is now ready for use.
  4. If using chocolate for piping, pour chocolate into a disposable piping bag with no tip. Snip off the required amount (smaller for fine work, larger for flooding) and use. If chocolate sets, pop entire bag into the microwave for another 10-20 seconds and the chocolate will melt again for immediate use. This saves the hassle of having to remove the hardened chocolate from the bag and having to start from Step 1 all over again.

Hope this was useful!