oday I’m making caramelized white chocolate sandwich cookies. And yes, they are as delicious as they sound because they are made of chocolate and hazelnut cookies which are sandwiched with caramelized chocolate ganache! Yum!
What is Caramelized White Chocolate?
I have to emphasize that caramelized white chocolate is not my invention, but it was developed in the laboratories of the famous French chocolate manufacturer “Valrhona” – and it’s name is Dulcey Blond chocolate! Now, who invented Dulcey in the first place? Great question! Like many other brilliant inventions, Dulcey was invented by accident!
One day Valrhona’s chef Frédéric Bau accidentally left some white chocolate in the double-boiler for too long, and he noticed it had turned beige, and also got the intoxicating smell of toasted shortbread and caramelized milk. Valrhona perfected the process, and voilà – the chocolate star was born!
How to Make Caramelized White Chocolate?
To make caramelized white chocolate you don’t need to own a high end chocolate laboratory, on the contrary! It is quite simple, and anyone can do it! All you need is a regular oven, or a microwave oven, and some good quality white chocolate. That means that your white chocolate should have rather high content of cocoa butter (at least 30%, but higher is better), and it shouldn’t contain any vegetable fats. One more thing before you start – be patient! For me it took approximately one hour to caramelize white chocolate in the microwave, because I did it gently, so I wouldn’t overheat it and burn it, it would be a waste, don’t you think?
How to Caramelize White Chocolate in a Regular Oven?
To caramelize white chocolate in a regular oven, you will need a baking tray, a piece of parchment paper, and some good quality white chocolate, of course. Preheat your oven at 130°C (266°F) without fan. You will need to chop the chocolate and distribute it onto the parchment paper lined baking tray. Put the tray in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, and then take it out. Using a silicone spatula spread the chocolate all over the parchment paper. Put the tray back in the oven, and continue baking for about 40 minutes (it may take more or less, depending on your oven and the type of chocolate), stirring well every 10 minutes. At some point it will probably become lumped and grainy, but don’t worry, just continue stirring and baking until it is done, meaning – when it turns golden and smells beautifully, like caramel – it’s done!
How to Caramelize White Chocolate in a Microwave Oven?
I prefer this method because it seems even more practical and less messy than doing it in a regular oven. You will need a nice glass bowl, silicone spatula and some good quality white chocolate. Break the chocolate in pieces, and melt it in the microwave on low heat. Continue microwaving at 15 second intervals, stirring well with a silicone spatula between heating rounds, until it becomes golden and starts smelling divinely. It could take about 30 to 40 minutes, so be patient! Believe me, it will be worth your while! :)
What to Do with Caramelized White Chocolate?
Now, what to do with caramelized white chocolate once you’ve made it? You can , and make a chocolate bar or . Chop your caramelized white chocolate in pieces and add it to your . Make , or make ganache and fill your or … Yummy! Options are endless, because caramelized white chocolate is such a great ingredient, so let your imagination run free – heck – that’s how my caramelized white chocolate sandwich cookies were born! And trust me, they are a delish! :)
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