a dariole mould was he…

Dariole.  Isn’t that a cool word? It’s the perfect word for these little lovelies, which I had to purchase recently in order to make a recipe from 7-yr old’s mini cookbook collection – which no doubt you read all about over here.

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This particular recipe is from Donna Hay Fast – Fresh – Simple & is her Cheat’s Chocolate Fondant (there’s a pic on the cover). Not something that I’ve ever attempted before but 7-yr old was pretty keen to give it a try.  It involved a fair amount of this…

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and of course the obligatory butter, flour, icing sugar, eggs & what got my attention, almond meal – delish…

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If you’re afraid of the sight of melted butter being poured into a mixing bowl, look away now…

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Thing is, it should have been superb, but somewhere along the line something just didn’t feel right, and seeing as fondant is not a big hitter on my recipe repertoire, I just don’t know where we went wrong – perhaps not enough liquid?  Recipe was followed to a tee.

Chocolate melted just so…

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I had no issue with the mixing method…

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It just seemed a little bit stiff, sticky & chunky, certainly not cake mixture-ish if that’s what it was supposed to have been…

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Still we persisted, they went into the oven & came out, looking exactly as they had going in…

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 I gave it a pretty lame attempt at tarting up…

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But the true test of any recipe is in the eating, & it did get eaten!  Though it really wasn’t right – not that the kids noticed mind you, so far as they were concerned it was heaven…

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Any suggestions? Do you know Donna Hay?  Maybe (if you do) you could just check with her & find out for me what we did wrong!!  I’d really like to use my very quaint little dariole moulds again, even though I ruined them in the dishwasher & now they’re kind of black.

Hope you have a great weekend.

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