Homemade gifts are always the most heartfelt. This year Falcon Enamelware brings to you three fabulous homemade gifting ideas to help you celebrate Christmas with loved ones in a stylish, sincere and more affordable way.
FALCON MAKES CHRISTMAS
LOADED CHOCOLATE TRAYS
Falcon products, useful
for this receipe
These are used as the
moulds and for gifting
the Loaded Chocolate
• 12 ounces chocolate (you can use any type of chocolate, however, the higher quality the better. We used Callebout Couverture Chocolate Callets in Milk, Dark and White)
• ¾ cup of Nuts (Choose from almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, macadamias, cashews or peanuts)
• ¼ cup Dried Fruit (Choose from dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, candied ginger, candied citrus)
• Optional toppings (dried, unsweetened coconut flakes, coloured sprinkles)
• Powdered food colouring
1. POLISH THE SMALL TRAYS
Prepare the Falcon Small Trays by cleaning and polishing each tray with a dry cloth. This will ensure that the chocolates are shiny when turned out. Do not grease the trays as this will dull the chocolate and as chocolate shrinks when cooled a releasing agent is not required.
2. MELT THE CHOCOLATE
Add the chocolate to one of the small bowls from the Falcon Prep Set and place this over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir the chocolate until about 90% of it has melted then remove it from the heat. The rest of the chocolate will melt in the residual heat.
3. POUR THE CHOCOLATE
Pour the melted chocolate into the Falcon Small Tray stopping just short of the rim to allow room for the toppings. Holding both sides of the tray, tap the tray several times gently on your work surface to help any trapped air bubbles escape.
4. ADD TOPPINGS
Sprinkle your desired toppings and decorations on top of the chocolate as it sets so that it sticks. There are no rules here and the beauty of our Small Falcon Trays is that each one can be different. Additionally, create patterns using contrasting chocolate - drizzling, marbling, and swirling.
5. LET IT SET
If you’re in a hurry, place the small trays on a flat surface in the refrigerator to harden for about 30 minutes. If you have more time to spare, let the chocolate cool at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours, until completely hardened.
To turn the chocolate bar out of the tray once set, gently flex the corners of the small tray and repeat as necessary. The chocolate bar can be gifted in the Small Tray, with a cellophane and ribbon wrap.
NOTE: It’s always best to wear food-handling gloves when you are touching chocolate to avoid getting fingerprints on the chocolate.