Back to front and topsy turvy; these are the qualities we’re enjoying exhibiting in the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie in Birmingham UK recently. (Also an inability to use a calendar – I’ve been frantically thinking next week is May, unconsciously consigning April to the dustbin of history before it even happened.) If given the ingredients of sweet gluten free pastry, Dulce de Leche from Argentina, and a high quality dark chocolate you would usually imagine a combination in the order of; sweet gluten free pastry tart case, Dulce de Leche filling, topped with the high quality dark chocolate. Whilst this is an absolutely mouth-watering tart recipe, a deliciously different combination of sweet tastes goes into these scrumptious Dulce de Leche chocolates.
It starts with an invert of the case; the dark chocolate is used to create a shell, which is filled with Dulce de Leche. The sweet gluten free pastry is blind baked, broken, and gently pressed into the Dulce de Leche, before the whole is finished with a final enrobing of dark chocolate. That pastry bite at the bottom of the thick Dulce de Leche is really rather special, and more than a little bit wonderful for those of us with a gluten intolerance who usually miss out on such delights!
To showcase these new chocolates, which will be the April Flavour of the Month and available here; http://www.etsy.com/listing/94543977/halo-chocolaterie-selection-bag I created a chocolate box, note, NOT a box of chocolates, but a box MADE OUT of chocolate. I used a blend of dark and milk chocolate, weighted in favour of the dark, with a white gold bow on the lid. Beautiful to look at and decadently delicious, although almost impossible to crack into edible pieces. I was considering gnawing at the sides and accepting a face covered in chocolate smears after a neighbouring martial arts expert failed to crack it with a downward punch, (when I was training a few years back I was able to punch through the equivalent of a house brick, leading me to believe that chocolate should be used a sturdy building material in the appropriate climate)however I was saved from resembling a toddler learning to locate its mouth by a passing gentleman who managed to shatter it with one hearty blow. I think the offered reward of as much of it as he could eat may have empowered his punching arm somewhat…
Certainly sure about where my mouth is (and not quite as sure about using a calendar), Halo from the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie in Birmingham UK.