But I'm excited to give all my many friends, my coworkers, wife's friends and colleagues, and wife's family tons of cookies, candies and junk.
Because I might not have much family to celebrate with...but I enjoy giving and not receiving at Christmas. Decorating gingerbread houses (I usually make several so that other families get to try) eating homemade cookies (I get sick of them by the time January gets here) and this year I'm adding chocolate candies.
I haven't tempered chocolate in a while....I don't think that the laws of physics has changed any since I done it last (30 years ago). But hey....there isn't anything in a box of Whitman that I can't make.
A batch of Carmel might be in order.... heavy cream and sugar and....
It's a process to get it to set up quickly so that the Coco butter or sugar doesn't separate out and give it a Dusty or crumbly texture or appearance.
You have to reintroduce crystalized chocolate into the melted chocolate at a specific temperature. Rather difficult and timing is crucial.
I had to purchase a new KitchenAid mixer. My old one died. It's ordered and on it's way. Bread, cookies are in the future again.
The old one died from use and abuse. (30yrs old)
The newer ones are electronic and refuse to be overworked when I need them to be...
So I had to get the truly professional one with the 1.3 horsepower DC motor and 8qt bowl. (Red cord). Not the 600 Watt 6/qt...it had the electronics. My new one has over twice the watts of that one and makes a fraction of the noise.
So it should arrive Wednesday and by the end of Friday it will have had it's first workout. I plan on several different batches of cookie doughs and gingerbreads... maybe even yeast breads.
There is no rest for the wicked and my mixer is just as wicked as I.
Cakes, frosting, bread, cookie doughs, and chocolate candy fillings....it keeps on rocking well.
Even the batches I used to mix by hand.
What has perturbed me to no end was that while looking up for a repair shop for my old mixer I seen a YouTube video.
It showed me a fix for my old one.
Sure enough, in less than 2 minutes I had my old 250 watt working like a champ once again. That was annoying.
But I ain't sending the new back. I'm liking it way too much to do that.