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CONGRATULATIONS TO Jo A. from Queensland, AU who won “I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix” from Thermomix UK!
If you love chocolate I suggest you get comfy and keep reading because here now is a Thermomix cookbook unlike any other.
Maybe this is true for you too?
Before owning Thermomix, I had never done any chocolate work. Chocolate was a dark mystery. It was too unknown, intimidating, the domain of professional chefs — not something I’d have considered. But thanks to the functionality of Thermomix that’s all changed. I think we’ve all played, experimented, failed and succeeded, and with a community of supportive Thermomix friends just clicks away, we feel ready to try almost anything. “I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix” does more than awaken the possibilities of making chocolate, it makes the possibilities so real you can taste them. Just ask anyone who has seen the book, because everyone who turns its pages is in agreement that “this book is awesome!”
I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix
by Janie Turner, 237 pages, £30.00/€36.00
HOW TO ORDER: ships internationally from Thermomix UK
-> call +44 1344 622 344 or email email@example.com
– >> Also available from Thermomix distributors in Australia, Malaysia, Canada
Turner has studied the nuances of this most seductive ingredient. Now her expertise with chocolate combines with an in-depth knowledge of Thermomix to produce a cookbook that goes where no Thermomix cookbook has gone before.
How does this Thermomix cookbook break the mould?
Featuring about 75 recipes from eight Master Chocolatiers, “I Love Chocolate” was first a comprehensive guide for serious chocoholics, sans Thermomix. The work featured inspiring recipes and instruction from Beverley Dunkley, Dirk Schonkeren, Iain Burnett, John Huber, John Slattery, Mark Tilling, Ruth Hinks and Thierry Dumouchel. With the addition of Thermomix UK’s Janie Turner (author of three previous Thermomix cookbooks) each recipe was then completely converted for Thermomix. Additional instructions and photos were included, and the book took on a new meaning and title — becoming “I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix.”
This book benefits from having had a life of its own before being completely re-engineered for Thermomix kitchens by the capable Janie Turner. It contains all we need to know about making better, more impressive chocolate treats at home. There are recipes here for everyone: for those who are taking first steps into the world of chocolate making and for those who want to challenge themselves further. For the chocolate-making novice as for the adventurous chocolatier, Thermomix makes the process more familiar and fun.
Basics for making chocolate with Thermomix
Before getting creative with chocolate in our Thermomix it’s important to understand tempering, pre-crystalization, and ganaches. The book’s instructions for these critical steps are so detailed that they include not only precise time, temperature and “movement” guidelines, but also specifics for various types and quality of chocolate used. These first few pages of essential reading are thorough enough to instill confidence for undertaking all the recipes that follow. Almost every recipe page shares tips and insights from Janie and/or it’s master chocolatier creator. And when something can be made in advance, or partially made in advance we know it.
This Thermomix cookbook is like a BIG box of chocolates!
Yes, this book has all the pretty surprises of a real box of chocolates. Photos are rich and plentiful. For some recipes Turner has thoughtfully added photos of what Thermomix contents should look like in mid production — so helpful! There is no guesswork involved, each and every step is clearly outlined. I’ll say it again: this book instills confidence. With so many to choose from it’s easy to find simple more familiar recipes to begin with, such as “Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes” or chocolate filled muffins, loaves, scones, brownies, cookies and drinks. Thermomix users who want to make something ultra special might consider confectionary temptations such as lacework, “Truffle Men” or “Sarah Bernhardts”. Some of these involve first making Gianduja, Marzipan, or praline paste but no worries — every instruction for success is provided. (The book’s full recipe index is published on ForumThermomix.)
My favourite could be Iain Burnett’s “Chestnut Chocolate Torte” (nutty, fast and easy, make ahead, eaten warm or cold…), but there are many dark and oozy cakes, mousses, pies and cookies to choose from. You might however, find yourself paralyzed as I was when the book first arrived… slowly leafing through its pages, transfixed and too wowed to decide on a first recipe to try. Which is why I’m so grateful to Nora at Journal of a French Foodie (photos above) for having already blogged her own experiences with the “I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix” book. If you haven’t visited Nora’s blog in a while, I implore you to do it now (just as soon as you’ve entered the contest below!)
Want more? View recipes on these Thermomix sites:
- Journal of a French Foodie: Coffee Infused Chocolate Tarts
- Journal of a French Foodie: Palets au Chocolat
- Journal of a French Foodie: Chocolate Overload Cookies
- Thermomix UK: Tempering Chocolate
- Forum Thermomix: Table of contents/recipe index from “I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix”
Big thanks to Janie Turner for offering a prize copy of “I Love Chocolate, I Love Thermomix” — draw date is November 27 (Canada time), enter now! (This is a global giveaway, prize will be sent from this blog to wherever you live!)
If you didn’t win, here’s how to order a copy!
- ships internationally from Thermomix UK
- call +44 1344 622 344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Also available from Thermomix distributors in Australia, Malaysia, Canada