But I’m here to reassure you that the Gnome at the Bottom of the Garden has returned.
Oh and the mud cake from the last post:
2kg of dark chocolate (plus some flour and eggs and some sugar……)
The angels on the top? Modelling chocolate! Yes chocolate that you can use like plasticine only it tastes better!!! Take 300g chocolate and melt in a bain marie or the nuker. When it’s all smooth and runny stir in 1/3 cup of glucose syrup (light corn syrup for those in the US). At first it will go gritty and grainy. When it is completely combined (it doesn’t matter if it’s still grainy). Cover with cling film (actually touching the chocolate, not just over the bowl). When it’s cool enough to touch, squish it in your hands (just like playdough) until it’s smooth. When you use white chocolate, you will get a lot of oil squeezing out. If it sets hard, just nuke small pieces for a few seconds. It sets quite firm after a while and you can use it to make all sorts of yummy decorations.