How to Mold Chocolate Pralines

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Intro: How to Mold Chocolate Pralines

Chocolate pralines are a great gift and even more so if you make them yourself!

I'm going to show you how to mold chocolate pralines at home and I'll also give you a few tips for the filling. It's quite easy and so cool, because you can literally make a filling that cannot be bought;)

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

You will need (for about 10 pralines):

- 100g of dark chocolate (with high cacao content) - silicone ice mold - kitchen brush - for the filling: chocolate, grated coconut, sour cherries in rum, fruit, almonds...

Step 2: Fillings

Let's start by preparing the fillings. You can make your own or get inspired by mine:

1. Almonds in chocolate: Chop some unsalted almonds fine, melt some chocolate and mix both ingredients. (picture 1)

2. Fruit: Cut any kind of fruit in small pieces. Banana tastes really great in combination with chocolate.

3. Sour cherries in rum: If you have some sour cherries in rum, this is a great way of using them! (picture 2)

4. Rum filling: Melt about 20g of chocolate, add 2 tbsp of grated coconut and a spoon of rum. Mix well. (picture 3)

Step 3: Make the Pralines

And now for the pralines:

Melt the chocolate in water bath. (picture 1)

Don't pour the chocolate in the mold. Put the brush in the chocolate and brush the bottom and sides of the mold. Let the chocolate sit and then harden at least 10 minutes in the fridge. When you take it out, you can probably see that the chocolate layer is still pretty thin in some spots, so apply a second layer of chocolate. Let it harden in the fridge again. (picture 2)

When the chocolate is hard, fill each mold with one filling. (picture 3)

Take the rest of the melted chocolate and pour it over the filling. Use a spatula to even the chocolate - the future bottom of each praline. Let the chocolate harden in the fridge again. (picture 4)

Take the pralines out and if there are bigger pieces of chocolate still attached to the bottom of the pralines, cut them off with a knife.

Enjoy your homemade pralines! (as well as some more photos)

You will probably need some box to put the pralines in. Well you are in the right place because I have for you an instructable on How to make a Chocolate Box!

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    thejuzz

    4 months ago

    I love chocolate and all ingredients (cherry, rum and almond), I wanna try it.

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    Creative Mom CZthejuzz

    Reply 4 months ago

    Please do and let me know! The rum mixtures are my favorite;)

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    BadAngelZ

    4 months ago

    Nice receipes: I need to try the cherries and rum this week end :)

    Here are some hints if you want to have a more professional look:

    - you may consider tempering your chocolate (have a look at google ;). You just need a thermometer and some time. This way your chocolates will have a shiny look, and the cover will be harder: it will break as a glass. This procedure seems hard to master, but the result is really great !

    If your home is cool enough (of course) you may also consider not putting them in a fridge. Chocolate should solidify under 22°C. In the fridge, the chocolate will tend to get water (it's more a esthetic problem ;).

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    Creative Mom CZBadAngelZ

    Reply 4 months ago

    Hi, i temper chocolate for other projects, its a very useful technique, i just didn't find ot necessary for the pralines. As for the fridge, i have to cool them that way, my home is already too hot in May. However, you are right, of course.

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    BadAngelZCreative Mom CZ

    Reply 4 months ago

    I understand, here in south of France it's also too hot in May to do chocolate, or to brew beer ;)

    My sister does not temper its chocolate (which is time consuming), instead she uses "Mycryo cocoa butter". Basically it's cocoa butter which is in an pre-crystallized form: you add 1% to your chocolate, when it's 35°C, and it will crystallized the same way that when tempering it.

    From my point of view, making chocolate is a pleasure for the eyes and for the nose, so I don't care about the time it takes. And I always like to see chocolate recipes such as yours on Instructables: so thanks for sharing it !

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    Creative Mom CZBadAngelZ

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you for reading it! I just published an instructable on how to make an edible chocolate box for the pralines. I am not a professional but I really like making this kind of things for my friends.