I admit this month’s International Incident Party stumped me a little. Salt. Huh. When you Google “Salt recipes”, you get about 23,100,000 results. Ok, then. I put my thinking cap on…
I really wanted a recipe that made salt the star. I had a few ideas, mainly something with salted caramel. I toyed with macarons with a salted caramel ganache filling but ended up making some different macs for this month’s Mactweets but since I had one batch of a different flavour turn out (post coming next week), it might have been pushing my luck to expect two successful batches in one month LOL!
I was quite taken with the idea of combining sweet and salty. My favourite snack discovery from our California road trip this past summer was pretzel M&Ms – I love that sweet and salty combination. That got me thinking to my Stratford trip in the spring where we visited Chocolate Barr’s who make not only a wicked version of chocolate pretzels but also some fabulous chocolate coated potato chips. I know, I know, sounds a bit odd but they are really good. Then I remembered that Neil had made salted bacon chocolate (and it was really tasty) so figured I could do homemade potato chips dipped in salted chocolate.
Since I don’t own a mandoline, it took me a couple of potatoes to get really thin slices which I fried until crispy.
When Neil made the bacon chocolate, the only thing he admitted could have been improved on was the texture of the finished product. He did not temper the chocolate so it wasn’t shiny and glossy (but it tasted great!). So I read up on tempering and followed the instructions in The Joy of Cooking and was somewhat successful, though it wasn’t as shiny as I would have liked. I half-dipped the chips in and sprinkled with a little sea salt we picked up in Brittany last Christmas.
I really liked the taste of these – the sweet and salty was in perfect balance and the crisp potato chip gave it a nice texture. Granted, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I was pleased with how they came out. The salt was definitely the star.
I had some leftover chocolate so I added a sprinkle of the salt and poured it into the coolest molds ever, courtesy of my friend Martha.
Yup, it’s salted chocolate Lego! Again, not as shiny as I would have liked but still delicious. The sea salt was “sel de mer fin” so it didn’t have the crunch that Lindt Fleur de Sel (possibly my favourite chocolate ever) does so it was melt-in-your-mouth and the salt taste surprising and unexpected. I used Brix Dark Chocolate which was lovely and smooth with no bitterness. Next time? Work on my tempering. But the taste was spot on.
Check out what everyone else brought to the Salt Party below:
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I am thrilled to announce I have made it to Round 8 of Project Food Blog. I am one of 24 people left from an original 600 contestants. Thank you all for reading and voting (and watching my video!) – my next post (getting creative with baked goods featuring pumpkin) will be up next Sunday.