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Caramelized White Chocolate-Food52 Genius Recipe

Caramelized White Chocolate

Caramelized White Chocolate

I am a frequent, well I guess daily visitor to the Food52 site. I have been active there for almost 2 years now. In case you don’t know about Food52 it the brainchild of Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. Home cooks as well as professionals are all welcomed to the site and it is a treasure trove of recipes from the community as well as the founders. One of the features is Genius Recipes and last week they posted a recipe for caramelized white chocolate. I am a die hard dark or milk chocolate lover, I always keep white chocolate in my pantry but it sadly sits there waiting for the occasional recipe that I might dream up. I like it but honestly, I don’t love it. When I saw this post I was intrigued, it seemed as though a bland and lonely piece of the white stuff had been transformed into something complex and delicious, and I knew that I had to try it.

Last night, before Downton Abbey I took all the white chocolate that I had and started the process. It’s labor intensive, not in a wear you out sort of way, but you do have to watch and stir for about 45 minutes. You bake your chocolate in a low oven (266 degrees) stirring every 7-10 minutes until your white chocolate becomes a molten mass of amber colored goodness.

Here is the link to the post on Food52. After I finished I poured it into a small loaf pan to set and voila, a bar of caramelized white chocolate. It’s incredibly delicious and fair warning this could be addictive!

I already know what I am going to do with it, you’ll see on Valentines Day!

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  1. Omg I have just been making chocolate recipes today too for Valentine’s Day! This looks soooo delish! I bet the flavor is amazing!!! Love that color. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    February 11, 2013
    • I have been thinking chocolate all day, all revolving around that bar. I can’t wait to see what delicious chocolate dish you dream up, I know it will be amazing. Thanks so much, you would hardly recognize it as white chocolate after caramelizing, It’s amazing really!

      February 11, 2013
  2. I love the Genius Recipes feature! But somehow I missed this one. Big mistake on my part. I can’t wait to see what you do with it πŸ™‚

    February 11, 2013
    • I do too, there are some amazing recipes there. I will post on Thursday, I hope it turns out, I only have the one bar!

      February 11, 2013
  3. petit4chocolatier #

    Oh my!! This looks really, really delicious!
    I cannot wait to see your Valentine’s Day creation!

    February 11, 2013
    • It really is good, takes white chocolate to a whole new level. Thanks so much.

      February 11, 2013
  4. I don’t like white chocolate either. I mean I’ll eat it but I won’t enjoy it. But this … well, it looks dangerously delicious. I also can’t wait to see what you do with it for Valentine’s day.

    February 11, 2013
    • I don’t mind it mixed into other baked goods but to me white chocolate doesn’t really taste like anything, the sugars caramelize with the cocoa butter and it gives it an almost toffee like flavor. It’s really good, I could eat this with no hesitation. Thanks so much,

      February 11, 2013
  5. I love this idea, it sounds brilliant πŸ™‚

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    February 11, 2013
    • It is really magic, the WC takes on a completely different flavor profile. Not bland more complex. Thanks so much.

      February 12, 2013
  6. Caramelized White Choclate – Wow! I love both but never have combined it. I will try that very soon πŸ™‚
    This really sounds addictive!

    February 12, 2013
    • Thank you, it is really good, changes the whole flavor of white chocolate, it’s so cool!!

      February 12, 2013
  7. OMG how delicious does this sound? I’m not a big fan of white chocolate either but I’m sure I could make an exception for this. I’m not sure I’d trust myself to have it hanging around though – I don’t have much self-restraint when it,comes to things like this πŸ™‚

    February 12, 2013
    • I was skeptical at first but as I tasted how the flavor profile changed the more it caramelized I was hooked. It’s wonderful. Thank you so much, self control is hard, I’m trying!!

      February 12, 2013
  8. I love the Genius Recipes column and instantly decided I needed to make this caramelized white chocolate. I just picked up some bars and will be doing so soon. Can’t wait to see what you make with it!

    February 12, 2013
    • It is wonderful, takes some babysitting but well worth it, after the fact I saw that my white chocolate (callebaut) was only 24.5% oops, it still worked but I imagine it would have been better had it had a higher cocoa butter content. Next time I will get the valhrona, I used what I had on hand without even checking.

      February 12, 2013
      • Good to know it’s successful with a lower cocoa butter content. The bars I picked up are 30% (I didn’t see Vahlrona) and so I was hoping they would still work out.

        February 12, 2013
      • I am sure it would have a slightly different texture if the fat content were higher and I hope it works in my recipe but it seems ok. I am sure 30% is fine,

        February 12, 2013
  9. Never knew white chocolate could even be caramelized. Such a good idea as I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate either – thanks for this!

    February 12, 2013
    • Me neither, it is a revelation. White chocolate sits in my pantry a LONG time but I always like to have it on hand just in case. This tastes so much better it’s really unbelievable. So glad I saw it on Food52. Thanks so much,

      February 12, 2013
  10. I can’t believe that is white chocolate. How amazing is that? Dark chocolate is my ultimate love. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be doing with this πŸ™‚

    February 12, 2013
    • Thank you, it is amazing isn’t it?? I also love dark chocolate but then I love milk chocolate too. I’ll take both!!

      February 12, 2013
  11. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.

    February 12, 2013
  12. Ali #

    Oooh, that looks so delicious! I am more a fan of dark chocolate (and often have that in the house), but this looks great!

    February 13, 2013
    • Me too, but thought I would give it a try. Not a fan of white chocolate but it really does have a lovely toffee like flavor, Thanks so much.

      February 13, 2013
  13. You’ve already tried this! Good for you! I have some Green and Black’s white chocolate which is what I plan to use to make this. Not enough hours in the day!!

    February 13, 2013
    • I had some Callebaut in my pantry, the fat content was not as high as they recommend but it still worked well. What is the % for the Green and Black? I have never had their white chocolate before. Next time I make it going to use WC with the proper %, it formed into a bar beautifully but when I chopped it it became a bit crumbly, that could have been from the baking process or the lower % of fat or both I guess but it still tempers well. It really is amazing, the flavor is out of this world!!

      February 13, 2013
  14. I am never really a white chocolate fan, but this caramalized white chocolate sounds really interesting, will try it out when I have white chocolate in my pantry!

    February 14, 2013
  15. This looks absolutely scrumptious and take into consideration that I am not a big fan of white chocolate! I must reconsider!

    February 14, 2013
    • It is delicious and I am not a fan of the white stuff either but this has changed my view. Thank you so much.

      February 14, 2013

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