Chocolade Letters

Chocolate Letters {by Icing-Sugar.net}

At Saint Nicholas Day it is a custom in the Netherlands to give chocolate letters with the first letter of your name. In Switzerland there are no chocolate letters to buy, I guess for whatever reason this is typically Dutch. I like this little tradition and wanted to keep it alive, so I made my own little chocolate letters for my boyfriend, friends and colleagues.

Chocolate Letters {by Icing-Sugar.net}

I have bought little silicon molds to make my own chocolate letters, but you could also use a piping bag and pipe it upon some parchment paper and let it set in the fridge until solid.

You can use regular chocolate, dark, milk or white, whatever you prefer. But you could also take chocolate with nuts, coffee or any other flavor you like. I have chosen to give my chocolate letters my own Christmas twist. I have made dark chocolate letters with cinnamon and hazelnut praline, milk chocolate letters with speculoos cookies and speculoos spices, and white chocolate letters with cranberry and orange zest. Nicely wrapped in some bags it is a nice gift for people you want to surprise. The letters are very soft, so they are best kept in the fridge. Of course you could also use pure chocolate and leave out the butter, they will not be as soft and silky then.

Have a merry Christmas time !

Love, rebecca

Chocolate Letters {by Icing-Sugar.net}

Chocolate Letters
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For the Speculoos Milk Chocolate Letters
  1. 70g Butter, soft
  2. 300g Milkchocolate
  3. 50g Speculoos Cookies
  4. 1 Tbsp Speculoos Spices
For the Orange and Cranberry White Chocolate Letters
  1. 70g Butter, soft
  2. 300g White Chocolate
  3. 1 Tsp Orange Zest
  4. A handful of dried Cranberries
For the Cinnamon Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Letters
  1. 70g Butter, soft
  2. 300g Dark Chocolate
  3. 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  4. 40g Hazelnut Praline, finely grinded
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter until light
  2. Chop the chocolate finely
  3. Over a hot water bath melt 200g of the chocolate in a heat proof bowl
  4. Once melted take away from the heat and add the remaining 100g finely chopped chocolate and mix until everything is melt
For the Milk Chocolate
  1. In a foodprocessor grind the cookies very finely, otherwise you will not be able to pipe them into the letter molds. Add the crumble to the chocolate mixture together with the spices
  2. Fill the chocolate mixture with a piping bag or a small spoon into the silicon molds or pipe some big letters onto some parchment paper
  3. Let them set in the fridge for about 2 hour until solid, carefully remove them from the molds
For the White Chocolate
  1. Add the orange zest to the melted chocolate, finely chop the cranberries and put them at the bottom of the molds, pipe the chocolate mixture on top and let it cool down for at least 2 hours, best in the freezer. If you pipe the letters, put the cranberries on top of them
For the Dark Chocolate
  1. Add the cinnamon and hazelnut into the melted chocolate and pipe into the molds or onto some parchment paper. Let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
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