Friday, November 7, 2014

Dress Up Thanksgiving Desserts | Chocolate Turkeys

 Want to add a little "WOW" to your Thanksgiving desserts??

Of course you do!!
The "hostess with the most-ess"  is sure to bring down the house with this
amazing Thanksgiving dessert.

...guaranteed to wow every guest; every time.
Today, I am sharing a super easy way to add a little "WOW-factor" to your Thanksgiving desserts.  
 There will be Oohs and Ahhhs all around the table.... It's so much fun!!....
 These seriously cute turkeys, know how to show off their Thanksgiving best...
 It is such an easy trick... Perfect for topping any pie...(even store-bought pies)

 After you make these cute turkeys (the How-To is below) Simply rest your chocolate turkeys in mounds of fresh whipped cream...

and you will have just transformed your Thanksgiving desserts from great to AMAZING

This pie happens to be a chocolate cream.  It's an over-the-top, all-around great pie, a favorite in our family and the kids adore it...

Really though, it's chocolate pie... How can it not be good?? 

Below, I am sharing the step-by step tutorial and award wining recipe, just for you,

...and just in time for Thanksgiving!!

For the winning recipe click here:

and for a step by step photo tutorial click here:

The tutorial has great photos, (if you like to watch and learn, like I do)... it's a great tool.

If you feel unsure about making a chocolate cream pie...it's actually quite easy-- don't be afraid to give it a try!
Darling chocolate turkeys sitting in whipped cream...a feast for the eyes!!

IN 5 EASY STEPS:

 HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE TURKEYS:

1.  Print a silhouette image of a turkey.  I have one here for you or you can search for an image of your choosing.  Place a sheet of waxed paper over the turkey images and set aside.
For you, a printable version (4 on a sheet), click here: TURKEY PRINTABLE

2.  Place 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag.  Microwave chocolate in the bag for 15 seconds at a time, until the chocolate is melted.  The melting of the chocolate will not take too long, do not overheat the chocolate, or the chocolate will seize and will not be squeezable or usable.
Chocolate is nearly melted, maybe 2-4  seconds more then, time to snip the corner of the bag and make turkeys!
3.  Snip a very teeny-tiny corner off of the bottom of the bag.  Gently push the chocolate toward the snipped corner of the bag and using a little pressure, squeeze the chocolate out, tracing the turkey image with the melted chocolate. (See photo below)
If you want outlines of turkeys, just trace each turkey.  If you would like filled in turkeys, spread the chocolate to the edges of the turkey outline.  An off-set spatula works great for this.
Be sure to spread the chocolate while it is still warm and soft.
4.  Let the turkeys set up.  If your kitchen is not too warm, they can set up at room temperature, which is best.
 If you put them into the refrigerator, they will set up quickly--however the chocolate may get a light haze on it, which is edible, just not as pretty...  
5.  Once chocolate turkeys are set, lift off of waxed paper with an off-set spatula.  Store in a lidded container, at room temperature, for up to one week.

** If you have piping bags and small decorating tips, you can use those tools as well. -- but in a pinch, the Ziploc bags are perfect.


TIPS:  

It's best to make the chocolate turkeys ahead, when you are not rushed and have a little time to let them set up. 

The smaller the snip in the corner of the bag, the tinier the chocolate will be coming out.  If the chocolate is too fine and narrow as it leaves the bag, you may need to trace and re-trace the turkeys, so that it can be lifted off the wax paper once it sets.

The turkeys will be fragile, so make a few extra when you are tracing them.  I usually lose a few when  I am transferring them into a container for storage.

If while tracing the turkeys, the chocolate becomes too hard, pop the bag in the microwave for a few seconds (5-10) to reheat and soften the chocolate.

Have extra sheets of waxed paper ready.  As you finish filling one sheet with turkeys, slide your images under the next sheet of waxed paper.

White chocolate and other chocolates or candy melts can be used, but they may need a little wax or paraffin added, in order for them to stand up and set up properly.  You will have to experiment with other types of chocolates and melts.  Standard and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips already have enough wax in them, to set back up without issue.

Linked to:
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3 comments:

  1. YOUR DISH IS BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR TURKEYS ARE EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS. ALSO I HEARD IF YOUR CHOCOLATE GETS A HAZE FROM COOLING IN THE REFRIGERATOR JUST GO OVER IT WITH A BLOW DRYER AND IT GETS SHINY AGAIN.(SEEN THIS TIP ON THE AMERICAS TEST KITCHEN SHOW.)

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    1. That's wonderful to hear Eleanor!! I love your tip about removing the haze from chocolate... Isn't America's Test Kitchen a fabulous resource?!?. I will certainly give that blow dryer trick a try next time I have chocolate issues. Thank you for sharing your tip and also for stopping by the blog.

      Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.
      Karri

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  2. You are amazing with your creative ideas to make us all look good on the big day. I am making Cooking Light Banana Cheesecake and it is beautiful with whipped cream, berries, and pineapple ( like a banana split) My new chocolate turkeys will strut right on top! Keep up the good work.

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