Mid Week Philosophy: WHITE CHOCOLATE
I touched a little bit on white chocolate in my Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti. But I thought I needed to delve into the subject a little bit more.
I try to put ingredients into my recipes that you can buy locally at your supermarket. I have a few choices: ShopRite, Hannaford , Decicco ( a specialty grocer) and sometimes Mrs. Greens (an organic grocer). I do not like sending away for ingredients, I think the postage alone is ridiculous, anyway…..
I decided to try some true white chocolate (with cocoa butter) that was available locally. I did a little taste test of my own and here are the results.
My first try was Mrs. Greens where I purchased Sunspire White Chocolate Chips. A little on the expensive side but I said, Hey, this is for SCIENCE (baking science that is: haha!) I bought 2 bags (I am continually the optimist when it comes to ingredients) and promptly tried them when I got home. Well, let me just say I hope I can bring the unopened bag back. It tasted flowery, NOT what I was looking for.
Ok, so my next stop was ShopRite for Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar. This must be good, I keep on tooting my horn about the brand. But no, again flowery, yuk. This is discouraging.
So off I went to Hannafords last night and bought Lindt Classic Recipe White Chocolate. And this morning after my scant breakfast (alot of taste testing these days, have to watch the waistline) I tried a small piece of the bar. Mmmmmm, delicious, rich taste, good feel on my tongue, yummy.
So, when you hit a recipe that has alot of White Chocolate in it, maybe a special cake or a decadent sauce, I highly recommend the Lindt. But if you are making cookies, like the Biscotti, I think you can definitely get away with the white baking chips. The chips are not the main attraction but one of many ingredients.