Friday, December 2, 2011

Twelve days of sweet designs, day 3 - Cute Inuit Children


Oh, I just couldn't wait to post this modeling chocolate design. I just love these sweet little Inuit children. Aren't they cute? This is day three of my series and I'm doing well at keeping up, but over the past two days, I've fortunately received quite a few chocolate orders that are due soon, so I'll be very busy in my chocolate kitchen. So, you may need to be a bit patient with me, as I try to get all of my design ideas posted.

For those of you visiting for the first time and for those that haven't read my first post in this series featuring Christmas Mouse Cookies and the post which inspired this entire series featuring Chocolate Penguin Rice Krispies Treat Pops, you might want to check them out so you know all of the basics about decorating with modeling chocolate.

Today's design is a bit more complicated than the mice and the polar bears, but I tried to keep all of the shapes pretty basic. The children's faces are once again cut with an egg shaped cookie cutter, and the eyes and nose are cut with a pastry tip. I used a knife to cut a billowy circle with a hole in the middle for the fur hood and cut a circle in half and cut slits into it for the hair. The smile is simply formed by making a thin log. This time, I chose to add my decorations to a frosted brownie. I just used a butter cream frosting, but a white chocolate or dark chocolate ganache would be wonderful too. My first few designs adorned frosted cookies - Christmas Mouse Cookies, chocolate dipped rice krispie treats - Penguin Pops and frosted rice krispie treats. Up next time, I'll show you how to turn these modeling chocolate decorations into a chocolate lollipop.

Modeling Chocolate Inuit Children
                        Atop a Frosted Brownie

Before you begin, if you aren't experienced with making chocolate, read my chocolate making tutorial which includes information on types of chocolate to use, melting instructions and the recipe for modeling chocolate.

You'll need:

white modeling chocolate, recipe here*
dark modeling chocolate recipe here*
peach (or orange) candy coloring
food handling gloves (highly recommended to use when adding color)
powdered sugar, to dust work surface
cutting board
rolling pin
egg cookie cutter - 2" wide by 2 1/2" tall
food only paint brush
knife

* I used dark modeling chocolate to create the eyes and hair, but you can simply color some white modeling chocolate with black food coloring instead if you don't want to make two types of modeling chocolate.

Instructions:

If you are only making white modeling chocolate, pinch off some of it and color it black for the eyes and hair. For detailed coloring instructions, go here. This is where I wear those food handling gloves, otherwise my hands turn colors. You will also need to color some white modeling chocolate to look like skin color. If you have peach food coloring, use it, if not, then use a very small amount of orange.


Dust a cutting board lightly with powdered sugar. Roll out the white, peach, and dark (or black) modeling chocolate to 1/16" of an inch. Use the egg cookie cutter to cut out the heads. Use the small end of the #12 round pastry tip to cut two small circles for each of the eyes out of black or dark. To do this you'll want to press the pastry tip, tip side down, into the modeling chocolate cutting a small circle, then turn it upside down and tap on counter and the circles will drop out the larger end of the tip. I usually cut a bunch of circles, before turning the tip upside down. To make the eyes moon shaped press the end of the pastry tip into each dark circle cutting off a small oval piece from each circle. Also use the pastry tip to cut a nose out of the peach color for each child. Pinch off small pieces of dark modeling chocolate, roll them into very thin logs to create the smiles.

To create the fur hood, create a template by setting the egg shaped cookie cutter on a piece of paper and draw a bumpy circle around it. Cut that shape out then cut an oval out of the center of it. Place this template down on your white modeling chocolate and cut around it using a knife. Use a black food coloring marker to draw fur onto the hood.

Do the same for the hair by cutting a template of a half circle that is larger than the opening in the hood template. Cut the hair out of the dark or black modeling chocolate. Then use a knife to cut slits part way up the half circles. Gently spread the half circle open a bit to allow some space in between the pieces of hair to show.

Attach the shapes together using water to create each child. Ex: lightly brush the very top edge of the hair with water. Press it onto the back side of the fur hood piece. Then brush the hood with water and attach it to the peach egg shaped head.
For more detailed instructions on cutting shapes, see the post featuring my modeling chocolate penguins.

Cut your brownies with the egg shaped cookie cutter. Frost the tops and press one of the children on top.  Store in an airtight container or wrap in cellophane bags to give as gifts.
If you like this recipe, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don't post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link. If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com so that I can share it here. Thank you for visiting Hungry Happenings


-Beth

16 comments:

  1. So cute so cute! Can't wait to see the next 9 sweet designs :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. They look adorable. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.

    ReplyDelete
  3. These are very cute, but the word 'eskimo' is extremely racist, meaning raw meat. Inuit is the actual name of the people you are referring to.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's inuit, thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow, I really had no idea that the word Eskimo was considered racist. I am very sorry if I offended anyone. I hope I changed the word and used it correctly.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So cute! I also loved the mice and the penguins. You have so much patience !
    Can't wait to see what's next :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. oh please...

    Eskimo does not mean "raw meat" nor is it any more racist than the term Inuit. In Cree, askamiciw means he eats it raw but there is no evidence whatsoever that this has anything to do with people known as Eskimo. I can't speak for other places other than I have heard that Canadian Inuit and Greenlander do not like the term Eskimo but in Fairbanks the term "Eskimo" is considered acceptable.

    Furthermore, if you are talking about Native Americans in Alaska, I suggest you use Eskimo since it refers to more than just the Inuit people.

    BTW, the term "Eskimo" is actually thought to come from a word meaning "snow-shoe netter" or possibly just "people who speak a different language"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it is still up in the air about what that term refers to (snow-shoe netter or raw meat eater)...many people believe that the show shoe interpretation would not be accurate because most of the Native-Americans above the 49th parrellel would have found it necessary to use snowshoes because of the cold temperatures...personally i think it would be better to avoid all terms that people would find offensive even if you believe it to be silly...


      Btw i think these are absolutely adorable!!!

      Delete
    2. Thank you. I'm glad you like my design. I really didn't know there was such varied opinions about the correct term to use and agree with you that I don't want to offend anyone.

      Delete
    3. YOU HAVE SOME AMAZING DESERTS AND I LOVE THIS SITE...BUT...THIS ESKIMO THING IS THE SILLIEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD! RAW MEAT IS WHAT... JUST THAT... SOME PEEPS EAT RAW FISH...SO WHAT!!?? INDIANS HAVE NAMES DESCRIBING MANY THINGS AND IT'S REALLY PRETTY COOL. MY COUSIN IN LAW IS RUNNING WOLF. SO??? I LOVE IT!!! CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE AND YOU CAN'T JUST CHANGE HOW YOU DO THINGS CAUSE A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE ARE BRAINWASHED. BE YOURSELF ... YOU'RE GREAT!!!

      Delete
    4. Thanks. I appreciate your comment and your kind words!

      Delete
    5. I have been glued to your site for a week now!!! Love it!! I came across your chocolate heart boxes which are just amazing and delightful!!!..Along my site travels there were some boxes with beautiful leaves trimming around the edges. I've gone everywhere and can't find it again. When I did see it I could not see directions for that specific recipe...can you tell me if you have it posted somewhere or where I might find it?? Thanks...and you're amazing!!!

      Delete
    6. I have made chocolate boxes decorated with multi colored swirl leaves. There is a picture on my Chocolate Making Tips page. Scroll down until you see MY Chocolate Gallery. It's the first picture. Is this what you are looking for?

      http://www.hungryhappenings.com/p/chocolate-making-tips.html

      Delete
  8. These are so so cute!! New follower here. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/12/bedazzle-me-monday-11.html

    Have a great week!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like them all, love chocolate, and would like to try to make any of these. Merry Christmas.
    daphnemrichard@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete

ALL COMMENTS ARE MODERATED AND WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO APPEAR.
Thanks for taking time to leave me a note, I appreciate it!

Share Buttons

Follow Hungry Happenings on: