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.
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.
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
egg cookie cutter - 2" wide by 2 1/2" tall
food only paint brush
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.
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