How not to make Nutty Maple Truffles

Melting Chocolate

I’ve always had a skill set in making confections, but it’s a skill I have definitely not honed. One key thing in baking is to follow your recipe list and use the right ingredients. JL Fields introduced a great cookbook in 2020, vegan baking for beginners, that has 75 sweet and savory recipes to get those creative gears spinning. This brings me to my worst confection ever. Nutty Maple Truffles. Now if one would properly follow the ingredients list it calls for semisweet chocolate. Myself being one to overlook instructions used unsweetened baking chocolate.

After melting the chocolate and allowing it to cool for an hour, it seemed to need more time to chill. That’s when I realized my error. I combined and melted the peanut butter and maple syrup, the ingredients would not bind. It was a gooey mess! I tried to save the chocolate by adding sugar. Truly disappointed I composted the whole project.

Baking is a delicate skill and being precise in measurements, ingredients, and mixes is key. I mark this one as a failed confection. Until next thyme.

You can find JL Field’s Vegan Baking for Beginners by using the link below. It’s a great lesson in mathematical measurements and baking.

Published by The Hylian Vegan

I'm Sean Kilby and I'm from North Carolina I grew up with a great passion for music, arts, books, swimming, biking, soccer, Magic the Gathering, travel, electronic arts, and theme parks (Not Sea Parks). 5 ish years ago I started the process of moving away from animal based foods, now I'm completely vegan for about 2-3 years. I've studied nutrition by reading books, websites, and articles such as Thrive and Bigger, Leaner, Stronger (not a vegan guide). I took the approach of a plant based vegan diet so I didn't have to sustain myself by using an animal product for sustenance. I also do a lot of thought exercises and self reflection, meditation, and mindfulness to navigate through the experiences of life. I place these thoughts on this blog to have a good conversation with myself and others. The biggest and most difficult conversation that is taking place is that the global temperatures are dramatically increasing, putting our global ecosystem in danger due to methane gas from animal agriculture. The hardest part was I had lost the vision to improve the future. My work is ever changing, but setting clear goals have brought me to where I am today. Taking up the e-quill to tell a story.

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