Dark Modelling Chocolate Recipe (Couverture)

Modeling chocolate, also called chocolate leather, plastic chocolate or candy clay, is a chocolate paste made by melting chocolate and combining it with corn syrup, glucose syrup, or golden syrup. Primarily used by upscale cakemakers and pâtisseries to add decoration to cakes and pastries, modeling chocolate is formed into a variety of shapes and structures that cannot be easily accomplished with other softer edible materials such as buttercream frosting, marzipan, or fondant. Modeling chocolate can be made from white, dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate. Source

Adding water in chocolate is against the basic rules because even the smallest bit of water starts to makes chocolate creamy, and more water turns the chocolate into a greasy paste that’s not very useful. However, if we also add glucose, the result is a smooth plasticine like texture. The issue is that there will be no single recipe that works for every chocolate. Couvertures will need more liquid then compound chocolate. 30 to 35 percent glucose and water mixture will give a reasonable texture depending of the hardness of the chocolate which is called (snap). This paste can be used for coating cakes, making centrepieces look like curved chocolate, modelling figurines and also cutting shapes from rolled sheets.


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Weight Per Unit: 2150
Number of Units: 1
A 1500 Dark Chocolate (Couverture) Couverture chocolate is a very high-quality chocolate that contains extra cocoa butter (32–39%). The higher percentage of cocoa butter, combined with proper tempering, gives the chocolate more sheen, firmer "snap" when broken, and a creamy mellow flavor. In a bowl.
B 500 Glucose Syrup

Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner's glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolysis of starch. Glucose is a sugar. Maize (corn) is commonly used as the source of the starch in the US, in which case the syrup is called "corn syrup", but glucose syrup is also made from potatoes and wheat, and less often from barley, rice and cassava.

Glucose syrup containing over 90% glucose is used in industrial fermentation, but syrups used in confectionery contain varying amounts of glucose, maltose and higher oligosaccharides, depending on the grade, and can typically contain 10% to 43% glucose. Glucose syrup is used in foods to sweeten, soften texture and add volume. By converting some of the glucose in corn syrup into fructose (using an enzymatic process), a sweeter product, high fructose corn syrup can be produced.

(approximately 43BE)
In a sauce pan.
C 75 Water
D 75 Sugar Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose and galactose. The table or granulated sugar most customarily used as food is sucrose, a disaccharide. (In the body, sucrose hydrolyses into fructose and glucose.) Other disaccharides include maltose and lactose. Longer chains of sugars are called oligosaccharides. Chemically-different substances may also have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugars. Some are used as lower-calorie food substitutes for sugar described as artificial sweeteners.

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1 MIX Mix the glucose, sugar and water in a sauce pan.
2 BOIL Bring to a boil for a few seconds.
3 POUR Pour the mix on the chocolate (in a separate bowl).
4 MIX Mix till the chocolate is dissolved.
5 STORE Store overnight in room temperature or 1-2 hours in the fridge. Covered with cellophane or cling wrap.
6 KNEAD Knead before use.
Important Notes
  • The paste can quickly become softer then the desired texture in a warmer room. Working with gloves minimizes this problem as there is less heat transferred from your hands.
  • You can roll the paste with starch but white dust will be visible. Rolling in between 2 sheets of baking paper gives a cleaner result.
  • You can knead the paste with additional icing sugar and starch to make it dry more quickly.
  • For small amounts, you can place all ingredients in to a glass bowl and heat for 30 second pulses in microwave till everything incorporated.
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