Holly Race, Freestyle Baker

Posted by in Features on May 17 2010 | Leave A Comment

Dear reader, let me introduce you to Holly Race.

Holly, and her Youtube show Feestyle Baking can best be described as the offspring of an illicit encounter between Nigella Lawson and Bridget Jones in a rather messy pantry. At least that’s the picture I have in my head, and frankly it’s an image I’m quite happy with.

Holly took it upon herself to not only make us some chocolates, but to make a video of herself making us some chocolates…

And here are the chocolates..

Holly Race Chocolates

As you can see, they’re very pretty, each with a unique decoration. They have a certain rustic charm to them as don’t have a glossy finish (due to the fact they haven’t been tempered and have had to endure Trial By Royal Mail), but I actually like them this way – they’re much more ‘freestyle’.

The centres are interesting, being soft and crumbly, rather than creamy like a ganache. The flavours Holly has used are all quite subtle, so the chocolate flavour comes through nicely in all of them.

As for using Sainsbury’s value chocolate – well, I’m not convinced by that idea, although the result does taste good. Personally, I’d recommend Holly keep a stash of something like Green & Black’s 70% in the cupboard for her baking adventures, but I really can’t complain about the results Holly has achieved.

Of course, a gift like this is as much about the love and effort that has gone into making it, and frankly, in the week of my 40th birthday, I don’t think I’ve had a gift that’s made me smile quite as much as this little box of chocolates and its accompanying video.

If you enjoyed it as much as I did, do yourself a favour and subscribe to her blog and Youtube channel.

There’s already a ton of great videos there, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.


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