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Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt Recipes - Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt, Norwalk, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt - photo by Luxury ExperienceDanish Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt graciously shares his recipe for Dark Chocolate Truffles (Madeleine). Decadently rich, homemade truffles make wonderful gifts to give or to serve to your guests at the end of a delicious meal. Under Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt's guidance and instruction during our class at The Clarke Culinary Center in South Norwalk, Connecticut, we learned the art of making truffles.

 

We met Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt during his truffle class held at the The Clarke Culinary Center, the ultimate state-of-art kitchen resource center, home of culinary dreams with their inspired showrooms featuring stunning designs and top-end quality appliances. 

During our class, we learned that he was born and raised in Odense, located on Denmark's Funen Island, and it was here that young Fritz began his culinary career at age 13 working in a restaurant as a dishwasher filling in for his sister when she was ill. Enchanted with the restaurant ambience, and being precocious and passionate, it was not long before he worked his way up the culinary ladder learning by watching, resulting in the opportunity to take charge of a new bistro restaurant. What was rather unique is at that time, he had yet to go to culinary school. He continued to hone his culinary skills by training for 4 and ½ years at the Hotel and Restaurant School in Denmark, followed by working in France, Spain, and in the United States. 

Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt - Photo by Luxury Experience
Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt

In 1999, he was living in New York in a very small, one-bedroom apartment, however this did not deter his passion and his vision, and he started making chocolates out of his apartment and selling them to small retailers. Soon, his experimental style of combining savory spices with sweet won him notice and he started selling his products to larger prestigious retailers, and formed his company, Knipschildt Chocolatier, LLC. 

In 2005, he opened Chocopologie Café in Norwalk, Connecticut a delectable combination of a bistro and retail chocolate shop. Since opening, he has earned many prestigious culinary awards, and has appeared and competed on numerous culinary television shows including winning an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay

From his humble beginnings in an apartment, Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt now has four locations in Connecticut, and in August 2013 will return to Denmark for several months to open a shop there. 

Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt graciously shares his recipe for Dark Chocolate Truffles (Madeleine).

Dark Chocolate Truffles (Madeleine)
Yield: 80 truffles 

Utensils Needed:  

Stainless Steel Bowl
Rubber Spatula
Towels
Plastic Gloves
Sheet Pans
Hotel Pans
Small Stock Pot

Set-Up For Rolling: 

Truffles
Melted Chocolate
Hotel Pan with the Cocoa Powder
Sheet Pan Lined with Parchment Paper

Truffle Ingredients

1
Quart
Heavy Cream
8.8
Ounces
Sugar (250 grams)
2
Pounds
71% Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
0.25
Pound
Butter, cubed
8.8
Ounces
71% Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate, finely chopped (250 grams)
   
Cocoa Powder, for rolling

Method: Boil the heavy cream and the sugar. Once the cream boils, pour it slowly over the chocolate while whisking. When the mixture reaches body temperature, add the butter, and whisk until well combined and smooth (this is the ganache).

Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt - Photo by Luxury Experience
Fritz Knipschildt working with chocolate

Set the ganache aside in a cool place (not in the refrigerator) until set, for approximately 6 hours. Cover the container tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Then you can start rolling the ganache in small balls and place them in the refrigerator for approximately 20 minutes.

Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt - Photo by Luxury Experience
Fritz Knipschildt stirring the ganache

In the meantime, melt the 8.8 ounces (250 grams) of dark chocolate and cool it down until it reaches body temperature.

Wear plastic gloves and dip the ganache ball in the melted chocolate shaking off the excess chocolate, then roll the truffles in the cocoa powder shaking off any excess powder. Allow to set 5 to 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Ganache ready for rolling - made by Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt - Photo by Luxury Experience
Ganache ready for rolling

Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt has four locations in Connecticut: Chocopologie Sono, 12 South Main Street, South Norwalk, Sono Marketplace, 314 Wilson Avenue, South Norwalk, Chocopologie NH, 47 High Street, New Haven, and Chocopologie Stamford, 213 Main Street, Stamford.

In addition to onsite or online purchases at www.Knipschildt.com, the chocolates are also available at retail partners: Whole Foods Market, Balducci's, and The Chocolate Room.

For information on Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt and Chocopologie Café, as well as upcoming events and classes, please visit: www.Knipschildt.com.

Read about the Chocopologie class at The Clarke Culinary Center in the Gastronomy section.

Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt
Chocopologie by House of Knipschildt
Chocopologie Cafe
12 South Main Street
South Norwalk, Connecticut 06854
United States
Telephone:    +1-203-854-4754
Fax:               +1-203-838-3137
Email:           
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Website:       www.Knipschildt.com 

Facebook:     
www.Facebook.com/ChocopologieNorwalk

For information on The Clarke Culinary Center, or to register for classes, please visit: www.ClarkeCulinaryCenter.com.

The Clarke Culinary Center

The Clarke Culinary Center
64 South Main Street
South Norwalk, Connecticut 06854
United States
Telephone:    +1-800-842-5275 ext. 206
Website:        
www.ClarkeCulinaryCenter.com
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