Cooking Supplies at the Home Repair Store

Here is another post from Danny. In our first Gourmet Club, our theme was German. Danny set the bar for all of us high with this fantastic and beautifully looking dessert.

As requested by St. Pat himself, I was asked to write about one of the best desserts I have ever made.  The goal was to make a dessert that I had a picture of but had no idea what was in it and how to make it really “stand” out or should I say up.  In researching German desserts, I came across a towering dessert that was not only visually appealing but was sure to taste great.  I was cooking for 8 and would need to purchase 8 stainless steel molds.  This turned out to be my biggest challenge, it is nearly impossible to find these at a reasonable rate.  While in the local home repair store, I came across some PVC couplings that were .84 cents rather than 6.00.  That’s a huge savings, so I bought them and took a dremel and ground down the lip inside and sanded them and ran them through the dishwasher.  We’ve got molds!  If you do go this route, I found that the best way to avoid sticking was to put some wax paper on the inside of the PVC molds which will allow them to slide off without disturbing the dessert.  Next it was time to create the dish and after 3 times, perfection was achieved.

German Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour | Servings: 4 servings | Difficulty: medium


  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup water (divided ¼ cup and ¼ cup)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup whipped cream
  • 1 package of honey graham crackers


  1. Place one package of graham crackers into a large zip lock bag.  Roll with rolling pin.  Empty bag into bowl.  Add a little bit of water and sugar to make crumbs bind.
  2. Mix and place crumbs into the bottom of dessert dishes.
  3. In a microwave or double boiler, heat chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter until the chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for 10 minutes.
  4. In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water.
  5. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in chocolate mixture. Set saucepan in ice and stir until cooled, about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon mousse into dessert dishes. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. A little cocoa powder on the plate is probably overkill but it looks great.

Dessert Accents Chocolate Candy

Use any plastic mold with desired design.  Using a disposable decorating bag, add melted chocolate to clean, dry mold until level.  Tap mold gently on surface minimize air bubbles.  Refrigerate until bottom of mold appears frosty or until candy is firm.  Turn mold over onto flat surface and gently twist to release candy.

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Categories: Chocolate, Dessert, German, Gourmet Club, kosher, Recipes, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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34 Comments on “Cooking Supplies at the Home Repair Store”

  1. March 23, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    This is something i should do. It looks yummy. Excellent work


  2. March 23, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Wow looks really good! You really had no idea what was on the dessert before making them?


  3. March 23, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Great idea! Looks fantastic!


  4. March 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Love it!


  5. chefterridien
    March 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Love love love this!!!


  6. March 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Great idea for molds. But what about Mini Souffle Dishes? That recipe looks great.


  7. March 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    These look and sound so good. I can’t eat chocolate anymore but might have to make them for my hubby 🙂 He would love the yummy fancy goodness


  8. March 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I like the ingenuity. A lot of people tend to stray away from using stuff like that for food because they think something bad will happen. Really, that only happens if they don’t buy new ones. As my roommate would say, well done sir.


  9. March 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    What a beautiful recipe and what a great idea to use PVC couplings. I like that kind of inventiveness.


  10. March 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    These look amazing – well done for finding the tools to make them in a much cheaper place!! I’m going to have to try them, although not sure we have the crackers – do you think digestive biscuits with melted butter would work – like a cheesecake base?


  11. March 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m surprised how many comments are on here. To answer your questions:

    Q. You really had no idea what was on the dessert before making them?
    A. Yes, I really had no idea. I figured I’d give it a try and not only did it taste great but eating the mistakes was very good for me.

    Q. What about Mini Souffle Dishes?
    A. Mini Souffle Dishes or Custard Glasses would work just great, but I was trying to score major presentation points.

    Q. Do you think digestive biscuits with melted butter would work – like a cheesecake base?
    A. I would think so, but only one way to find out, give it a try. Like Wayne Gretzky says “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.


  12. March 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    So ambitious! I’m impressed and left wanting dessert. 🙂


  13. March 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Yum!…looks easy enough..will definitely try..thanks!


  14. March 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I think it is stupid to fork out the big bucks for simple things like that too. But I get paranoid about “food grade” plastics and whatnot. Another tool from the hardware store: blowtorch–waaaay better than those rinky dinky creme brulee torches from kitchen stores.


  15. March 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Ha! Like MacGuyver with those PVC pipes! Very smart.


  16. March 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by Ranting Chef! I have to dive in to some of these recipes soon. My fiance and I love to cook about as much as anything. Cheers!


  17. Chuck
    March 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Wow…that looks SO good. But to be honest, I think I’d have more trouble with the dremel than with the mousse. I’ll have to give this one a try.


  18. March 24, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Looks yummy!


  19. March 24, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Thanks for the post. This looks absolutely delicious.


  20. March 24, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    Wow using PVC is super resourceful, well done! congrats on the savings and the great looking dessert 🙂


  21. March 24, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    home Depot can be great for all kind of kitchen tools. I keep a burnzamatic plumbing torch in my kitchen for creme brulee or crisping duck skin and lots of other stuff. Mostly Creme brulee.


  22. March 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Love your hardware store ideas! The dessert molds made with PVC pipe and lined with wax paper — that was my fav! Thanks! 😀


  23. March 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks for the “like” on Cardboardmetravels today. Enjoyed stopping by your blog, too.


  24. March 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    I will have to keep my eyes peeled for kitchenware next time I make a run to the hardware store. Your dessert looks awesome, thanks for the awesome tip! 🙂


  25. March 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Those look divine!
    Thanks for liking my post, by the way. I’ll have to stop over often. We love cooking, too!


  26. March 25, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Looks delish, could probably work for the dorm too.


  27. March 25, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Very nicely done!


  28. March 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    This looks delicious. I love any excuse to work in some graham crackers. Definitely adding this to the “must try” list.


  29. March 26, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Nothing like a little ingenuity to turn an idea into perfection. Great job!


  30. March 27, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    What a gorgeous dessert! Looks delicious 🙂


  31. March 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    beautiful and resourceful! Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for sharing!


  32. April 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Guess what, I am making this for dessert for Easter tomorrow, well actually gonna make it now, wish me luck 😀


  33. Amanda
    June 1, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    This looks delicious!! And completely agree! I always find the hardest part is finding the right size and shape moulds when baking, but it’s so worth the trouble in the end 🙂



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