Yesterday was my first chocolate class at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver. I was SO exhausted last night that I could barely stand up - chocolate is HARD work and much more difficult than I had expected! That being said, the class was fun and I'm already looking forward to next week's class.
We started out the day learning to temper chocolate using a marble slab. It's certainly a time consuming process (and quite messy at that!).
We started the day making Milk Spiced Dulce de Leche Cream Ganache which was then piped onto chocolate discs and covered in dark chocolate sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. This ganache is unbelievably delicious and I am already planning to use it as a cake filling - YUM!
When the instructor told us about the next chocolates, I didn't think I would like them at all.... I was wrong! These are dark chocolates filled with a lemon and chocolate mint cream ganache topped with sugared lemon zest. I had never tasted chocolate mint (actually I hadn't known there was a mint plant called chocolate mint before yesterday) but we all tried a leaf or two from the plant before we started on these. The sugared lemon zest is yummy too...
These chocolates were our first experience with butter ganache and the instructor gave us a sample before we started. Apparently butter ganache is not popular in North America... having tried this, we don't know what we've been missing! This one was a vanilla and white pepper butter ganache and it is heavenly!
We also learned how to make our own transfer paper using colored cocoa butters and we used our own transfers to decorate the top of these chocolates.
These milk chocolates are filled with piped coconut butter ganache dusted with coconut powder. Again, butter ganache is something I think everyone should try - it's full of fat and calories but worth every one! YUM! This coconut butter ganache also may get worked into a cake at some point...
Next week is moulded chocolates.... and we'll be using the airbrush with colored cocoa butters so they should be stunning! Can't wait!
This blog will follow my adventures with cake, pastry and all things sweet!