I had signed up to take a sugar course last fall and then it was cancelled. Luckily, this time around, the course was not cancelled and so last Monday night was my first night of the course - pulled sugar that time!
The instructor for the course (which I'm taking at VCC) is fantastic and has an unbelievable portfolio! I had seen examples of his work before we started but I was questioning what I would manage to pull off on my first attempt!
I'm very glad in retrospect that I've taken gumpaste flower classes before attempting this as with pulled sugar, there are no cutters for these flowers and you form the sugar into individual petals by hand. I found it helpful to think about what my gumpaste petals would have looked like when forming the sugar petals! The pulled sugar is very hot to work with though and it gets uncomfortable in a hurry!
I was very happy with the finished product for my first attempt. The comical highlight of this class was getting it home... I had taken transit to get to the class to avoid parking downtown and they don't give you a box or anything to carry it in. So at 10pm, I went walking through downtown Vancouver holding this sugar sculpture. The heat from my hand caused the bottom of the base to melt adhering to my hand. I got some very odd looks on the Seabus and by the time I got home I had to use a butter knife to pry the sculpture from the palm of my hand!
This coming week, we will be making lobsters using blown sugar. I am planning to bring a box with me so I won't be out running around the city with a lobster stuck to my hand... I was very fortunate last week that it wasn't raining for once in Vancouver or that sculpture might never have made it home!
In the coming weeks, we will be doing cast sugar and pastillage in addition to the blown sugar. Can't wait!!
This blog will follow my adventures with cake, pastry and all things sweet!