The Cooking Chook does Belgian chocolate truffle making
How does a chocolate lover test the strength of their will? Take a chocolate making class! My cousin messaged me a couple of weeks ago asking me if I wanted to take a Belgian chocolate truffle making class with her at the Adelaide School of Chocolate because there was a 2 for 1 deal going for the month of June (it’s normally $99 per person). I’ve never really worked with chocolate before, apart from making the odd ganache for a cake, so I thought this would be a good a time as ever to have a crack. The size for this particular class was reasonably small; there were 7 people (including me – I think the maximum is 8) in the class and we were divided between two tables. To me, a really good cooking class means that it is hands on. I learn new things a lot faster when I’m actually doing things, and this class did not disappoint! From tempering the chocolate, to hand rolling the truffles, the group was guided through what needed to be done and we did everything ourselves. It was A LOT of fun, a bit of mess and Anna (our teacher for the night) did a wonderful job teaching the group how to make truffles. The chocolate used was no ordinary chocolate, but Belgian chocolate, and I couldn’t help sneaking a sample every now and again. Mmmmmm – chocolatey….
Making the ganache
Tempering the chocolate
Rolling the truffles
In the end, after 2 hours, I made 34 truffles and I didn’t even sample any! I was being very disciplined. Mind you, I did do A LOT of sampling during the class so I think that kind of tempered (excuse the pun) my desire to sample my wares. So, what did I think of the class? I really enjoyed it! The hands on approach, small class size and quality of teaching were great. I would definitely recommend this class.