What a fun evening my daughter, A., and I had last night…thanks to my husband’s thoughtful stocking stuffer Christmas gift to me this year…a gift to attend a chocolate making cooking class at Eat Street Culinary in Anaheim California with Chef Katie Averill. I’ve written about Katie once before, we went to the opening of her cooking school last September, the post was – It’s A Great Time To Be A Foodie….She is an incredible pastry chef and an excellent culinary instructor too.
Katie graciously welcomed us. We learned a lot in our 3 hour class, had fun, worked hard, and got to take home a lovely pink box filled with gorgeous chocolates that we each made…ourselves!
This was a hands on class…we paired off to freely prepare the four recipes we were to make under Katie’s tutelage. We learned to temper chocolate which resulted in these professional looking, shiny, petite, ganache-filled fine truffle chocolates…I can’t believe we made these…from scratch!
Here is the finished product from our four recipes…
Here is a photo tour of our work in class last night…
Some students used white chocolate for their truffle filling…my daughter and I opted for bittersweet chocolate. Once our ganache and our tempered chocolate cooled…we built the truffles. It took three steps. Fill the mold with tempered chocolate to line the mold, chill….fill with ganache, chill….create the bottom by drenching in remaining tempered chocolate – scrape off, chill… pop out of molds and eat mmmmmm
Then we made fudge…and after that, coconut joy filling for truffles
Once chocolate is stirred in…pour mixture into a baking pan and leave undisturbed for 20 minutes…
One more thing….we had extra ganache so I rolled them into truffle balls and dusted with Dean and DeLuca Dutch Processed Bensdorp Chocolate
I will say…we were glad we didn’t have to do the dishes after class
After taking this class, I will not hesitate to make my own chocolates for desserts and gifts in the future. I mean, really, can you believe how professional these candies came out in 3 hours of class time and bit of finishing time? Am looking forward to more classes from Eat Street Culinary…my next one will be a savory class. Thank you Katie! You made A. and I feel quite accomplished.
P.S. I should have a final update regarding my 12 week challenge at the end of this week…am keeping my fingers crossed that the numbers come in good. Am still keeping on track even while enjoying a bit of dark chocolate.