Monday saw the 1st of a couple of days of working with chocolate.
Chef Nicolas demonstrated the making of 4 different truffles and chocolates, which all involved tempering a lot of chocolate.
He made Malakoff which is a chocolate, praline and almond mix topped with white chocolate and cut into rectangles, moulded chocolates filled with a rum flavoured ganache, white chocolate, Malibu and passion fruit truffles rolled in raspberry sugar and lastly, caramel cups which are chocolate cups filled with Baileys flavoured caramel and then chocolate ganache and topped with a pistachio nut.
In the practical we each had to make some moulded chocolates and one of the others. My partner in the practical and I got to make the caramel cups, which was ok but I thought the Baileys actually detracted from the flavour of the caramel. However all went ok, though the shell for the moulded chocolates was too thick meaning there isn’t much ganache inside.
However we then all shared and got to take some of each type of chocolate home.