This weekend I had a great mummy/daughter weekend. My mum and I had booked a truffle making lesson for a joint Christmas present – the first 2 attempts were cancelled thanks to the snow so it was with some trepidation we got up this Saturday, expecting to find another freak weather change had cancelled our weekend yet again.
Luckily, this time round the weather was much better behaved. We set off bright and early for Netherstowe House in Lichfield where we met with Emily from Merry Berry Truffles. Emily set up her own chocolate making business in 2010 and, when she isn’t attending fairs and festivals, can be found in her specially made studio at home concocting new taste sensations – cracked black pepper chocolate anyone?
Our truffle making lesson turned out to be a pretty exclusive lesson, just the two of us and one other lady. Emily had set us up with our own workstation each and the first thing we did was a taste test, exploring the difference in white, milk and dark chocolate. I was quite surprised to find that there was a distinctive difference between chocolate even with the same percentage of cocoa in.
Once we had learnt about tempering the chocolate we went on to making some chocolate shapes and lollies, experimenting with mixing colours and different toppings – caramelised nuts, dried blueberries, popping candy (my favourite) and others.
Ok, so my lollies look like they were made by a 3 year old! Hey, it was fun and they tasted just fine.
Finally we moved on to making truffles. Emily had provided ready made cases, so we had a go at piping in different fillings – caramel or champagne flavoured ganache. Then the fun part – we dipped them in the tempering machines and tried to catch them again!
Then all we had to do was decorate them, wait for everything to harden and wrap it up nicely with a bow.
It was definitely a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. Emily was very helpful and happy to answer every inane question I could think of. She didn’t even mind me sampling everything- for the purposes of reporting back to the blog of course!
Now I just have to decide where to start in making my own chocolate designs – guess what I’m making for Christmas presents this year!