A late Christmas Outing …..

This Wednesday I eventually got round to doing something I had been excitidly waiting for since Christmas! M bought me ( and himself 😉 ) a chocolate making / learning about course at a local boutique Co Couture in Belfast, nestled in the kitchens of a stunning out terrace near the city hall.

Having sampled many of their lovely chocolates before I was really looking forward to learning some of the secrets! True to form it took me nearly 6 months to organise myself well enough that I was free on a date that suited – but it was well worth the wait!

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The course got off to a great start with some tastings! Being a fan of dark chocolate, I had tried a lot of them before – but tasting them in quick succession, with the lovely Deirdre giving us guidance as to what to expect worked really well.

For me it was surprising how similar to wine tasting it was, with different countries soils & climates really effecting the final flavour of the bean & then, in turn, chocolate – before the different chocolate houses even get their hands it!

In photo 4 you can see where the real messy full started! We where given 3 different Valrhona ( my absolute fav ) percentage chocolate to choose from – and blend together into truffles. If I remember correctly this included a 30% milk, & 2 darks as 53% & 70%. I rejected the 53% and went for a 70%, 70% blend with 30% of 30%!

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after a healthy ( read muscles building 😉 ) amount of whisking we had a well earned break with the choice of yummy chocs in pic 1 & a fabulous hot choc with fresh marshmallows 😀

and then our ganache was ready to rock n roll! see Matts grubby hands in pic 4 for a glimpse at the messy fun of it all!

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Now – Ill not twist any arms – but my chocs are in pics 1 & Matts are in pic 2 ……… yes that is a poo shaped truffle ….. some people *rolls eyes* lol

Lots of thanks & love for Deirdre from Co Couture – a fabulous way to spent an evening 😀

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