You guys all know how much I love chocolate. If there’s ever a lack of chocolate in my house, I have no qualms of getting out the Nutella jar and a spoon. So when the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School invited me along to one of its cookery courses, I couldn’t see past Chocolate Heaven. A whole day spent melting, baking and most importantly, eating chocolate, sounded like my idea of a perfect Saturday. And it was.
Techniques that I thought were going to be really difficult were made easy by the expert instructors. In other words, I am no longer afraid of pastry. One too many soggy bottoms on the Great British Bake Off left me worried about any future partnership with the flaky stuff, but that has now past. Queue many pastry-based recipes to follow.
Souffles have always been something I’ve avoided cooking. Fear of the dreaded rise has meant that I have shied away from this delicious dessert, unless it was being served to me by a qualified chef in an upmarket eaterie. Now, I know that it’s really not as difficult as it seems. Armed with the right technique, you can have this glorious dessert at home.
We also made some seriously chocolaty cookies and macarons. I must confess, I think I found my Achille’s Heel in piping. The shape and consistency of my macarons left a lot to be desired, but they still tasted mighty fine. Those around me had greater success on this front, as I cursed my unsteady hand.
A break for lunch allowed us to sample two beautiful tarts made in-house, with salad, bread, wine and a delicious chocolate roulade served with raspberries.
I would wholeheartedly recommend doing a course at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School. The tutors were knowledgeable, professional and friendly and I learned a whole new range of techniques that I didn’t know before. I’m already looking into which course I’d like to try next.
Have you ever taken part in a cookery course? What did you learn?