Chocolate heaven

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?

  • http://oddlylovely.com Cat

    This looks like so much fun! Those macaroons look adorable, I think you pulled them off marvelously. It sounds like you maybe got some good tips to incorporate into baking at home, too.


  • chiara

    I wish I could take credit for those macarons, but they were another talented baker that was at my work station. But it was great fun and you’re right, I learned lots I can incorporate at home x

  • Lisa

    Oh my god, I so want that souffle now! Please make it again and post the recipe!x

    • chiara

      I’ll definitely be making it again soon Lisa, mostly so I can eat it again :-)

  • http://www.styleontheside.com caroline

    Oh those look absolutely delicious! I took a cooking class when I was really little and I remember just how fun it was. Such a great way to introduce cooking to kids!

    • chiara

      You’re right Caroline, cooking classes are great fun x

  • Rob

    I can testify as to just how tasty all the produce was! Need to get out for a run now though to make up for it all…

  • http://mochalexy.blogspot.com Ally

    Wow, these all look amazing! The souffles look like perfection. I’ve never made those, but they seem like they would be complicating. I’ve recently gotten into baking and this just makes me want to bake more! ♥

    • chiara

      Souffles aren’t as complicated as you might think Ally, it’s definitely worth giving them a try x

  • http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/ em

    Oh my goodness. This post has given me seriuos food envy as i sit eating my boring-not-filling-me-up-salad. I’d love it if you could pop down and make me all of that please – i’ll even take mis-shapen macarons! x

    • chiara

      Thanks Em! I think I was on salad for three days after eating all of that chocolate goodness :-)

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.se Mimmi

    Goodness, everything looks absolutely amazing! It sounds like such a lovely and interesting experience :) Would love to do something like that!

    • chiara

      It’s well worth doing a cooking class Mimmi. They are great fun and you learn a lot :-)

  • Debbie

    Great report, it was a fab day! My macarons made it onto your blog – they were so good and definitely better the next day… They didn’t last too many days though!

    Lovely blog and lovely to meet you!

    • chiara

      Yes, they did Debbie! Yours were soooo much better than mine. It was a great day though and lovely to meet you too!x

  • http://www.katgotthecream.com/ Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    Oh my word, chocolate heaven indeed. I saw that oozy photo at the beginning elsewhere on your social media and was hooked in there and then. Yum!

  • chiara

    Thanks Kathryn. I’m not going to lie, it was incredibly tasty!x

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    Oh yum! Piping is also a problem for me, but there are so many tasty treats that require no piping I think it could be fine (I actually covered my entire kitchen in what I was trying to pipe a few years ago!)

    • chiara

      Siobhan, that sounds exactly like me. I’m with you, I think I am going to stick to the treats that don’t require any piping :-)