Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Four Friends: Chocolate Workshop

EventChocolate Workshop
Location: Four Friends, 5/29 Holtermann Street, Crows Nest

4 Friends' chocolate workshop used Belcolade Belgian Chocolate which are made from single origin cocoa beans and we were taught methods that can be used in domestic kitchens. Because of the over sweetness, I don't usually like white chocolate, but with Belcolade, I LOVE their white chocolate because it's not overly sweet and it has a hint of saffron.

Katze told us how to temper chocolate and make ganache infused with different flavours - in our class, she used saffron, celebration tea and rose. My favourite was celebration tea which consists of star anise, jasmin, rosebuds and black tea inside. She taught us that we can infuse whatever flavour we want into a ganache!

Another thing that I learnt during the workshop is laser thermometer which we can buy in Bunnings (never knew Bunning's have such equipment!). They are better than normal thermometer because laser allows us to know the thermometer instantly. Katze also use it to check her adorable children's temperature.

Ganache Recipe - Saffron/Celebration Tea/Rose Oil (Depends on what you use)
250ml Pure/Double Cream
500ml Milk Chocolate (Dark Chocolate if infusing with rose oil)
1 pinch of Saffron
2 tablespoon of tea leaves
2 drops of rose oil
1 tablespoon of rice syrup (Katze is cautious about health)

Put saffron/tea leaves into cream to infuse while heating up until it simmers (for tea leaves, stir and press tea leaves while it's heating up to enhance flavours)

Stir in rice syrup

Pass cream through sieve into heatproof bowl

Stir in chocolate and Rose Oil

If the chocolate did not completely melt, put into microwave for 30 seconds on high then mix, if it's not fully melted, microwave it for another 10 seconds and stir again.

Leave overnight or 4 hours in the fridge to set.

If you're interested in the workshop or other little event happenings at Four Friends find the following prices and workshops below:

Workshop - $90/person - needs to have 4 people.
Kids Workshop - $45/hour
Kids Party - $25/person to start, 4 Friends can cater other food as well with an additional price
International High Tea (Different cultures every month) - $45/person which includes a pot of tea at the beginning of each month,
Tea Masterclass (8th February 2014) - $45/hour

You can contact Four Friends to book your workshop

Next Stop: Food was invited to Four Friends' Chocolate Workshop. Please note that all comments are based on our own thoughts.


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  1. i loved their saffron chocolate!

  2. wish i was at this event. the ganache looks amazing!

    1. I think I had chocolate overdose because of the amount of ganache I had that day :P

  3. Sounds like a great event. And I never knew you could get laser thermometers from Bunnings either!

    1. Me neither! learned more than I expected from this workshop hehe.

  4. Love the sound of that ganache! I gotta get myself a laser thermometer now! lol


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