Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Savour Chocolate & Patisserie Cooking School: Desserts Level One

Hi everyone! 

Today I will be sharing my experience at the Savour Chocolate & Patisserie school. I went for my "Desserts Level 1" course yesterday and it was really amazing! Everything was really well set up and organised, the recipes were easy to follow and weren't too overly technical so we were all able to follow. 

Unlike the kitchen at William Angliss, the one at Savour has a less commercial feel to it, it felt slightly more cosy because it was smaller and also not everything was stainless steel (e.g. the bench tops weren't..) so that was different. Our class size was also very small (of 8 people), mainly consisted of people who were older than me and also 2 caterers. 

One of the highlights of this class was when my instructor asked me "may ling, are you a pastry chef?". Which of course, the answer was no.. "Oh, I thought you were one because you're so good in the kitchen!". Definitely one of the best compliments I've ever received in my baking experience :) 

Our instructor was Robyn and she was definitely very nice and knowledgeable, very patient and very good at demonstrating the techniques. 

We made three different desserts in the class: Rosewater Panna Cotta, Apples & Popcorn and Chocolate Brownie. Each dessert had many elements to them, including sorbet/gelato, so it was a good experience trying to create each element!

Rosewater Panna Cotta 
Making desserts really called for the creative flair in each of us because plating up is all about being artistic and good with textures and colours. There wasn't a set standard as to how much of each element we had to put and the order of them, so it was up to us to prioritise certain colours, flavours and textures. 

Panna Cotta on a plate

Panna Cotta in a cup 

My panna cotta and I

Apples & Popcorn
This was so much fun! Popping popcorn, making salted caramel and poaching apples - it was my first time creating all of these and it was definitely very rewarding :)

Dessert plated up by me!

Chocolate Brownie with Passionfruit Cremeux

At the end of the day, we were all just sitting around the board table eating all three plates of desserts!! I wasn't able to bring anything home for my family due to the delicate nature of these desserts so everything had to be consumed on the spot.. definitely gained a few pounds yesterday! :p

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