Last week I got a wild hair to learn how to make my own chocolates. By brilliant sort of luck, we have a wonderful resource in our town -- Dawn's Candy and Cake. It's a great little store and valuable educational resource for all things chocolate.
I signed up for a tempering/truffle class. And I gotta say that I had a blast! I will be doing that again! Dawn gave us a brief lesson on the chemistry of chocolate and how/why one goes about tempering it to improve flavor, texture and taste. It may sound really complicated, but actually, tempering isn't all that difficult once you know the background stuff. Dawn was a great teacher!
I have to admit that I was messy with my dipping as I was in a big hurry to get them done (lunch date with hubby). Plus, these are just for hubby and I, so I knew they didn't need to be perfect. I let them "ripen" in the cold garage overnight and had a few (cough-cough) this morning. Not bad! I'd adjust a few filling flavors, but I will definitely try this again using the recipes I received. My brain is working overtime thinking about things to try -- ginger caramel, earl grey, and peach melba.
Dawn's Candy and Cake has several classes that are perfect for a "girls day out" activity! Call ahead to set up a date and grab some friends for some fun! I'm thinking of taking a sugar cookie class, too. That's totally up my alley!
Dawn's Candy and Cake
18107 Bothell Way NE Ste 101
Bothell, WA 98011