the class I’ve been waiting a year for has come, and already, I’ve got 2 blowtorches and a stash of latex gloves in my locker (and a couple heat blisters already!) to prove it. That class would be Sugar and Chocolate! I mean, lets be serious, who DOESN’T want to take a class where you get to hand dip chocolates and make pretty breakable displays out of sugar? Here’s what we did last week in Sugar (we alternate weeks, so that one week we work with sugar and the next with chocolate). Last week, we had our first chance to work with molten sugar and pull it into different shapes.
Chef Paul demonstrating how to make flower petals. The sugar was liquid and is kneaded, with colour, until it becomes soft and pliable. You have to wear cotton gloves (to protect your hands) and a pair of latex gloves on top, it is that hot. And it had to remain pliable, so we work under heat lamps to keep the sugar soft. The blow torch is used to solder hardened pieces together, when assembling a finished piece.
A view of our set up – sugar class requires a lot of different gadgets than any other class!
My big purple blob, ready to be worked.
The second flower I made (this one was actually much better – hard thing about working with sugar is that you make each petal on it’s own, let it harden, and then fuse them together with the blowtorch after, so you have to hope you shaped it well!! We get to do a lot more with it still, but our first try was pretty fun. I also learned to not put my finger too close to the blowtorch flame, as it is somewhat invisible and you can’t feel anything wearing gloves, but did I ever smell the latex burning!