I’ve actually been meaning to post this up for a while now but have been a bit lazy. Only because there will be a lot to write in this post! So for my birthday in March this year my wonderful partner gave me a present of a voucher for a place called Savour School. This is a Chocolate and Patisserie School located in Brunswick just out of the Melbourne CBD.
There are an extensive range of classes that you can choose from but I decided to go for the Petit Fours class (run on Wednesday and Thursday night). From the picture below, these are the different sorts of Petit Fours desserts we made over the two nights.
Although I did not take part in all of the baking/cooking/glazing etc, I was able to take a few shots of the processes as they were happening and the end results.
Here we have a Palet d’Or with Pine nuts. I only had a small hand in making these but OMG were they delicious! There was a cake type filling with pine nuts under that silky ganache and topped with a beautiful chocolate disc.
Here we have a few pictures of the Citron Mandarin Choux. I helped to make this one from scratch which was nice as I had never made choux pastry before. The middle was filled with a lovely silky Creme Patissiere, and some of them were actually filled with a chocolate mousse. We also topped the Choux with a Croustillant (red disc on top of the pastry) Although you can’t see it in this picture, we also dusted the red with a bit of edible gold powder. Very pretty and delicious!
Next we have the Petit Opera Crisp. This contained an Almond sponge cake, Coffee Buttercream, Paillete Feuilletine Insert, topped with ganache. If you love coffee, this is the dessert for you!
Here you can see the Piedmonte in the making. It consists of a Hazelnut Sponge cake topped with buttercream and Flaked almond biscuit. This recipe was amended a little bit on the day. This is supposed to have flaked almond biscuit on it, which it did, but we ended up making too many of them so we piped some buttercream on top of that as well and made something similar.. sorry I don’t have pictures of that 😦
This Petit Four would have to be my favourite of them all. It’s called Chocolate Lovers. This consists of a thin cocoa dough on the bottom, a mousse dome filed with Peanut Croustillant, then covered with a Dark Chocolate Velvet spray. Absolutely divine!
Last of all we have the Jamaica. I’d have to say this was my second favourite one of the lot. A lovely, slightly sour/sweet financier (cake) at the bottom, topped with a citrus type jelly and garnished with curled white chocolate and candied lemon/lime. Deliciously light and not too sweet.
Overall I really enjoyed taking this class. Even after a long day at work, the next 4 hours on a Wednesday and Thursday night went by like a flash of light. We were always busy creating something spectacular! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to give this a go or wants to refine their skills. As I mentioned there are plenty of different classes you can take, not just Petit Fours. They also take on people who are completely new to baking as well so don’t be scared to try something interesting and different. In saying that, one small point I would have to mention about this specific class. Even though I enjoyed it very much, as there were so many different elements in each dessert, it was hard to get a sense of how to make everything that I have shown here. As I said, I only took part in a few things but there were plenty of other elements to each dessert I would have loved to have had a go at. I have heard that this specific class is quite rushed and hard to learn all the different techniques but in saying that, I’ve also heard about other classes that have extensively taught everything from start to finish. I guess it just depends on which class you choose and how technical it is.
Anyway, I would definitely highly recommend this school to anyone willing to give pastry making or dessert a go. I met wonderful people, had an informative teacher and most of all, it was very hands on which I loved. Give it a go! You never know what you will be able to achieve! 🙂