I found out last week that due to circumstances beyond her control, a friend of mine could not attend a chocolate class she had signed up for weeks ago. There was no opportunity for a refund so she asked if I would go instead (and report back with recipes and notes, of course).
I had never attended a Southern Season cooking class before, so I didn’t know what to expect. It turns out that this was not a hands-on class, but more of a classroom style setting; in fact, I felt like I was witnessing the taping of a cooking show. Thankfully, the chef, Nick Malgieri, was entertaining and insightful when it came to preparing a few chocolate treats, involving the audience whenever possible.
It also helped that we were plied with generous pours of both tawny port and cream sherry during the two-hour class. Wheee!
- Cocoa Nib Brownies (absolutely sinful)
- Devilsfood Bombe (light and creamy, delicious)
- Chocolate Walnut Tart Scented with Orange (too orangey, but lovely texture and crust)
- Lemon Scented Chocolate Macaroons (sticky and good)
- Loretta’s Chocolate Cake (crusty top, warm interior with semi-sweet flavor)
I learned a few new tricks and penned copious notes and additional details to the recipes for my friend (and for me!)
The classes are pricey, although not outrageously so; I think they would make an excellent gift. :)