Ready To Make Beautifully Designed Bonbons?
This class focusses on all aspects on making bonbons which includes colouring, shelling, filling and layering and capping.
Each class covers a new bonbon and therefore new designs, flavours and elements.
Technical skills that lead to creative expression
This class is more technical and multi-faceted than the Fundamentals or Soft Centres classes. It will open your mind and expand your creativity by teaching you new skills around working with chocolate to create stunning bonbons.
We use Stone Ground chocolate in various applications; shelling moulds, making layers inside the bonbons and capping. White, Milk and Dark Chocolates all have different viscosities and therefore need to be worked with in different ways and understood in their own right.
Elements covered in this intensive …
Colouring moulds is a large aspect of this bonbon intensive. On day 1 we will colour 3 different moulds using a wide collection of techniques and colours. We’ll be using naturally coloured cocoa butters and stone ground chocolates in this class to create gorgeous chocolate shells. Each student will design their own bonbons and take these home with them at the end of the weekend intensive.
We’ll use a stone grinder to make our own praline paste from scratch. The benefit of using a grinder is that you can use a granulated sweetener, like coconut sugar, and it will go smooth during the grinding. If you use a food processor, the sugar will not go nearly as fine as when it’s ground. This leaves a gritty mouthfeel.
Making pralines is easy and they have a long shelf life. So, you can make them far in advance and just melt them down when you’re ready to use them. If you’re not already making your own chocolate, I’ll give you an alternative method to making this praline using simple, easy to find ingredients.
The importance of a long shelf life carries through every element of making bonbons and these insertable discs are made without using water, or any liquid that would reduce shelf life. Typically the discs I use are brownies or cookie dough discs that can be easily cut to fit the back of the cavity of the mould you’re using. Another type of ‘disc’ is a pipeable one, but not all layers are able to be made pipeable.
In this intensive, we’ll be making a couple of vegan caramels that are all natural (don’t use glucose syrup or sorbitol, etc… ) and very easy to make. Another benefit of these is that you can use any sweetener and any cream you’d like. This makes the caramels very versatile and easy to adapt for any recipe where you want that sticky, gooey texture. Depending on how you prepare the caramel, you can make it a very long shelf life – up to 2 months.
Although making ganache can appear rather straightforward, it’s actually one of the most tricky elements to nail. I’ve come up with my own signature recipe and method for making ganache perfectly every time. The key to this recipe is a few core ingredients which can be chopped and changed to make dark, milk, blonde or white ganaches as well as fruity ganaches too.
One of the most popular topics people want to explore with me is flavour pairing and how to combine flavours that are a little different. So, we’ll spend some time discussing my process of flavour pairing and developing new recipes. We can also spend time discussing your ideas, recipes you’d like to create and how to go about doing so.
Cleaning & Polishing Moulds
This might seem like an obvious point, but caring for your professional moulds is very important. The way you care for them will ensure longevity of the mould and a brilliant, mirror shine on the chocolate.
Shelling & Capping
No matter how much experience you have in this, you can always refine your technique and learn something new. My technique for both these applications has changed over the years, and now I cap by applying chocolate to the back of the mould, rather than using an acetate sheet. It’s quick and easy once you know some little tricks and get some experience under your belt.
Kind words from our friends
Working in the industry and the huge surge in food intolerances, allergies and required diets, with Amy’s help I can face any challenge with a grin and think, “What would Amy do?”Sammy Tranger
Having Amy’s raw chocolate courses on therawchef.com makes me so proud. Our students love learning about raw chocolate from Amy, because she’s so knowledgeable and methodical.Russell James“The Raw Chef”, London UK
Amy is an inspiring teacher and someone who pushes raw culinary artistry to the edge. Her sophisticated chocolates and elegant desserts were the cornerstone at all SAF restaurants during their opening years.Chad SarnoChef, Consultant & Speaker
I love Amy’s recipes, she is always creating and sharing so openly with all of us. What’s a plus, she actually uses weight measurements (thanks, Amy)!Monika WackeFounder Schoccolatta, Switzerland
Amy Levin is a very knowledgeable and enterprising professional chef and culinary artist, whose creativity, organisational skills and teaching abilities are remarkable.Amy WebsterFounder of Simply Raw, Zurich Switzerland