How To Make Silky Smooth Chocolate

Beginners and Intermediate

Learn the ins and outs of making silky smooth chocolate at home or work 

Date: 8th April 2021
Price: £29
Time: 4pm-5:30pm U.K.
Livestream Class

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Get All Your Questions About Making Chocolate Answered 

This class is all about how to use a stone grinder to make beautifully silky smooth chocolate.

Want To Learn How To Make Silky Smooth Chocolate?

In my live and online chocolate classes, the first place we start in our chocolate work is making the chocolate itself. Over the years I have noted that the same difficulties occur for most people, so I took all of that information and made a class about it.

My hope is that it, if you are just starting out, it sets you up well for success and, if you’ve been doing it for a while, it will address the issues you come up against and help you make silky smooth chocolate using ingredients that are available to you.

In this 1-1.5hr class I’ll answer all your questions as we take a deep dive into how to use a stone grinder to make silky smooth chocolate, what can go wrong and how to fix, or avoid, those mistakes.

What you’ll learn…

What Is A Stone Grinder

If you’re entirely unfamiliar with a stone grinder, we’ll get into all the details in class. This method of making chocolate is the most traditional and has been used for centuries. Before electronic machines were used this was accomplished manually using a large stone, like a mortar and pestle, but huge! Luckily today we have various machines to choose from. I’ll talk about a few of them in class and demonstrate the ins and outs of it using my own grinder.

Which Ingredients To Use

Depending on whether you want to make dark, milk, white or blonde chocolate the ingredients and their ratios will vary. In this class we will go through my tried and true recipe for dark chocolate. We’ll discuss which ingredients I use, where I get them and in what ratios they are added to the chocolate. Every ingredient tweak results in a different outcome for the chocolate, we’ll go over that in class.

Grinding Times

A silky smooth consistency isn’t the only reason to grind your chocolate, there are other factors that come into play, such as viscosity and flavour development. Different chocolates will require different grinding times depending on what you’re using the chocolate for (enrobing, shelling, pralines, etc… ) and we’ll talk more about this factor in class.

Starting A Batch

We’ll start a batch of dark chocolate in class so you can see exactly how easy it is. We’ll also cover some great troubleshooting of common issues that might arise during the grind.

Troubleshooting

I’ve been teaching this topic for about 7 years and have taken notice of the most common questions and issues that arise before, during and after a grind. I’ll address as many of those as possible in class, but cover them all in the accompanying class book.

How Does It Work?

  • After you’ve purchased this livestream class, you’ll be sent a confirmation email, which includes a link to register for the class.
  • After to register, you’ll receive an email that will contain your link to join the class on the designated date and time.
  • At the time and date of the class you’ll connect via the Zoom software (no extra charge to you).
  • You’ll be able to see and hear me. We’ll say hello when you join, so you can confirm you can hear OK.
  • Whilst I’m teaching you can type questions for me to answer. I’ll make sure we answer all questions.
  • You’ll receive the class book and a recording of the session within 1-2 days of the livestream.Note: This is not a follow along workshop, so there’s no need to shop for any ingredients prior to the class.  You can just relax, watch at home, ask questions and be armed with your new knowledge to get in the kitchen in your own time and go at your own pace.  Of course, you have all recipes and a recording of the class to refer back to whenever you want.

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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.

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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.

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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)!

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