“In fine, truffles are the very diamond of gastronomy.” (Jean Anthelme Brillant-Savarin)
I hope everyone is excited about 2016!! I am looking forward to sharing my adventures and experiences with you all this year. However, I still have some memories that I need to share with you all from 2015. I am a little behind in blogging but I would like to remind you all that I can be found on social media where I update my adventures daily! And now I would like to share with you my experience at one of the coolest places for baking, The Cake Collective.
Last year I had the opportunity to take a truffle class with Chef Royce Li. Royce Li is the owner of an artisan chocolate company named Shoko Chocolates. Royce who has been instrumental in teaching is currently an Instructor at Humber College. He develops the next generation of pastry chefs. I was in good hands. The question you have to ask yourself is how did Chef Royce Li handle Niki S? LOL. I do not bake. Why? Mostly because I don’t have the passion or patience for it, I only enjoy eating sweets. Ha-ha.
Truffle class was an experience I will never forget. Chef Royce Li is very patient. I mean he had to show me how to make truffles. Working with a partner I remember turning to her and saying:” I never realized how much work it is to make a truffle.”
We all had an option to choose which truffles we wanted to create. There was white chocolate, Milk and Dark. From Pistachio ganache to Bailey’s, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Hazelnut and Egg nog. Now, it wasn’t easy making a choice until Chef Royce Li mentioned Nutella. LOL. Then my friends I knew exactly which one I wanted. Nutella was the answer.
It only took approximately 3 hours to create these truffles. Yes, I said 3 hours!!! Good grief I have so much respect for chocolatiers. It is a lot of HARD WORK. I have a new found love for those who can create amazing goodies with Nutella. LOL. It’s a lot of work, and the mess you create is HUGE! The next time you bite into a baked good, think 3 hours. And it will take only 30 seconds to eat.
The Cake Collective is a spacious space that allows individuals to learn how to bake and allows bakers/pastry chefs to use their space to create amazing treats. Whatever your baking needs are, The Cake Collective will surely try and accommodate them. Check out their 2016 class schedule and learn how to bake! If I can do it, you can do it. Wait until you see how great these truffles turned out. I am going to go as far as to say, they looked like the best ones!?! I know Chef Royce Li will agree with me! Ha-ha. I admit my partner and I started off with weird looking truffles but we pulled it off in the end. Team Winnie and Niki were on FLEEK!!
The best part of the day is you get to take home the truffles that were created. Yes, I had all of them. And yes it took 30 seconds to eat one truffle. LOL. Check out The Cake Collective today!
Until next time boys and girls remember to always just be yourself it will eventually one day pay off… AND NOW, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, check out my pictures from my day of making TRUFFLES!