What you will do
2.5 hour workshop
Learn from Professional Chef Laura Leaver about the Magic of Chocolate and create your very own box of chocolate treats to gift to the one you love!
The class will begin with a chocolate tasting, an art in itself. You will learn how to appreciate the subtleties of cocoa content, and discuss the calibre of a variety of chocolate that is available in the UK.
Laura will discuss and demonstrate the art of 'tempering', that gives chocolates that glossy snap that is so treasured by Chocolatiers around the world, before every student has a go themselves.
You will learn how to make a classic dark chocolate ganache truffle and a variety of ingredients will be at your disposal to create your very own box of bespoke covered treats. Nuts, seeds, cocoas and flowers will be available for you to personalise your gift, and create your very own flavours.
Next, we will create a classic vintage treat 'Cinder Toffee'. A flavour, almost forgotten, that is now having a little bit of a resurgence as we hanker for tastes of our childhood and old fashioned methods. The rather tricky art of making this candy that is also known as 'Honeycomb' or 'Hokey Pokey' is easy when you know how. And, once dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with chilli salt, it becomes a very elegant and moreish treat, that will look right at home with your bespoke truffles!
Lastly, a Valentines gift box would never be complete without a chocolate dipped strawberry. Laura will teach you the delicate method of covering fruit in tempered chocolate - one that requires swift work and deft fingers, but is well worth the effort!
Every student will leave with their very own box of treats, each one unique.
You do not need to bring anything with you - we will provide you with everything you require including aprons, all knives and equipment, and packaging to take home your creations.
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Heirlooms & Wooden Spoons
The Heirlooms & Wooden Spoons Teaching Kitchen is situated in a stunning, light-filled residential space in North West London. Laura likes to create a relaxed and accessible atmosphere in which to learn, whilst ensuring the school is fully equipped with the highest quality kit and ingredients. Classes are kept to a maximum of 6, ensuring high student to teacher ratio and ensuring classes are intimate and relaxed.
Laura is a joyful and irreverent teacher, and she strives to maintain a calm and fun environment in which to learn, whilst imparting professional knowledge and genuine chef tricks and tips. She has worked in the industry both as a chef and as a teacher in London, Singapore and the US. In addition, her experience as an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America makes her uniquely qualified to teach, and gives her an interesting perspective on food history as well as food future, the ethics of eating, and a particular personal interest in vegetarian and vegan recipes.
Laura's fascination with forgotten skills and vintage kitchenalia seeps into many of her recipes and techniques. She is forever finding antique equipment and tableware, and often uses vintage items and long forgotten techniques in her classes.
Laura believes that your hands are your greatest tools, so be ready for a truly immersive class (not just demonstrations). Unless otherwise stated, all classes are hands-on, and you will get to make and taste everything. Each class is designed to finish with a meal to be enjoyed with your fellow cooks, or take your creations home to share. Regardless of experience, you will be challenged and inspired to return home with renewed confidence, and new friends!
If you have any allergies, please get in touch with Obby. By purchasing this class you are confirming that you understand that you will be working with potentially dangerous kitchen equipment and that you waive any and all rights to make claims for any injury or accident sustained. Please ensure you arrive on time (but not too early as we will be setting up)! I can highly recommend grabbing a coffee at one of our lovely nearby cafes if you arrive early!
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.