Haha yes! Although I'm not really a baking newbie, I'm not really good with my creations. There are so much that I don't know or am uncertain about, how could I let this amazing opportunity, to learn from the professionals at Kenwood's "Intro to Baking" class (brought to us by Curry's), go?
I was even more excited after the lovely PR told me that the class will cover Tart and Swiss Roll, because they were (not anymore!) one of my weaknesses. Plus a bonus tip for tempering chocolate that I couldn't get a consistent result, and an easy meringue that I can do with kids? It was like a tailor made course for me!
The day started with me panicking in the car because the traffic was really bad and I was half an hour late instead of 15 minutes early as planned! I was so glad that I didn't miss much, and just caught Sarah from Wilmslow Kitchen Cookery School making French Meringue in time *phew*
|Sarah from Wilmslow Kitchen Cookery School demonstrating how to make French Meringue|
|Left: Sarah Making the Chocolate Tart base, using the famous Kenwood's K Beater|
Right: kMix featuring their glass bowl. It's so much easier to see what's going on inside the bowl!
|Our work stations (our table is the one on the right of this)|
|My lovely partner Sarah working on the tart base!|
We worked in teams of twos, and I was glad to have met and partnered with the lovely Sarah from Let them be Small. We were stuck in the same traffic and she was about 10 minutes in front of us. She was a great partner to have!
During our class, we got to try out Kenwood's kMix. It was very efficient and easy to use. The stand was sturdy (unlike my old one that kept running off the table!) and fairly quiet (although with about 15 of them running together at maximum speed we had to turn them off just to hear Sarah speak!).
It's the first time I got to try the famous K beater out too (I have heard soo much about it!) and it whipped the butter and sugar together in no time with minimum stuck on the beater. Thumbs up from moi! The kMix stand mixer really make life much easier because we can get on with other things while it does the beating for us, and it whipped the egg up to double the volume (more like triple!) in no time! The kMix glass bowl Sarah (our teacher Sarah hehe) used to demonstrate is a must have to me because you get to see what's going on inside the bowl, making judgments (when it is ready) so much easier!
|French Meringue. Consistency is like a soft marshmallow, so needs drying out in the oven after|
Left is by Sarah, right is our team's
|Little Raspberry Meringue men? Looks festive enough for Christmas!|
|Strawberry and Cream Swiss Roll *swoon*|
|Double Yolk Shots for the gorgeous Chocolate Tart filling|
|Basic chocolate knowledge and tempered chocolate decoration.|
Left: Immediately spotted Cacao Nibs (cup on the right) because I've been eating that with my breakfast almost every day!
Cacao butter was new to me and I was fascinated by it!
I also love the French Meringue technique over the Italian one, which is what I always use, but boiling syrup to a certain degree, then pouring it over spinning egg white can be a messy business (you definitely need a stand mixer for that!). I wonder whether I can use the French Meringue technique for making Macarons? Haven't read about it. I must investigate further!
While we were waiting for the tarts to bake, Sarah showed us how to temper chocolate without the need of bringing the chocolate temperature up and down and up again (to get the chocolate crystals to its most stable form to make the chocolate shiny that breaks with a snap). It's so so easy! I'll be making more chocolate decorations from now on and get back to making moulded chocolates (chocolates with fillings)!
|Surprise goodie bag! Isn't the kMix keyring adorable?!|
|Time to retire my old Kenwood mixer! Loving my new kMix handheld!|
The kMix is so good looking! I absolutely love the design and the stand that hold the mixer, which has a slot for each whisk and hook! Oh and no more twisting cable snaking around, it is being kept neatly at the base of the mixer! If I don't have to get ready for our holiday trip, I'd have started on a few baking projects already to test this beauty out!
I want to thank the lovely Joe Blogs Network (thank you for inviting me, all your events are amazing and this is absolutely my favourite!), Kenwood, Curry's, and everyone from Wilmslow Kitchen Cookery School (you are all so nice, patient and helpful, thank you!) again for such a fantastic baking class. I can't believe how much I've learned in 4 hours!
My family will be sick of tarts soon haha!
You can find the recipes here on Curry's website!