A chocolate-making master-class with New Forest chocolatier Kerry Witt. Who could resist? Not me, especially when she announced we’d be making truffles using gin!
As Kerry described the ethical source of her chocolate beans – no rainforests are being stripped to supply her – she was mixing up the ganache to her own recipe using Hildon water which, she says, gives a ‘clearer’ taste to the chocolate.
As you can imagine, taste is all in chocolate-making and after sampling various beans it becomes possible to distinguish the different herbs, regions and flavours of the chocolate Kerry uses.
I quickly learn that true chocolate-making is a process more akin to science and alchemy than food production – different types of chocolate melt and reform at different temperatures, the wrong amount of anything can upset the whole balance of the chocolate and being deft with your hands is a definitely must as the process involves melting, stirring, rolling, spreading and piping.
For her master-classes Kerry (thankfully) prepares the white truffle shells so that her students can carefully fill them with the ganache-filling (gin ready-stirred in), before we cap them off with yet more chocolate. This is more fiddly than it looks.
As part of the reforming process for these caps we enjoy the soothing process of spreading chocolate on a marble slab to cool it, as well as the satisfying joys of creating chocolate curls.
Kerry shows us how to hand-roll the filled truffles in melted chocolate (which is the actual definition of bliss), before we place tiny transfers on top of some, before departing to nearby Naked Jam for lunch.
Then comes the bit I most enjoyed – rolling the completed chocolates in blue and gold edible dust. Like magic they are transformed into something both professional and beautiful and I am more than excited to pack them in the official Chocolate by Miss Witt presentation boxes.
It proves to me there’s only one thing better than eating a Miss Witt chocolate. And that’s eating one you’ve made yourself, with Kerry’s wonderful and enthusiastic help. Learning how to make chocolates is a treat for the senses and surprisingly mindful, too. You can book a Chocolate Workshop With Miss Witt here.