As part of winning the Lime&Tonic Mother's Day competition, I had the pleasure of attending a high tea masterclass at Jones the Grocer. Located on level 5 of Westfield Sydney, this gourmet food-store/cafe holds regular masterclasses, ranging from interactive hands-on cooking workshops, to technical demonstrations run by the Executive chef. They even hold kiddie cooking classes - how cute would that be!! All classes end on a high, where you get to eat all the food made during the session!! Here's a link to their schedule of classes: http://www.jonesthegrocer.com/files/14459_JTG_masterclass_Flyer_v01b_web_FD.pdf
Our jam-packed 2-hour lesson began with glasses of champagne, receiving our recipe booklets and donning our Jones the Grocer aprons. Working in pairs, we:
• made chocolate brownies and potato scones from scratch (ingredients were supplied pre-measured, just like on a TV cooking show).
• kneaded proved dough into baguettes.
• piped passionfruit chocolate and caramel ganache onto macaron and sweet pastry shells. Trade secret: to get the perfect caramel ganache, boil a whole unopened can of condensed milk in a pot of water for 6 hours then open the can and voila. Sprinkle black salt onto the caramel after piping to bring out the sweetness - it has a touch of smokiness and is milder than regular white salt, so the saltiness isn't overpowering.
• made open canapé sandwiches with pre-made fillings - cucumber, egg and mayo, ham and mustard, smoked salmon, chicken and raisin. Delicious!!
We were then free to fill up the 3-tier stands with our creations as well as profiteroles, opera cake, caramel cheesecake and chocolate raspberry slice made by the chefs, to enjoy with cups of tea in the dining room.
A great afternoon!! I hadn't had this much fun since Year 11 Food Tech. The perfect event for mother-daughter bonding, hens' groups, couples or first dates!!