A feast of chocolate-making at WI

Lancaster Park WI

The July meeting was attended by around 60 ladies, including visitors from Eglingham, Mitford, Stannington, Cambo and the newly-formed Morpeth Town WI.

Dawn and Lynsey from Kenspeckle of Lynemouth, assisted by a volunteer, provided a mouth-watering and fast-moving demonstration of chocolate-making.

‘Re-seeded chocolate’ was tempered until it was brought to the right temperature.

A mould was then highly decorated, using non-soluable powders and white chocolate, followed by an outer layer of white chocolate, which set into a crisp shell.

A butter ganache followed, with melted butter flavoured with strawberry and balsamic.

This was piped into the mould, enclosed in the original shell, then placed in the fridge. A final layer of chocolate enclosed the ganache.

Members sampled ‘origins of chocolate’ in the form of chocolate buttons, being 67 per cent and 73 per cent chocolate from Cuba and Madagascar.

Kenspeckle, a Northumbrian phrase meaning unique, well developed and easily recognised, is in Lynemouth Resource Centre.

This registered charity was set up seven years ago to generate employment.

Dawn heads a team of six full-time staff, rising to 12 towards Christmas.

Outlets include the Coast Carvery Cafe in the same building and weekly farmers’ markets, and Selfridges of London places a regular Christmas order, favouring the ‘edible coal’.

Products include traditional confectionery, fudges, honeycomb, peanut brittle and hard toffee slabs.

This most enjoyable evening was concluded with Carol Napper giving a vote of thanks. Joan Sharp from Eglingham thanked Lancaster Park WI on behalf of the visitors for hosting the evening.

The next meeting is Thursday, September 4, and is The Wonder Of Wool, with Yvonne Crawley. Visitors are always welcome.