The Limpsfield Cookery School opened its doors this month in a purpose-built farmhouse-style kitchen, in the historic village of Limpsfield in Surrey. And we spent the day with award-winning Pâtissier and Chocolatier Lucie Bennett, who guided us through a day of chocolate making.

On the 12th February, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day, The Limpsfield Cookery School opened its doors to an eager group of budding chocolatiers, keen to try their hands at making truffles and filled chocolates.

The day started with a warm welcome from founder Jacqueline Derbyshire, who invited us into what was formerly the Old Printworks in Limpsfield, Surrey – and whose vision for a dedicated cookery school in the area is now a reality.

Throughout the day, we created a raspberry and champagne ganache, ready to roll into chocolate-coated truffles. With options on the finish, we were spoiled for choice, including gold dusting for a touch of class.

To accompany our truffles, we made salted caramel sauce, which we piped into a tray of chocolate hearts that we had also made throughout the morning.

Lucie is an excellent teacher who managed to keep us on track throughout the day. Jacqui, the perfect hostess, kept us topped up with refreshments, and provided a light lunch midway through the day.

The course cost included tuition, and all the ingredients and chocolate needed to take home a selection of handmade truffles, salted caramel hearts and a large chocolate heart, filled with a selection of our own handmade chocolates. Lunch was also included in the cost, and we sat down to homemade soup and focaccia, accompanied by a glass of champagne – of course!

At the end of the day, we left with a candy-striped bag of goodies, and the wonderful feeling of having created them ourselves. If you want to try your hand at making chocolates then we would certainly recommend this course.

For more information on future events and workshops visit The Limpsfield Cookery School.