Welcome to our new course on praline design by Andrey Dubovik. This course is aimed at professionals and experienced amateurs who would like to improve their skills in the design of chocolates.
01Equipment and Working Environment
03Fillings and Additional Recipes
04The One Where We Finally Start Working on Andrey’s Designs
05Creation of Abstract Patterns with a Stamp
06Spray Pattern Control
07Making of Distinct Metallic Rings on Chocolates
08Fan Brush and Creation of Borders
09Airbrush as a Blowing Instrument
10Hardcore Blowing Practices
12Custom-Made Stencils and a Text on Chocolates
13Andrey’s Signature Mould CW1921
14Velveting of the Finished Chocolates
15Optional Week on Hand-Dipped and Enrobed Chocolates
16Optional Week on Dragee
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Module 1 / Week 1
“Equipment and Working Environment”
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Module 1 / Week 2
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“Fillings and Additional Recipes”
You might have noticed that the course photos show empty shells, not filled chocolates. We did it on purpose because the goal of this course is to teach you how to make beautiful chocolates (which are generally shells), recreate the designs and master techniques, and not how to cook balanced ganaches, not how to make chocolates that can be stored for months, not how to calculate your own and unique recipes. If you are looking for something like this, attend Alexandre Bordeux’s courses on ganaches.
As you remember, the Week 2 module is devoted to the life cycle of chocolates making including sealing and unmoulding. It would be completely weird if we didn’t show you anything about fillings. So, we have made a detailed tutorial on basic fillings covering main types of fillings we usually use in chocolates: ganaches, crunchy layers, gels and caramel. In the tutorial you will find out about the main concepts, including the understanding of what an emulsion is and why it is important. We will show you how to prepare basic fillings and how to use them in chocolate shells.
We’ve included some Andrey’s recipes for your personal use. We don’t have detailed tutorials on how to prepare them, but you will have the recipes with detailed instructions. It’s up to you whether to use these recipes in the course or not.
Week 3 module is about fillings. And since our course isn’t about fillings, there is no assignment for Week 3. Only tutorials to work with.
“The One Where We Finally Start Working on Andrey’s Designs”
Starting from week 4, we will work with the techniques which are most likely the reason why you follow Andrey and why you are here. We begin with pretty easy designs including distinct borders of different colours in a cavity, asymmetric stripes with another colour on the background. In the Week 4 module you will work on three different designs made with the same technique. So we again suggest that you follow our guides to recreate the designs of good quality.
Your assignment for Week 4 is to recreate the designs and share the results. By a word design we mean an exact copy of the chocolates made in the tutorial incl. shape, colour combination and technique. For learning purposes, it’s very useful to recreate the exact same designs as they are showed in the course without significant changes in order to understand your weak sides. But we understand that you don’t always have the same moulds or accessories to recreate the exact same design. So don’t worry because Andrey uses his good judgement when reviewing your works. Our goal is to teach you to use these techniques and to get high quality results, and not to receive photos of the designs showed in the course. So, if you upload all three designs as your assignment, it would be really cool. If you upload only one, it would be fine too and enough for us to say that you have met the course requirements.
“Creation of Abstract Patterns with a Stamp”
First modules of the course are pretty simple, but you will be diving deeper and deeper into different techniques and technique combinations with each upcoming course module. The Week 5 module is devoted to a stamp technique and creation of abstract patterns on the surface of chocolates. You will also work on gradients and learn how to control the spray. Your goal for the week is to recreate two or at least one design resembling tree branches.
“Spray Pattern Control”
Week 6 is devoted to three very similar designs made with the help of one technique. You will concentrate on controlling a spray pattern to colour mould cavities partly.
“Making of Distinct Metallic Rings on Chocolates”
During Week 7, you will learn how to make bright rings on chocolates.
“Fan Brush and Creation of Borders”
During Week 8, we will teach you to make bright circles on chocolates with a fan brush. One of the designs reminds us of outer space. We will also combine Week 6 techniques with a fan brush.
“Airbrush as a Blowing Instrument”
Starting from Week 9, you will use an airbrush not only as a tool for spraying, but also as a tool for blowing clean air. It is not a big secret that lots of Andrey’s designs are made by blowing, i.e. when he makes cocoa butter move in the cavities simply controlling an air stream supplied. During Week 9 you will learn the basics of this technique. You will create a collection of chocolates which shows the evolution of the technique used: from one coloured cavity to a complex design. This week is difficult, prepare to work hard.
“Hardcore Blowing Practices”
The Week 10 module is about going ahead with the blowing technique. You will create more complex designs and work with a few colours at the same time. You will also create a black and white version of the design which looks quite simple, but in order to recreate it you should really conquer the technique. You will make the same design once again but with no colourings at all. So, as you see this week is again devoted to blowing, but kinda hardcore blowing.
During Week 11, you will work on the design we call the Eye. It’s is one of our signature designs in the whole course. Using the techniques you’ve been learning for these 10 weeks, you will make three different variants of one and the same design. We will show different approaches to making the same design. It’s a difficult lesson, but if you have been working hard for the past 10 weeks, it will be easy for you.
“Custom-Made Stencils and a Text on Chocolates”
During Week 12, you will learn in details how to make bars and use stencils to write texts inside the cavities. It is also one of our signatures designs in the course. It requires the understanding and implementation of all the techniques showed in the course. Your goal is to recreate three different designs of chocolate bars using proposed stencils or your own custom-made stencils with any texts.
“Andrey’s Signature Mould CW1921”
The Week 13 module is devoted to the work with Andrey’s signature mould CW1921. As the author of the mould design, he will share his approach to the work with it. He will show you unusual designs, including black and coloured in different ways pears, Russian dolls and other cool things. After passing this module, you will most probably feel like a jewellery designer.
“Velveting of the Finished Chocolates”
During Week 14, you will learn how to create a velvet effect on chocolates. We will cover finished bonbons and two different types of bars with a velvet mixture . This module has encapsulated all the techniques: stencils, textures, custom moulding. Week 14 is the last week when you work on moulded chocolates and is the last obligatory week to pass the course. The next two weeks are optional and are mainly for those interested in practicing with different kind of chocolates. But as we have just mentioned, you can pass the course by submitting only 14 assignments for the first 14 weeks of the course.
“Optional Week on Hand-Dipped and Enrobed Chocolates”
This week is optional and are for those who want to learn how to make hand-dipped and enrobed chocolates. You will see all the ins and outs of the process. We will show you the process in a, so to speak, homey environment without using special equipment and not for a large scale production. We will make 3 different designs of hand-dipped chocolates and one design of enrobed chocolates. This week’s assignment is optional, but we would be glad to receive your results. But again, it is up to you.
For those of you who don’t want to move on with the course, you can use the last two weeks to improve the results of the course. You can contact us for help, to resolve the issues left and receive support.
“Optional Week on Dragee”
Week 16 is optional and is for those who would like to learn how to make dragee. We won’t use professional dragee machines, but and we will use an attachment for an ordinary kitchen mixer to make these chocolates from scratch and with no heavy expenses. We will also share some interesting concepts about the design of dragees. Week 16 assignment is optional.
This week is the last one. That’s it. Now you know everything.