Pastry Course Day Twelve: Colour Flow and Roses

This week we learned all about the colourflow technique and piping roses. We started the lesson with some instructions on how to do colour flow and then it was our turn to try it out.

In short, colour flow is a technique with which you use thinned down, runny icing to create shapes. First you use thick and stronger icing to outline your shape. Next, you fill in the shape with the thinned down icing and leave to dry.

I have done some colour flow at home, but I didn’t do it the ‘proper way’ though. It was nice to learn what is the correct way of using the technique and where I can improve my skills.

I planned on creating some playing cards and domino stones out of colour flow. I had printed out several drawings and was all geared up to start. And than we were told that we weren’t allowed to use the colours black or red. Hmmn, I wasn’t really prepared for that… Luckily I had also brought a backup drawing of a monkey. So I ended up making a monkey out of colour flow instead. It looked really cute and I’m really happy with it!

Cute colour flow monkey
Cute colour flow monkey

Next to the monkey, we also practiced the colour flow technique on some cookies. They all looked so cute and super sweet at the same time with the whole layer of sugar on top of the cookie. We were told that these cookies are the perfect cookies for kids, they’ve got to love all that sweetness 😉

Colour flow decorated cookies
Colour flow decorated cookies

Another important part of the lesson was piping roses. I can tell you now that piping roses really isn’t my thing (yet). No matter what I did, it didn’t really go that well. I eventually managed to produce some rose type things, but I really need to practice this technique some more.

First attempt at piping roses
First attempt at piping roses

All in all, quite a challenging day again. I’m already looking forward to the next lesson!

 

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