Zarzo Style Basket with Chocolate Truffles

Hybrid workshop combining basketry with confectionery

  • Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries


If the scheduled workshop dates are not suitable for you, ask us for an additional date. We will try and accommodate your request where possible.

Workshop Overview

What a wonderful combination.  The Zarzo basket is said to originate from northern Spain. Its stylish and contemporary appearance masks its original use as a drain for cheese curd in the cheese making process. One of the most exciting aspects of the Zarzo basket is its construction as the base, sides and handles are woven in one. This style of basket is relatively easy to produce so the Zarzo basket is a good basket for beginners as well as those with more experience wishing to include Zarzo basket making in their skill set. Alongside the basketmaking, you will also be learning how to make and enrobe chocolate ganache ready for World Chocolate Day on 7th July 2020. 

Zarzo and Pastries

What You Will Learn

Zarzo Basket and Chocolates Slide 1

During this workshop, you will:

  • Work cleanly and safely in the kitchen environment;
  • Make chocolate ganache truffles;
  • Temper chocolate and enrobe truffles;
  • Discuss presentation and storage of your truffles; 
  • Handle willow safely and discuss the way in which it is prepared correctly;
  • Use willow work tools correctly and safely;
  • Select suitable willow for your Zarzo basket;
  • Form a base that will incorporate the side weave and handles to create your Zarzo basket;
  • Pick off and finish ends of worked  willow rods; and
  • Discuss the care of your willow Zarzo basket so that it gives you many years of pleasurable use.

What You Take Home

Zarzo and Pastries
Zarzo and Pastries
Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries

You will make your own willow Zarzo basket and a box of chocolate truffles, which you will take home with you (you may even have a few spare truffles to eat on the way home).

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • All materials and equipment to make your Zarzo style basket and chocolate truffles;
  • Tea/Coffee and lots of cake;
  • Lunch (let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements);
  • Parking; and
  • Accessible facilities.
  • Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries
  • Zarzo and Pastries


Suitable for Beginners Icon

This Willow work and Chocolate work workshop is suitable for those new to the craft/skill of basket weaving and/or chocolate making as well as those who have an interest in developing their skills in basketry/chocolate work.


Zarzo and Pastries
Time Activity
10:00 Tea and biscuits on arrival, registration and welcome
10:15 Discuss Health and Safety
10:30 Make a ganache
11:15 Tea and cake
11:30 Make the base form of your Zarzo style basket
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Enrobe your chocolate truffles
15:30 Tea and cake
15:45 Complete your Zarzo style basket
16:30 Pack and present your chocolates
17:00 Workshop finishes
Zarzo and Pastries