Learn Pastry and Dessert making from a French master chef:
Paris’ patisseries are world famous and some like Ladurée, La Maison Stohrer and Angelina’s are Parisian institutions.
Life’s Sweet in Paris – walk around the city and you’ll see patisseries overflowing with the most tempting sweet treats. Dessert connoisseurs don’t seem to mind waiting in long queues to have a taste of those mouth-watering macarons, crème brulée, tarte tatin or truffes au chocolat. This we saw for ourselves in Paris in winter, when a huge queue of people was waiting outside Ladurée in the winter cold.
On your next Paris vacation, why not do something different and learn to cook like a French dessert chef. At least you’ll be coming home with a new skill and not another dust-gathering souvenir. There’s no doubt that the French are the world’s master pâtissiers so who better to learn the art of dessert making than from the French.
This French pastry and dessert cooking class is held in Montmatre and you can learn the art of dessert cooking from a chef trained in some of the most famous kitchens.
You will learn to cook typical French pastries and desserts at the hands of a chef trained in the kitchens of Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse and who has worked as Executive sous chef in five star hotels around the world. Don’t worry if your French language skill is limited to ‘oui’ and ‘merci’ because your chef is bilingual and classes are conducted in English. And, at the end of the class, you’ll get to eat your own creations.
What you will learn
At each class you will prepare the following:
- One ice cream
- One chocolate dessert (similar to a plated restaurant type dessert)
- One dessert (similar to what you would find in a typical Parisian patisserie)
- One crème brulée (flavor of the day)
- One pastry type: madeleine or macaron
Examples of pastries and desserts you might prepare are:
- Eclair au chocolat et cafe
- Famous Macaron, lemon, strawberry, pistacchio, chocolate
- Madeleine – Orange tuile or Coconut Rocher
- Chocolate tart
- Almond pana-cotta
- Crème Brulée
- Savarin (Baba au Rhum)
- Chocolate truffle
- Crispy Chocolate tuile with sauteed banana and Chocolate sorbet
- Gingerbread ice cream
- Caramel and salted butter ice cream or Strawberry ice cream
- Pineapple and Rum sorbet
Please be aware that recipes change regularly at the discretion of the chef and no one argues with a chef!
Fancy being able to make desserts like the above back home and what a piece of dinner conversation when your guests learn that you trained at the hands of a top French pâtissier.
If travelling with friends, get them to join you as this would be a fun thing to do in Paris. See here for more details of the course and how to book.Your Turn: Do you have any advice you would like to share? What tips would you like to add? Please comment below.