Nothing quite beats the taste of pastries freshly baked in the oven and perfectly crafted with the right ingredients. If you visit France, you should consider taking some baking classes in Paris. Since there are many unique ingredients and precise steps involved in the creation process of pastries, this is a great way to discover how to bake or simply hear another perspective on this art form.
Anybody who is a fan of baking or pastry recipes knows the wonderful feeling that comes with learning a new recipe that they can show their friends and family. However, you would also know that it isn't easy to learn recipes which were perfected by people from a different part of the world, such as Paris. French patisseries, for example, contain a vast array of products, which can make it complicated to learn how to make them.
People who are new to discovering French cuisine and what makes it so special might be a little overwhelmed when they come to Paris realize all of the many delightful recipes they could take home. Since time is often the biggest constraint for tourists, many people enjoy short classes which are only 3 hours long. It is not like going back to school and signing up for semester-long courses.
Each course is located in Paris and can be started and completed within one day, and are taught completely in English. As the student, each step of the course will be done in a hands-on manner, so that you can actually do (and then try) each step in the cooking process.
Another thing which is convenient for learners is the fact that classes are facilitated in small groups. This allows you to personally connect with your instructor. Of course, we like to have fun in our classes. Wine and/or tea will be usually served, along with treats and sweets. This is Paris, after all.
One of the traditional foods in France is baked goods such as pastries. Learning how to make these things requires you to also understand the French process of baking in general. Since there are various different baked goods in Paris, there are classes designed to assist you with exactly what you prefer to learn.
Here are all of our baking and pastry classes. Although these all take place in a learning atmosphere, it will not be as boring as that math (or whatever your least favorite subject was) course you took in high school.
Weekly: Mon, Wed, Fri; 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The baguette and other French breads are one of the inevitable cuisine options you will encounter in Paris. Since these are food products which can be eaten at any time, a chef might serve them with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any of the snacks in between.
If you enjoy the baguettes and other bread products in France, this class is just for you. In addition to the cooking process involved in making wonderful cuisine additions like Croque Monsieur bread, brioche, and of course, the baguette. A good portion of time will be dedicated to showing you how to put baguette dough together, and form it perfectly before putting it in the oven.
Weekly: Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Choux Pastry is a popular food option in France. This product is a base for items we all love, such as Profiteroles, Paris Brest, Religieuse, French Wedding Cake, and Pièce Montée (or Croquenbouche). We will take a break for tea and stories along the way.
This class will show you how a chef in Paris masterfully sets up the recipe and places ingredients together to make items such as these, and other items such as Crème Pâtissière and Chantilly. Of course, you will also get to leave with a box full of cream puffs and Eclairs.
Weekly: Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
In Paris, desserts are a popular cuisine option. The French choose to eat dessert products at various times of the day, not solely after dinner. This class is for the person who enjoys cooking desserts. It is also especially for fans of chocolate and all the wonderful desserts you can create with it.
If you visit the country and would like to take a course which will school you on the various local desserts in English, look no further. This course will show you the recipe for four classic delicacies: truffles, soufflé, lava cake, and mousse.
Weekly: Tuesdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
This is a cuisine option which many tourists fall in love with after trying it for the first time. With many different flavors and varieties to choose from, they are a wonderful thing to learn how to make on your own. French tarts are a popular food option in Paris, and for good reason.
This course will teach you the art of creating perfect tarts from scratch. Starting with the dough, and ending with the finished product. You will discover the recipe for many different flavors, including a lemon tart topped with meringues peaks.
Weekly: Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Croissants are something which is well-engrained into local cooking and cuisine. Paris is one of the best places to discover how this popular food product is made. There are a few different courses which you can conveniently decide upon depending on your schedule.
This course is one of the many croissant courses that are offered. If you have a schedule which leaves Saturday and Sunday mornings open, this is a great means of learning the art of the fold, how to work with the dough, and all the tips and tricks involved in this delicacy.
Weekly: Mondays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This is another croissant course in Paris which is timed in the afternoon, as the name implies. Since croissants are popular at many times of the day in France, there isn't a time which isn't convenient for learning how to make them. Including Monday afternoons!
Much how the other croissant courses offered here teach you the basics behind the dough (how to fold it and work with it), this class will guide you through the basics behind perfecting the craft of making your own croissants perfectly from start to finish.
Weekly: Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sometimes the best time for croissants can be in the afternoon. As a result, we also offer a course in the afternoon for them. Since Paris is a place that this item is commonly consumed, it is also a wonderful location to learn how to make them. Spend a Thursday afternoon with us, make some croissants, and leave with treats for later.
This course will teach you all the steps behind making your own croissants, teach you the difference between a croissant "au beurre" and a croissant "ordinaire," and leave you with your own box of delights to take back home with you. If you find the afternoon a convenient time, you should also check out the course above which takes place on Mondays.
Weekly: Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat, Sun; 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Macarons are one of the most popular French pastries. This is especially true for tourists who are new to the country. In this course, you will be guided through you the steps involved in cooking your own Italian Meringue-based macarons. However, keep in mind that some of the more complicated steps will be left for students in the advanced class due to time constraints.
This is a macarons class in Paris which is geared towards beginners of making these wonderful treats. Our chef will guide you through all the steps that are needed to make your own macarons at home, including adding color and filling, using the piping bag. You will also leave with our fail-proof recipe so that you never create a bad batch.
Weekly: Fridays from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
This class is run each week on Fridays and is geared towards people who have already taken our macarons course. We will teach you some of the more advanced cooking methods in this course so that you can take this wonderful piece of local culture back home to share with your friends and family.
If you come to Paris and already are familiar with the steps involved in making macarons, you might want to start here. This course will demonstrate the difference between Italian and French meringues and illustrate the picky details behind the creation process.
We will also drink tea and let you leave with a box (20 - 30) of macarons to devour back home.
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