As a Foodie who wants to enjoy the sweet life of a Parisian, taking a French Macarons class is in order. At Le Foodist, all our classes are hands-on, and our classes include instruction from scratch, using the finest ingredients, all the way to delicious confections. With your professional Chef, you will be learning how to cook one of the most challenging French pastries: from mastering the meringue, to the macaronade (the art of the perfect mix), all the way through making delicious fillings with pastry cream, chocolate ganache of pistachio, those delicacies will have no secret left after you will spend 2 to 3 hours in our kitchen perfecting your cooking techniques. And this Pastry class will be followed by teatime – an opportunity to savour your creations with tea and coffee. Before leaving with a box full of them for later pleasures. Check our upcoming classes and à bientôt!
STEP 1: Each of our pastry or baking classes starts with the careful measurement of all our ingredients. A critical step in achieving the desired results.
STEP 2: It will then be time to prepare the fillings of the macarons – an opportunity for the class to make different flavours and textures that they will share later in the class.
STEP 3: The next key step in making macarons is the art of making the right meringue. How much to beat the egg whites, when to add the sugar, how to judge the readiness of it all, etc.
STEP 4: Mixing almond powder, powder sugar (aka compound sugar), egg whites and colorant will be the first step to prepare the famed cookies.
STEP 5: And it is time for the macaronade. This is a critical step if there ever was one. Getting to what we call a lava consistency is your objective – under the watchful eye of your Chef of course.
STEP 6: The next step will be the piping of the macarons in rows of beautifully coloured dots. To be basked before being paired as yummy sandwiches.
Frederic was an excellent teacher and very funny. We had a lot of fun and picked up lots of little tips and tricks about making macarons. We came home and made macarons a week later and our friends all said they were some of the best macarons they have ever had!
Alice C, May 2019
Le Foodist was amazing! We had such a great time making macarons with Guillaume. He is patient, funny and has a passion for what he does. Our 11 year old daughter had a blast, as did we. We learned quite a bit and had some amazing macarons that we made ourselves during the class. Take a break from the busyness of Paris. You won't be disapppointed by Le Foodist. Easy to get to via the Metro or Uber. Awesome part of Paris as well within walking distance of many cool landmarks.
Brian R, July 2019
Me and my wife had the most amazing adventure with Le foodist- we did the 3-hour macaroon class with Chef Sarah. And hands down was the best three hours of the trip - we laughed the entire time and I would definitely come back again for a different class on the next adventures to Paris- So fun and delicious and haven’t smiled like that in years! 5 stars!
Leslie Merlin, March 2019
The received wisdom tells us that accuracy is the key to successful patisserie. This can involve precision in the mixing of the dough, care in the kneading and exact measurements of time and temperature in the oven. It can even mean precise temperatures in the working area. At our macaron class in Paris we learn exactly which disciplines are vital for good pastry and which are not. As we go, we also share our stories about the development of French patisserie classics and discuss the history which has brought them to our tables.
French patisserie has such variety and our pastry courses touch on all of the classics. You will learn to produce delicious macarons and meringues from France, Italy and Switzerland. Our macaron class in Paris will also impart the secrets of pastry basics like pâtefeuilletée and choux pastry while teaching how to make the perfect croissant. In these hands on sessions, you will find yourself up to your elbows in dough as you learn all of the arts of the best French pastry chefs.
Above all else though, French patisserie is about enjoyment. It is no wonder then that when all of our hard work is done in the kitchen, we take time to enjoy our creations together with some afternoon refreshments. Our macaron class in Paris then continues as we share our thoughts on the culture and history of the French people and how they have led to the wonderful pastry creations we enjoy today. With a solid grounding in pastry cooking and knowledge of the cultural context of the finest patisserie, we know that our students will be producing great French pastries for years to come.
Discovering culture through food is what we want to do when we travel. So we have developed all our experiences with that simple idea in mind: ensure that you learn both about the topic at hand, but also about French culture in the process. So in our food tours, we will talk about the history of various aspects of French food, in our cooking class in Paris about how certain dishes became so important in our culture. During our wine tastings, we will explore the regional differences in French culture. And, a regional residential holiday is an opportunity to deep dive French food culture to its core and foundation: the regional gastronomies, and the concept of terroir. Follow the links to explore further.