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Category Archives: Baking Class

Cleaning Up (Part 1)

Written on December 27, 2007 at 6:13 pm, by

While many people look forward to spring cleaning, for me this time of year has always been the time for organizing, decluttering and ridding oneself of all that excess stuff you just don’t need. I’m not sure if it has something to do with readying myself for the new year to come, but I always  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 3 and 4

Written on October 6, 2007 at 3:23 pm, by

I can’t believe I’m already two-thirds of the way through my Art of Pastry course! In Week 3, we completed our look at puff pastry by using the second half of our dough (first batch was used in Week 2) to make what is called a “Napoleon slice”. It’s basically a dessert that consists of  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes To School: Weeks 1 & 2

Written on September 22, 2007 at 8:13 pm, by

After taking a break during the spring and summer, I’m happy to announce that I have resumed the baking courses that I’m taking at George Brown College as I work towards a Bakery Arts certificate. As much as I love the classes, my family and my work (including this blog) come first so facing a  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 5 & 6

Written on March 9, 2007 at 10:20 pm, by

  It’s time to summarize the last two weeks of my Art of Pies course at George Brown’s culinary school. The Week 5 menu featured Key Lime Pie and Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche. Unfortunately, the Cream Puff was under the weather and had to miss that class. So sad! But not to  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 3 & 4

Written on February 16, 2007 at 8:20 pm, by

On the menu for Week 3:  Lemon Meringue Pie and Pumpkin Pie My Art of Pies class at George Brown College has been proceeding quite nicely. Our third class was dedicated to lemon meringue pie and pumpkin pie. We began with the crusts for both our pies which were a very basic pastry crust made  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 1 & 2

Written on January 27, 2007 at 8:12 pm, by

A few weeks ago, I began my fourth culinary course at George Brown in Toronto. I’m working my way towards a Bakery Arts Certificate, which requires the completion of ten courses. The course I chose for this session is called Art of Pies. The course explores a variety of different types of pies, including various  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 9 and 10

Written on January 11, 2007 at 8:26 pm, by

On Saturday, I will be attending the first class of the fourth course that I am taking as part of my work towards a Bakery Arts Certificate from George Brown College. I have enrolled in my third compulsory course:  Art of Pies. As with my previous baking classes, I look forward to sharing my experiences  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 7 & 8

Written on January 8, 2007 at 9:32 pm, by

A new year always brings with it a sense of starting fresh. Perhaps this is the reason why I have a tendency to do my "spring cleaning" in January. Apart from recovering from the excesses of December including attempts to regain a waistline, January is the time that I like to clean, sort, organize, alphabetize,  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 5 & 6

Written on November 15, 2006 at 9:25 pm, by

On the menu for Weeks 5 and 6:  Sour Dough Bread and Yeasted Coffee Cakes I have fallen way behind with my posts on baking class. Here’s my attempt to begin catching up! The Art of Breads In my Week 5 post, I should have clarified that for my Art of Breads course, it was  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 5

Written on October 17, 2006 at 10:36 pm, by

  On the menu for Week 5:  Whole Wheat Bread, Six Grain Bread and Bagels. The Art of Bread I was intrigued by this class because we were preparing Whole Wheat Bread and Six Grain Bread, loaves which both require the use of whole wheat flour. To be honest, I’ve hardly ever used whole wheat  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes To School: Week 4

Written on October 4, 2006 at 9:06 pm, by

On the menu for Week 4:  Vienna Rolls, Oatmeal Bread, Croissants and Danish Pastry The Art of Breads Now that we’re into our third week of this course, we’re all getting used to the rhythm of scaling ingredients, preparing dough, allowing the dough to rest and rise, preparing the dough for the proofer and finally  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 3

Written on September 24, 2006 at 7:02 pm, by

On the menu for Week 3:  Butter Crust Bread, French Sticks and Croissants … well … maybe not. The Art of Bread Thursday night’s class got off to a busy start as I was once again without partner. Prior to the first demo, our instructor took some more time to talk about the ingredients of  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 2

Written on September 17, 2006 at 1:22 pm, by

On the menu for Week 2:  Basic white bread and chelsea buns. The Art of Breads On Thursday night I began the second course that I am taking this fall, The Art of Breads (the other course is Breakfast Breads which began last week). The goal of the course is to learn how to make  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes Back to School: Week 1

Written on September 9, 2006 at 7:38 pm, by

On the menu for Week 1:  Brioche. When I recently read Melissa of The Traveler’s Lunchbox‘s post about successful brioche-making, I thought that perhaps there could be home-made brioche in my future. You can imagine how pleased I was to learn that the first breakfast bread we would be attempting in the course I am  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 12

Written on July 16, 2006 at 2:14 pm, by

On the menu for week 12:  Chocolate Truffle Torte. After 12 classes spread out over 16 weeks, my introductory baking course at George Brown College has come to an end. For the grand finale, our instructor unveiled the method for a show-stopping chocolate truffle torte that could grace your table during the most special of  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 11

Written on July 8, 2006 at 10:31 pm, by

On the menu for Week 11:  fruit flan. After the high of Week 10 and the incredible Swiss Rolls that we made, I wondered if we’d be able to match it in Week 11. Well match it we did with some pretty good fruit flans! My idea of fruit flan has always been a sponge  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 8, 9 and 10

Written on June 24, 2006 at 11:20 pm, by

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted about my baking course so I’ve decided to combine the last three classes into one post. On the menu for Week 8:  Spritz Cookies. Spritz cookies are a type of piped butter cookie common in many European nations, including Sweden and Germany. The main ingredient in the cookie  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 7

Written on June 3, 2006 at 11:30 pm, by

On the menu for Week 7:  choux pastry. If you’re wondering what happened to Week 6, I was unable to attend and missed a lesson on breads and rolls. While I was disappointed to miss Week 6, Week 7’s class more than made up for it. Is there a greater creation in this world than  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 5

Written on May 13, 2006 at 5:05 pm, by

On the menu for Week 5:  crème caramel and bavarian cream. Today’s class was great fun. It was a reminder of all the beautiful things that can happen when milk, cream, sugar and eggs are brought to the table. Our class began with a demonstration of how to make caramel as the base for the  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 4

Written on May 7, 2006 at 11:04 am, by

On the menu for Week 4:  cake decorating. Before I begin my summary of Saturday’s class, I wanted to answer the question that I’ve been asking for the last week (and many of you as well):  Why are we using clear artificial vanilla extract in class? My instructor explained that we use this product in  Continue Reading »

A Full Plate

Written on May 2, 2006 at 9:19 pm, by

Hello my friends! Welcome to the month of May and all the good things that lie ahead. There’s much news to discuss so let’s get right to it … enjoy the meal. Cream Puff Goes to School:  Week 3 Saturday’s class was all about muffins and tea cakes. We continued to focus on one of  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 2

Written on April 25, 2006 at 6:56 pm, by

On the menu for week 2:  pie dough and apple pie. The second week of baking class began with a demonstration of pie crust and the preparation for apple pie filling. Having practiced making pie dough in our first class, we were all ready to put our previous lesson to the test. After a rush  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Week 1

Written on April 8, 2006 at 8:42 pm, by

Today I attended my first Basic Baking class at George Brown College. I’m hoping that this course will be the beginning of my journey towards a Baking Certificate. Classes are every Saturday morning from 8:30 to 12:30. While we don’t have to wear chef apparel, we are expected to wear an apron and to have  Continue Reading »