Croissant Class - Sur La Table
One might wonder why the need to pay for a class when you can easily find it on YouTube. There are so many reasons but let me start with REASON #1. I believe baking side by side with a group, who is equally invested in the topic as you, fuels your baking passion and makes you feel part of a great community. At Sur La Table, they greet you with an espresso, cheese & crackers, and even take your order for a glass of red or white wine to enjoy at the end of the class with your finished products. Yes, wine! Huge BONUS! All kidding aside, Sur La Table takes much effort in creating a comfortable learning community with your fellow class participants. This makes for a much more enjoyable learning experience!
REASON #2 I also believe you see & hear tips that were planned & unplanned. There are questions from others I would not have thought to ask or better yet mistakes made in class that I often wonder, "how do you salvage this baking blunder?" and sure enough the instructors usually give some great tip of advice on what to do. Can't get that on YouTube. Check out one of my favorite instructors, Mary Kate, in the Portland, OR store (she is the tall beauty that makes me look so short).
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU!
This baking class Croissants from Scratch had a jammed packed lesson plan. In just 2.5 hours, we were able to learn: 1) Rolling, cutting, and assemble techniques for a classic croissant, ham & cheese croissant, and a chocolate croissant. 2) How to make the all important BUTTER BLOCK (see detailed photos below) that is so critical to the end result of a flaky pastry. 3) The intricacies of making, rolling & folding the dough prior to use. WOW! That was a lot of great information on multiple techniques
MAKING A BUTTER BLOCK
HONOREE BAKER AWARD
Sur La Table is going to need to make an honoree baking class member award. I just can't get enough! Actually, my budget can so I have had to limit myself to ONE baking class a month. This Croissants from Scratch class was definitely worth my dedicated budget! Check out all the classes offered by Sur La Table. I hope they become a companion in your baking journey as they have mine. Next up, Artisan Bread making? Macaroons? pretzels? Oh the options!