I kinda left you hangin’ after my therapy session with Mr. Bread. What happened post-session was that I got my tart on, at a pastry and tart class held by the wonderful folkes at Brasserie Bread. I tried my hand at making a few sweet treats for Mr Bread himself, as a token of my-moody-somewhat-on-off-love-for-him. Pays to be patient in relationships with gooks.
I was slightly worried. Two types of pastry, fragipane tarts, friands (by hand!) and a savoury quiche – all in three hours? This was a mission that seemed impossible. But with Matt leading the ship, I felt at ease. Plus, he started the class with freshly baked, warm and oh-so-fluffy crossaints. An instant destress.
Butter makes the world better doesn’t it?!
Post crossaint(s) the mixing and makin’ began. In true artisan-style; “make with hand, head and heart”- all electric utensils were put away and the only utensil we could use were our arms. Totally tough act. Never fear, life’s all about challenges and all that box lifting helped me conquer those dense n’ delicious friands by hand and my frangipane tarts didn’t look to shabby either. My savoury tart got inhaled in about 3 minutes and I gained a new quiche recipe that I’d never would have thought worked. Between you and me, it’s about the sour cream not regular cream.
I did discover my piping skills needed work and resembled more doggy-doo than elegant swirl (one fail I can cop on the chin). All baking techniques aside, the reward at the end of the class are sweet jewels made by your very-own-hands. That you can then take into work and say, “I baked these myself “, with the response “they look store-bought” – something you don’t get very often.
Total tart and pastry success. I’ll definitely be back for the bread class.
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Get your Pastry and Tart on!
3 hour class
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Sidenote: as this tart class doubles as a bicep workout, that helps burn off the calories consumed post crossaint. As an added bonus you may even carbo-load-up and take a few loaves of top-notch Brasserie Bread home – ding, ding!
THE GOOK attended the Pastry & Tart Class as a guest of Brasserie Bread.