Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pastry School Update

I'm about half-way through my first pastry school class. I've learned a lot so far. I got to use a commercial mixer and oven. I learned how to clean a dish machine (not fun). I've played with a doughnut filler (and made a huge mess)! I made a friend. We've made an array of tasty items such as fruit, cream, and chiffon pies, pasties, apple dumplings, cookies, bars, eclairs, cream puffs, and tarts. The most fun and tastiest pastry I've made so far is cream puffs and eclairs. I loved how the recipe called for us to cook the dough before baking it. The tiny mounds of dough blew up into beautiful pastries. It was very interesting. Plus those little devils were delicious.

And then we made tarts. I'm so proud of the tart you see above. It's so beautiful. I've never made a tart before, nor have I ever eaten one. I really wasn't looking forward to class, either. I had fun making these and loved my final product. I don't know if I'll ever make another tart in my life, but at least I have this one. All in all, I'm having fun and looking forward to the rest of my class and moving on to a cake class next semester.     
Here's a fuzzy picture of my teammate, Ericka, and I at pastry class. (I'm on the right.)


  1. That is one beautiful tart! Now I'm hungry.

  2. Hello fellow tart maker! My cream horns went over great, when I tried the turnovers, to me they tasted "flour-ey" (not sure if that is a word, but you get the drift), with all that butter in there I thought for sure it would melt in my mouth, but I didnt get that. It was flaky for sure, as I continued to brush the crumbs off my lap. I am sure it just takes practice to get it right - cant wait to try the crossiants!

  3. Your (top) picture brought back so many memories for me just now! I think I ate about half of that tart when Matt made it. Mmm... food. Looks very nice, by the way. And I love your hats!