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French Pastry Shop Classics

with Colette Christian
Dive into the sweet life with the secret techniques behind world-famous French éclairs, cream puffs, fruit tarts and more!

Create decadent texture and tastes as you learn how to make French pastries, guided by expert pastry chef Colette Christian! Discover pâte à choux, the only pastry dough cooked on the stovetop, and learn to hand pipe it into perfect éclairs and cream puffs. Whip up luscious vanilla pastry cream, chocolate ganache and Chantilly cream, and transform pâte sucrée into an incredible tarte aux fruits and a poached pear and almond cream tart. Plus, make phenomenally flaky puff pastry with step-by-step guidance from Colette, and turn it into exquisite palmiers, addictive cheese straws and a flavorful apple tarte tatin – complete with homemade caramel. Once you've mastered these elemental doughs and techniques, combine your new skills to create your grand finale: a Gâteau St. Honoré complete with spun sugar topping!

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Pastry Basics

  • Meet pastry chef Colette Christian and learn three building blocks of French pastry: vanilla pastry cream, crème Chantilly and chocolate ganache.


Lesson 2. Making Pâte à Choux


Lesson 3. Finishing the Pastries


Lesson 4. Pâte Sucrée


Lesson 5. Tarte aux Fruits


Lesson 6. Tarte aux Poires


Lesson 7. Pâte Feuilletée


Lesson 8. Palmiers, Tarte Tatin & Cheese Straws


Lesson 9. Gâteau St. Honoré

"Colette is an excellent teacher. She knows how to explain things in a way home cooks can understand. She shares alternatives to ingredients that might be difficult to find for a home cook. I love whenever she explains what to look for in your final product (color, texture, etc). This makes a lot of difference especially for beginners. This was a very wonderful learning experience. This is a top quality class with a top quality instructor."
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