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French Pastry Shop Classics

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

Recreate the decadent texture and tastes of favorite 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 plan


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

  • Pâte à choux is a fundamental pastry dough for eclairs, cream puffs and gougères. It's the only dough we'll make on the stovetop.


Lesson 3. Finishing the Pastries

  • Turn your pâte à choux shells into delicious confections with the additions of vanilla cream filling, crème Chantilly and chocolate ganache glaze.


Lesson 4. Pâte Sucrée

  • Make a delicious pâte sucrée, an easy-to-make sweet tart dough. Colette demystifies the techniques of blind-baking and partial baking the tart shell.


Lesson 5. Tarte aux Fruits

  • As you assemble and glaze your fresh fruit tart, you'll learn pastry shop secrets for perfect cutting, foolproof assembly and an easy, inexpensive recipe for nappage (glaze).


Lesson 6. Tarte aux Poires

  • En route to your finished pear tart with almond cream, you'll see how Colette infuses flavor into poached pears and how to make frangipane, or almond custard.


Lesson 7. Pâte Feuilletée

  • You'll never buy frozen puff pastry again after Colette shows you, step by step, how simple it is to make light and flaky laminated dough.


Lesson 8. Palmiers, Tarte Tatin & Cheese Straws

  • Three different treats show the versatility of puff pastry: sugar-crusted palmiers, golden-brown cheese straws, and tarte Tatin, an apple dessert invented by mistake!


Lesson 9. Gâteau St. Honoré

  • The pièce de résistance is the opulent Gâteau St. Honoré, a combination puff pastry/pâte à choux base edged with caramel-glazed cream puffs and filled with vanilla and chocolate pastry cream, with a party hat of spun sugar on top. Bon appétit!

Praise for Colette Christian's Craftsy class Classic Croissants at Home:

"The class is so informative, and really above my expectations from an online class. Thank You Colette for your detailed instructions and demonstration. You made it seem more easy to do than when I read the instructions in any of the bakers' books. More baking classes please!"
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