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Startup Library: Baking & Pastry

Everything you need to start baking with confidence.

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What You Get

  • 19 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a recommended reading list, nine delicious recipes, a baking glossary and high-altitude baking tips
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Zoë François

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Ready to dive into the satisfyingly delicious art of baking? Join expert Zoë François in this comprehensive beginner’s class, where she'll teach you the basics of making delicious baked goods at home. Explore a range of key tools, equipment and techniques to make a variety of pastries and desserts from scratch, including biscuits, pies, cakes, quick breads, cookies and more. Plus, Zoë will walk you through each step and share her tips and tricks along the way, so that you can start baking with confidence!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Setup: Getting Started Baking
Ground yourself in the fundamentals of baking as Zoë discusses the high-level considerations of time management, space setup (mise en place), and precision.
2. Setup: Essential Tools & Equipment
3. Setup: Essential Ingredients
4. What You Need: Biscuits & Pies
5. Method: Working With Cold Fat
6. Make It: Biscuits
7. Make It: Pie Dough
8. What You Need: Cookies & Tarts
9. Method: Working With Room Temperature Fat
10. Make It: Cookies & Tart Dough
11. What You Need: Muffins & Quick Breads
12. Method: Muffin & Quick Bread Techniques
13. Make It: Muffins & Quick Breads
14. What You Need: Cakes
15. Method: Cake Techniques
16. Make It: One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
17. Make It: Vanilla Pound Cake
18. Make It: Angel Food Cake
19. Method: Frosting Techniques

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Taught by

Zoë François
Zoë François
Zoë François is a best-selling author, renowned blogger and seasoned baking instructor. She is the co-author of several bread cookbooks, including "The NEW Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" and "Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day," and a frequent contributor to the Cooking Channel, Fine Cooking and Disney. She also runs the successful blog Zoë Bakes.

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