Startup Library: Baking & Pastry DVD


Item: W0281R


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!

NOTE: Any PDF materials associated with this class are not provided with the DVD-only purchase. You must have streaming access to download those materials. To purchase the combination DVD + Streaming form of this class, click here.

Class Sessions

Setup: Getting Started Baking (10:53)
Ground yourself in the fundamentals of baking as Zoë discusses the high-level considerations of time management, space setup (mise en place), and precision.

Setup: Essential Tools & Equipment (5:49)
Get set up for baking success! Follow along as Zoë goes over the tools, equipment and ingredients you’ll need to get started baking.

Setup: Essential Ingredients (9:23)
After you’ve covered tools and equipment, explore a variety of essential baking ingredients. Find out how to shop and store them properly.

What You Need: Biscuits & Pies (2:27)
Explore cold fat batters and doughs used to make biscuits, pies and more as Zoë discusses the ingredients, tools and equipment you’ll need to work with them.

Method: Working With Cold Fat (11:34)
Zoë shows you how to cut butter three different ways: with a food processor, with a pastry cutter and by hand. After that, get tips for gently handling dough for professional-quality results every time.

Make It: Biscuits (13:31)
Once you’ve mastered the fundamental techniques, put them into practice by making buttermilk biscuits! Zoë teaches you how to make the dough, roll it out, then cut and bake it to tender, flaky perfection.

Make It: Pie Dough (30:08)
Practice your cold fat skills by making a versatile dough that you can use for all kinds of pies. Discover Zoë’s trick for creating a tender and flaky crust. Plus, learn how to make a double-crust pie, and easily seal and crimp the edges for a classic homestyle look.

What You Need: Cookies & Tarts (3:14)
Get familiar with the ingredients, tools and equipment you’ll need to successfully work with room-temperature fat doughs, used to make cookies and tarts.

Method: Working With Room Temperature Fat (14:29)
Zoë shares quick tricks for bringing ingredients to room temperature, then shows you how to cream butter and sugar with three different tools: spoon or spatula, hand mixer and stand mixer.

Make It: Cookies & Tart Dough (31:32)
Follow along as Zoë demonstrates how to make drop cookies, rolled cookies, stamped cookies, plus two tart variations, all from one versatile dough!

What You Need: Muffins & Quick Breads (1:51)
Continue your baking journey and learn about the ingredients and tools you’ll need to make a variety of quick breads and muffins.

Method: Muffin & Quick Bread Techniques (6:12)
Zoë shows you how to line your pans to prevent sticking, before explaining how to mix wet into dry ingredients. You’ll see how to proportion your batter for even baking every time.

Make It: Muffins & Quick Breads (12:51)
Put your creaming, folding and portioning skills into practice by making tender and delicious blueberry muffins. Find out when to use fresh vs. frozen fruit, and how to prevent the fruit’s color from bleeding into your batter. Zoë also shares a few tips that will make the quick-bread variation a success.

What You Need: Cakes (3:22)
PYou can have your cake and eat it, too! Discover the ingredients, tools and equipment you’ll need to start baking cakes.

Method: Cake Techniques (19:26)
Master three key cake-making techniques: whipping egg whites, folding ingredients into meringue, and folding ingredients into creamed butter.

Make It: One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes (7:13)
Put your cake-making skills to use as you learn to make a super-easy chocolate cake or cupcake batter. Zoë reveals why using oil helps to keep your batter moist.

Make It: Vanilla Pound Cake (14:45)
In this lesson, you’ll make an all-purpose cake batter that you can bake in a traditional loaf or Bundt pan. Learn how to create great flavor, as well as the dense crumb, a signature of pound and Bundt cakes.

Make It: Angel Food Cake (13:19)
Uncover the secrets to making a super-light angel food cake. It’s easier than you may think, especially with Zoë’s smart techniques! Find out how to whip eggs whites with two types of sugars, before gently folding them into your flour. Then see how to invert your cake after it bakes to keep in all the air that you worked so hard to create!

Method: Frosting Techniques (15:31)
In this final lesson, Zoë shows you how to make an easy American buttercream frosting. You’ll learn to frost cupcakes as well as a simple layer cake using an offset spatula; no piping required!

Your Instructor

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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