Top 5 Baking Classes for the Weekend

Top 5 Baking Classes for the Weekend

John Tabari

Many pastries may have originated, or gained fame in France, but they’re enjoyed around the world. There are many reasons to take a pastry class; to enjoy your favourite treats at home, to entertain friends or simply hone your baking skills. Check out these five classes that will teach you how to make your favourite patisseries.

 

1. Macaron Making

 

You may think that you wouldn’t need to attend a class to make macarons, but they are notoriously difficult to get right. At a macaron class, you will learn the ‘macaronage’ technique. This involves folding the mixture that will make your macaron biscuits. Most bakers agree that getting the correct consistency at this stage will determine whether your macarons turn out well. A good macaron class should put emphasis on this step. You will also learn the piping technique, which is used to produce the biscuit shape and administer the filling.

 

Some macaron classes stick to the French method and advertise as ‘French’ or ‘Parisian’ macarons. Other classes get a little more experimental and you may use different ingredients or make different shapes. In any case, you will get to take your creations home in the form of a box of delicious treats.

 

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2. Croissants

 

As with the macaron, it may not seem difficult to make croissants but you should take a class if you want to make the best croissants. Freshly made pastries beat packaged ones any day, so add them to your repertoire with this course. You’ll learn about the secret ingredient, about yeast and proofing. Once you’ve made the dough, you learn how to roll and fold it to keep the classic crescent moon shape. If the teacher is prepared to get experimental, they may teach you how to make an almond or chocolate-filled croissant.

 

Since proofing takes around 2 hours, you may not get to eat your croissants on the day, but you will be able to take your dough home to cook later. Plus, you're likely to get freshly-prepared croissants during the class, just to give you an idea of what you’re aiming for.

 

These classes are not as common as macaron courses and as such will set you back a little more. 

 

3. Choux Pastries

 

Another classic French staple is the choux pastry. Choux pastry forms the base of many favourite desserts such as eclairs, profiteroles, chouquettes and gougères. The defining characteristic of choux pastry is that it looks like it’s going to be dense, but when you bite into it, it’s light and thin. It takes a special technique to get pastry this way, which involves using steam instead of a raising agent. You’ll learn how to do this at one of these classes.

Since choux pastry is easier to make than it seems, some classes will involve trying your hand at both sweet and savoury pastries. A choux pastry class costs similar to a macaron classes and they take less time to make than croissants.

 

4. Danish Pastries & Pain au Chocolat

 

You will find these desserts offered with croissants as well or as part of a general pastry-baking class. As these sweets are made from puff pastry, they are often covered together. While croissants are also puff pastry based, they use yeast and milk in the dough to create a different effect.

 

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In a puff pastry class, you will learn how to make the pastry, how to proof and then cook it. Proofing can be a delicate process and the baker must ensure that the pastry is proofed at the correct temperature. This class will also arm you with the necessary cutting and folding techniques for the dough. Plus, for Danish pastries, you will learn about the different types of filling.

 

Since these classes usually encompass several different type of pastry, the cost is usually a little higher at $200. They’re less likely to be offered as experience classes, so you will be enrolling in a baking school; hence the higher cost.

 

5. Cinnamon Bun

 

Moving away from France to this North American favourite, you can take a class to learn how to bake the perfect cinnamon bun. You will learn how to make the dough base, the delicious frosting and the sumptuous filling. The class will teach you about the best ingredients and baking method to make cinnamon buns. Not to mention the extra skills you need to produce bakery-standard buns, in the perfect shape.




Baking and Desserts workshops

Cake Baking Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Chippendale

1 to 8

label $1600

Chocolate Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

10 to 12

label $80

4.0 (1)

Makmak Raspberry Macaron Making Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 16

label $100

4.5 (14)

18k

Makmak Unicorn Macaron Masterclass

date_range 22 Feb, 14 Mar

location_on Surry Hills

1 to 16

label $100

18k

Kids Chocolate Workshop (Private Groups)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Lilyfield

10 to 30

label $75

5.0 (5)

Fun Chocolate Truffle Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Lilyfield

1 to 25

label $80

4.7 (42)

Ultimate Chocolate Making Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Lilyfield

1 to 25

label $150

4.8 (23)

Make a Layered Tiramisu Cake

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Rozelle

5 to 6

label $150

2k

Chocolate Tempering Class with Ocean View

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mosman

1 to 20

label $80

5.0 (5)

5k

Chocolate Class - Hand Tempering on Marble

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mosman

1 to 20

label $180

5k

Hens Party Chocolate Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mosman

6 to 30

label $80 - $140

5k

5.0 (1)

Scone Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Chippendale

8

label $70

Cupcake Baking Party

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Chippendale

8 to 18

label $75 - $85

Raising the Bar Chocolate Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Windsor

8 to 25

label $69

The Nutcracker Chocolate Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Windsor

8 to 25

label $69

4.5 (2)

Cake Decorating Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Jordan Springs

1 to 30

label $150

4.0 (1)

Easter Chocolate Workshop

date_range Sat 28 Mar, 2pm

location_on Mosman

1 to 20

label $160

5k

Kids Chocolate Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mosman

6 to 20

label $80

5k

Drip Cake Decorating Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edgecliff

2 to 15

label $139

5.0 (3)

Sweet Tarts Cooking Class

date_range Sun 23 Feb, 10:30am

location_on Neutral Bay

1 to 15

label $140

4.6 stars (177+)

5.0 (2)

Dessert Eclairs Cooking Class

date_range 16 Feb, 28 Mar

location_on Neutral Bay

1 to 15

label $140

4.6 stars (177+)

Dessert Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Neutral Bay

10 to 15

label $105 - $135

4.6 stars (177+)

5.0 (1)

Homemade Pies and Tart Baking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Neutral Bay

10 to 15

label $135

4.6 stars (177+)

Cake Pop Class - Plus Bonus Rose Cake Pop

date_range Sat 8 Feb, 10am

location_on Hornsby Heights

1 to 10

label $125

1k

1k+

Iced Cookie Decorating Class - Easter Edition

date_range Sun 22 Mar, 10am

location_on Hornsby Heights

1 to 10

label $125

5.0 (3)

1k

Make a Cake Topper Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Hornsby Heights

5 to 10

label $50

1k

1k+

Beginner's Cup Cake Decorating Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Redfern

10 to 20

label $65 - $70

French Croissant Baking Class

date_range 02 Feb, 16 Feb

location_on Maroubra

1 to 8

label $170

5.1 (15)

1k+

Cupcake Decorating Class for Beginners

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Hurlstone Park

10 to 20

label $50

Raw Desserts Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Windsor

10 to 40

label $150

16k+

4.8 stars (26+)

Dairy Alternatives Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Margate

10 to 40

label $150

16k+

4.8 stars (26+)

Buttercream Masterclass

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mascot

10 to 30

label $49

Contemporary Mooncake Masterclass

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mascot

6 to 10

label $99

5.0 (1)

Dinosaur Cake Decorating Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Edgecliff

3 to 20

label $125

Make a Drip Cake Decorating Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

6 to 15

label $139

5.0 (3)

Cupcake Decorating Class for Kids (4-6 Years)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $50

1k

Cake Decorating Workshop in Good Company

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 20

label $100

2k

Christmas Snowmen Macaron Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Surry Hills

6 to 12

label $100

18k

Lebanese Sweets Cooking Demonstration Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fairfield

10 to 80

label $60

18k

19k+

Tart Making Class for Team Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mascot

10 to 20

label $99

Cake Decorating Workshop and High Tea

date_range 15 Feb

location_on Asquith

1 to 6

label $125

2k

Sourdough Basics Baking Class

date_range Thu 19 Mar, 6:30pm

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 40

label $90

19k+

30k

Shake & Bake

date_range Contact for details

location_on Lansvale

1 to 6

label $130

6k

5.0 (2)

Christmas Cookie Decorating Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 20

label $30

1k

Vegan Cake Decorating Class

date_range 23 Feb, 03 May

location_on Lilyfield

1 to 12

label $187 - $219

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Vegan Cake Baking Class

date_range Sun 29 Mar, 9am

location_on Lilyfield

1 to 12

label $128 - $150

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Chocolate Workshop: Tempering, Moulding and More

date_range 02 Feb, 05 Apr

location_on Rozelle

1 to 12

label $119 - $140

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Fondant Cake Decoration Class

date_range 01 Feb, 02 May

location_on Rozelle

1 to 12

label $204 - $239

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Cake Decorating Class: Drip Cake and Flowers

date_range Sat 28 Mar, 1pm

location_on Rozelle

1 to 12

label $144 - $169

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Cake Decorating Class: Cupcakes for Beginners

date_range Sat 29 Feb, 1pm

location_on Rozelle

1 to 12

label $119 - $139

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Chocolate Making Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brookvale

4 to 12

label $85

Christmas Gingerbread Making Class for Kids

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fairfield

10 to 20

label $25

18k

19k+

Australia Day Pastry Decorating Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

6 to 30

label $45

5.0 (1)

Make a Croquembouche Class

date_range Sun 9 Feb, 2pm

location_on Maroubra

1 to 10

label $180

1k+

4.7 stars (33+)


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