Patisserie: yes you can!

A Masterclass in the art of Patisserie

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In the world of baking, patisserie always comes as the creme de la creme. And very few of us will even dare having a go. Those beautiful “petits gateaux” that we enjoy looking at in the French boulangeries, also look very difficult to make.

So, I really felt on a mission, when Maxine from Just Cook Cookery school invited me to showcase my skills. I was determined to show that with a bit of patience, patisserie is accessible to anyone. “Patisserie, yes you can!”

Three lovely ladies joined us on a Saturday afternoon to do just that, although very keen bakers, they had never tried to make a gateau before, “looks so complicated they said”.

The class was hands on all the way through, from genoise sponge, meringue butter cream, glossy chocolate ganache and chocolate marble, they did it all. They learned the art of assembling a “petit gateau”. It’s all about the layers and adding that final touch, that little “je ne sais quoi” that will lift your cake to the “wow”.

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Despite a few “faux pas” here and there, the results was truly astonishing!

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The class that was supposed to last only 3 hours went for an extra hour as these ladies surprised themselves.

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Watching this wonderful photo, I think I can say that I have achieved my goal, “Patisserie, yes you can!” These ladies had never done it before! In just over three hours they managed to produce those little beauties.

Watch this pace as there will be more masterclasses coming-up. If you fancy something spicy, I will be hosting a creole cookery at Just Cook, on Saturday 23rd April, details here. If you’re coming from Cambridge, it’s on the line to London, and the school is literally a 2 minute walk from Newport Station!



Creole cooking with Corinne Payet

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A masterclass in creole cuisine at Just Cook Cookery school

Reunion is a French Colony off the coast of Madagascar, where Creole cuisine reigns as a sensational fusion, influenced by Chinese, Indian, African and French culture. This class offers a very unique opportunity to taste and create a selection of typical Malagasy dishes, that will definitely add some spice and originality to your cooking repertoire.

As there are no restaurants in the UK serving this food, and no other Cookery Schools offering this cuisine, this is an exciting opportunity to discover something new. Corinne Payet, who was born on the island of Reunion, will introduce you to the various spices and flavours from the island. You will have the opportunity to cook a selection of traditional Creole dishes, including:

  • Chow Chow Salad with prawns, flavoured with kaffir lime
  • Chicken and Pak Choi Cari with perfect Basmati rice and a Rougail
  • and a Tarte a la Mangue for a zesty dessert.

The price includes all ingredients, lunch with wine or a cold beer, recipes from the day and you get to take home a unique dinner to share amongst friends and taste a cuisine like no other!

Booking and information here