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Classic Desserts Reimagined

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Master professional pastry techniques and recipes to reimagine traditional desserts, from deconstructed apple pie to superfood berry shortcakes and more!

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Elizabeth Falkner
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Award-winning chef Elizabeth Falkner shows you how to think about and bake classic desserts in dramatic new ways. First, transform the ultimate Americana dessert, apple pie, into a deconstructed masterpiece that includes black pepper crème fraîche. Turn strawberry shortcake into a superfood treat by incorporating goji berries and açai for big bursts of flavor and color. Then, reimagine baklava ingredients and create a delicious dried fruit parfait, complete with a phyllo crisp topping. Elizabeth shares her secrets for a decadent mash-up of two ice cream-based desserts: an Italian tartufo and a tin roof sundae. She shows you how to kick carrot cake up a notch with an outrageous microwave cake recipe and innovative plating techniques. You'll even learn how to work with less-traditional fruits (think avocado and tomato) to make an incredible tarte Tatin that you have to taste to believe.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Apple Pie Lines
Meet Elizabeth Falkner and begin by exploring each ingredient of apple pie. Then, bring the individual elements of this classic dessert to life in fresh way, and plate your dessert to engage and delight your guests.
2. Superfruits Shortcake
3. Baklava Breakthrough
4. Chocolate Tin Roof Tartufo
5. Carrot Cake Trail
6. Tomato Tarte Tatin

Taught by

Elizabeth Falkner
Elizabeth Falkner
Elizabeth Falkner is an award-winning chef and a James Beard Foundation award nominee. She is the author of two cookbooks, including IACP finalist Demolition Desserts. For more than 20 years, she has owned and operated two successful Bay Area restaurants. Elizabeth also makes regular appearances as a guest judge or competitor on television shows such as Iron Chef America, Food Network Challenge, Top Chef Masters and Chopped All-Stars.

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