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with Stephen Durfee
Online Class

The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries & Desserts

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Learn how to bake like a professional pastry chef! James Beard Award-winner Stephen L. Durfee shares a comprehensive guide to making cakes, pies, éclairs and so much more. The results are desserts that taste as incredible as they look.


  • beginner
  • 6 episodes
  • 3h52m

Included in this Class

1. Handle With Care: Basic Doughs

1. Handle With Care: Basic Doughs

Start class by learning how to organize your workspace. Chef Stephen Durfee shares his methods for proper measuring. Then master techniques for creaming butter, sugar and eggs to just the right consistency as you make delectable cookies and pound cake.

2. Mixing It Up: Methods for Cakes

2. Mixing It Up: Methods for Cakes

Cakes all require one of several mixing methods. In this lesson, learn what those methods are as you make a rich devil's food cake. Then create several egg foam cakes as you learn the right way to whip your eggs and cool your cakes.

3. Blue-Ribbon Winners: Pies & Biscuits

3. Blue-Ribbon Winners: Pies & Biscuits

Confidently make a buttery pie crust as you learn how to mold it using your hands or pastry tools. Then experiment with blind baking and make an attractive lattice top. Plus discover the secrets to tender, flaky biscuits and golden-brown scones.