Online Class

The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries & Desserts

by The Great Courses
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Master elite pastry school techniques as you whip up show-stopping desserts.

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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 from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Blue-Ribbon Winners: Pies & Biscuits
4. Lighter Than Air: Cream Puffs
5. Simple to Elegant: Custards
6. Final Touches: Mousse & Dessert Sauces

Taught by

Stephen Durfee
Stephen Durfee
Stephen L. Durfee is a certified executive pastry chef and a pastry instructor at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. He received a James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef and has been named one of the top ten pastry chefs in America. Chef Durfee has also competed in the National Pastry Team Championships and the Coupe de Patisserie.

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