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Classic Croissants at Home (DVD)

A flaky croissant fresh from the oven! Pastry chef Colette Christian will teach you how to create these buttery pastries in your own kitchen.

What You Get

  • DVD with 16 video lessons
  • Full-color, printed reference materials booklet, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Includes closed captioning

Class Overview

Some believe authentic, delicious croissants are only found in Paris. Au contraire! Seasoned pastry instructor Colette Christian will teach you how to create buttery, layered French pastries from your own kitchen. Learn to mix, shape and proof your butter-locked dough, then bake it into exquisite croissants, pain au chocolat and savory pastries filled with ham and swiss or spinach and feta. By the end of the course, not only will you understand French terms like mise en place and detrempe, you'll also learn Colette's pastry chef secrets that will advance your baking skills as you learn different approaches to the croissant craft.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor and learn how to use the Craftsy platform.
2. Supplies
3. Making the Butter Block
4. Making the Dough
5. Locking in the Butter
6. Turning
7. Shaping the Dough
8. The Chocolate Croissant
9. Savory Shaping
10. Proofing the Croissants
11. Baking the Croissants
12. Garnishing Chocolate Croissants
13. Pastry Chef Secrets 1
14. Pastry Chef Secrets 2
15. Pastry Chef Secrets 3
16. Pastry Chef Secrets 4

Taught by

Colette Christian
Colette Christian
Colette Christian began working in restaurants at age 14 and went on to graduate from the New England Culinary Institute. In 2004 she began teaching at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California, and now offers classes at the Art Institute of Hollywood, Sur La Table and the Great News Cooking School in San Diego. She has extensive training in baking and pastry and is a certified executive pastry chef as well as a certified executive chef through the American Culinary Federation.