25 Essential Baking Techniques
Become a more confident baker with Colette Christian's essential techniques! First, learn the essentials of baking, including the ingredients and tools a baker should always have on hand. Then, discover the secrets to the perfect chocolate chip cookie as you weigh your ingredients, cream butter and sugar and more. Next, find out what dairy actually contributes to your baked goods as you make whipped cream, learn how to cut in butter like a pro and make hearty banana bread everyone will love. Colette walks you through baking with sugar and liquid sweeteners, and shows you a creaming technique that will change the way you bake. Plus, give your baked goods a boost with nuts, salt and spices before learning how to separate, beat and fold in eggs for seriously satisfying sponge cake. Last but not least, Colette shows you how to work with chocolate for your best brownies ever.
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.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
In this class, you'll learn essential techniques for becoming a confident baker. First, explore which ingredients and equipment you should always have on hand so you never have to make a run to the store in the middle of a baking project. And, develop an understanding of the fundamental baking processes.
Find out how flour helps your baked goods rise. Then, whip up classic chocolate chip cookies as you learn how to weigh and sift ingredients, cream butter and sugar, and cold scoop your dough for uniform results.
In this lesson, discover exactly what dairy contributes to your baked goods. Then, learn the various stages of homemade whipped cream and learn how to cut in butter for flaky buttermilk biscuits.
Learn about the importance of fats in your baking. From butter to oil, discover how fats contribute flavor, tenderness and leavening to your baked goods, and make a hearty banana bread everyone will love.
Get sweet in your next lesson. First, learn how different sweeteners affect your treats, then master the perfect method for creaming sugar for your lightest, fluffiest blueberry muffins ever. You'll also find out how liquid sweeteners give gingerbread that dense crumb you crave.
Find out how to boost the flavor of your baked goods with nuts, salt and spices. Discover the best way to toast and skin nuts, uncover the role of salt in baking, split and seed vanilla beans for a classic flan, and more.
Crack those eggs and get baking! Learn the best techniques for separating, beating and folding in eggs, all while making a decadent sponge cake.
Chocolate. Need we say more? In your final lesson, find out what those cacao percentages mean, and master melting and baking methods for incredibly delicious brownies.