Pastry Courses

Pastry Courses

Pastry Weekend Adventure at Camont

NEW DATES! After the September weekend sold out in a matter of hours, we put our heads together and decided on another date: October 12-14. We’ll be following the same itinerary and learning how to make French macarons! There are just a few spots left- hope you’ll join!

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September 21-23 (Sold Out)

October 12 – 14 (Currently taking bookings)

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Imagine a weekend for those that dream of sugar clouds; who make sure every decadent crumb is devoured; and especially don’t mind a bit of flour dust in their hair (or is it fairy dust?). Escape to Gascony and Camont, Kate Hill’s 18th-century farmhouse along the Canal de Garonne in Southwest France October 12-14, 2018.

Bake away and throw flour in the air as we make French pastries and have a raucous good time with an unlimited supply of butter, fresh eggs, and sugar. Delve into classic French recipes as we make fanciful sweet creations with fun flavors, meringue accents, and of course, all that comes with decoration (aka gold luster dust!).

Kate Hill will be joining in on the fun and cooking lunch for us. Kate is an extremely talented cook, who has been living and working in her little spot in France for the last 25 years. With this comes her knowledge of Gascony, local producers and French cooking, including the Cassoulet! We are lucky enough to be cooking in her restored 18th-century farmhouse, in the original and the professional kitchen (oui oui, she has TWO kitchens!). We will also make use of the kitchen garden and edible flowers on the property.

Instruction is in English (although Kate and I both speak French) and is suitable for all (just bring your love of baking!).

Each person will leave with a Oui Sucre! Bag, including the tools you’ll need to make the recipes we learn over the weekend from a French rolling pin to piping tips and bags.

We will be covering the following techniques:
– Pate Sucrée
– Chantilly Cream
– Italian Meringue
– Créme d’Amande
– Lemon and Peach curds
– Pastry Cream (several different flavors)
– Pâte à Choux
– Caramel
– Rough Puff Pastry
– and more!

I will be breaking them down and filling your apron pocket with go-to, tried and true recipes. The focus is on non-fussy, beautiful pastries that are fun to make and even better to eat. We will be allowing plenty of time for decoration and demoing techniques to add those special finishing touches that take your creation to “oh la la.”

Weekend Outline

Friday:

7:30 pm Let’s meet at Camont for dinner and get to know each other before the baking fun begins.

Saturday:

It’s off to the local open-air market in Nérac! There we’ll meet the producers, including the darling baker who makes incredible canelés to learn his secret technique, and pick up some seasonal fruits to make a dessert for lunch. After enjoying a fabulous lunch prepared by Kate, it’s off to the professional kitchen for a full rundown on tarts. We’ll be making tarte au citron (lemon tart) three different ways and as an added bonus a Classic French Apple Tart.

And what is more French, than the macaron? We will walk through the Italian Meringue method to make the shells and two different kinds of fillings. The finished macarons will be used to decorate our tart creations, and of course as snacks for later!

We’ll be learning several different techniques which you can later mix and match to concoct your own creations.

Sunday:

Today is all about whipped cream, caramel and pastry. We’ll be working our way through more key pastry recipes to make the components for individual sized St. Honoré, a classic French dessert that revolves around cream puffs and caramel. First up is making a rough puff pastry, something so much easier and useful than the formal puff pastry, that can take hours to make! Then we’ll master pâte à choux and caramel. For the filling, we’ll be snazzing it up with several different options for you to choose from for your final dessert: including the classic vanilla and chocolate pastry creams, but also hibiscus and violet as well. The last bit is a show-stopping surprise that we’ll be making as a group, but maybe you can guess it by the photo below.

 

Dates: October 12-14, 2018
Location: Camont is located about 15-20 minutes drive from the train station at Agen, France.
Price: 875€ or $995

 

The Pastry Weekend Adventures Includes:

  • Two full days of pastry instruction (approximately 9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Welcome dinner at Camont
  • Market Tour at Nérac
  • VSP- Very Small Group (6 max)
  • The Oui Sucre! Bag full of pastry equipment and supplies (including a French rolling pin, piping tips, and tart rings)
  • All recipes
  • Coffee, Lunches, and “Gouter” where we’ll try what we made
  • Refreshments (including local wine, bien sur!)
  • A Camont professional apron
  • All ingredients and materials

Does not include: accommodation, other meals, personal expenses and travel.

To Book: Click Here

Sign up for this very limited course is just six-eight students!

Contact me at: toffeebitsandchocolatechips@gmail.com with any questions or DM me on instagram @mollyjwilk. Hope to see you soon!

Doesn’t fit in your plans this time but interested in future dates? Sign up on Kate Hill’s site to be notified when new courses are listed here. You can also keep an eye on my blog and instagram .  🙂 I’ll mention them on my Sometimes-Monthly Newsletter too.