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Perfect the details of mixing, fermenting, shaping, and baking bread. This introductory course is suitable for beginners and professionals alike--there is always something new to learn! Hands on: shaping, various mixing techniques, utilizing different preferment, and more...
Come and join us to enjoy a fun baking day and bring home an impressive selection of bread! In this one-day class, you will focus on a variety of Italian bread, such as ciabatta, pugliese, focaccia and fougasse. You also will be making pizzas for lunch.
Build on essential skills learned in Artisan I in this intermediary workshop. Artisan II focuses on the intricacies of sourdough. Students will test how various starters and fermentation techniques affect flavor and appearance in a hands-on environment. Hands on: starting a sourdough culture, sourdough with different flours, ciabatta bread, Challah, and more...
The interest in laminated dough such as Croissant, Danish and Brioche is rising considerably and the quality of Viennoiserie in America is finally starting to catch up to the quality of well-crafted artisan breads.
Discover the secrets of the sophisticated Parisian macaroon in this intensive one-day workshop! Learn macaroons based on both French and Italian meringues as well as valuable techniques such as macaronage, piping, and baking guidelines. A wide variety of fillings will be explored, including ganache, buttercream, and gelée. In addition to creating classic flavors such as Chocolate and Pistachio, prepare to experience unique flavors such as Meyer Lemon-Lavender, Guinness, and Eggnog. After this class you will understand ingredient functionality, be able to troubleshoot common problems, and make exceptionally delicious French macaroons.
Ever wondered how to create crisp, flaky croissants at home, or a light and tender brioche? Take this intensive two-day course and learn how to make various viennoiserie items. In this class, students will be introduced to mixing and lamination techniques specifically designed for home baking. Students will make their own products from start to finish. Finished products will include traditional croissants, chocolate croissants, various Danishes, brioche à tête, brioche sucrée and brioche tarts. Impress your friends and family with a wide selection of beautiful pastries.
Finally you can learn how to bake good sourdough bread at home! Explore the nuances of flavor and texture provided by various ingredients and techniques. This workshop teaches the basics of mixing, fermenting, shaping, scoring, and baking sourdough. Every student will make at least 15 loaves of sourdough bread, in a variety of styles. At the end of the day you will feel confident digging into the sourdough process at home.
In this course, the traditional approach to artisan baking is deconstructed with a scientific point of view. The main concepts covered are the relationship between bacteria and enzyme, as well as the influence of pH over the ecology of microorganisms that survive in sourdough. Other topics covered during this week are various breads from different parts of Europe and techniques to improve the efficiency of bread production. Different retardation methods are discussed in the class, as well as how to create a wide range of products by changing inclusions to minimize the number of mixes. The students will review the concepts learned in the classroom during the hands-on bread production.
SFBI welcomes our guest instructor Thomas Teffri-Chambelland for this course. Thomas is the founder and director of L’école International de Boulangerie (EIDB) in Provence, France. Thomas has a master’s degree in biology, and he has an extensive knowledge in the biological and biochemical aspects of sourdough fermentation.
This course is for professional bakers and people who completed Artisan 1 and Artisan 2 at SFBI.
Discover the unique flavors and textures of breads baked around the world. Create exotic breads, including Germany’s Heigebrot Bread, Hawaiian Pineapple Bread, and Mexican Conchas. The vast array of breads covered in this course will help you explore your creativity and grow your business in an expanding market.
Learn how to understand and control the pastry making process instead of just using the recipes! An introduction to many of the basic techniques necessary to make delicious pastries. This course covers creaming, blending, scones, pie dough, pate a choux, angel food cake, and custards. Hands-on: cookies, muffins, scones, cheese cake and more...
Focusing on a variety of tart dough, pate a choux, and pie dough, this class teaches how to create a sensational array of pastries, ranging from rustic to refined, sweet to savory, and simple to complex. Hands-on: Paris Brest, eclairs, caramel chocolate tart, variety of pies and more...
Learn a variety of cake mixing methods, creams, and fillings to make a beautiful layer cakes, as well as how to troubleshoot problems. Hands-on: Carrot cake, black forest cake, opera and more...
German breads appeal to those who seek interesting breads with pronounced flavors and textures.
Think outside of the bread box. This course challenges traditional assumptions and explores innovative bread-making techniques. Learn advanced fermentation technology, mix dough with different flours, and create sweet dough using sourdough. Hands on: semolina crowns, pane cioccolate, whole wheat bread, Pan d'Oro, and more...
This 3-day course is packed with the must-haves for the upcoming holiday season. Students will make two types of “Bûches de Noël” (yule logs). The lemon berry “Bûche de Noël” has a traditional finish using buttercream to resemble a wooden log. The chocolate “Bûche de Noël” consists of chocolate mousse with a creamy praline center and a layer of thin crispy praline. This cake is sprayed with chocolate to create a clean, modern finish. Students will also make some confections such as “Pâte de fruit” and “Nougat”. Other products include “Gibassier” from the South of France and “Stollen” from Germany, both of which are yeasted sweet pastries enjoyed around Christmas time. Lastly, students will make “Linzertorte” which has a rich hazelnut short crust with a refreshing filling and originated from Eastern Europe.