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Join us for this weekend workshop to learn basic assembly and decoration techniques for buttercream cakes. During the two days, each student will assemble and decorate two 6" cakes with buttercream roses and succulents. Examples of the cakes are as pictured.
On day one, students will first learn how to split, fill, mask and ice cakes. Proper mise en place for the cake assembly and tool selections will be discussed during the demonstration. Next, students will practice on making two types of flowers: apple blossoms and roses. On day two, students will practice making three different types of succulents using the techniques learned from the previous day as well as decorating two cakes by the end of the day 2.
The cake bases and the buttercream will be prepared in advance in order to focus more on the specific decoration techniques during the workshop. The mixing and baking of the cake bases and the making of the buttercream will be demonstrated as well.
Day 1 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Day 2 8:00 am - Noon (no lunch)
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Day 2: 8am-11am
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Day 1: 8am-3pm
Day 2: 8am-1pm
Due to the advanced level of this course, it is only open to students who have taken at least Artisan I or to industry professionals who have been baking for a minimum of 5 years.
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 course will open for registration on November 1, 2017
Pate a Choux is a versatile base used to create a number of pastries. Its formulation is rather simple, yet there are many tips and critical points throughout the making process. In this 3-day workshop, you will learn how to properly prepare pate a choux, make many fillings and topping options, and learn helpful tips along the way. Pastries made during the class include some French classics, such as Paris Brest and Gateao St. Honore, and several types of eclairs and cream puffs.
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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.
Due to the advanced level of this course, it is not open for online enrollment. It is only open to industry professionals who have been baking for a minimum of 5 years. If you would like to apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to attend this course to email@example.com.
After your cover letter and resume have been reviewed, you will be informed on whether or not you have been accepted into the course.