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River North, Downtown/Loop
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107
At W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 20

What you'll learn in this pastry class:

Roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in the art of making extraordinary pastries. Using classic, French techniques we'll teach you the art and science behind creating these elegant sweet treats making them approachable for any home cook. Don't leave these desserts to professional pastry chefs; with a pro working by your side, you'll learn how to master these delicacies in no time! 

  • Mille-Feuille (Homemade Puff Pastry) with Apricot and Almond Filling
  • Coconut Dacquoise with Chocolate Bavarian Mousse
  • Jelly Roll Cake with Passion Fruit Curd and White Chocolate Ganache
  • Homemade Fig Newtons
  • Garam Masala and Lime Shortbread
Skills Covered in Class Include: 
  • Understanding Baking Ingredients
  • Understanding Ingredient Functions
  • Laminating Dough
  • Making Nut and Dried Fruit Fillings
  • Whipping Egg Whites and Cream
  • Piping Techniques
  • Icing a Cake
  • Working with Gelatin
  • Selecting Chocolate
  • Tempering
  • Determining Baked Goods Doneness
  • Preparing Sponge Cake and Curd
  • Making Short Dough
  • Working with Spices
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A one-week notice is required for cancellation of any class. If you do not cancel by telephone at least 1 week in advance of your scheduled class, we will charge your credit card in full for the class. Please feel free to send a friend in your place if you cannot attend and it is within one week of the class as no refunds will be available. All classes also have a non-refundable, non-transferable 10% fee for the operational and administrative costs incurred by The Chopping Block. This service fee will not be refunded and cannot be transferred in the case of any cancellation.


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Question from Celia M.
Will I get to make my own pastries or is this a group class where we share duties?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The cooking classes are designed so that students can be broken into small groups, allowing each person to be hands-on. Students will work in groups of 3 to 4 people.

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The Chopping Block at the Mart

Chicago's largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers demonstration and hands-on cooking classes, as well as wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team building events. Classes at our two locations cover subjects from cooking basics to intensive Boot Camps as well...

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