Baking is one of the most intricate components of any cooking course, and pastry short courses entail a significant amount of attention to detail and focus from students. The world of pastry is rich in diversity and includes several popular treats such as scones, pies, Danishes, croissants, doughnuts, and tarts. While these delicacies differ, they all have a commonality: their starting dough consists of flour, water, and a type of fat (which may be lard, butter, or shortening.) Making them also requires a great amount of precision and accuracy.
When you enrol in one of our pastry short courses (or a full-time qualification) at Prue Leith Culinary Institute, you will learn many skills that will enhance your mastery of pastry-making. Here are some top skills that any pastry chef worth their salt should possess:
One of the best skills that you’ll glean from one of our pastry short courses is the ability to understand how to make different pastries and broaden your repertoire. In our Art of Tarts course, we explore pastries such as Pâté Brisée (shortcrust), Cheese Pastry, and Pâté Sucree (sweet tart dough.) Our courses cover an array of pastry types, and students will also make several delicious fillings, including Crème Patisserie, Quiche, fruit tarts, and savoury tarts.
During our pastry short courses – and even more so during the full-time course offerings – you’ll learn an impressive array of techniques to add to your cooking portfolio. These include understanding your ingredients, the best ways to sift flour, various mixing methods, and tips on rolling dough effectively. Our full-time pastry courses will explore more complex techniques, including making pastry glaze, stabilising cream, caramelising sugar, laminating dough for more flaky varieties, tempering chocolate, and piping with precision.
One of the most critical skills for a pastry chef is to be on top of their organisational game and pay close attention to detail. Perfecting the art of pastries is undoubtedly a skill that requires a great deal of patience, and ultimately, it’s all about exact measurements and accurate timing. During our longer courses, students will learn all about kitchen management and design to ensure that their working area facilitates the best culinary results.
If you’re looking to expand your baking knowledge and want to learn about the magical world of pastries, it might be worth enrolling in one of our pastry short courses. The day-long course covers several delicious recipes and includes light snacks and a glass of wine. Perfect for novice bakers or those who want to learn new skills in the company of friends, our courses guarantee a day of fun, learning, and scrumptious cuisine.
To learn more, send us a message, and we will gladly advise on what the course entails. Alternatively, browse our other short courses, including Mastering Macaroons, Fascinating Fermentation, Advanced Cakes, Summer Salads, Basic Baking, Versatile Vegetables, and more. We look forward to working with you and enhancing your cooking prowess.