5 star rating: Highly Recommended 93 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Take a quintessential French pastry and dessert cooking class in the heart of Paris! Choose from six different morning or afternoon classes to learn how to make macarons, puff pastries, choux pastries and French tarts and desserts. Your 2.5- or 3-hour class is a hands-on experience led by a professional English-speaking chef who'll guide you through each step and answer any questions you have. At the end of your class, you'll get to devour your sweet creations! Whether you're a cooking enthusiast or a novice, this cooking class promises to be fun and entertaining.

Highlights

  • Pastry and dessert cooking class in Paris
  • Learn how to make classic French desserts such as macarons, brioches or puff pastries
  • Your professional chef with teach you cooking techniques and provide all the ingredients and tools you need
  • Enjoy your sweet creations at the end of your class!
  • Choose from six morning or afternoon classes, each specializing in a different French dessert

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What You Can Expect

Best Pastry and Dessert Course in Paris

Learn to make desserts like classic French tarts on your pastry and dessert course in Paris

Your cooking class takes place at a professional kitchen in central Paris. When you arrive, your English-speaking cooking instructor will give you an overview of the menu, teach you about the ingredients, and point out the tools and equipment you'll be using.

During your 2.5- or 3-hour class, you'll learn the techniques and terms of French cooking while making classic French desserts or pastries. This is a hands-on cooking experience, and you'll get to enjoy your creations at the end!

Recipes change regularly and are at the discretion of the chef. Below are examples of what you can expect to make during the class of your choice.

Itinerary

Choux Pastry Dessert Class
A choux is a light pastry dough used to make profiteroles, éclairs, beignets and other classic French pastries. It's amazing what you can do with just butter, water, flour and eggs.

Examples:
  • Cream puffs (chouquettes)
  • Savory eclair with chocolate, coffee or vanilla creamclair salée)
  • Choux pastry and praline cream (Paris-Brest)
  • Double cream puff with chocolate, coffee or vanilla cream (réligieuse)
  • Cream-filled puffs (choux Chantilly)
Techniques:
  • Drying batter
  • Piping batter using a bag (coucher)
  • Glazing (glacer)
Puff Pastry Dessert Class
You'll learn the ins and outs of dough during this class. It's harder than it looks!

Examples:
  • Napoléon (crème pâtissière)
  • Apple turnovers (chaussons aux pommes)
  • Palm leaves (palmiers)
Techniques:
  • Mixing of the ingredients (detrempe)
  • Adding butter to the dough (beurrage)
  • Creating turns in the dough
  • Enclosing folding and rolling the butter and dough (feuilleter)
  • Rolling out a sheet of pastry dough (abaisser)
  • Scoring indentations with a paring knife (rayer)
Macaron Making Class
These colorful bites are some of the most popular among French desserts. They're as playful and fun as they are delicious!

Possible Flavors:
  • Pistachio
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate and caramel ganache
  • Passion fruit
  • Milk chocolate ganache
  • Praline
  • Coffee ganache
  • Raspberry jam
  • Blackcurrant ganache
Techniques:
  • Making meringue (petit boule)
  • Folding in the batter (macaronner)
  • Preparing a variety of fillings
  • Piping the batter onto a baking sheet (dresser)

Croissant Making Class

The most famous of all French pastries, croissants, pains aux raisins and pains au chocolat are classic breakfast items.

Techniques:

  • Combining the ingredients to create a light and flaky pastry
  • Rolling and shaping the pastry
  • Filling and decorating
French Pastry and Dessert Class
Gleaming in the windows of every French patisserie are the delights that are the artistic claim to fame when it comes to France's sweet specialties. Learn to recreate desserts that may not be covered in the other classes.

Examples:
  • Sweetened tart dough with caramelized sugar (crème pâtissière)
  • Crème brûlée
  • Lemon tart topped with meringue
  • Chocolate & raspberry ganache tart
Techniques:
  • Cooking caramel custard in a water bath in the oven (bain-marie)
  • Slice fruits thinly (emincer)
  • Piping batter (dresser)
  • Coating fillings (enrober)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This course is worth every penny! We made croissants and pain au chocolat. The chef was very professional and helpful and spoke perfect English. After returning home I was able to follow the recipe to make some for family and friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My friend and I had a great experience taking this course. It was in a very clean and up to date kitchen. The chef provided an excellent learning experience providing my professional baking techniques. She answered questions and provided a relaxed environment. The class was very interactive. If I return to Paris I certainly would book this type of class again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The pastry produced during the class was amazing and so delicious that my partner simply loved it. It was worth every cent attending the class and I would definitely sign up for another class next time I am in Paris.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Totally totally amazing, loved every minute of the two courses I did. Would go back to Paris just to be taught by the teacher. The only thing I found a little difficult was to find the place, if you didn't have an actual street directory (not just a tourist map of Paris) the street was hard to find. It would be a good idea for Viatour to include a small detailed map of location when your booking is confirmed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Totally totally amazing, loved every minute of the two courses I did. Would go back to Paris just to be taught by the teacher. The only thing I found a little difficult was to find the place, if you didn't have an actual street directory (not just a tourist map of Paris) the street was hard to find. It would be a good idea for Viatour to include a small detailed map of location when your booking is confirmed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This class was so fun! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to make puff pastry and desserts. It was such a memorable experience and such a nice break from the "tourist" sites. Highly recommend taking a morning off for some great fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Everything we hoped it would be! Our instructor was not only warm and inviting, well-trained in the art of pastry making, but also kid friendly (10 and 12). The class flowed nicely, was fun and we left with yummy pastries. Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

My daughter Julia absolutely loved this afternoon event, with a charming instructor and 5 other guests..lots of delicious pastries were made and sampled....Julia left her purse and the instructor waited for us to return!! more classes nxt year!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We had the best time taking this cooking class!!! The instructor was amazing and lots of fun. This was one of our favorite and most memorable activities in Paris!! I would highly recommend that all visitors take a class at Patisserie a la Carte!!!

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