Pastry School – Weeks 4 – 8 (All Snow, All the Time)

snowYou may have noticed that it snowed quite a bit last month. Not just the occasional inconvenient morning commute squall or hoarding bread & milk storm, but historic, life-altering, transportation killing Snowmageddon 2015. Like everyone else, my life was upended; cut from work on several occasions and 7 school snow days between January 27th and February 17th, the equivalent of 3 1/2 weeks of school.  It sucked, a lot. We had 1 make-up day, 1 make-up day with two subjects (“double day”) and 3 double days to get caught up.  The situation was far from ideal.  I was getting the full lecture material but missing out a significant amount of hands-on kitchen time.  With only 3 full weeks of school behind me I was <insert surprise here if you know me> getting quite anxious.  We were offered the opportunity to come back in June and “redo” classes we missed in their entirety, which I fully intend to do.

Morgador Cake, Italian Meringue Sticks; Fillings & Mousses, Meringues

Morgador Cake, Italian Meringue Sticks; Fillings & Mousses, Meringues

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Pate de Fruit; Jellies & Jams, Dessert Sauces

Despite the delays and crazy (total shit show) double days we got through all the material.  I learned a tremendous amount and produced some fine looking product, if I do say so myself.  Here are some pictures of pastry creations from the classes schedule for Weeks 4 – 8, appearing in no particular order as quite frankly those weeks are a blur of snow, T delays, frantic kitchen labs and way too much Netflix and junk food.

Crepes with Orange Caramel Sauce & Champagne Sabayon

Crepes, Orange Caramel Sauce,Champagne Sabayon; Jams & Jellies, Dessert Sauces

Jellies, Jams & Spreads

Jellies, Jams & Spreads; Jellies & Jams, Dessert Sauces

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Mousse, Berry Creme Brulee; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

Coffee Mousse, Berry Creme Brulee; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

Passion Fruit Mousse; Custards & Bavarians, Commercial Baking

Passion Fruit Mousse; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

St. Honore; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

St. Honore; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berry Strip Tarts; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

Berry Strip Tarts; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

Helena Strip; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

Helena Strip; Bavarians & Custards, Commercial Baking

Cigarettes; Petit Four Sec, Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

Cigarettes; Petit Four Sec, Petit Four Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

 

 

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Madelines, Linzer Cookies, Pain Turk; Petit Four Sec, Petit Four Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

Pain Turk, Mirrors, Sponges, Linzer Cookies; Petit Four Sec, Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

Pain Turk, Mirrors, Sponges, Linzer Cookies; Petit Four Sec, Petit Four Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

Lemon Macarons; Petit Four Sec, Petit Four Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

Lemon Macarons; Petit Four Sec, Petit Four Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

Raspberry, Coffee, Pistachio Macarons; Petit Four Sec, Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

Raspberry, Coffee, Pistachio Macarons; Petit Four Sec, Petit Four Demi-Sec & Italian Cookies

 

 

 

 

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