Baking and Cooking Classes

Our Baking and Cooking Classes are back! Come and let us show you all the secrets that there is to the culinary world.

Classes are held at 3346 Commercial Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062

 

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MAY 2024

Challah – May 23, 2024 – 7 pm

Challah is a slightly sweet, eggy bread with a consistency and taste similar to brioche. According to Jewish tradition, challah refers to a section of dough which is separated after kneading to be given as an offering at the Temple.

In this class, we will show you how to make your own rich and soft challah bread from scratch. You will learn how to prepare the dough, braid it, and bake it. Take it home to enjoy it by itself or slice it and make the best French toast breakfast for you and your family.

 

Croissants – May 29, 2024 – 7 pm

A croissant is a laminated, yeast-leavened bakery product that contains dough/roll-in fat layers to create a flaky, crispy texture. Croissants belong to the Viennoiserie or pastry category of baked goods along with brioche, Danish and puff pastries. Learn to prepare your own laminated dough and transform it into a selection of sweet and savory croissant creations. You will learn to make plain croissants, chocolate croissants, cookie croissants and almond croissants.

 

 

JUNE 2024

Puff Pastry – June 5, 2024 – 7 pm

Puff pastry, also known as Pâte Feuilletée or feuilletage in French, is a very delicate and rich pastry that consists of many thin alternating layers of dough and fat. This lamination is what gives puff pastry its light, crispy and flaky texture upon baking.

In this class you will learn how to make dough, laminate and create different uses for it, savory and sweet.

 

Spring and Summer Pies – June 12, 2024 – 7 pm

A pie is any dish enclosed in a pastry crust, typically baked in a shallow, round pan called a pie dish. Pies are usually made with sweet fillings, like fruit or custard, but they can also be savory, like chicken pot pie.

In this class you will learn how to make the perfect flaky pie dough, and make a couple of pies like fruit filling pie, key lime pie and banana cream pie

 

Easy Entertaining – June 19, 2024 – 7 pm

Learn how to make great and simple appetizers to serve at your party. We will make devil eggs, cilantro mousse, bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese grapes, and phyllo baskets.

 

Tapas – June 26, 2024 – 7 pm

A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. Tapas can be combined to make a full meal, and can be cold or hot. In some bars and restaurants in Spain and across the globe, tapas have evolved into a very sophisticated cuisine. In this class you will learn how to make some of the classical tapas like gazpacho, croquetas de pollo, tomato with goat cheese, gambas al ajillo and tortilla espanola. We will be also demonstrating how to make paella

 

 

JULY 2024

101 Cake Decorating – July 2, 2024 – 7 pm

Do you feel intimidated to cut, fill and decorate your cake? In this class we will show you the basics of beginners’ cake decorating. Make your own buttercream and decorate your cake, we will show you tips on how to make it smooth and perfect, as well as piping techniques like rosettes, shells, scrolls and buttercream roses.

 

Pasta from Scratch – July 10, 2024 – 7 pm

Love Pasta? What a great way to take this class to improve the flavor of your Italian meals! Once you taste your fresh pasta you will never want to buy pasta ever again. This is a hands-on pasta making class where you will learn basic dough technique, cutting pasta, and quick ravioli making.

 

Choux Pastries – July 17, 2024 – 7 pm

Choux (pronounced “shoo”) is a type of rich pastry dough used for making items such as éclairs, cream puffs (profiteroles), gougères and beignets, among others. It is characterized by a crispy outer shell with a light, airy interior

In this class you will learn how to make choux paste, pastry cream, cream puffs, eclairs, and churros.

 

French Macarons – July 24, 2024 – 7 pm

A macaron or French macaroon is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg whites. They are delicate sandwich cookie with a crisp exterior. Filled with ganache, jelly or buttercream

In this class you will learn how to make French Macaroons, how to pipe them, bake them and fill them

Cake Fillings – July 31, 2024 – 7 pm

In this class you will learn how to make different fillings for your cakes like ganache, regular buttercream, german chocolate, French buttercream, Swiss Meringue.

 

AUGUST 2024

Mexican Night – August 7, 2024 – 7 pm

Who doesn’t like Mexican food? Learn how to make ceviche, chicken enchiladas, frijoles charros and tres leches cake!

 

Focaccia – August 14, 2024 – 7 pm

Focaccia is an Italian flat bread similar to pizza dough that can be either sweet or savory. Learn how to make the perfect airy savory Focaccia.

 

Couples class, 4 course meal – August 21, 2024 – 7 pm

In this class you will learn how to make a 3 meal course, an appetizer, lemon spaghetti, chicken in a garlic parmesan sauce and a tiramisu

 

Tarts – TBD

A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually shortcrust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savory, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard. You will learn how to make the tart dough to make a fruit tart, frangipane tart and chocolate salted caramel

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SEPTEMBER 2024

Italian Night – TBD

Love Italian food? In this class you will learn how to make a lemon Spaguetti, Braciole, Tiramisu, and fill your own Cannoli

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Cookies –  TBD

A cookie (American English) or biscuit (British English) is a baked snack or dessert that is typically small, flat, and sweet.

In this class you will make a frosted ginger cookie, mexican wedding cookie, chocolate flourless cookie, linzer cookie

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Nice Notes

Thank YOU! The cake not only was beautiful on the outside, but delicious on the inside as well! We have already recommended you to friends.

- Sherriann

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Contact Us

Hours of Operation By Appointment Only

3346 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
224.261.8158

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