Pastry Classes In Paris: Learning To Make Eclairs & Tarts

pbake1

Morning all and happy Sunday! I hope your week has been stress free and your weekend  full of fun, laughter and happy vibes. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but one of my hobbies is that I love to bake. Some people do yoga and meditate, I bake! I haven’t baked in a while, constantly travelling around Europe, working and writing, doesn’t leave me much time, but it’s something I love to do and I’ve really been missing it lately. So I decided I was going to combine my love of travel with my love of baking, and I booked myself into two pastry classes in none other than Paris, France.

When I told my friends in London that I was going to Paris to take a pastry class, I had one common reaction. Surprise and shock, followed by “You’re going to Paris just to do a baking class?” Paris, being only a 2.5 hour train ride away on the Eurostar from London, my immediate thought was Absolutely! Why not? 

In everyday life, I’m always keen to try new things and step outside the box. When it comes to baking, pastry is something I’ve always struggled with, so I was extremely excited for the fun learning opportunity that awaited me at La Cuisine Paris. And to be able to say I learnt how to make Parisian desserts from a Parisian chef, I mean, how amazing is that!

pbake5

pbkae3

Arrival… Parisian vibes and gateau, gateau, gateau

Catching the Eurostar around seven in the morning, I had a few hours to spare before class started. Dressed in my most Parisian outfit, I grabbed myself a coffee and croissant from my favourite little bakery (this trip making it my fourth visit to Paris) and began wandering the cobblestone streets.

As I walked along the seine river, the smell of freshly baked bread drew me to the nearby market stalls that had set up for the day. Usually a window shopper, I made an exception for Paris (I mean, it’s Paris how could you not) and I began trying the array of cheeses and jams. I even bought a few items to enjoy on my train journey home.

pbake4

pbake6

First Class… eclairs

After my relaxing morning of exploring and eating, I arrived at La Cuisine Paris. Making my way down to the kitchen, I was greeted by the chef, introduced to my fellow classmates and was handed an apron. It was time to bake!

Pastry chef Segolene, was incredible. She demonstrated each step of the recipe, pinpointing common mistakes beginners often make and letting us in on a few tricks of the trade. It was a lot easier making eclairs with her guidance, opposed to watching a YouTube video in my kitchen back home, and as soon as I started piping away, I zoned everything else out and fell straight into my happy place. And OH MY GOSH the final product was to die for! It tasted just like an eclair I’d buy from a local Parisian bakery. I couldn’t believe I made something so delicious! The filling flavour was pistachio, which so happens to be my favourite, so there was nothing but smiles from me.

baking-9

bake-1

bake-2

pbake2

Second Class… French tarts

After the eclairs it was time for some good old French tarts. The class said goodbye to chef Segolene and hello to chef Guillaume, who was extremely entertaining, making us laugh the entire duration of the lesson.

We worked on two tarts at the same time, one a chocolate tart and the other a classic pear tart. I learnt how to properly caramelise the pear and to create the perfect silky smooth ganache. My chocolate tart turned out perfectly, my pear one a little rustic looking, but the flavour was incredible. If I had any concerns regarding pastry before, well not anymore. My experience at La Cuisine Paris was everything I hoped for and one I’ll never forget. I’m already looking at going back to try out their macaroon and croissant classes!

Oh and I don’t speak French (unfortunately), these classes were taught in English.

baking-8

bake-5

26 thoughts on “Pastry Classes In Paris: Learning To Make Eclairs & Tarts

  1. I love this! And I love the idea of travelling for activities for an immersive experience! I always always visit a local Crossfit gym when I travel, as I feel like it gives me a taste of the local’s life and culture and I can meet people there to give me introductions. I’m planning Thailand this year and I’m going to use it to try Thai boxing and to do lots of yoga. I also love hiking as a way to explore a place 🙂

    Like

    1. It’s so great isn’t it. I love that you take Crossfit classes when you travel. It’s such a different experience and feeling you get once the trip is over. More traveller than tourist I feel. Oh wow, Thai boxing I heard is intense but good on you for going to give it a go!

      Like

    1. Oh wow, I’ve been to Paris a few times now and really enjoyed my time there. Such a shame you didn’t like living there, especially if you were there for so long. But yes, weekends there and well, anywhere, where you can get involved and do things is great.

      Like

  2. Such a great way to enjoy Paris! I am envious! But you made me so hungry I am craving for my fair share of cheese and pastries right now!

    Like

  3. Love your philosophy!! I always love to find something off the beaten path, and I think you nailed it in Paris! Were the classes in English or French?

    Like

  4. that eclair looks soooo tasty!!!! 🙂 I’m going to Paris in August on a solo trip. I can’t wait to practice my french and live like a Parisian life.

    Like

  5. I’m really interested in immersing myself in local culture in the destinations I visit. I agree, I spend almost all my time going to the touristy places. I really enjoyed this post and I’m inspired to take the time to get involved in more cultural activities, esp by way of food! 🙂

    Like

    1. Oh that’s great you’re considering doing something similar in France. There are a lot of schools that teach in English (if you don’t speak French) which is super helpful. It was great fun and something I’d definitely do again.

      Like

  6. Oh many this is amazing! I think tourist sites are great but I love your intentional immersion into the culture (the temple stay sounds so cool and I need to do that!) I did something like this in Italy and took 4 cooking classes and it was the best experience.

    Like

    1. The temple stay was incredible, so out of my comfort zone but an experience I’ll never forget. Your cooking classes in Italy sound amazing! My boyfriend is Italian and his family cook the most incredible food, I bet everything you made was super delicious!

      Like

    1. Thank you! I bought the dress back home in Australia at a market. Was a great buy. If you ever get a chance to go to Paris, I highly recommend doing a pastry class. It was so much fun and La Cuisine have so many classes to choose from.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: