Have you ever visited a restaurant and wondered what it would be like to get a behind-the-scenes look at the cooking process? Even better, have you often wished that you could get an actual cooking lesson from the head chef, especially a lesson in pastry making?
Move over, Martha Stewart. I have a pastry bag and a tip, and I’m not afraid to use them.
I’ve previously written about my lesson in cake decorating, so you can imagine how excited I was that I was recently invited to a media preview of the opening of a new Kneaders in Tucson, located at River and Craycroft. The highlight of our visit was to receive a lesson in pastry making!
We were lucky enough to get the head pastry chef to ourselves. She taught us how to make pate a choux. Don’t ask me to pronounce it, but it sure did taste good. So much that my creations were consumed within 24 hours (with the help of my son and my husband).
Before the Lesson in Pastry Making
Before starting the lesson in pastry making, I took some pictures of the restaurant:
Any day is a good day when you get to learn how to make delicious pastries!
I’d take one of each if I could.
Lesson in Pastry Making
On to the lesson of pastry making! Head pastry chef Kate gave us a demonstration of how to make pate a choux.
First, Chef Kate mixed some of the ingredients.
Then she added the eggs:
And then put it all together: We were also shown how to add fillings as well as ganache.
My son especially loved the ganache, and even though I also enjoyed it, I could definitely eat the bread right out of the oven, without any sort of filling or chocolate. My mouth is still watering, thinking about it.
Here is yours truly, getting down to business. I’d totally buy the apron if I could – it was extremely comfortable and fit well.
I can’t wait to go back and try some of the food and other goodies. Thank you to the folks at Kneaders for giving me the opportunity to learn about pastry making as well as the goodies I brought home with me, including a piping bag and tip! And Chef Kate also gave me permission to share the recipe. If anyone wants the recipe, please comment below.
*I was invited to the media event in hopes that I would share my experience with my readers, but all opinions and food tasting are 100% of my own 🙂