Registration is now open for my fall baking classes through St. Charles Parish Schools’ Community Education program. For Fall 2013, I offer three Thursday night classes: all are hands-on, taught at Hahnville High School in a kitchen classroom with multiple stoves, sinks, and workstations. Tuition for each class is $25, with a $5 supply fee (to cover ingredients).
- Crackers & Crisps, September 26: Learn to make your own, from-scratch crackers and crisps. Buttery, flaky; wholegrain with seeds; cheesy and herbal–we’ll look at three basic recipes and ways to vary the flavors, while exploring the key techniques and ingredients needed for crispy, crunchy results. Students will mix and bake crackers in class.
- Classic and Creative Cornbread, October 3: Unlike yeasted breads, quick cornbreads rely on baking powder (and sometimes baking soda) for leavening. Learn how each ingredient in a quickbread affects its taste and texture. I will demonstrate traditional, black-iron skillet cornbread, which we will eat in class. Each student will mix and bake two styles of cornbread (or muffins), both savory and sweet.
- Focaccia and Ciabatta, October 10: These two popular Italian breads are made from exceedingly wet doughs. Learn the hands-on skills needed to work with wet doughs to achieve the airy, holey, open crumb characteristic of both. Students will mix dough in class, as well as work with premixed & fermented dough.
To register for the classes described above, you must complete and submit a form, along with tuition payment. Find the form here, along with the brochure listing of all Community Education courses (scroll to the bottom of the linked page). Registration closes on August 30th; completing the form requires the course numbers listed in the brochure. For any questions about the courses, feel free to post in the comments below.