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How can I avoid annoying the pastry chef?

How to Annoy the Pastry Chef

Just because you took a course last summer on chocolate dessert baking doesn't make you a pastry chef. Yes, you learned some great things, have been baking up a storm ever since, yada yada yada. The pastry chef down the street doesn't want to hear all about it. In fact, if you bug the pastry chef too much, he or she just might close up shop and move away. Then what will people do to get their puff pastry? On the other hand, if you're determined to completely annoy the pastry chef, here's how you do it:

  • Show up everyday minutes before they turn the Open sign to Closed.
  • Show up everyday, pick a specific pastry, and ask the chef to tell you what he put in the recipe.
  • Make suggestions for that recipe.
  • Tell the pastry chef you used his last batch of squares as paperweights.
  • Tell the pastry chef you used his last batch of squares as pumice stones.
  • Type up some of your own dessert recipes and leave them for the pastry chef to try.
  • Buy as many things as you can, go home, then return to the bakery and tell the pastry chef you bought too much and want to return a few things.
You see, it's very easy to annoy the local pastry chef. Just remember, when the pastry chef packs up shop and leaves town, you're not going to be the most popular person on the block.

   
What the best way to raise bread dough?

Raising Dough

Altitude and air moisture can make a difference in raising bread dough. So can the age and type of yeast and the amount of sugar used. Always raise dough away from drafts. An unheated or a low heat oven is great place to raise dough but be careful no one accidentally cooks it! You can also put the dough in a refrigerator overnight and it will rise.

   
What the best way to raise bread dough?

Raising Dough

Altitude and air moisture can make a difference in raising bread dough. So can the age and type of yeast and the amount of sugar used. Always raise dough away from drafts. An unheated or a low heat oven is great place to raise dough but be careful no one accidentally cooks it! You can also put the dough in a refrigerator overnight and it will rise.

   
What are two of the more popular courses for a pastry chef?

What Will I Learn in Pastry Chef School?

There are many things you can learn while attending pastry chef school. Two of the more popular courses for a pastry chef are baking and pastry arts & culinary arts.
Baking and pastry arts courses will teach you the art and science of baking. The course also allows you to use a variety of tools and equipment to prepare cookies, centerpieces, desserts, candies, quick breads, yeast breads and more.
A culinary arts course through pastry chef school will put you on track towards obtaining a degree in culinary arts. This degree program focuses on the principles of food service production, food service sanitation, nutrition, stock and sauces, American regional cuisine, dining room management, storeroom operations, meat cutting, international and French cuisine and more.

   
What is the best temperature for dough to rise?

Bread Baking Techniques

Following are a few bread baking techniques that you can apply the next time you decide to bake a loaf of bread.
1. The one thing a teacher in bread baking school will tell you is, "practice," "practice," "practice." In other words, keep making the bread until you get it right; you can always eat your mistakes.
2. The temperature for dough to rise should be around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Invest in a thermometer so you can test the temperature of the dough while kneading it. Doughs are best when kneaded to between 76 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature after eight minutes of kneading your dough.

   
What are some of the degree programs offered by a baking school?

Baking School Degree Programs

Do you dream of owning your own bakery? Are you considering becoming a pastry chef or baker? Or, perhaps you just want to take your baking and pastry career further. Either way, a degree from any baking school will further your career and education. There are a variety of degree programs to choose from, and some of them are: Associate of Applied Science degree in Professional Cooking and Baking, Associate of Applied Science in Professional Baking and Pastry, Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts and many others.

   
What is the average pay for a pastry chef?

Average Pay of a Pastry Chef

After you've put in the time through pastry school it's time to think about your career as a pastry chef. If you think a career as a pastry chef is right for you, and if you're ready to work long hours (usually early in the morning), then you expect to earn an average of $56,000 per year starting out, and as you advance you can earn upwards of $65,000 per year with potential to earn more over time with experience.

   
What is a common mistake in bread baking?

Most Common Mistakes in Bread Baking

Have you ever wondered why your bread did not rise during bread baking? Maybe it was because the yeast that you used was expired, or it could have been because the water temperature was not correct when you added the yeast.

Did your bread have a sour flavor after bread baking? You may not have kneaded the dough long enough.

Did the top of the crust crack? Next time use less when kneading and shaping.

If you'd like to learn more about bread baking you can sign up for a pastry course -- available from many culinary and pastry chef schools.

   
Do you have any secrets for bread baking?

Bread Baking Secrets

Do you enjoy bread baking? Following are a few bread baking secrets that you can apply the next time you decide to do some more bread baking in your kitchen.

1. Dough will be ready for baking if you lightly press on the top of the dough, with the tips of two fingers (about ½ inch), and the indention from your two fingers stays. If the indention does not stay then your dough needs to rise longer.
2. For a darker, browner crust, bake your bread in a glass pan.
3. If your bread baking recipe calls for eggs, butter or other moist ingredients, the dough usually stays sticky.
4. During bread baking, to prevent the bread from sticking to the pan, lightly scatter a little cornmeal on the sides and bottom of your bread baking pan, but first, make sure to oil your pan as usual.

   
I've completed baking school, and would like to know what some of the culinary careers are that I can pursue?

Culinary Careers After Baking School

After you finish baking school there are a number of culinary careers you can pursue. A few that you may want to consider are: pastry chef, baker, decorator, donut maker, assistant production manager, pastry chef assistant, bakery manager, executive chef for gourmet and bakery, master baker and many others.
Getting an Associate's Degree can take up to two years, and getting a Bachelor's Degree will require four years of study. A degree in culinary arts does not gaurantee a job in the business, but hands-on learning and hard work will pay off in your career.

   
Can you offer any bread making tips?

Bread Baking Tips

Following are a couple bread baking tips from two chefs:
1. David Lawrence, private chef and author of "Boy Eats World" says, "one of my favorite tips for bread baking is to place your bread dough into a slightly warm oven to rise." And he recommends that you turn your oven to 300 degrees for one minute and turn off immediately. "It creates the perfect environment for the dough to rise," David says.
2. Helene Kennan, Executive chef of Bon Appétit at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, recommends that you use the right equipment and follow the recipe exactly.

   
What can I learn through a French pastry course?

French Pastry Courses

You can study French pastry by taking some courses in France, and the courses provide an English interpreter. By taking a French pastry course you can learn how-to line fancy cakes, how-to cut dough, fermentation control, bread baking and a whole lot more.

Ecole des Trois Ponts is one place in France where you can study French pastry. Courses at Ecole des Trois Ponts can cost as little as 940 per week with a deposit of 100, this does include housing too. To find out more about the types of courses, prices, housing and more you can search Google for "Ecole des Trois Ponts".

   
What the best way to raise bread dough?

Raising Dough

Altitude and air moisture can make a difference in raising bread dough. So can the age and type of yeast and the amount of sugar used. Always raise dough away from drafts. An unheated or a low heat oven is great place to raise dough but be careful no one accidentally cooks it! You can also put the dough in a refrigerator overnight and it will rise.

   
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