Dessert Downtime

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Dessert Downtime

There's no place like home, and that's not just a line from the Wizard of Oz. After a crazy day battling noise, pollution, crime, and your mother-in-law, having that sanctuary to go to is wonderful. You unlock the door, walk inside, close the curtains, shut the ringer off the phone and stare at your closed refrigerator door trying to remember why you wandered into the kitchen in the first place.

What? You don't do that? Okay. Maybe your way of unwinding after a long day is a little different. Some people unwind by baking. No, they're not pastry chefs by trade. They just like to try different dessert recipes and pastry recipes. Come on, who doesn't love chocolate? The best reason to make a chocolate dessert after a crazy day is the opportunity to then eat said chocolate dessert.

If you find you're wasting more ingredients than you should, or that your dessert plates look more like plates of unformed sugar lumps, maybe it's time to look into some pastry schools. You can choose from night courses that are as much as 12 or 15 hours in length, or mini courses that give you a few hours of tips and tricks to help you with your puff pastry endeavours. Whether you are interested in pastry checf jobs, or simply as a hobby, it never hurts to hone your skills.

Whatever you decide to do, just remember: there's nothing wrong with spending a little quiet time in the kitchen, even if you did forget why you wandered there in the first place.



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