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This is a review of the Dominique Ansel Teaches French Pastry Fundamentals class from MasterClass!
The MasterClass Instructor – Dominique Ansel
This class opens with a sneak peek into what recipes viewers will learn throughout the class. Viewers also get to see just how successful and famous Dominique Ansel’s pastry’s have become by showing an enormous line outside his bakery in downtown New York where people line up for hours just to get a taste. For those who are not familiar with Dominique Ansel, he is a world renowned pastry chef who is most widely known for his signature croissant-donut hybrid called the Cronut.
James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel has shaken up the pastry world with innovation and creativity at the heart of his work. Named the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People Under 40” and Crain’s “40 under 40,” Chef Dominique has strived through his career to bring a refreshing approach to the world of desserts. In 2015, he was bestowed the prestigious l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole award for his accomplishments. Vanity Fair named him one of the “50 Most Influential French” and Daily Mail UK claimed him “the most fêted pastry chef in the world.”
Dominique Ansel has created a class that not only teaches the fundamentals of baking pastries, but he teaches viewers how to think of pastries differently and inspires them to unlock their own creativity. The class teaches the building blocks of French pastries through mini madeleines, the perfect croissant, fruit tarts, glazed chocolate cake, and dark chocolate and banana passion fruit bonbons.
French Pastry Fundamentals – Who is it for?
This class is for anyone who wants to bring their baking skills to the next level! Chef Dominique talks about how baking can be intimidating, but his goal in this class is to destroy that stigma and bring some of his favorite recipes to his viewer’s kitchens. The class has a variety of recipes that range in difficulty so no matter how much experience you have, this class has something for you.
MasterClass Dominique Ansel – Main Themes
- Be precise
- Be calm
- Follow all of the steps
MasterClass Workbook – Dominique Ansel
The workbook will be your guide to replicating these recipes at home! The workbook has a great review at the beginning of each recipe, which talks about the pastry, any preparation needed, and all of the important points needed to be successful. For each chapter, the workbook then provides the recipe and methods for each pastry, along with a learn more section that dives into things like the history of the pastry or how you can modify certain recipes.
MasterClass French Pastry Fundamentals Key Takeaways
Chef Dominique has created an inspiring and exciting class that provides viewers with the tools they need to recreate some amazing pastry recipes at home. This class goes through a variety of pastries including croissants, chocolate cake, and fruit tarts. Not only does the class teach you Chef Dominique’s methodology, but it also teaches viewers how to present and finish these pastries to create something beautiful.
When working with pastry, think about the people you’re serving the food to, your connection or relationship to them, and the experience you want them to leave with. And don’t forget to always be creative.
What I loved about this class was Chef Dominique’s philosophy towards his work. He was inspired by how pastries are a little something extra that brings family and friends together. He is an inspiration to all bakers, due to his love for bringing people together and his creativity. In the last section of this class, Chef Dominique shares a case study on his most famous pastry, the Cronut, but also shows viewers some of his most creative creations including the cookie shot, the frozen s’mores, and a lotus flower hot chocolate.
Final Thoughts Dominique Ansel’s MasterClass
I loved this class from the very beginning! Chef Dominique has created an in-depth and exciting class that really provides viewers with the tools they need to not only recreate some of his famous recipes, but also explore their own creative baking inspirations. If you are looking for a class that will take your baking skills to the next level, this is the class for you!
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