or a story How I went to hone my croissant baking skills in Terrible French Pastry School
I know it sounds confusing and you might wonder, why I wanted to learn how to make terrible French pastry or how it is possible to hone ones skills in pastry school that promises by its name to teach you to make awful pastry. But I promise that everything will make perfect sense if you follow along :).
So the backstory for this experience started some time ago, where I have tried with some trial and error to teach myself via different books, recipes and online courses the art of croissant making. I like flaky butterly crispy croissants, and who wouldn't ?. But often the croissants that are available are not measuring up for these expectations, and the whole croissant experience ends up being rather dull (I know, I might have bit high standards, but thats the life). So the solution to this problem in my mind, was to learn how to make a proper croissants, and as I love baking, how hard it could be? Well, it turns out that mastering croissants, can be little tricky and you can produce many silly little mistakes that affect the end result. (More about that another time). So after gaining some croissant baking knowledge from this different resources, I mentioned before, I decided it is time to sign myself up to croissant baking course and hone my skills more hands on. So thats how I ended up attending Terrible French Pastry School croissant class :).
Hmm, but if I wanted to hone my croissant baking skills and learn how to make better croissants, why I went to school that should by its name teach people how to make awful French pastry :S ?
Well, there is the funny irony in the story. The Terrible French Pastry School has gotten its name from its founder Frederic Terrible, who is French pastry chef and instructor in this school (and yes, it is his actual name and he is rather fun), and school actually is teaching, how to make some amazing pastry creations rather than awful one (Check out their sugar swan making courses. Amazing, isn't it?). Anyway, thats the short story about school name and I think it is fun :). (Definitely a good talking point during the dinner party- Btw I went to Terrible French Pastry School to hone my baking skills. What have you lately been up to? :D)
So here is a little photo summary on what went on in this 4.5 hour course and as you can see in the end results were not bad at all :).
And now I need to practice, practice and practice to master this skill. I am not sure, I will need 10 000 hours, but definitely I need some hours, kilos of butter, flour and "croissant volunteers" to hone and master croissant making skill :).