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Last updated on 21st September 2021 by Lena
If you ask Paris visitors about their dearest memory of Paris, many will go into raptures about the delicate pastries they tried during their trip. Colourful Macarons, tender éclairs, creamy Paris Brests, delicious millefeuilles, and even baked goods as simple as a plain croissant – the pâtisserie and viennoiserie that you find in Paris are better than everything you’ve tasted before.
But instead of craving those heavenly treats for months and months after returning home, simply learn how to make them yourself!
Being taught how to bake French pastries by taking a pastry class in Paris is a wonderful experience and a great souvenir you can bring back home from your trip. Click here to see all French pastry cooking classes in Paris
Highlights: The most popular baking courses in Paris
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|Paris Cooking Class: Make Your Own Croissants|
|2-Hour Bread Making Class in Paris|
|Macaron Class at Galeries Lafayette most popular|
When travelling to Paris, you will be surprised by how omnipresent pâtisserie is. And how high their standards are! You can find those delicious treats everywhere, even McDonalds has its own selection of pastry that is relatively decent even. Paris is food heaven and you did not fully immerse in french food if you didn’t dedicate a significant amount of time to french sweets, cakes, pastries, desserts, and viennoiserie.
Chose your favourite pastry
If you made up your mind and decided on getting filled in the secrets of pastry baking, the hardest part is still to come: Decide WHAT do you want to bake! I looked around and found the most popular and loved baking classes in Paris. Go ahead!
Croissants – the classic!
The classic french breakfast Croissant is most likely the most famous pastry in the world. But wait, it is in fact not even French!
The legend says the croissant was created by Austrian bakers to celebrate the defeat of the Turks, hence the half-moon shape. Only later on did the puff pastry got popular in France, due to Marie Antoinette’s love for it. The French renamed it “Croissant de Lune”, french for “increasing moon”.
But however it arrived in France, it came to stay. Today, croissants can be found in every bakery and supermarket.
Tip: to get the freshest and best croissant though, look out for a boulangerie artisanale ! This means it’s made in house. Boulangeries that are not “artisanale” are getting it usually delivered frozen and are just baking it.
Take a croissant baking class
What about you?! Do you want to create an authentic french Croissant for the next brunch with friends? Learn how to bake croissants by taking a croissant workshop in Paris – click here to see prices and schedules
Macarons – a sophisticated treat
Macarons are one of the most tender french treats and also the most prestigious ones. They are sweet and colourful little sandwiches that come in a million flavours. And they are just perfectly sized to enjoy more than one!
Even though the pastry is basically just consisting of egg white, almond flour, and sugar, Macarons are pretty difficult to prepare. It requires some know-how and finesses to master this classic french pastry.
But you are in Paris, the paradise for cooking and baking. Which place on earth could be better to learn how to bake Macarons than Paris?
Find the best Macaron baking course in Paris
Macarons are insanely popular in Paris and if you are searching for a Macaron class in Paris, you will find quite a few to chose from. The offer ranges from budget-friendly classes in the Galeries Lafayette (update: not offered at the moment due to Covid-19) to exclusive small group or private classes.
|Macaron baking class at Galeries Lafayette best rated AND budget friendly||18 max||1,5h||💲|
|Macarons Class, Teatime and To-Go Box||10 max||3h||💲💲|
|French Macarons Baking Class with a Parisian Chef||10 Max||3h||💲💲💲|
Eclairs – cream-filled pastries!
Another classic French pastry is certainly the Eclair. The oblong choux pastry is normally filled with flavoured cream and topped with icing. It is d.e.l.i.c.o.u.s.! (frankly, it’s my personal favourite). While the Macaron might originate in Italy and the Croissant in Vienne, Eclairs are as french as they can be. Back in the 19th-century éclairs were still called “pain à la Duchesse”, however, some historians think that their creation leads back to Antonin Carême, the famous french chef that died in 1833. If you think now.. Nah, éclairs… I know them from the US, been there done that… the North American Long Johns are not identical to éclairs in France. They are made from doughnut pastry and not from choux dough.
A pastry class in Paris to learn how to bake Éclairs
Baguette – learn how to bake traditional French bread
Step behind the counter of a family-run boulangerie in Paris and learn how to bake a traditional French baguette. Your teacher will be no one less than the master baker himself – and the owner of the bakery. Click here to see the reviews of this workshop
It’s a truly hands-on experience. You’ll learn all the tips and techniques to succeed in baking baguettes later on back home. Isn’t that a great souvenir from your Paris vacation?
The bread baking workshop is offered in Englisch and lasts 2 hours. You will bake 2 different sorts of bread and the receipts mailed by email. Click here for more information and reservation
If you have any questions about Paris or need some advice and how to plan your trip, don’t hesitate to reach out! If you are interested in the culinary side of Paris, don’t miss our food and drink guides!
I created a Facebook group for this matter and I am available to answer all questions! Click here to join the private Salut from Paris Facebook group!
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