Chef Earl Vallery has been creating pastries for over 14 years and teaching for over 7 of those years. He loves sharing his knowledge and experience with all interested! Most importantly, he makes it a point to create a fun and easy-to-understand classroom environment where all questions are both welcomed and encouraged. If you’ve ever wanted to improve your pastry skills and have ever wondered about the specifics of ingredient functions and mixing techniques, then these are the classes for you! ***No Classes Are Currently Scheduled*** Classes will be publicized when they are scheduled and open for registration.
FUTURE CLASSES WILL INCLUDE:
French Macarons The Bowerbird Way
Join Chef Earl Vallery as he demos the Bowerbird Bakeshop method for creating beautiful French Macarons using a stable Italian Meringue. We’ll also create and flavor a Swiss Buttercream and use it to fill our macarons. Learn the meaning of the words tant por tant and show off to your friends.
Fresh Fruit Summer Tarts
Join Chef Earl Vallery as he demos buttery 1-2-3 tart dough and crème patisserie for making fresh fruit tarts. You’ll roll out your own dough and learn to blind bake a tart crust. We’ll fill the crusts with vanilla crème patisserie and you’ll top with seasonal fresh fruit and glaze with apricot jam. Learn the meaning of the words crème patisserie and show off to your friends.
Croissant “Appreciation” Class
Join Chef Earl Vallery as he demos the steps involved with producing and laminating croissant dough. We’ll go through the entire process from start to finish, including mixing, fermenting, lamination, shaping, proofing, baking, and eating. You will definitely see why croissants cost as much as they do and come away from this class with a new appreciation for these Austrian-born (not French!) creations. Learn the meaning of the word beurrage and show off to your friends.
Bread Basics 101
This is a good class for anyone who wants to learn the absolute fundamentals of making your own bread. Join Chef Earl Vallery as he waxes poetic about the beauty and magic of flour and gluten. He’ll go through the entire 12 steps of bread making and produce some simple baguettes and naan bread. We’ll have fresh baked bread with butter and jam to wrap things up. Learn the meaning of the words window test and show off to your friends.
Buttercream Piping Techniques
Join Chef Earl Vallery as he walks you through hands-on piping techniques for decorating cakes, including: various borders, pearls, writing, and a good assortment of flowers. This is a fully technique-based class, so we’ll relax in our chairs and practice together for the duration. Learn the meaning of the word cornet and show off to your friends.
The Cake Class Class
Join Chef Earl Vallery as he demonstrates how to produce his favorite chocolate cake and accompanying buttercream. Assembly and icing of cakes will be demonstrated and you will put together your very own 6” naked cake during the second half of the class. Learn the crucial cake technique of the soak and show off to your friends.