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The Parisian Macaron Class: My Take

Have you ever fantasized about French macarons? Little decadent pieces of heaven with a ganache or buttercream filling; every bite filled with pleasure. They remind me of the most beautiful city in the world – the one on top of my bucket list – Paris! Even though I haven’t visited yet, I always daydream about sitting in a Parisian cafe, admiring the romance of the city, sipping coffee and eating macarons from a dainty ceramic dish.

So when I discovered Le Dolci and their macaron class, I pictured a part of my dream coming true, right here in Toronto! I signed up for the class and hoped to live a bit of Paris through my experience. To begin with, the classroom looked a bit like how I have always pictured Paris – a very welcome sign! I shared the class with a group of baking enthusiasts and we were instructed by the lovely Chef Lindsey.

She began the class by having us taste some macarons that were just perfect. She explained how macarons are made in France, the technique of making them, the ingredients and the little nuances that contribute to making the perfect macarons. During the session, she explained the scientific process behind building and baking the macaron and I was simply mind blown! For the first time, I understood why my macarons are hollow and why they don’t hold their shape when I pipe them on a tray.

I must admit I was a bit hesitant to attend the class at first because I doubted my ability to replicate the French classic. But Lindsey’s comforting manner and her attention to detail is so spot on, that I just jumped into the process and made some of the most beautiful macarons of my life. Lindsey guided us through every step of the process and even suggested the best places to buy supplies and ingredients at a reasonable price. From getting the ingredients ready, to making the perfect meringue, to piping and baking the macarons, Lindsey helped us through the entire process and made sure we were comfortable.

She also gave us various ideas for filling and decorating the macarons. Be it unicorn-shaped, bite-sized macarons, ones with sprinkles or glitter or different color combinations, we created art in the form of beautiful desserts. Practicing among a group also made the experience more enjoyable and full of laughs, motivation and cheerful banter.

At the end of the two-hour class, I returned home with a box of macarons that I had made in the class. I also received a set of instructions during the class and by email the next morning. The macaron class at Le Dolci not only gave me a break from my routine, but also helped live part of my fantasy, learn the minutest details behind the art of the French macaron and make new friends through my culinary journey. I would definitely recommend this class to all the baking enthusiasts out there. Take the class to learn the secret behind French macarons and have fun through the process!

XO
Priyanka

P.S. – I am now an intern at LeDolci and you will hear from me often. I am so excited to share my journey and dolci experiences with you. Until next time cupcakes 🙂

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The Unicorn Cake Class at LeDolci

Who doesn’t love unicorns? The legendary creatures, with their magical and mystical powers, have intrigued humans ever since their earliest incarnation in ancient Greece. Even today, unicorns are all the rage and often pop up in text messages, memes or in fictional adaptations.

However, unicorns are now making waves in the world of cakes! There is nothing more magical than a unicorn cake and it is, without a doubt, the latest birthday cake trend.

LeDolci is home to these magnificent unicorn cakes, and this spring, we are hosting a class so you can learn how to make your very own unicorn cake. Chef Julie Montgomery, formerly of the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts, will teach this class and help you bring the elusive magical unicorn to life.

In this brand new class, you will learn to properly mask a cake in buttercream, create a unicorn horn out of a dowel and fondant, paint using edible gold, create gumpaste ears and eyes and lastly pipe a “mane” using various piping techniques. Be prepared to wow your friends and family with your stunning creation.

The class will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and can be booked online. At the end of the class, you will master the mystical unicorn and take home a stunning four inch cake.

We hope to see you at the class. You know you want to be here!

LeDolci is a culinary classroom and bakeshop located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, near the Trinity Bellwoods park. With over 10 culinary classes, baking camps for kids and adults and corporate team building, they offer something for everyone. Visit LeDolci at 1006 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, or contact them through telephone at 416-262-3400 or by email: orders@ledolci.com.

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Baking Boot Camp – Just a few weeks away!

BAKING BOOTCAMP – 4 Weeks 

Join us every Tuesday evening beginning April 11th – May 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Class outline:

WEEK 1: Baking Essentials 101

WEEK 2: Puff Pastry

WEEK 3: Creams & Custards

WEEK 4: Breads & Yeast

Cost: $375  includes four lessons, all food costs and delicious results to take home.  No tools or equipment required.

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Junior Cake Decorating Boot Camp

Calling all Junior Cake Decorators…if you are between the ages of 9-16 and love to create, sculpt and decorate cakes Le Dolci Junior Boot Camp is the place for you.  Join Chef Julie formerly of Bonnie Gordon College.  This week long Boot Camp will help students build their portfolio AND impress their Instagram friends.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Monday August 21st – Friday August 25th

Cost: $649.00 this includes all snack, healthy lunches & tools for the week.

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New Baking Boot Camp ADDED!!

BAKING BOOTCAMP – 4 Weeks 

Join us every Tuesday evening beginning April 11th – May 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Class outline:

WEEK 1: Baking Essentials 101

WEEK 2: Puff Pastry

WEEK 3: Creams & Custards

WEEK 4: Breads & Yeast

Cost: $375  includes four lessons, all food costs and delicious results to take home.  No tools or equipment required.

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New Baking Boot Camp – 4 Weeks beginning April 11th

BAKING BOOTCAMP (for Adults!) – 4 Weeks 

Join us every Tuesday evening beginning April 11th – May 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Cost includes four lessons, all food costs and delicious results to take home.  No tools or equipment required.

Class outline:

WEEK 1: Baking Essentials 101

WEEK 2: Puff Pastry

WEEK 3: Creams & Custards

WEEK 4: Breads & Yeast

Cost: $375  includes four lessons, all food costs and delicious results to take home.  No tools or equipment required.

BOOK NOW