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Instagram Live Recipes – Cheese Puffs / Gougeres

CHEESE PUFFS/ GOUGERES 

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter (or quarter butter lb block)
1 cup + 3 tablespoons flour
4 eggs

1 cup grated low moisture cheese (eg parmesan, gruyere, old cheddar)
1 teaspoon mustard (optional)

 

Method:

  1. Combine water, milk, sugar, salt and butter in a pot. Bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Add all flour to the pot and while on the heat source, whisk together until homogeneous and a smooth dough is formed.
  3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl OR stand mixer with paddle attachment.
  4. Add eggs one at a time while mixing. Only add next egg once the dough has fully incorporated the previous egg.
  5. Add cheese (and mustard if using) and mix through thoroughly.
  6. Pipe (or scoop) and bake at 390F or 200C for 10-15 mins (depends on size of choux).
  7. Best eaten while still warm!
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Instagram Live Recipes – CARROT CAKE / MUFFINS

 

CARROT CAKE (makes 1 Loaf / 12 Muffins)
1 egg
1/4 scant cup of soured milk (using 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to sour)
3/4 cups white sugar (or 1/2 cup white, 1/4 cup brown)
1/2 cup veg oil
2 cups loose packed coarse grated carrots1+1/4 cups AP flour (or 3/4 cups AP and 1/2 wholewheat)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (3/8 teaspoon if including brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ginger (optional)
pinch salt (optional)

 

 

CREAM CHEESE SWIRL (optional)

4oz (half standard 8oz block) cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
3 Tablespoons AP flour
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (optional)

Instructions for Carrot Cake

1. Mix the lemon juice/vinegar together with the milk
2. Combine sugar, vegetable oil and soured milk in step 1, mix together until homogeneous (these are the WET ingredients)
3. Mix up eggs until yolks and whites are homogeneous, leave aside
4. Combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt, mix together with a whisk or fork until homogeneous (these are the DRY ingredients)
5. Mix eggs into wet ingredients and then immediately add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, important not to overmix!
6. Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit, portion loaf or muffins (with or without muffin liners) and swirl in cream cheese swirl if using. Bake for ~15-20 minutes (for muffins), ~50-60 mins (for loaf) or until a skewer inserted into middle of the cake comes out clean
8. Enjoy!

Instructions for Cream Cheese Swirl

1. Mix the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth
2. Add egg, mix together until homogeneous
3. Add flour (sifted), zest and fold in until just combined

 

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New Class Alert: Gluten-Free Baking Basics

Rachel Bies, CNP/Culinary Nutritionist of RachelBies Nutrition and Rachael Hunt of GlutenFreedom Toronto have come together to bring a fun and interactive gluten-free baking series in partnership with Le Dolci. These classes are aimed to improve your baking knowledge by learning how to mix gluten-free flours, as well as how to swap sugars and oils for healthier alternatives.

Join us on Sunday June 14th at 1-3pm for this fun and educational class!

Book now

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LE DOLCI’S KIDS MARCH BREAK CAMP 2015

March 16-20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Will your kids be bouncing off the walls on March Break and you are still not sure how you are going to keep them busy? Well, our March Break Baking & Crafts Camp is the perfect solution! Happening between March 16th and March 20th  your little ones will put on their aprons and chef hats and start baking culinary creations – everything from marshmallows and truffles to crepes and pies.

Parents can sign their little chefs up for one day or the whole week of culinary fun. This march break’s foodie fun will include:

  • marshmallows + hot chocolate
  • scones- sweet + savoury
  • chocolate truffles
  • crepes- sweet + savoury
  • pies

Crafts, musical activities and healthy snacks and lunches round out the day. Email us at orders@ledolci.com or contact us at 416-262-3400 to reserve your child’s spot. $360/per child for the full week.

  • Ages 4 to 12
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Holiday Cookie Baking Extravaganza

Make this year’s holidays extra-special by giving the gift of homemade holiday cookies.

Take our Holiday Cookie Baking Extravaganza and learn four  kinds of cookie baking techniques. At the end of the class, take your cookies home or to the office party.
Don’t forget to leave some out with milk for Santa!

  • Candy cane cookies –Learn the drop cookie technique when you make these delectable desserts. Cover them in mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips for a truly unforgettable candy cane cookie!
  • Coconut macaroons with chocolate tops – Impress your friends with “easier to make than it looks” chocolate-dipped macaroons.
  • Shortbread – learn how to make an egg-free crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread that will rival Grandma’s.
  • Vanilla thumbprints – Fill your delicious shortbread cookies with jam, lemon curd or caramels.
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Baking Bootcamp is back with NEW classes!

Baking Bootcamp is back with NEW classes!
Whip yourself into baking and pastry shape with our six-week BAKING BOOTCAMP taught by Chef Lindsey. This baking and pastry program will teach you all the fundamentals you need to know to impress your friends, family and yourself at your next dinner party. $450/person (six two-hour classes)

  • Every Wednesday starting from September 17 until October 22, 7-9pm

Over six weeks, the lovely and passionate Chef Lindsey teaches the secrets of:

  • Marshmallows and Meringues
  • French Tarts and Galettes
  • Chocolate Soufflés
  • Candy and Caramels
  • Doughnuts
  • Croquembuche tower with spun sugar

Book now to guarantee your spot!

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Toronto kids: Our March Break Baking & Crafts Camp

You know how your kids are bouncing off the walls on March Break and you don’t know how to keep them busy? Well, our March Break Baking & Crafts Camp is the perfect solution! Happening between March 10th and March 14th your little ones will put on their aprons and chef hats and start baking culinary creations – everything from cakes and cupcakes to pizzas and pies.

Here is what they will learn to bake and decorate during our March Break camp:

  • Monday, March 10th: Cookie Baking
  • Tuesday, March 11th: Cupcake Baking & Decorating
  • Wednesday, March 12th: Pizza Making and T-shirt Decorating
  • Thursday, March 13th: Pie Making and Baking
  • Friday, March 14th: Mini Cake Baking & Decorating

Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided.

Space is limited so sign your kids up now! After the camp ends, your little chefs will be the ones making dinner at home.

Cost: Sign up for 5 days of fun for $360, or pick individual days for $70 each.

Click here for more information.

Space is limited so book your child’s spot now.

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Le Dolci’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

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We have 12 GIFT IDEAS for you this Holiday Season! Check them out.

dessert_recipe_choux_pastry1. GIFT IDEA: BAKING BOOTCAMP! – Our 6-week baking bootcamp makes a great gift for your favourite baker-in-training! Le Dolci’s bootcamp will teach you the A to Z of baking.

Click here to see what you’ll learn!

 

 

log cake, yule log, buche noel, christmas, winter, holidays, cake, cake decorating, toronto, baking class, fondant2. ORDER: A FESTIVE YULE LOG  – Le Dolci is selling custom made Yule logs with vanilla or chocolate filling, complete with snowmen, mistletoe and more!
Cost: $45 each. Delivery available across the GTA.

3.CLASS: LEARN TO MAKE A YULE LOG  Learn to make & decorate a Yule Log for the holidays. Our Chef Stephanie will teach you to bake and carve your cake into the perfect log. Using fondant, buttercream and royal icing, Stephanie will teach you to decorate a holiday perfect log.
Dates: December 3, 7:30pm – 9:30pm; December 13, 7pm – 9pm; December 18, 7pm – 9pm.
Cost: $80 per person.
Sign up 

 

santa, wreath, custom cookie, decorating class toronto, winter holidays, family activity, things to do4. ORDER: CHRISTMAS COOKIES – Order cookies in shapes like the gingerbread man, snowflakes, Rudolph and even Santa himself. Get one cookie or give someone a set in a gift box. Delivery available across the GTA.
Cost: $5 per cookie or $25 for six cookies in a gift box.

5. CLASSES: HOLIDAY COOKIE BAKING – Take one or all three of our Christmas cookie classes. Our holiday guru will teach you how to make nine different Christmas cookies using the most festive ingredients!
SUGAR & SPICE #1 – Dec. 10, 6:30pm – 9pm
BUTTERY BITES #2 – Dec. 11, 6:30pm – 9pm
HO HO HOLIDAY COOKIES #3 – Dec. 12, 6:30pm – 9pm

Click here to for a full list of cookies you’ll learn to make!

jack frost, frosty the snowman cookies, custom cookies, cookie decorating class toronto, family activity6. CLASSES: COOKIE DECORATING –Take home a batch of shortbread Christmas cookies that you’ve decorated yourself with royal icing. Learn piping and flooding techniques and how to decorate sugar cookies like a pro in this session.
Date: November 30 from 10am – 12pm.
Cost: $80 per person.
Click here to book!

 

penguin, winter, holiday, christmas, xmas, hanukkah, cake decorating class toronto7. CLASSES: CHRISTMAS CAKE  –Learn the basics of cake decorating, including how to level and ice a cake with fondant, as well as tips and tricks to making fun, winter shapes including snowmen, penguins, snowflakes and more.
Date: December 14, 2pm – 5pm.
Cost: $129 per person.
Sign up here!

 

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8. ORDER: CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES – Our Christmas-themed custom cupcakes are perfect for a dinner party, team meeting or corporate event. Available in various flavours including, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and gluten-free options, our custom cupcakes are hand-made daily by our talented cake designer. orders@ledolci.com or call us at 416-262-3400 to place your order! Delivery available across the GTA.

christmas macaron, macaroon, french, italian, mac, candy cane, sweet, dessert, winter, holiday9. ORDER: HOLIDAY MACARONS Available in festive flavours including Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Eggnog. Get them in a gift box for someone truly special! Delivery available across the GTA.
Cost: $11.50 per half dozen, $22 per dozen.

 

 

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10. CLASSES: GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING FUN!  In this two-hour session, you will get creative and work with fondant, candy, and other materials to decorate your own sweet work of art. Come with a friend or a little one for some candylicious entertainment!

Date: December 7, 10am – 12pm and December 14, 10am – 12pm.
Cost: $60 per person.
Book now!

11. CAKE PEDESTALS – Make your cake the star of the party. Available in a variety of sizes, styles and colours to showcase your home made desserts.
View our Cake Pedestal selection.

paris, sweet, macaron, treat, dessert12. ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME CULINARY TRIP TO PARIS – For Christmas, surprise your loved one with a hands-on culinary trip to Paris in 2014! Spend your mornings learning the secrets of Parisian cuisine including macarons, baguettes and éclairs from top French chefs. Take the afternoon to explore the city’s hidden gastronomic and historic delights.
Find out more about our trip!