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"I invite you to join me for a patisserie and baking course in France, to learn about the basic techniques that will enable you to create beautiful classic French pastries. I cover as many essential techniques as possible, like croissants, French bread, puff pastry, chou pastry, creme patissiere, & mousses, so you can use them as a stepping stone to create your own pastries from your kitchen back home. I will pass on my tips and tricks that will guide you to success..."


5 NIGHTS RESIDENTIAL PATISSERIE COURSE

This patisserie course includes 4 days of pastry classes, and is designed to teach you many techniques for classic French pastries. Two outings will give you a chance to get a good feel for the area and soak up the south west atmosphere. Check-in on Sunday.

Baking & Patisserie courses | Week Courses
Sunday

Arrival from 4:00pm. You just settle in and make yourself at home. We meet before dinner for a welcome drink with canapés, followed by a three-course dinner.

Monday

After breakfast we go to a patisserie in Casteljaloux, to sample a few classics with a nice cup of coffee. This will give you a precise idea of the textures and presentations we will be aiming for when we produce them in our kitchen. We come back for lunch. At 1.00 pm, we meet in the kitchen, to create our own pastries, which will be served for dessert that very same night. We will be in the kitchen until about 4:00 pm, so you will get some time to relax before we meet up at 7:00 pm for an aperitif followed by dinner.

Tuesday

After breakfast we meet in the kitchen, to start baking. We will stop for lunch and get back to the kitchen to finish our pastries. You will then again get some time to relax before the aperitif and dinner. Once again, your creations will be served for dessert that very same night.

Wednesday

After breakfast we go to a chocolaterie in Nerac (not applicable in July, a different outing will replace), the very place that inspired Joanne Harris's novel 'Chocolate'. We will have a little taste of their chocolate and bring back what we need for our preparations. I will show you Vianne and Nerac, which are the most beautiful places of our area. We will stop for a coffee, then come back for lunch. At 1.00 pm, we meet in the kitchen to bake. Your creations will be served for dessert that very same night. We will be in the kitchen until about 4:00 pm, so you will get some time to relax before we meet up at 7:00 pm for an aperitif followed by dinner.

Thursday

After breakfast we meet in the kitchen, to start baking. We will stop for lunch and get back to the kitchen to finish our pastries. You will then again get some time to relax before the aperitif and dinner. Once again, your creations will be served for dessert that very same night.

Friday

Departure is on Friday morning. The room is yours until 11.00am if you have your own vehicle, but drop off to Tonneins station is for the 8.10am train.

Baking & Patisserie courses | Pastry Making

You will learn to make: chou pastry (éclairs, religieuses, paris-brest, saint-honoré or croquembouche), crème patissiere, shortcrust and sweet pastry, tarts, macaroons, millefeuille, bavarois, tarte tatin, croissants or puff pastry, and bread or brioche.

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~ Pricing ~

  • 5 Night Patisserie Course Holiday € 1290

    (Approx £1136)*

  • 3 Night Patisserie Course Holiday ‎€720

    (Approx £634)*

  • Day Patisserie Course Holiday ‎€190

    (Approx £167)*

  • Afternoon Patisserie Course ‎€99

    (Approx £87)*

  • *Exchange rate based on Google currency converter 02/10/2017



    Accompanying non-cooking guests:
    €385.00 for 3 nights
    €660.00 for 5 nights

The above prices are full board on our regular cooking courses.

Prices for non-cooking guests at one of our special cooking events may differ. Please see details for pricing on the event page.

If you have any questions about one of our courses, or would like to get in touch with us, please do so via the contact form, or give us a call on :

+33(0) 553207535

Mon-Fri 09:00 - 18:00

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3 NIGHTS RESIDENTIAL PATISSERIE COURSE:

This pastry course includes 2 days of patisserie classes, and is designed to teach you a few of the essential techniques for classic French pastries. A little outing will give you a chance to catch a glimpse of the area and soak up the south west atmosphere. Check-in on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday.

Cooking Holidays | Baking & Patisserie courses | 3 Night Courses
Day 1

Arrival from 4:00pm. You just settle in and make yourself at home. We meet before dinner for a welcome drink with canapés, followed by a three-course dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast we go to a local patisserie ( applicable for Sunday or Thursday check-ins ) , to sample a few classics with a nice cup of coffee. This will give you a precise idea of the presentation we will be aiming for when we reproduce them in our kitchen. We come back for lunch. At 1.00 pm, we meet in the kitchen, to create our own pastries, which will be served for dessert that very same night. We will be in the kitchen until 4:00 pm, so you will get some time to relax or drive to town if you wish. We meet up at 7:00 pm for an aperitif before dinner. (please note that if your "day 2" is a Wednesday and a 5 nights course is on that week, the outing will be to the chocolaterie in Nerac, not a patisserie).

Day 3

After breakfast we meet in the kitchen, to start baking. We will stop for lunch and get back to the kitchen to finish our pastries. You will then again get some time to relax before the aperitif and dinner. Once again, your creations will be served for dessert that very same night.

Day 4

Departure is in the morning on Day 4. The room is yours until 11.00am if you have your own vehicle, but drop off to Tonneins station is for the 8.10am train..

Examples of what we make: chou pastry (éclairs, religieuses, paris-brest, saint-honoré or croquembouche), shortcrust and sweet pastry, berry tarts, macaroons, millefeuille, traditional apple tart, bavarois, tarte tatin, croissants, pains au chocolat, bread and brioche.

~ All inclusive ~

Included in the price of your residential cooking holiday:

  • - Welcome drinks and canapés
  • - Accommodation (details on our accommodation page), depending on your choice of residential cooking holiday
  • - Linen and towels for the duration of your stay
  • - Coffee & English tea making facility in your room
  • - Continental breakfast every day (bread & croissants, fresh fruit, coffee, English tea, cereals, yogurts, home-made jams and local honey)
  • - Lunch every day
  • - House aperitif before dinner
  • - Three-course dinner every night
  • - Wine with lunch and dinner
  • - Cooking workshop, all ingredients, equipment and apron.
  • - Recipe folder to take home
  • - Water, tea, coffee and cold drinks throughout the day
  • - Outings, tasting and entrance fees
  • - Free WIFI connection
  • - Free use of our bikes for a ride in the countryside
  • - FREE collection & drop-off from/to Tonneins train station if needed when you book a residential course.


There is no hidden cost: your accommodation, every single meal (with drinks) and all taxes are included. No supplement for solo travellers!

There is a maximum of 6 participants per venue, to ensure everyone gets individual attention and enough space to work.

Children are more than welcome (they only have to be tall enough to reach the workbench) under their parent's supervision.

The courses take place from February to November, just enquire about the dates that suit you. If you would rather join an existing party, view our full booking page.

DAY COURSES:

Baking & Patisserie courses | One Day Courses

If you are in the area, you can join us for half a day or for a whole day of patisserie course. The booking of a day or afternoon course will not include any accommodation nor transport apart from the planned and agreed excursion.

Afternoon Course

Arrival around 12.45pm, we meet around a coffee, then head to the kitchen for a (3h) baking session. We meet at 7:00pm for an aperitif before dinner, which will be served at 7:30pm. You can then enjoy the fruit of your labour for dessert. The afternoon course includes 3 hours of baking, all ingredients, aperitif, 3 course dinner with wine, and coffee, tea and cold drinks throughout the afternoon.

One-Day Course:

Arrival around 9:00am, we meet around coffee and croissants, then we head to the kitchen for a first baking session. We stop at 12:00 so you can enjoy lunch with some local wine. We meet in the kitchen at 1:00pm for a second baking session. From 4.00pm you get free time to go for a walk or a drive, or to just relax in the lounge-diner or in the garden. We meet at 7:00pm for an aperitif before dinner, which will be served at 7:30pm. You can then enjoy the fruit of your labour for dessert. This day course includes coffee & croissants on arrival, excursion in the morning, lunch with wine, 5 hours of baking, all ingredients, aperitif, 3 course dinner with wine, and coffee, tea and cold drinks throughout the day.

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