I love French food although most of it is not particularly veggie friendly for Vicky. Coq au vin, beef bourguignon, dauphinoise potatoes, the cheese, the bread – it really doesn’t get any better. But one of our favourite things to eat in France is croissants! Freshly baked, buttery pastry goodness. On our latest trip to Paris we decided to learn how to make them ourselves at La Cuisine Paris.
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La Cuisine Paris
La Cuisine Paris is a small cookery school located on the banks of the Seine only a short walk away from Notre Dame. The cookery school runs a wide variety of courses including how to make French bistro classics and how to bake traditional French bread. It also offers food tours in Paris going to different markets and shops. The cheese and wine tour in particular sounded amazing – one for our next visit!
Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed and asked to wait in reception ahead of our course. All of the staff at La Cuisine Paris were incredibly helpful and talked us through a map they had produced for tourists to take away with some of their foodie highlights in Paris. Before our course started we had a chance to chat to the other people on the course who were all very friendly.
Croissants and Viennoiserie
Once the course started we were taken downstairs to our kitchen for the morning and introduced to our instructor. The chef taking our course was outstanding. She talked through each of the stages of making croissants in almost perfect English meaning any mistakes were definitely down to us rather than being lost in translation. During the course we made croissants from scratch. One cheat that the course does use is that for the croissants we baked, we used yesterday’s dough as the dough needs to be left overnight to make the perfect croissant. Our dough would be used for tomorrow’s class.
Once we had made our dough the rest of the class was spent rolling, shaping and baking. It looked really easy when the chef had demonstrated it but in practice it was really difficult. Throughout the morning we also had the opportunity to make a selection of other pastries including Pain au Chocolat and play around with different shapes like a twist or pinwheel.
Waiting for our pastries to bake was torture as the beautiful aroma of freshly baked pastry filled the kitchen. La Cuisine Paris only uses the best ingredients which for our course included an amazing 12kg slab of proper French butter and a praline paste that had all of us rushing back for more. At the end of the course we sat down with the rest of our class for a feast of croissants and freshly brewed coffee.
The Croissant course at La Cuisine Paris is expensive at over £90 each but we would highly recommend to anyone visiting Paris. We had a fantastic morning and took home a bag of croissants to enjoy the next morning in our hotel room.
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