Recently, I attended a cooking class at Le Pain Quotidien in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, which included a tasting in order to introduce us to Chicago’s first location of this classic Belgian bakery. Chicago now has three locations, with the West Loop outpost hosting numerous Bakery Classes similar to the one I originally attended. After my original experience, I was excited to return for LPQ’s Bread Baking Basics class with some family members and co-workers! We were promised to learn the ten stages of bread making, including selecting ingredients, kneading the dough by hand, shaping, scoring, baking, and, of course, tasting.
During the three-hour class, we learned how to make baguettes, chocolate-filled buttery rolls, and whole wheat raisin and walnut loaves. What we made was absolutely delicious, and we were able to bring home a variety of the bread we made to enjoy for the week, in addition to fresh dough to make ourselves at home into pizzas, rolls, or loaves.
We had such a fun time in class, I cannot wait to return to take more, including artisan pizza making, and biscuits and scones.
Even though the class was wonderfully informative and fun, I would change one thing. Because it was three hours long, all of the students were starving by the end. A glass of wine and some cheese and charcuterie would have made the class perfect; especially since the cost is $75 per person. The restaurant portion of the bakery closes at 7:00 p.m., so we could not even order any food afterwards. At the end of class, we starving students tore into our bread to sate our hunger.
Other than that, the class was wonderful! I have always wanted to learn how to make bread, so I really enjoyed this class. We left with informative tips and tricks of the trade, along with some recipes. Hopefully I can recreate the same results at home!
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