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Baking exciting desserts is the theme of this educational television show. No more waiting until the bakery is open, make it from scratch, without leaving home. Each episode features a different pastry from start to delicious finish. It begins with basic dough, explores caking mixing and baking award winning pies. It then advances through cream puffs and custards. Mousse and dessert sauces are also featured on this tasty television show.

The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts is a Food series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 2, 2012.

The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts is available for streaming on the The Great Courses website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, The Roku Channel online.

The Great Courses
1 Season, 6 Episodes
November 2, 2012
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The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts Full Episode Guide

  • Whip your more advanced baking skills into shape in this lesson devoted to light and luscious mousses and creams. After learning how to make your own whipped cream, chocolate mousse, dessert sauces, and vanilla bean panna cotta, you'll watch Chef Durfee as he demonstrates the best ways to unmold, plate, and present your desserts with flair and your own unique touch--just like a professional chef.

  • Vanilla-infused crème anglaise. Butterscotch pudding. Crème brulée (complete with a blowtorched sugar topping). Learn tips and tricks to wowing your dinner guests with these delectable egg-based custards. By the end of this lesson, you'll discover just why custards make a great dessert choice: they're surprisingly easy to bake and they always lead to an elegant, refined product.

  • Cream-puff pastry is unique in that it's a twice-cooked pastry dough. And its applications go far beyond what you'd expect. Master the art of baking and experimenting with puff pastry and use it to create some decadent desserts. Among these: chocolate éclairs, cream puffs, and deep-fried Mexican churros. You'll also get tips on making pastry cream, chocolate ganache, and caramel topping.

  • Learn everything you need to know about flaky dough, which can often be intimidating even for an experienced baker. Gain confidence in making a buttery pie crust by learning how to mold it with your hands or pastry tools, how to blind-bake it, and even how to make an attractive latticed top. Then, explore some of the secrets to making tender, flaky biscuits and beautifully golden-brown scones.

  • Regardless of what cake you're making, they all revolve around several basic mixing methods. What are they? And what are their secrets? Chef Durfee takes you step-by-step through baking a rich devil's food cake and several egg foam cakes (a chiffon cake and an angel food cake), the latter of which helps demonstrate the right--and wrong--way to whip eggs and cool your cakes.

  • Understand several basic techniques and methods you can then expand on to make a wide range of unforgettable desserts. Here, focus on organizing your workspace, methods for proper measuring, and ways to cream butter, sugar, and eggs to the right consistency. Then, watch as Chef Durfee makes cookies and pound cake and shows you what can go right--and what can go wrong as well.