SCLBloggers Learn to Bake at Le Pain Quotidien

On Friday, September 13th a group of our members visited Le Pain Quotidien at Fashion Island in Newport Beach for an evening of comraderie with a little bread baking thrown in.

The class was taught by the affable Scott, the restaurant’s assistant baker. He taught the group the basics of bread from mixing to kneading to baking and everything in between!

With Scott’s assistance the ladies learned to bake the official Le Pain Quotidien baguette as well as hazelnut raisin bread and rolls filled with butter and chocolate. Ingredient tasting was highly encouraged!

Not only did the ladies learn the basics of bread baking but they also learned how to make their bread beautiful. In the picture above they are learning to make the Pain d’Epi – a baguette shaped like a wheat stalk.

While taking the detailed 3 hour class the ladies all had the chance to catch up and share fun stories of bread, family, and, of course, blogging.

At the end of the class every student was offered a bevvy of bread to take home. Each lady received 4 baguettes, 2 hazelnut raisin loaves, 8 rolls, a batch of dough, and a goodie bag.  The overall consensus was that the class was wonderful and the bread was delicious.

Thank you Le Pain Quotidien for hosting this fun evening! If you are interested in taking a class you can find the schedule here.


  1. I hope we can do this again! I wasn’t able to go this time, but would definitely go the next time.
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  2. Hi,
    I love your bakery. I get a different tartine every weekend from your restaurant after my workout in Santa Monica, CA. Having said that I started liking your page on Facebook and Instagram. Then I saw you guys were carrying cooking classes so I booked the first available event.

    I participated in your pastry making class today at Fashion Island location in Orange County, CA and I have to say I was very disappointed. Before I go into details I just wanted to say both of the bakers were super nice so maybe it’s just something they haven’t been taught on, how to run a class.

    First of all at the event description it said that the class was supposed to take 3 hours. We started at noon and were nearly done at 1:30pm!! So at 1:30pm, Jonathan the baker gave us a speech on the ingredients. During the class we learned how to prepare a pastry dough and then we made the apple filled pastry (each did 4) and from another piece of a dough we made the elephant ear dough. I couldn’t believe that’s all we did during that 12-1:45pm. When we were leaving we got that leftover cold dough to play with at home. Ok, I had to drive back home and this dough was not gonna be good once I got home cuz they clearly said it had to stay in the fridge to become puffy in the oven. So when everyone left, I asked Jon what do I do with this dough since it’s not going to be good probably by the time I get home? He says, it probably won’t be as good, so me, knowing there’s still another hour before the class should have ended, I asked if I can just quickly bake the rest of this dough in the oven here in the kitchen, they pretty much rushed me out, saying it will be alright I can just bake it at home.

    I felt like $75 was not worth the class at all! I was so disappointed I couldn’t believe that for $75 I got 1.5 hrs of making a dough for a pastry and we didn’t bake any more than that! It seemed that we needed a bag, it says in the description of the event … bring a bag for your goodies. That sounds pretty good but all I got was a box to fill it up with four of those apple pastries and elephant ears. Sorry, but I won’t take any class again unless you do something about it.

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