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.