4.28.2011

my first baker's conference

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Life has been crazy busy for me lately. We sold our home and have moved out to the country. I have taken a full time position in the kitchen with a Christian conference center. I will be doing a whole lot of baking and a little bit of whatever else is needed as well. I also have a few Cupcake Academy parties coming up in the next few weeks.

I was so excited to have the opportunity to attend an intensive baker's conference just before I begin my new job.

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One of my favorites was the bagels. These came out beautifully! They were crispy and chewy and moist...and delicious.

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We also made donuts. I love the twist on these.

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This is Chef Jim, the instructor for the conference. He has years of experience and an extensive amount of knowledge in both the technique and science of baking. Here he demonstrates the cutting and rolling of croissants. Croissants are quite a process to make but so worth the effort. These were flaky, tender and oh so buttery!

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These are two sizes of buns for sandwiches or burgers.

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This is the dough for Pate A Choux. It is used to make cream puffs and eclairs. We tested out our technique on the scale first before trying it on the sheet pans.

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Here they are before the cream filling is added.

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Swans! A little fun with cream puffs. ;) Behind the swans is a loaf of rye bread. Yum!

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Pizza time!

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These are called Bao buns. They can be filled with meat and veggies and are then, instead of baking, they are steamed.

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I believe these buns are called Bier buns. This dough is different from the Bao buns dough. These are also filled with meat, veggies, cheese... and baked.

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Practice makes perfect.

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Fun with croissant dough.

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Have you ever made Stromboli? So good!

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We also made pies, babas, galettes, focaccia and more. I had a terrific time at the conference. I learned so much and made some great new friends. In the next couple of weeks I hope to share a few recipes with you here on the Ungourmet.

Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping in!




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27 comments:

Susan said...

Best of luck with the new job. You will have fresh experience with your baking techniques. Hope you will still have time to blog.

BarbaraJean said...

Kim, you must have been in "Baker's Heaven". How fun! Can't wait to come for Lunch sometime!

Steven C. Karoly said...

Kim: I'm envious of your new postion. You'll do great work for Ira.

Joanne said...

This looks so awesome Kim! I'm SO excited for you!

Hovkonditorn said...

Ooh, I would have loved that conference! Good luck with your new job!

Magic of Spice said...

How wonderful, I know you will love your new job :)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow what an amazing conference and you look like a pro all the best for the new job and house

Jeannie said...

Wow! Everything look so delicious I don't know which to pick as my favourite. Looks like so much fun! I am envying you your new job:)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Ooooh, I'd be in heaven at this carb conference. You killed me with that first picture of the bagels. OMG, really, I die!
*kisses* HH

Barbara Bakes said...

Good luck with the new job! This sounds like a conference I would love too.

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Wow - it looks like you guys covered a LOT.
When I was in grade school I went to a small public school that had two cooks doing the lunches from scratch. They made stromboli and it was everyone's favorite lunch day. :)

Maris (InGood Taste) said...

Congratulations on your move and new job! Based on these pictures you are going to be a hit!

teresa said...

oh how fun, this looks like such a blast. the swans are adorable!

Julie said...

Looks like a fabulous (and delicious) conference. I'm in awe of the little swans! Hope you enjoy your new position!

baking.serendipity said...

Your life sounds fun and exciting these days :) I hope you are enjoying all of the new changes...especially the house and job! Both sound wonderful to me!

Stephen said...

I am hppy for your new position but jealous of the baker's conference. It looks like you had a great learning experience. I look forward to the new recipes.

Angie's Recipes said...

All the best with your new job. Glad that you had a lot of fun at the baker's conference!
Do take some time to relax and EAT! :-))

Faith said...

What a great conference! I'm so happy for you, Kim...a huge congrats on your new job!

Reeni said...

You made so many wonderful things - all delicious! I wish you the best with your new job!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a fun workshop, so many wonderful baked goodies! Good luck with your new job!

Kristin said...

That must have been an awesome experience. Homemade bagels...YUM! Good luck with the new gig!

pigpigscorner said...

That's so fun! Good luck with your new job!

Juliana said...

First good luck on your new job! Such a fun conference...love the pictures of the baking goods...so yummie! Hope you are having a wonderful week Kim :-)

Cathy said...

Wow, Kim, this is awesome! I want to hear all about it. Your bagels and bao buns are mouthwatering. The market starts Saturday but we've got to get together soon and catch up. Happy Mother's Day!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

That conference looks like it was so much fun- I'm so jealous. :) I remember watching my uncle make trays and trays of those little swans when I'd visit him in his bakery. I hadn't thought about that in years and years! It sounds like you've been very busy- your new job sounds wonderful. I hope it goes well for you. :)

Mini Baker said...

omg I want to go to a conference like that! looks so fun!!
xo,
Mini Baker

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, my gosh all those photos made me so hungry!! CONGRATULATIONS on all the changes! Best wishes on all! blessings ~ tanna

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