Baking Boot Camp

I just received a copy of Sur La Table's The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet, and was happy to see the accompanying ~BAKING BOOT CAMP CLASSES~ that coincide with the release of the book. The demo classes will run approximately three hours, and you must be 18 or older. It’s time to show your pumpkin pie crust who’s boss.

Here’s more: “Baking season here! When the weather turns cool, there’s nothing better than a home filled with the scent of just-baked bread, an apple pie warm from the oven, after-school cookies, or a soft, tender cake.
“Many people are intimidated by baking, but whether you’re a first-time baker, or a seasoned pro, Cindy Mushet, author of the new book, The Art and Soul of Baking, has got the tips, tricks, and friendly advice to make every baking day a good one. During a dynamic demo, she’ll explain many of the most important techniques in baking, why they work, and how to avoid problems (as well as how to fix them!), plus five important tips for success that will improve your baking before you even turn on the mixer. She’ll answer your baking questions, and you’ll leave armed with knowledge that will apply to anything you bake.
“Cindy has the ability to make baking easily understood and entirely accessible. No more wondering what happened to your melted pie crust, heavy-textured cake, fallen soufflé or leaden bread. Whether you’re considering your first pumpkin pie or you’re looking for the fine points that make good baking even better, Cindy’s sense of humor and love for her craft will both inspire you and give you the tools needed to create wonderful baked goods at home.”

MENU: Versatile Bread Dough - Spongecake - Chocolate Toffee Scones - Classic Apple Pie with Flaky Crust - Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Sauce - Chocolate Soufflé with Cocoa Nib

Date: October 23rd, 2008
Location: Sur La Table, 23 University Ave., Los Gatos, 408-395-6946
Time: 6:30pm
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Date: October 25th, 2008
Location: Sur La Table, 77 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, 415-732-7900
Time: 3pm
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Date: October 26th, 2008
Location: Sur La Table, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-289-0019
Time: 2pm
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Baking Boot Camp
Oct. 23rd–26th, 2008

Various locations