Dessert

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    Lemon Lovers

    (24)
    When life hands you lemons, skip the lemonade and make these delicious dishes instead. Learn to wield the power of the lemon from a professional chef in this all-levels course that elevates this our citrus to a whole new level. Work alongside classmates to create dishes like grilled shrimp with preserved lemon and parsley pesto, lemon linguine with parmesan cheese and basil, and lemon pudding cake with raspberries. As you cook, you'll practice culinary skills such as grilling bread and shrimp, frying, working with preserved lemons, making pesto, preparing cream sauces, and mixing cake batter. When you've finished with your recipes, you'll sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
    Lemon Lovers

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the secret to cooking and baking with lemons
    • Practice culinary skills such as whipping egg whites and preparing cream sauces
    • Prepare delicious dishes like bruschetta with arugula, white beans, and fried lemons
    • Experience creative ways to utilize a common fruit in your cooking
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    24 positive reviews
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    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    (7)
    Be prepared for your inner Homer Simpson to do a happy dance as you discover the art of making delicious donuts by hand. In this all-levels class, you'll prepare both cake-style and raised-style doughs as your foundation. Next, follow along as a professional chef guides you through techniques such as frying, glazing, dipping and filling. Create such mouthwatering varieties as maple and bacon-glazed long johns, mini pumpkin donut holes with cinnamon sugar, chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes, and Bavarian donuts (custard-filled yeast-raised dough with chocolate glaze). When you're done creating your tasty treats, you'll sit down for lunch with your classmates and celebrate a job well done. Afterwards, head home with a box of your crave-worthy creations.
    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create delicious donuts by hand
    • Discover the art to making both cake-style and raised-style doughs
    • Prepare tasty varieties such as chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes
    • Master the skills to properly satisfy your cravings
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    7 positive reviews
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    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    (7)
    How can such a tiny treat be so delicious? Discover the answer as a professional pastry chef takes you through the delicate art of creating the macaron. You'll whip up three tantalizing varieties, including chocolate macarons with raspberry jam and coffee buttercream, toasted coconut crunch macarons with salted caramel filling, and lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache. Practice the techniques of the masters, from selecting the best chocolate and whipping egg whites to using a piping bag and making ganache. You'll work in small groups as you build your skills and see your works of art come together, step by step. Then sit back and taste the sweet satisfaction of a job well done.
    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the appetizing art of the macaron from a professional pastry chef
    • Practice important skills such as working with nut flours and making ganache
    • Create delicious varieties such as lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache
    • Discover the skills to turn your kitchen into your new favorite pastry shop
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    7 positive reviews
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    Donut Boot Camp

    (24)
    Who doesn't love fried dough? You'll make both cake-style and raised-style doughs, and show you how to fry, glaze, dip and fill them to perfection. You'll go home with a boxful of your very own fresh creations! Lunch will be served, and fresh coffee will be flowing.
    Donut Boot Camp

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to make sweet batter, prepare yeast dough, deep-fry, prepare glazes and more!
    • Take home a box of donuts
    • Sip on fresh coffee while learning a delicious new skill
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    24 positive reviews
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    Cream Puffs & Eclairs Making

    (14)
    Add some sweet new skills to your kitchen repertoire with this cream puffs and eclairs workshop! Learn to make the base dough (pate a choux) used in numerous authentic French pastries and the fillings to turn them into delicious desserts. These delectable treats will become favorites in your home kitchen and make you the star of dinner parties, holidays, and work events for years to come! Once your class is complete, you'll head home with an assortment of cream puffs and eclairs to showcase your new talents ... Assuming they make it that far!
    Cream Puffs & Eclairs Making

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to make cream puffs and eclairs during a hands-on confectionary workshop
    • Master techniques for creating a perfect pate a choux
    • Bring home an assortment of treats to share
    • Enhance your dessert repertoire with some fun new skills
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    14 positive reviews
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    Jerry's Baking Book Club

    (14)
    You may be wondering: What's a 'Jerry' and what's a 'baking book club'? A 'Jerry' is an excellent baker working for Chicago's premier cake decorating establishment in The Windy City (that means Chicago). Not only does Jerry enjoy baking, he enjoys reading books about baking. He even dreams about baking (Jerry's Baking Dream Journal Club to come soon!). If Jerry was not a cake decorator extraordinaire he would have been a librarian (he loves the dewey decimal system). The Baking Book Club combines his passion for baking and his extensive collection of cook books into one fantastic evening. He will pick one of his favorite cook books and teach you how to make three savory selections out of it. Jerry is a pretty cool guy and his Baking Book Club scintillatingly delicious.
    Jerry's Baking Book Club

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators for a tasty evening
    • Find out who Jerry is and what his Baking Book Club is all about
    • Create three delectable treats of Jerry's choosing
    • Enjoy an activity that will be totally sweet
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    14 positive reviews
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    Italian Desserts

    (5)
    Tarts, cakes, pies, and biscotti. The Italians make some of the tastiest pastries on the planet. This cooking skills workshop will give you a great introduction into Italian desserts under the guidance of a bonafide dessert specialist. If you're looking to up your confectionary game with some hands-on culinary training, this is a perfect opportunity to do so. You'll be working in a dynamic kitchen with fellow foodies on a number of different recipes that will wow at your next dinner party or event. Join in the fun as you find out how making cake can be as easy as .... pie.
    Italian Desserts

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn to make desserts Italian-style in this confectionery cooking class
    • Receive guidance and advice from a professional chef
    • Discover new recipes to unveil at your next party
    • Enjoy making treats in a vibrant learning environment
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    5 positive reviews
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    Chef Kathy: 1 Dough, 5 Cookies

    (14)
    Tired of your kitchen looking like a flour bomb exploded after an afternoon of cookie baking? Learn how to your save time, your sanity and get more organized in the kitchen. Kathy will show you her favorite sugar cookie dough recipe and turn it into five different cookies! This class will help you streamline your baking process so you only have to make one mess instead of five. Plus, you don't even have to clean up this time because it's not your kitchen!
    Chef Kathy: 1 Dough, 5 Cookies

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and step up your desserts
    • Learn how to stay organized in the kitchen and minimize your mess
    • Stretch you simple sugar cookies into five exciting permutations on the classics
    • Improve your recipe repertoire with these easy favorites
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    14 positive reviews
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    Upgrade Your Cake

    (14)
    Is it time to make a birthday cake? You could call the grocery store and order that sheet-cake. But the bakery department hasn't won any spelling bees recently, and is yellow even a flavor? Learn how to make a gourmet cake with Give Me Some Sugar's Upgrade Your Cake Class. Your instructor will demonstrate how to level, cut, fill and assemble a pre-made 6-inch chocolate cake and color it with buttercream gel color. From there, learn the proper way to crumb coat a cake, fill a piping bag, use a coupler, exchange tips and various piping techniques. You'll also make simple, fondant shapes to give your cake that extra special touch. Then, take your beautiful creation home with you! Birthdays will never be the same again.
    Upgrade Your Cake

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and step your cake game up
    • Get tips from a pro as you learn all the secrets to crafting a tasty cake
    • After the cake comes out of the oven, learn the techniques you need to make it beautiful
    • Walk away with a great looking cake and the know-how to do it again at home
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    14 positive reviews
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    Meringue Madness

    (14)
    Meringues are hot to trot! The next trendy thing to make is actually quite traditional. Meringue is an essential piece of many classic desserts such as Floating Island, Lemon Meringue Pie and Baked Alaska. Your instructor will teach you how to make treats that are crisp on the outside, airy sweet on the inside -- and they happen to be free of fat and gluten! You'll learn how to color, size and shape to your liking to top a variety of sweets or stand alone. Join your talented instructor to learn all the tricks to turn them out just right! When your done, take your new treat out on the town!
    Meringue Madness

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and step up your desserts
    • Learn how to make a key component to many classic desserts: meringue
    • Customize your tasty treats with different colors
    • Enjoy an incredible culinary learning experience and make some sweets to bring home
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    14 positive reviews

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