Everyone can use a little help around the holidays. Whether you’re roasting chestnuts over an open fire, or making tantalizing treats for the family, here are few ways to brush up your baking skills. By Sherry Mazzocchi.
The French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway NYC 10013
Want to learn from some of the finest pastry chefs in the land? Their hands-on holiday baking class is all about working with spices, fruits and dough to make pfeffernusse, cranberry-orange sables and vanilla crescents.
109 W. 27th St. NYC 10001
Taste Buds holds creative classes for parents and children alike. Instructors teach the fine art piping bag technique, icings and fancy finishes. Adult classes are BYOB, making for an ideal date night or girls night out. Go ahead – you’re never too old to create the gingerbread house of your dreams.
The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538
The CIA’s Holiday Boot Camp takes strategic aim at executing holiday dinners from appetizer to dessert. This two-day workshop enables home chefs to roast poultry like a pro and make gravy guests will crave. There won’t be many leftovers after this class.
Made With Love Artisan Bakery and Cafe
530 Jersey Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
The owner of this elegant bakery specializes in intimate, hands-on baking classes. Novice bakers learn how to bake classic pumpkin and apple pies and holiday appetizers. Even Rover will feel loved with a X-mas stocking filled with organic doggie treats.
The Baking Coach
320 Broadway-Greenlawn Road
Huntington, NY 11743
At the Baking Coach, children wear chef hats and aprons while building gingerbread houses–a winning combination for kids who love dressing up, cake and architecture. Milk and cookies are served.
New York Cake Academy
56 W. 22nd St
Love giving flowers at the holidays? New York Cake Academy specializes in the fine art of making life-like flowers, beautifully realized in their holiday poinsettia cake class. This is too beautiful to eat. Or maybe not.
Cakes Uniquely Yours School of Confectionary Arts
Whether you’re interested in a fundamental baking class or advanced fondant, this school tailors classes to your schedule. Take cake artistry to a new level with their Sugar Arts and Crafts class to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.