It’s time to bake! We are happy to announce that we are now booking Baking & Pastry Classes at the Pastry Ranch, led by owner/head baker Jim Gullo. Jim is an experienced baker with a wide repertoire of classic American and French recipes and techniques to share with you. He has worked in professional kitchens and brings professional standards and tips to improve your baking game. Largely self-taught in the pastry arts, Jim has traveled extensively in Europe and loves to explore new recipes and techniques, from classic French patisserie to the treats featured on the British Baking Show or Cake Boss!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE? We can tailor classes to any level, whether you’d like to craft your very first loaf of bread or apple pie, try out some new cookie recipes, puddings and flans, or scones and muffins, or whip up a lovely cake. Move it up a notch to fancier fare like French tarts, croissants, baguettes, Danish pastry with yeasted dough, decorated layer cakes or dacquoise, or unusual and delicious olive oil or yogurt cakes. Or really go big with souffles, meringues, sticky toffee pudding, Brioche, fondant cakes, or lavish, show-stopping pastries like Gateau St. Honore, Buche de Noel, and Trianon Chocolate Mousse Cake!
Maybe you have a FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE from Grandma’s collection that you’d like to learn how to add to your repertoire, or want to try the latest cake or dessert creation in a cookbook or magazine. We can figure it out together and make it your own.
Classes are held for small groups of 1-6 people at THE PASTRY RANCH, utilizing our roomy kitchen that is fully equipped with all of the whisks, mixers, pans and molds and cookie sheets that we need to spread out and have fun baking. Classes are private to PASTRY RANCH guests when in-house, or open to the public when the Ranch is available.
COST: $60/hour, with a 2-hour minimum for groups of 1-4, with $25/person additional for up to 2 additional bakers. A 4-hour session is discounted to $200. Times are flexible depending on your schedule, and can be staggered throughout a day or throughout your stay at the house. Included are all ingredients and utensils to make 2-4 items of your choice (depending on complexity and time it takes to make, proof and finish things), and you keep the finished products. We will agree in advance on a menu of what you’d like to bake.
Let’s make something new! Let’s bake something delicious!