Long Island baking classes

The next sessions for "Baking Classics" begin April

The next sessions for "Baking Classics" begin April 17 at the Viking Cooking School in Garden City. The cost is $499. There are also courses on "Cakes" and "Pies and Tarts." Information is availabe on vikingcookingschool.com. (February 27, 2010) (Credit: Photo by Joe Buglewicz)

Even confident cooks sometimes feel like they need a little extra help when it comes to baking, a pursuit that is as much science as it is art.

Watching a professional pastry chef roll out pastry dough or ice a cake can be worth far more than a thousand printed words. Cooking schools all over Long Island offer classes in the pastry arts; here are four venues and a sampling of their courses:

Sur La Table1468 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-365-3297, cookingclasses.surlatable.com

CLASS: Spring cupcake workshop

WHEN: April 24

HOW MUCH: $70

During this hands-on class you'll learn to make both devil's food cake and yellow sponge cake as well as frostings and cupcake-decorating techniques.

CLASS: Artisan bread workshop

WHEN: 2 sessions: May 22 and 23

HOW MUCH: $150

This intense workshop, designed for those with some bread-baking experience, will enhance your skills. Breads include sourdough, baguette, pumpernickel, challah and focaccia.

CLASS: Retro desserts

WHEN: May 29

HOW MUCH: $70

Relish the memories - and recreations of whoopie pies, cream-filled chocolate cupcakes, strawberry-chiffon pie and homemade doughnuts.

Viking Culinary Center: 835 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-877-1010, vikingcookingschool.com

CLASS: Cakes

WHEN: March 24

HOW MUCH: $49

Learn to bake, frost, and slice different types of cakes including chocolate layer cake, angel food cake and key-lime cheesecake.

CLASS: Pies and tarts

WHEN: April 6 and May 25

HOW MUCH: $99

Learn to make and roll out pie dough, line a pan, make lattice tops, fill and glaze pies and tarts. Recipes include sweet pastry dough, apple pie, fruit tart with lemon curd and caramel-walnut ice cream.

CLASS: Baking Classics

WHEN: Four sessions: April 17 and 24, May 1 and 8

HOW MUCH: $499

Each 5-hour session of this intensive four-part workshop series focuses on a different area of baking: cookies and custards, breads, pies and tarts, cakes and souffles.

SCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center20 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-548-3700, www3.sunysuffolk.edu/ContinuingEd/

CLASS: Sweet and savory souffles

WHEN: Two sessions: April 20 and 21

HOW MUCH: $115

The first class will cover dessert soufflés including chocolate and Grand Marnier; the second class, savory soufflés such as crab and cheese. Accompanying sauces will be introduced as well.

CLASS: Sweet and savory crepes

WHEN: April 6

HOW MUCH: $85

Arie Pavlou, formerly chef-co-owner of Coeur de Vignes restaurant in Southold, demonstrates both sweet and savory crepes.

Chocolate Duck310 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-249-0887, chocolateduck.com

CLASS: Cake decorating, Level 1

WHEN: Four sessions: April 12, 19, 26 and May 3 and May 10, 17, 24 and 31

HOW MUCH: $95

This four-session introductory course is, at $95, a great value. Learn to make frostings, fillings, borders (shell, fluted, rope and pearl), star tips, basket weave, flowers, buds and leaves.

CLASS: Cupcake creations

WHEN: April 29

HOW MUCH: $135

Cupcakes are the latest dessert trend. In this class you'll bake them, make fondant and buttercream frostings and learn professional decorating tips.

CLASS: Cookies

WHEN: April 25

HOW MUCH: $125

Learn how to bake and decorate cookies for a party for any occasion, including favors and holiday cookies. Decorating techniques will include color flow, rolled fondant and royal icing.

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