If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I took a cooking class on Monday night. This event was hosted by Jossie Perlmutter of Sweet Affairs Charlotte. Jossie first discovered her love for baking in high school. She says she remembers always searching for places that offered cooking and baking classes in the summers. When she went to college, she originally majored in engineering, but eventually trained at Ecole Nationale Supieror Patisserie in Yssingeaux, France. She always knew she wanted to own her own business, and when the opportunity presented itself in January to take over an existing industrial kitchen, she took a leap of faith and quit her job as a pastry chef in a restaurant to focus on her business full time.
Jossie taught our group of four how to make cream puffs. I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous. I’ve only used my KitchenAid mixer twice and baking can be complicated… She made the process so easy and enjoyable. One of the things I liked the most, is that we got an explanation as to WHY we were doing what we were doing and not just instruction. It made so much sense and eased my nerves. We started with the pastry dough, and learned 3 easy tests to make sure that the dough is the correct consistency.
We were using convection heat, so it was interesting to see the difference between that and my crappy apartment stovetop… Let’s just say, Jossie is doing it right. After finishing the dough, we piped the puffs onto a baking sheet. This looked like a true art form in her demonstration, but I was surprised at how simple and fun it was. Let’s be clear, mine were far from perfect, but I was proud of myself.
While the puffs were baking, we made the cream filling. My partner, Brittany, and I decided to make a coffee/vanilla flavor and as we were making it, we knew it was going to be delicious. The smell was amazing! After completing the filling, we made a chocolate ganache to top it off. By this time, the puffs were ready to fill!
Jossie was very proud that none of our puffs collapsed and they were all hollow! Piping them full of filling and decorating the top of each puff was so much fun! Finally, the best part… we got to taste! They did not disappoint!
I had so much fun in the kitchen with Jossie learning how to make these! This is a recipe I will certainly use again. You guys can find it here.
Jossie is in the process of setting up other baking classes at her kitchen in Charlotte. She also does in home classes, which sound so much fun! Check her out on social media:
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You can contact her by email or phone at: email@example.com and (301) 979-0121