by Rebecca on February 16, 2012
Tuesday night, yes, the evening of Valentine’s Day, my sister, Megan, and her mother-in-law, took the Zingerman’s Creative Cookies class. I know, so romantic! The Creative Cookies class is usually held near a holiday, so watch the schedule around Easter for the next class if you’re interested. The class was 4 hours long.
All Zingerman’s BAKE classes first show a demonstration and then you get to try it yourself. So first, we watched the instructor make her cookie dough and then we made ours. While it was chilling, we made fondant from scratch! Since fondant is best used a few days after you make it, we wrapped it up and used fondant that the instructor had made and colored a few days previously. I wish we had been able to have an hands on experience adding color to our fondant or at least a demonstration on how to do it.
We then cut out our cookies and baked them. The instructor demonstrated how to use the royal icing and fondant. Again I wish we had seen a demo or had hands on experience in making the royal icing. The royal icing we used had been prepared for us ahead of time. Once our cookies were cool, we had about an hour and twenty minutes to decorate them. I almost ran out of time, but I managed to at least get something on each cookie.
Overall, I highly recommend Zingerman’s BAKE class. This class was my third class, we’ve also taken Wholey Whole Grain Bread and the Amber Waves of Grain: American Breads class, which is probably my favorite so far. There are so many to choose from, I’m not sure what to take next. I’m interested in the danish, croissant, British breads, challah bread, and pie (both sweet and savory) classes. I’m sure I’ll get to most of them eventually!