Croissant Class

Joined Jan 12, 2015
Hi there, I was hoping to get some advice regarding setting up a croissant class. 

I've been making croissants for a long time now and want to share the process with others by hosting classes at a local bakery kitchen. I'm wondering if any instructors or people who have attended a croissant class could weigh in on the structure of teaching such a class. 

I would like to set up the class in the order of how croissants are made (creating the dough, laminating, shaping, proofing, baking), however, as I'm sure you know, I will have to have dough pre-made and ready to go for the various stages of the process. 

My concern is how much of the class should be a demonstration vs. how much should actually be hands on. If I have 8 students, for example, and the entire class (minus portraying how the dough is initially created) is hands on, that means I'll need 8 squares of dough that's rested overnight and ready to be laminated and 8 squares of dough that's ready to be shaped and proofed. And then of course at least 1-2 sets of already proofed croissants ready to go in the oven for students to enjoy right then. 

Any thoughts or experience on how a class like this would go? Thank you in advance for your time!


Kitchen Dork
Joined Jun 15, 2006
I'd say that if you REALLY want to teach croissant (and other laminated doughs), the best way to teach it, and have the students actually retain what they've been taught, would be to have them make them from the ground up. From scaling out the ingredients, to mixing the dough, preparing the roll-in....the whole deal. I know that for me personally, watching a demo is helpful, but unless I'm actually DOING it, I retain pretty much nothing. You have to have a feel for laminated doughs and just watching the process doesn't quite cut it. Hands on, all the way is what I would suggest for a good, helpful class.
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Joined Jul 28, 2001
I agree with @chefpeon

Although, I have found from classes I've been involved in, sometimes demo is the best. If you are demonstrating to the homemaker, charity event, couples or just people interested in the technique, sometimes they will just observe and enjoy the fact that they get to take some product home.
Joined Jan 12, 2015
Thanks you guys! I'm thinking to maybe do a mix of both? Do a demo but have people participate in the various steps too because I'm also trying to think what I can realistically do in terms of dough preparation for all the students...

I'm still open to all suggestions and opinions though so if anyone wants to chime in, I'm all ears! :) Thanks again!
Joined Oct 31, 2012
You certainly seem to have set up the class well so far.

    Having the dough ready for the students at each stage will add immeasurably to the quality of the presentation.  

I would agree that as a student, I would want to see the entire process. Often the biggest problem everyone has with any unknown is getting started. 

     From what baking I know, I would think the proper measuring, weighing and a technique or two are important when making the initial dough. If you don't show them that first part, you may have several students coming back later to ask you what they did wrong. 

        I once had a neighbor ask me to help her bake a cake for her husband. I said I would do so after work the following day. By the time I arrived she had already finished the cake, which came out rather flat and dense. When reviewing the recipe, she admitted she used half the eggs because she and her husband were trying to cut down on the number of eggs they ate. It never occurred to her that using the correct number of eggs might have an important role to play in the success of the cake. 
Joined Sep 16, 2004
Breaking the class up into teams of 2 makes your job easier. If the class is for professionals, scale the ingredients ahead of time. If it's for home users, make them scale as they're probably not used to weighing ingredients. You demo each step first, then send them to their stations to reproduce what you showed them while you walk around and assist when necessary. Then you demo the next step, etc. 
Joined Jan 12, 2015
Thanks Shape Shifter, that's a good idea I didn't think of. So, in terms of dividing the ingredients and the prepared dough for a group of 8, would you recommend I have 4 sets of everything instead of 8? 
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