Cooking class list: Baking/Desserts

Tuesday, September 21, 2010; 6:02 PM

Chocolate & Sugar Decoration
Jane Rager, 703-779-8024
10th year. Demonstration/Participation. Students learn the art of decorating cakes and other desserts with chocolate ribbons and roses. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. $50. Leesburg.

2-Day Baking Workshop
Cooking School staff
1st year. Participation. This class is designed to help students master all facets of the pastry kitchen. Menu: Raspberry-Lemon Souffle, Classic Genoise Cake, Chocolate Meringue Shells Topped With Strawberry Sorbet, 60-Second Brioche Dough, Brioche Bouchees, Quickest Puff Pastry, Palmiers, Lemon Tart With Pine Nut Crust, Individual Apple Pies. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. $150. Arlington.

Deirdre Parker, 703-360-3888
1st year. Demonstration/Participation. Baking with apples: apple cupcakes with caramel frosting, apple tarte tartin and apple muffins. 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 4. $60. Alexandria.

Artisanal Bread Baking
Matt Finarelli, 703-677-6729
6th year. Participation. Students learn how to make baguettes, sourdoughs and focaccias. Class times are tailored to fit the student's schedule. $60. Falls Church.

Bake! With Nick Malgieri
Nick Malgieri
1st year. Demonstration. Pastry chef, author, TV personality and James Beard award-winner Nick Malgieri demonstrates chocolate recipes from his newest cookbook, "Bake! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking." Menu: Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, Chocolate and Coffee Walnut Cake, Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake, Truffle Brownies, Chocolate "S" Cookies. 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. $69. Arlington.

Baking and Beyond!
Linda Skiles, 703-334-1504
1st year. Demonstration/Participation. Class topics include holiday baking, basic breads, phyllo, handmade pasta and more, with three or four recipes prepared in each class. Day and evening sessions are held Mondays and Tuesdays. $55-$100. Falls Church.

Baking for Beginners
Amy Riolo, 301-910-8560
1st year. Demonstration/Participation. Learn to bake breads, cupcakes, cakes and pastries from scratch. Traditional, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly recipes included. Children and adults. For more information, call or visit the Web site. $350-$750. Potomac.

Bon Appetit: Thanksgiving Desserts
Wendi James, 703-414-3580
1st year. Participation. The instructor presents easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes from Bon Appetit. Menu: Classic Pumpkin Pie, Apple Strudel With Cranberry Sauce, Apple-Spice Cake With Brown Sugar Glaze, Spiced Cranberry Bread Puddings. 6:30-9 p.m. $69. Arlington.

CakeLove Baking101
CakeLove, 301-565-2253
8th year. Participation. An introduction to the basics of baking, from how to cream butter and sugar to knowing when a cake is ready to be pulled from the oven. 4-6 p.m. Saturdays. $60. Silver Spring.

CakeLove Cake Decorating
CakeLove, 301-565-2253
8th year. Participation. Students put together a cake in the rustic CakeLove style, become familiar with the basics of buttercream and ganache, and take home their own cake creations. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $60. Silver Spring.

CakeLove Small Sweets
CakeLove, 301-565-2253
8th year. Participation. Students learn how to bake small, hand-held items such as cookies, muffins and scones from scratch using the same ingredients used at CakeLove. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday nights. $60. Silver Spring.

Chocolate Tasting With a Professional Chocolatier
Debra G. Leopold, 202-797-5102
1st year. Demonstration/Participation. Students experience different varieties of chocolate using all of their senses. Fee includes all materials and chocolate samples. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16. $49 nonmembers, $39 members. Washington.

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