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Delish Holiday Classes At The Uncommon Café This December

22 Nov

UncommonCafeHoliday2016.pngThe Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street, is hosting some delicious classes which will help you with your holiday entertaining and/or gift giving.  Valentine Kitamura owner of Tartine Maple will be leading classes this December perfect for holiday entertaining . You can learn to make Eggnog Cream Puffs and Orange Cranberry Almond Shortbread just to name two of the goodies. These sounds so good, you may not want to gave them away as a gift, but stash away for yourself. We’ve set out below two of the upcoming classes and what they will cover.

Eclairs and Cream Puff Holiday Special – Saturday, December 10th 6-9 pm

Valentine will teach you the basics of Choux pastry and how to decorate them with cheer while, of course, sipping on Champagne.  The fillings she will teach you will be sweet and savoury and include Candy Cane Eclairs, Eggnog Cream Puffs, Savory Gougeres (Cheese Puffs). You are asked to bring containers so you can take some of creations home, that is if you don’t eat them all. This class is $65 and runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  To register, visit Eventbrite. Register early and save $10.

Ultimate Holiday Baking Class With Champagne  Wednesday, December 21st 6-9 pm

In this holiday baking class, Valentine is going to teach you how to make some amazing holiday treats which make great gifts. In this class you will learn to make Peppermint Meringue, Chocolate Truffles, Orange Cranberry Almond Shortbread and Coconut Macaroons dipped in chocolate. They all just happen to be gluten free. During the class, you will be served champagne and canapes. Now this is how one prepares for the holidays.  Again, bring those containers so you can take your  creations home. This class is $65 and runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  To register, visit Eventbrite. Register early and save $10.

No baking experience? No worries, the recipes are easy, Valentine will walk you through it and make it fun.

Bon appetit!

Learn To Make The Perfect Pie With The Pie Shoppe

19 Jul

IMG_1687In case you hadn’t heard the news, Grandview Woodlands has a delicious new spot coming in the next few weeks.  The second location of The Pie Shoppe will be situated next to Bistro Wagon Rouge at 1875 Powell Street.  This delicious shop is the work of two sisters, Stephanie and Andrea French. They opened their first store in Chinatown in all of 300 square feet just around the corner from The Union, Crackle Crème and a few other great spots.  So now they have a much bigger space and along with serving great pie and coffee, they are offering to teach you how to make the perfect pie.  Having done a fair bit of baking, I’ve found pie ‘relatively’ easy to make, but  the key (for me) is the pie crust and getting it just right. Here, Stephanie and Andrea will help you master flour and butter what works, what doesn’t.  After the class, you will be able to use all that beautiful summer or fall fruit and make some amazing pies.   We have set out below some of their upcoming classes.   Note, there is class size limit of 12 for all classes. You will be provided with all the things you need for the class including aprons, rolling pins, pie plate and we hear some good eats. Added note, for those that have issues with gluten, this facility is not gluten free.

Now, for those that don’t want to make pie just eat it, I expect they will have a pretty delish selection on hand which will change with what’s in season. Having said this, some of the delicious names that could be on hand include Raspberry Rhubarb, Blueberry Lemon Streusel, Walnut & Bourbon, Salted Honey or Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess. Of course, if you prefer classic Peach Pie, they just might have that as well. If you can’t wait for the opening of their Powell Street location, you can visit them Tuesdays to Sundays 11:00 am to whenever they sell out at their Chinatown location at 721 Gore Street.  If you wish to book a baking class, give them a call at 604.338.6646 or drop them an email.

Pastry & Dough Fundamentals 101 – August 29th 6:30 – 9:30 pm ($65.00)

The Pie Ladies will teach you how to make dough and give you fool proof recipes you can adapt to your needs whether you wish to make sweet or savoury pies.  Best part, love these types of classes, while the pies are baking, snacks and drinks will be served.  One gets thirsty baking, speaking from experience here. At the end of the night, you get to leave with a perfect pie, made by you, a booklet of recipes and tips.

Stone Fruit Pie Making – August 28th 3:00 pm– 6:00 pm ($75)

For this afternoon pie making workshop, The Pie Ladies will teach you how to make delicious fruit pies using Okanagan summer fruits. They will be sourcing out local and organic ingredients for this class.  For this class as well, you can expect to walk away with great pie, new recipes and maybe some new friends to share your pie with.

Apple Pie Workshop – November 6th 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm ($65)

You are invited to another great afternoon of pie making where the Pie Ladies will talk  apples meaning which are best for pies. They will also discuss sugars, starches and creating the perfect flaky crust (butter vs. shortening). You will also learn how to make those beautiful decorative edges and tops with pie dough. Again, they will be sourcing out local and organic ingredients, serving snacks and drinks while those apple pies bake.  Of course, you will leaving class with your perfect apple pie.

Reminder, there is a class limit size of 12 per class. To register, we encourage you to contact the The Pie Shoppe directly or pop in once their new location on Powell Street opens. We will be sure to announce it here once they are up and running. We are looking forward to checking out this delicious new addition in the Grandview Woodlands area.IMG_1629 (1)

Photo Credit: The Pie Shoppe

 

The Baker’s Market Returns This Winter

16 Nov

BakersMarketWinter2015The Baker’s Market is back for just a few markets this holiday season.   This market is truly “one of the sweetest events in Vancouver”.  This community based event brings together local baking enthusiasts, pastry students, mommy bakers as well as budding entrepreneurs. If you are looking for some amazing Christmas baking, but don’t have the time to do it all yourself, this is where you should be headed.   Some of the delicious things you will find include exquisite French macarons by J’adore les Macarons, handmade caramels and chocolates by Caramel & Company with some delish flavours such as Raspberry Earl Grey, Mango Coconut and Smoked Chili Chocolate. The Scone Queen will be on hand and we are hearing quite a bit of buzz about this vendor. Flavours you can expect for the Baker’s Market include aged cheddar and chive, Cardamom and dried currant, dried sour cherry and white chocolate and apple and aged cheddar. Some other vendors on hand include Apricus & Co. with gluten free goodies, Matcha & More and a personal favourite Marsh&Mallow with gourmet handmade marshmallows.  Each week you will find a different group of bakers, so the offerings will vary each week, but some of the goodies you can expect to find include cakes, muffins, brownies, handmade chocolates, Belgian waffles, scones, preserves, breads, tarts, Christmas baking and much more. The Baker’s Market will be held at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street (60th & Fraser).  Admission to the market is free, there is ample parking and our favourite part, lots of samples! So come out and support your local talented creative bakers. The markets take place from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on November 29th, December 6th and 13th.

Baker’s Market Returns To Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre On October 4th

22 Sep

PurpleMacaronsBakersMarketThe Baker’s Market is back this Fall! The first of 6 dates get under way Saturday, October 4th. If you haven’t attended this market, it is a community based event that brings out baking enthusiasts, pastry students, mommy bakers as well as budding entrepreneurs. Each week you will find different bakers on hand offering a wide array of baked goods. Some of the delicious things you will find include exquisite French macarons by J’adore les Macarons, delicious lemons squares from The Lemon Square and other delectable baked goodies. You will find different vendors each week, so the offerings will be a bit different each time, but the types of goodies you can expect to find include organic muffins, brownies, handmade chocolates, vegan, gluten free, Belgian waffles, lemon squares, cupcakes, scones, preserves, breads, tarts, granola and much more. If you have something specific you’d like, we do recommend you arrive early. Some items do sell out rather quick.

The Baker’s Market will be held at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street (60th & Fraser). Admission to the market is free, there is ample parking and lots of samples! So come out and support your local talented creative bakers.   If you this miss the kick off on October 4th, not to worry, there will be 5 more markets on October 11th, 18th, November 22nd, 29th and December 6th. The market runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each Saturday.

Photo Credit: J’adore les Macarons

The Baker’s Market Returns March 30th

17 Mar

PurpleMacaronsBakersMarketIf you have a sweet tooth, the Baker’s Market in SE Vancouver is the place for you. This concept was inspired by the local farmers markets, but you won’t find any veggies here. Although you may find some vegan baked goods.  The range of products is quite diverse including exquisite French macarons by J’adore les Macarons, gluten free products by We Against The Grain and  Sweet Lily Bakery specializing in puff pastry, cookies, cakes, pastry, and cupcakes.  That is only the beginning. You will also find organic muffins, brownies, handmade chocolates, Belgian waffles, scones, preserves, tarts, granola and much more.   This market is a community based event that brings out the professional and amateur baker as well as student and Mommy bakers.    The Baker’s Market starts up again Saturday, March 30th at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street (60th & Fraser). It will run each consecutive Saturday until May 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  As the event is held indoors, it is a go rain or shine. Add to that, there is free admission, free parking and free samples!  So come out and support your local talented creative bakers.

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