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Become a Patisserie Pro at Home

Become a Patisserie Pro at Home

Learn to create perfect pastries, beautiful baked goods and show-stopping sweet treats with Leiths’ 12-week Introduction to Patisserie online course & certificate.

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Bring Patisserie Prowess to your Kitchen

You’ll learn a wide range of professional patisserie techniques and skills from Leiths’ expert chefs, including pastry work – choux, shortcrust and pâte sucrée – cake preparation and decoration techniques.

Throughout the course, you’ll be creating show-stopping desserts, marvellous meringues, tantalising tarts and petits fours to impress.  You will conquer macarons with passion fruit ganache, individual tartes au citron and a classic brownie with a salted caramel twist.

By mastering timeless methods, you will be armed with the confidence to adapt and add your own personal style to bold recipes and be able to identify and navigate your way through any problems which may occur during patisserie preparation.

To cover all the skills and recipes in 12 weeks, the course will run at a professional pace with 4-6hrs of cooking each week. You’ll be making a large quantity of treats – so be ready to share your creations with your friends and neighbours!

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Leiths School of Food and Wine has “seen oodles of students start up their own businesses or work in Michelin-starred restaurants.”

Kate Hilpern, The Independent

Introduction to Patisserie | Specialist Course

This 12-week course will teach you patisserie proficiency, guiding you through timeless techniques and methods that every baker and pastry chef worth their salt will intuitively employ in a modern kitchen.

Each week, you will unlock a new batch of video-based sessions that take you step-by-step through the process of cooking everything from pastries through to truffles. With Workshop's unique hands-on method of learning, you'll be cooking from day one with no need to read pages of theory in advance.

By joining the course, you will have access to the following through the Workshop app:

  • 12 units, unlocked weekly, guiding you through ~4-6 hours of cooking time each week
  • 34 individual cooking sessions
  • Expert guidance and one-to-one support from your class mentor
  • Collaborative group chat with your own private class and mentor
  • Feedback on your dishes from your class and mentor via a private in-app feed of photo uploads
  • A Certificate of Completion when you finish the course

In addition to the core aspects of the course, you will also get:

  • Downloadable Leiths recipes and theory notes for you to keep
  • Access to all video sessions for an additional 6 months after your course finishes

Average cooking time: 4-6 hours per week

  1. At the start of each week, you will be prompted to schedule 1-5 practical sessions and to gather all the kit you’ll need to start cooking.
  2. In every session, you will follow a Leiths teacher through a series of step-by-step videos in your own kitchen, learning directly through your experience.
  3. After each session, you will be asked to upload photos of your creations for discussion and feedback from your classmates and mentor.
  4. At the end of your course, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion. However, the real proof is in the pudding! You will have built up hands-on practical cookery skills that will last you a lifetime.

Don’t run out of eggs!

Every week, you’ll cover a different skill and require a variety of ingredients. Ensure you’re ready to go by planning well ahead, and use our handy equipment and ingredients lists (sent to students when they enrol) for each unit.

Key Features

Course Curriculum

Week 1. Shortcrust Pastry

You’ll learn to make shortcrust pastry by hand and by machine. You’ll make sweet pastry for frangipane tarts, and savoury pastry for courgette and ricotta galette.

Week 2. Choux Pastry

Choux pastry is a fundamental pastry in patisserie. You’ll be making sweet-filled eclairs and savoury cheese choux with truffled mascarpone filling.

Week 3. Toppings, Garnishes & Caramel

Garnishes and toppings for cakes and desserts can help to elevate your dishes. You’ll learn to use needle shreds, chocolate shards, honeycomb, and chocolate rubble. You’ll use 3 essential patisserie techniques involving sugar syrups, caramels, and melting chocolate.

Week 4. Cake Making

There are three methods to making cakes, which you'll learn in this unit. Using the creaming method, you’ll make lemon and elderflower cakes garnished with needle shreds. You’ll make the ultimate chocolate cake using the rubble you’ve made previously. Finally, you’ll make a swiss roll filled with cherry and mascarpone, using the whisking method.

Week 5. Baking

Dive into baking indulgent salted caramel chocolate brownies, a tear and share bread accompanied by some flavoured butter, and some delicious muffins. All these bakes take about an hour and rely on artificial raising agents, so speed is of the essence!

Week 6. Biscuits

Perfect your chocolate chip cookie recipe and learn to make a seeded cracker bread called lavosh, and a biscotti.

Week 14. Meringues

First, you’ll make meringue kisses with classic Swiss meringue. Then, you’ll move on to make a pavlova. Finally, you’ll make classic French macaroons flavoured with passion fruit and white chocolate.

Week 8. Sweet Pastries & Fillings

Pâté sucrée is a rich and delicious pastry with a biscuit-like snap to it. You’ll learn to make it by hand and with a machine, to make biscuits and some tart cases with a professional finish.

Week 9. Gelatine

You’ll be making buttermilk pannacotta with raspberry gel and pâte sucrée biscuits. You’ll also be making a cold yuzu soufflé with a crunchy sesame tuile. In making these recipes, you’ll learn how to use three setting agents; leaf gelatin, powdered gelatin, and agar agar.

Week 10. Petit Fours

Petit Fours are small bite-sized confectionery or savory appetizer. We'll be making salted butter caramels, lemon sherbert marshmallow, chocolate truffles with a variety of coatings.

Week 11. Génoise

Welcome to the penultimate unit. You’ll learn how to make a light and fluffy Genoise, decorated with the chocolate shards you made before, filled and covered with a light, meringue coffee buttercream.

Week 12. Breakfast Pastries

In this final unit, you’ll be making breakfast pastries with ginger crème pâtissière and pears. You’ll be using a lot of the skills you’ve learnt in the previous units and also learning about laminated dough.

Earn Your Certificate

Once you've met all the requirements to complete this course, you'll receive a verified Certificate of Completion.

Student Experiences

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Leiths Online Cookery School

Leiths Online Cookery School is a winning partnership between Leiths School of Food & Wine - the esteemed cookery school - and education technology pioneers, Workshop.

From its London school, Leiths has been equipping aspiring cooks with the skills to flourish in the food world since 1975. Through Workshop's unique hands-on learning experiences, Leiths is bringing the best of in-person teaching directly into people's kitchens around the world.

Putting the learner first is a founding philosophy common to both organisations. High-quality content delivered by top educators in the cookery world, tailored expert feedback and a close community network make it a joy to learn with Leiths Online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to complete sessions at specific times?

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Your class will be moving forward at a pace of 1 unit per week, however after each unit is unlocked you have the freedom to complete each session entirely at your own pace. You will also have the ability to schedule your sessions for times that suit your lifestyle.

This course has been carefully designed to make sure the advantages of real-world learning experiences are still embraced online. You will therefore be taken through the subject matter week-by-week to give you the chance to digest what you’ve learnt whilst progressing at a steady pace alongside your classmates. Unlike a real-world course though, you will also have the opportunity to revisit sessions and practice whenever and wherever you like!

How will I interact with my class?

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Shortly before your course start date, you will be invited to introduce yourself to the rest of your class via messaging on the Workshop app.

Each week, your class will unlock a new unit encouraging you all to cook the same dishes within the same week. At the end of every session, you will be asked to upload a photo of your dish, which your class and mentor will be able to view, like and provide feedback on.

Can I try before I buy?

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If you would like a taster of Workshop’s ground-breaking step-by-step video format, you can sign up for a taster session for most of Leiths courses, including Introduction to Patisserie. On the course webpage, navigate to the full curriculum information tabs and select “Try a Free Session”. You will be sent email instructions for how to download the app and the taster session.

How much contact will I get with my mentor?

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You can contact your mentor directly through the app at any time, and will receive a response within 48 hours. Your mentor will also be able to grade and comment on your photo uploads with any feedback they may have.

When will I get to meet my class?

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You’ll be able to log into the Workshop app and access your class group discussion shortly before your start date so that you can chat away and get acquainted!

What is the typical workload per week of the course?

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With 1-5 practical sessions to complete each week, you can typically expect to be cooking for around 4-6 hours per week – depending on the recipe (and the student!).

Some recipes may take up to a day to complete when we take into account things like cooling, setting etc. Preparation is key!

Please be mindful to read through recipes and timeplans thoroughly as some recipes will require advanced preparation and setting time. And always make sure you have given yourself enough time and think about weighing up and cleaning down when planning your cooking sessions.

Will I get a list of all the cooking equipment I’ll need for the course ahead of time?

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Yes, we’ll send you a full equipment list before the course starts. Make sure to ask your parent or guardian to keep an eye on their emails (including the spam folder) for this!

What if I miss a week?

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There’s no need to worry if you have a family holiday booked or have to miss a week or two during the course. You’ll have access to your course dashboard, and the ability to contact your Leiths mentor, for 6 months from your course start date. This means you’ll have plenty of time to catch up if you need to.

How long will I have access to the course?

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You’ll have access to your course dashboard for a total time of 6 months after your start date.

Units (including video sessions and supporting materials) will become available week-by-week as your class progresses through the course.

How old do I have to be to take this course?

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All Leiths Online courses are 18+ or require parental consent for those between 13-18. The exceptions are our Teens courses, which are exclusively for 13-18-year-olds.

The accreditation weekends at Leiths school in London have a wine element to them and are only for those aged 18 and over.

How do I get my Certificate of Completion?

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There is no assessment at the end of your course. Instead, you will be required to upload photographs of your creations after you have completed each session (regardless of the quality of the physical outcome).

Once you have uploaded a photo for every session on the course, your mentor will confirm that you have completed the course and you will be awarded your certificate. This will be emailed to you by Workshop and attached as a PDF for you to print off at home.

What is your cancellation policy?

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If you book your place over 30 days before your course start date, you can cancel your booking and claim a full refund within 30 days of your purchase. If you book your place within 30 days of the course start date, you can claim a full refund within 14 days of your purchase.

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