Cooking Eclairs in Paris with Le Foodist
It’s now been over two years since I have moved to Paris, and this past weekend I finally got around to taking a cooking class. Since it is Paris, it would only be appropriate to take a class revolving around a traditional French pastry; the éclair. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday in Paris, whether you’re a local or just visiting.
I was lucky enough to find an open spot for an eclair and pate choux class, but a word of advice, you need to book a class really early in advance, especially if you’re only going to be here for a few days. I would say a month or two in advance just to be safe. Our class was with Le Foodist, which is located in the Latin Quarter. The class was held in a really nice kitchen and they had long, decorated tables which were perfect for trying your creations after the class.
There were eight people in our cooking class, most of us were Americans but there was also two Australians and I dragged Leo with me (so 1 French person!) It was the perfect size for the hands-on class. The class began at 3 and ended around 6:30, so be prepared for lots of work! If you’re looking for a hands-on cooking class in Paris, then look no further. I’ve taken a lot of cooking classes in various cities, but this one was definitely the most hands-on experience that I’ve had.
From weighing out the ingredients to cooking over the stove, we created the dough, crème, and decorations completely on our own. This was definitely my favorite part of the cooking class with Le Foodist, you walk away feeling like you actually learned a new skill. Not only did we create beautifully looking eclairs, but we learned how to make the pate choux dough, which is the base for lots of other French dishes; profiteroles, chouquettes, cheese puffs, and more.
To begin, the instructor briefly talked about the dough and the instructions, then we were completely on our own to create! Here are a few photos from the class:
If you’re in Paris, then this is definitely an experience I would recommend and a memory you will never forget! Be sure to sign up to be notified for our upcoming app launch. With Jet Journal you will be able to create inspiring content straight from your phone with our easy to use templates.