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Nov 24, 2010

Christmas Delights @ Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia

I was invited to the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia along with a few other bloggers last Saturday. Thank you Edwin from Click Click Culinary for the invite.

Chef Guillaume Lejuene, Director of Pastry Arts for the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia was to demonstrate on making a gingerbread house. I was looking forward for the session as I've never made a gingerbread house before!

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Recipe for the gingerbread house (measurement in grams). The dough is to be refrigerated overnight.

Step 1
Roll and cut the dough  in rectangular shape according to the size you want to house to be and also use molds to cut out shapes for your window and door. Bake the pieces and then assemble them when cooled down.

Step 2
Icing is not only for decoration but also to hold the gingerbread pieces together.

step 3
Apply the icing on the sides to hold the gingerbread house together.

step 4
After the icing from the base sets, apply icing on the top for the roof.

step 5
Place the roof and apply icing in the center to seal the roof. The ginger bread house is now done!

step 6
The next step is decoration. Using the remaining icing, Chef Guillaume Lejuene explained to us the method on creating icicles. Squeeze the icing out and shake off the edge to give a sharp edge which is to achieve the look of an icicle.
   
step 7
Line the icicles on the roof and flatten the tip of the icing on the roof to make it even.

step 8
That's not it! Chef Guillaume Lejuene said that it's up to our creativity on how we want to decorate our gingerbread house. He showed us an example by gluing on candies using the icing. The gingerbread house reminds me of the children story Hansel & Gretel. Back to the topic, you can fill the gingerbread house with as many candies as you want. After that, create a 'snow' effect by sifting icing sugar over the house. Viola! The gingerbread house is now complete!

Bloggers deco
Soon after, it's us bloggers turn to decorate mini gingerbread houses which has been prepared for us.
Clockwise from left: Edwin, Jason, Kash and Chris all working hard on decorating their gingerbread house.

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Before and after of my gingerbread house. The icicles I did were pretty much a failure. LOL

Bloggers final deco
Clockwise from left: Jason, Chris, Kash and Edwin's gingerbread house.

Group picture
A group photo with Chef Guillaume Lejuene.

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We were brought over for tea at the lounge area after completing our decoration. All the breads and pastries in the theme of Christmas were done by Chef Guillaume Lejuene and his students. I was in awe with all the pretty looking pastries and breads especially the macaroons. But the macaroons were not meant to be eaten, only for decoration purpose.

Biscuits
Cinnamon Lemon biscuits and Cardomon Honey biscuits.

Passionfruit Petit Four & Strawberry Petit Four
As small as the name 'Petit' goes, do not underestimate this dessert as it's truly amazing with it's sweet and savoury taste. Petit Four is made of chocolate shell,  whipped ganache (passionfruit or strawberry), biscuit joconde and guimauve (marshmallow made out of whipped jelly).

Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia is offering classes on making Petit Four in December!

stollen & chocholate moelleux
Stollen bread which is usually baked with dried fruits and the Chocholate Moelleux which is baked with rich chocolate filling and topped with raspberry. The gold piece on top of the raspberry? It's not foil, though at first I thought it was. It's actually edible gold leaf :)

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Chef Guillaume Lejuene sharing about the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia with us.


Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia was established four months ago offering everyone the opportunity to learn the art of bakery and pastry making under the guidance of award winning pastry chefs. Even though you're from a different walk of life, Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia welcomes you with open arms!

Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia offers four main courses which are:
Certificate in Pastry and Bakery (9 months)
Certificate: Art of Intermediate Pastry Program (3 months)
Certificate in Bakery Arts (3 months)
Continuing Education (Short term courses which usually takes up to 2 days or 5 days)
Ingredients and uniform are included in the fees. 10% discount is given with full payment on the spot.

If your schedule does not allow, fret not! Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia also offers half day classes at RM125 per class during the weekend which you can check out the schedule here. Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia accepts up to a maximum of 15 students for half day classes so that each student fully understands and is guided by the chef.

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The spacious, bright and clean interior at the Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia

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Pei Minn, a graduate who enrolled in Academy of Pastry Arts to further improve her skills in pastry and bakery while awaiting her internship .

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A chocolate opera cake done by a student in Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia.

It was an eye opening day at Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia filled with fun experience and delicious pastries & breads.

If you're interested in bakery and pastries for this Christmas, Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia will be having a 2 days class at RM500! The schedule is available here.

Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia
Lot 2-A, 2nd Floor,
Wisma Thrifty,
No. 19, Jalan Barat,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
SelangorMalaysia.

Tel: +603 7960 3846
Fax: +603 7960 3848

Facebook
Email: info@academyofpastryartsmalaysia.com

Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia next intake on their 3 month, 6 month or 9 month Certificate program will begin on the 8th of December 2010!

36 comments :

  1. Well, I'm so hungry now! Macaroons! :D

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  2. uber nice posting! thank you li chuen! =) -jade-

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  3. WOW this is awesome! bring me bring me i wanted to go too~~ so sweet :) did you buy some too?

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  4. i see macaroons!!! the process to make gingerbread house is so interesting!! will try it one day =)

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  5. Girl you're so lucky. :) I really wanna learn how to bake from a pro patissiere.
    Also You didn't do a bad job with your gingerbread house. :)
    And great pictures of pastries as usual. Good job girl!

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  6. Christmas is coming soon... Merry Christmas

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  7. lovely photos.
    LOVE THE GINGERBREAD MAKING EXPERIENCE.
    envy

    awesome blog ...

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  8. i wan eat the chocolate opera cake~

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  9. i want all the food in this entry!

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  10. i wan eat the chocolate opera cake~

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  11. so nice. do for me too!

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  12. They all look so pretty :3

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  13. I never tried gingerbread house before. Hopefully can eat your house! =)

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  14. eee..i wanna have a bite of those cakes n cookies n pastries too!!!!!

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  15. Wow, this is great. I always love to do visit and experience.
    You didnt make your own gingerbread house? Aww... I hope to make one. Hahaha!!

    Hungry~ T,T

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  16. Suddenly feel so hungrrryyy!!!

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  17. Nice pictures, captured every moments in detail. :D

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  18. I like all these pastries~... look yummy.. >.<
    especially the macaroons.... .awwwww

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  19. haha babe, it's actually an academy to learn how to make pastries and baking :)

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  20. thanks :)
    They have short classes so you can join if you want :D

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  21. would love to make my own but they've already prepared it for us so we just did the deco :)

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  22. OMG I saw Macaroons....

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  23. Wow~ reading your post makes me hungry, and in awe~
    >,<
    i wish i could have been there toooo
    Lucky u~ ^^

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  24. Happy you enjoyed your time with us at Academy! Come again!! :) Hanne

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  25. Looks like all of us have posted it this up! Nice to have met you that day.

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  26. yup :) It was nice meeting you too!

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  27. Thank you Hanne for inviting us over. It was truly an eye opening experience :)

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