Holiday Sweepstakes: You Could Win* a KitchenAid 7-Qt. Pro Line Stand Mixer and More! Enter the Giveaway

Follow us:

Home Cooking 4

Basic Building Blocks for the Pastry Chef

Hank Hanover | Jan 13, 201102:35 AM

These recipes are from the book “Chez Panisse Desserts”. They are the basic building blocks for the pastry chef, according to Lindsey Shere, the book’s author. She seems to say that if you want to teach yourself how to be a pastry chef or at least a good dessert cook, you should start with these recipes and use them as building blocks for the rest of the book. Sorry, I'm not going to actually show the recipes.

What is your reaction to this list? Frankly, some of these things I have never heard of. There were other things that I would have thought would be on the list, but I'm certainly no pastry chef.

I tried to group these things, if I mislabeled something espcially in the pastries section, it is my fault the author did not label them as such.


Flavored Sugars


Crème Chantilly
Crème Fraîche
Crème Anglaise
Pastry Cream
Vanilla Bavarian Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Frozen Mousse
Frozen Caramel Mousse


Short Crust Pastry
Butter Cookies
Langues De Chat
Cookie Cups
Crêpe Batter
Sponge Cake
Cream Puffs
Rum Babas
Pie Crust
Palm Leaves
Puff Pastry
Country Style Puff Pastry
Quick Puff Pastry


Caramel Syrup
Caramel for Upside Down Tarts
Caramel for Decorations

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Recommended from Chowhound

Catch up on the latest activity across all community discussions.
View latest discussions