A Culinary Journey to France: Breton Classics with Apples and Cider

with Anna Mays and Heike Meyer
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
Level: All levels
Location: Brot Bakehouse School and Kitchen at Brotbakery, 38 Meade Rd., Fairfax Vermont
Costs: $140


Join us for this special fall class, featuring our favorite french pastry recipes and celebrating the apple season with heirloom varieties from our own orchard.

In this class we will not only show you how to make some of the lesser-know pastry classics, but also take an in-depth journey into the Breton traditions to better understand the history, flavors and techniques around some of the best recipes of this part of Europe.

Many culinary traditions are not well-known on this side of the Atlantic, but are widely popular in France. We will teach you the specific culinary techniques you need to know to make some of the classics like Kouign Amann and French Apple Tarts accessible and adaptable for home use.

Not only will you learn these new techniques, but we finish the class with a sensory tasting so you will be able to pair and customize the recipes to your liking when making them in your home. For this we bring some authentic Vermont cider and to the table and talk about the unique flavors and qualities - and why they pair so perfectly with northern French specialties.

Drawing inspirations from the best of what is available right here in Vermont and we set the table and enjoy a stateside culinary journey to France together. Join us for our favorite fall class and leave with a better understanding and deep appreciation for new flavors and -perhaps- new pastry techniques. 


About the instructors:  

Anna Mays is the head culinary teacher at Brot Bakehouse School and Kitchen. An anthropologist by training, she enjoys teaching about world culinary traditions, agricultural practices and the intersection between food, diet, culture and well-being. Anna trained at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in London and enjoys baking and cooking for seasonal festivals and holidays. Having lived in Paris and Lyon she loves to teach about Crêpes and Galettes the way she tasted them in the streets and Cafés of France.

Heike Meyer is the owner and baking teacher at Brot Bakehouse School and Kitchen in Fairfax, Vermont, specializing in hand-made, naturally leavened breads, pastries and natural foods. If not baking European classics you will find her in the kitchen cooking, tasting and developing new recipes. She trained with some of the best artisan bakers around the world and completed her training as a pastry chef with the Food Future Institute of California in 2022.

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Cancellation Policy

Please be aware of our class & cancellation policy:

  • Full Payment is due upon registering for a class. We understand that there will be circumstances whereby you will need to cancel your course or change the date. Given two weeks or more notice we are happy to offer a full refund.

  • If we need to postpone or cancel a class either a full refund will be given, or you can use your payment as a credit towards any future class.

  • If you need to cancel last minute - one week or less of the class date -  a full refund will be offered if we can refill your booking. Otherwise no refund can be issued, but we can offer a class credit; valid for 3 years.

  • No refund if cancelled less than 24 hours before class date.


COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Notes Summer 2022 

This is an in-person class which will be mostly inside in a well-ventilated bakery and outside (tastings), weather permitting.

As with all classes, we will place the safety and well-being of all attendees first. At this time we have the following steps in place to ensure everyone can have a safe and pleasant experience baking with us.

In addition to having a maximum number of 8 participants in the classes, and we want everybody to feel comfortable in class, so face coverings are optional. To protect yourself, your family and our shared human community from becoming infected with the virus we ask that you stay home if you are feeling sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19.

We will always follow the rules and guidelines of the Vermont Department of Health when holding our classes. This could mean travel restrictions for people arriving from out-of-state, or new quarantine requirements before class starts. We reserve the right to cancel any class should it be deemed necessary. In this case, a full refund will be given.