Goodbye Gluten! Baking with Alternative Grains
October 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pastry chef Rachel Portnoy to discover new grains, new techniques and new flavors, by moving away from wheat in your baking.
If there’s one thing many of us have enough of in our diet, it’s wheat. It’s everywhere, one of the four pillars of baking, along with eggs, butter and sugar. It can be destabilizing when you take wheat out of the equation.
Either for health or dietary reasons, baking gluten-free has become a challenge and a need for many people. This class will make sweet and savory recipes, all designed to highlight the fun and flavorful ways that gluten-free baking can take you in new and delicious directions. Portnoy will cover a wide array of possibilities, including French and American classics.
Rachel Portnoy started out as a vegetarian cook during her time as a graduate student in English in the 1990s and then moved on to specialize in pastry at Le Cordon Bleu, in London. She worked at French fine dining and Michelin-starred restaurants in New York, Washington, D.C., and London, as well as in France at fine restaurants and bakeries.
In 2002, she and her husband, French chef Franck Tessier, moved to Lee, where she fulfilled a long-term dream by opening her own bakery, Cakewalk. Rachel eventually sold Cakewalk and moved up the road to open a restaurant on Main Street with Franck called Chez Nous, where the couple focuses on fresh, healthy, handmade and delicious cuisine and desserts.
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