Two weeks ago I was in Montreal for a work conference. The conference lasted 4 days, and afterwards my friend Stephany and I stayed in Montreal for a few days and her husband and Aldo flew in to join us for a mini vacation. I have been to Montreal once as a kid but I was too young to remember and appreciate what an amazing city it is! We loved it there. So much good food, so many parks and outdoor areas, so many funky cafes and streets with gorgeous graffiti art. Read all about the amazing food in Montreal on my travel blog Nonstop from JFK.
I actually think Montreal was my favorite city out of everywhere I've been, as far as actually wanting to live there. Too bad it gets so freakin' cold there in the winter!!
While we were in Montreal, we had lots of different foods - Tibetan, Japanese (sushi and ramen), Korean, American, Italian, and of course - French: roasted duck, escargot, French cheeses, souffles, macarons, etc. And one of the most fun things we did was take an eclair making class in Old Montreal at Ateliers & Saveurs! When we booked the class we were told that it is taught in French but not to worry, it is easy to follow in English. Let's see how this goes, we figured!
When we got to Ateliers & Saveurs, the chef was setting up the kitchen for the class and I got to peek at all the ingredients - lots of butter, flour, sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate... this was going to be GOOD! And just look at this gorgeous kitchen - can you image a kitchen like this at home with all that counter space and natural light? It is every food blogger's dream!
We were going to be making 4 types of eclairs during the class, and I was so excited to try them all:
- Eclair with vanilla cream and fresh berries
- Eclair with fresh lime curd and meringue
- Eclair with chocolate cream and chocolate crispies
- Eclair with caramel butter cream and toasted almonds
Honestly, how good does that sound!!
Throughout the class the chef demonstrated what to do and gave us all a chance to take turns and work on the different creams and the dough. We all got to try our hand at piping the eclair dough and filling the eclairs with cream fillings.
Luckily the chef spoke enough English to explain every step of the process to us and to make us understand when to stop mixing the dough, when to stop beating the meringue, etc.
The whole class took two hours because we were all learning, but making eclairs is actually pretty easy especially if you only make one or two kinds instead of all four on your first try!
We each walked away with four humongous eclairs to take home.
They made for a great dessert at a picnic lunch at a park in Old Montreal, and made a great breakfast the next day. Yes, we had eclairs for breakfast and it was glorious!
This post is not at all sponsored by Ateliers & Saveurs, but I would highly recommend booking a class there if you are going to be in Montreal for a few days. They have classes on making eclairs, macarons, cocktails, and lots of savory dishes, and they also have classes on wine tasting and pairings.