When you take baking courses through the Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma at PICAchef, you will develop your baking skills and learn tips to take your baking to a professional level. Baking is part artistry and part science. Every baker can master these skills, whether at home or earning a bakery diploma, to produce delicious baked goods.
Reading a Recipe and Measuring Ingredients
Not all recipes need to be followed precisely. Baking classes will teach you how to read a recipe and show you where adjustments can be made. You will learn the baking terminology so you feel comfortable and understand every recipe. Learning which substitutions you can make in a recipe can help if you’ve run out of an ingredient or want to create a different flavour. You’ll become more confident with pairing flavour combinations together to achieve your desired result.
Different ingredients require different measurement techniques. A professional chef instructor teaches you the procedure for measuring volume or weight for dry or wet ingredients at different consistencies. Baking requires more precise measurements than cooking for the best result. This is applying the science to any well-produced product.
Baking classes will teach you the importance of preparation and organization. “Mise en place” is the process of having everything ready and measured out before you begin cooking or baking. Measuring ingredients ahead of time, having your tools handy, and having everything in place before you begin will set you up for success.
You’ll also learn to plan for the next steps so that you efficiently move through the process. Once you master this skill, you’ll wonder how you ever baked without having everything organized before you started.
Through our Pastry Arts program, you will develop your management skills as you grow and evolve your baking management knowledge. Managing a process is an important skill to apply to real-world situations or any career path.
Using All Your Senses When Baking
Of course, you will use your sense of taste when baking to test your ingredients or your finished product, but you regularly use all your other senses in the kitchen as well. In a baking course, you will learn to feel the dough with your hands, see with your eyes to achieve a perfect colour, smell to know if something is off, and hear sounds to alert you to changes in a cooking process. By using all your senses when you bake, you will improve your overall techniques and baking products.
Essential baking tools for Baking Courses
The right tools will help you to get the best results. When earning a bakery certificate, you will learn which tools you need to get the best product and how to use them safely.
Presentation Skills You Learn in Baking Courses
The presentation of your final baking masterpiece is the role artistry plays in baking. When you take a baking class, you will learn how best to artfully display the goods you’ve baked to be their most appealing. Your creative side develops to decorate cakes, to choose finishes, and to know how to best to display your creations.
Find Out More About Our Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma
Successful completion of a baking diploma will build your confidence as you start a new career in baking or the hospitality industry. Learn more about our six-month, full-time Baking & Pastry Arts diploma to develop your baking skills. We also offer a Culinary Arts Diploma as well. Both programs are open to domestic and international students.
Contact our admissions team at 1-800-416-4040 or in the Vancouver area at 604-734-4488 to learn more about all our programs and our admission requirements.