These past two days in school we have been preparing pie shells, pastry shells, pastry cream, frangipane, and various fruits. This is hard stuff! There are so many little tricks to know about the dough. Proper handling, resting, mixing, docking, blind baking, and more. Ingredients for the creams and frangipanes have to be mixed in just the right order, at just the right speed to get just the right consistency. All this careful preparation took up so much time. Days! There aren’t many things you eat for dinner that take days to make.
But here is my problem – after all that work dessert is not a meal. Dessert does not give me the same feeling that eating a nice meal can. A meal is nourishment. You feel good after a meal. It can provide nutrients, energy and protein that your body needs. On the other hand you have dessert. Nobody needs dessert. You may feel good eating dessert, but you usually feel bad afterward. It is not very nourishing. Typical desserts provide tons of sugar and fat – which contribute to extra calories at the end of the day.
Don’t get me wrong – I do enjoy dessert now and again. But I find learning to cook much more interesting and practical than learning pastry and desserts. Maybe I will change my mind as the time passes. There are a few things I am very interested in learning. I would love to learn how to make a perfect baguette, breakfast muffins and pizza dough. More pratical baking applications. I’ll keep you posted.