MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world's best across a wide range of subjects, has announced the first class in its new product offering, Sessions by MasterClass, featuring James Beard Award–winning baker Joanne Chang. The founder of Flour Bakery + Café will teach a class on how to bake like a pro, guiding members through the baking essentials and techniques needed to elevate their baking skills.
The structured, 30-day curriculum will walk members step-by-step through several of Chang’s favorite recipes ranging in complexity and deconstruct the science of baking. Through guided demonstrations, members will learn how to bake cookies, brioche treats, pies and tiered cakes—including Chang’s famous Sticky Sticky Buns and Flour Bakery Chocolate Chunk Cookies—and how to make each recipe their own once they have followed her recipes.
“My passion is in teaching the fundamentals of baking and breaking down its perceived complexity,” Chang says. “In my session, members will feel like they are coming into my bakery or home kitchen and learning what I teach my bakers at Flour. I will share what I have learned throughout my career, providing them with tools and techniques, follow-along recipes and hands-on assignments so they can create incredible recipes they can share with the people they love.”
Chang will share the science behind the most common ingredients and processes, such as baking powder and baking soda, how dough rises and what makes meringue light and fluffy. She’ll also cover baking techniques such as flouring a work surface, fraisage, piping, crumb coating, docking dough and more. Throughout the session, members have the opportunity to get meaningful feedback and tips from the sessions baking community and a trained teaching assistant to help them create eight bakery-ready recipes.
“As a James Beard awarding-winning baker and co-owner of 10 acclaimed bakeries in Boston, Joanne has been developing innovative recipes for decades,” says David Rogier, founder and chief executive officer of MasterClass. “Sessions by MasterClass empowers members to dive into the skills they’ve always wanted to learn and come away with tangible projects. I’m excited for Joanne to kick off this brand new offering and offer tools and guidance to help members build their confidence as bakers and go from following recipes to creating their own.”