Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate

Baking and Pastry Arts
Program Code: C55130L3

Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate

This curriculum is designed to introduce students to the Baking and Pastry Arts industry, preparing them for entry-level positions in commercial bakeshops or pastry kitchens.  Courses include Sanitation & Safety, Baking I, Baking II, European Cakes and Tortes, and Petit Fours & Pastries.  Upon completion, students should qualify for employment as a pastry cook, bakers assistant or assistant pastry chef in food production settings.

Specific Requirements

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better:  CUL, BPA

Courses in this program

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This course introduces the basic principles of sanitation and safety relative to the hospitality industry. Topics include personal hygiene, sanitation and safety regulations, use and care of equipment, the principles of food-borne illness, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the content necessary for the successful completion of a nationally recognized food/safety/sanitation exam.

This course covers the chemical and physical changes in foods that occur with cooking, handling, and processing. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of heat transfer and its effect on color/flavor/texture; emulsification, protein coagulation, leavening agents, viscosity, and gel formation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of these principles covered as they apply to food preparation in an experimental setting.

This course covers basic ingredients, techniques, weights and measures, baking terminology and formula calculations. Topics include yeast/chemically leavened products, laminated doughs, pastry dough batter, pies/tarts, meringue, custard, cakes and cookies, icings, glazes, and basic sauces. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proper scaling and measurement techniques and prepare and evaluate a variety of bakery products.

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This course introduces the basic principles of the preparation and plating of a variety of petit fours and individual dessert pastries. Emphasis is placed on traditional and contemporary petit fours and pastries, utilizing updated production methods. Upon completion, students should be able to produce individual pastries and petit fours for buffet and special event settings.

This course introduces the production of a wide variety of classical and modern cakes suitable for restaurants, retail shops, and large-scale production. Emphasis is placed on classic cakes using the methods of mixing, filling, glazing, and icing. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare, assemble, and decorate gelatin-based and layered torts and cakes such as Bavarian, Dobos, and Sacher.

This course provides an advanced study in the art and craft of bread making. Topics include pertinent formulas and techniques associated with naturally leavened loaves, hearth breads, focaccia, flat breads, and other breads utilizing a variety of grains. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare artisan and specialty breads that meet or exceed the expectations of restaurant and retail publics.

Total Credit Hours Required:
17

Curriculum is based on the 2020-21 catalog.

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