Baking makes me nervous. There, I said it. Cooking is easier (in my mind anyway) – as I feel that you can kind of make up things as you go along – add more spice, cater to your own taste. However, I always feel that baking is strict and definitely it’s own science. You have to have everything perfect in order for some treats to come out perfectly. And unfortunately, I am clumsy, messy and a big oaf when it comes to making things look pretty. Seriously. I can’t even draw straight lines with a ruler.
But for a brief moment in time, I walked into a magical cafe that made me forget that I am a clumsy, messy big oaf that can’t make things look pretty. It’s more than just a magical cafe- it’s Sandrine. Located within downtown Kelowna, this shop speaks to my soul with multicoloured macarons and rows and rows of delicious French pastries. My biggest regret was not picking up macarons for my journey home – we got to taste a couple (well, to be honest, I got to taste a lot…sorry everyone else!) and they were by far the best macarons I’ve had anywhere. I know this is a big thing to say, but I’m throwing down the gauntlet, Vancouver!
Sandrine originated from France near Lyon and comes from a long line of bakers and pastry chefs. Sandrine eventually went back to train at her cousin’s pastry and chocolate shop and also in Paris. Originally, Sandrine moved to the Okanagan with her husband in 2004 where they opened their first cafe specializing in bread and other savoury items called La Boulangerie.
Sandrine offers Cooking Classes ranging from macarons, chocolates to many other French classics. They’re $95/person and you get to not only learn from Sandrine herself, but also get to take home your delicious creations.
We created the Tarte Tatin (which I made later again at home – check out the recipe in a future post I will link to here) and Vanilla Lavender Creme Brûlée.
At first I was a little anxious, as I am terrible with pretty much anything that involves baking (I’ve famously burnt caramel several times in my apartment). But Sandrine makes it so easy and stress free. All the hard lifting is already done for you, but you get to watch the process so you can remember how to do it at home.
Check out some of these great photos from our Cooking Class!
For more information on Sandrine, check out her website here.