KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Plugra European-Style Butter
is teaming up with The French Pastry School in Chicago to demystify the art
of baking as part of Plugra's "Are You Fluent" national baking-education
campaign. In addition to partnering with the school for cooking
demonstrations and national television appearances, Plugra is launching an
online contest to find the best baking recipe in America. The contest
offers a foodie's dream to the grand-prize winner -- an all-expense-paid
hands-on cooking class with one of the world's top pastry chefs at the
French Pastry School. The Plugra Magnifique recipe contest began April 6
and ends July 31. For information and entry forms visit
Instructors at the school and executives from Plugra hope to use the
recipe contest to make baking seem more approachable. "Unfortunately,"
according to Sebastien Canonne, master pastry chef and co-owner of The
French Pastry School, "Many aspiring cooks shy away from baking because
they're afraid they'll do something wrong."
The French Pastry School offers sage advice for avoiding common baking
-- Don't be afraid to bake. According to Canonne, it's the most universal
mistake. He encourages home cooks to start simple and allow themselves
to make mistakes.
-- It pays to measure. Canonne says while some ingredients can be added
with a pinch here and there, it's best when baking to always measure
-- Preheat your oven. It makes cookies and cakes rise like they're
intended -- something you'll miss if you place your pan on a cold rack.
-- Beware substitutions. Chefs know how important it is to use the right
ingredients. Canonne says substitutions can completely change an
item's texture and appearance. The school uses only Plugra
European-Style Butter, for example, because it has 82 percent
butterfat, combined with a lower concentration of water. It's this
combination that makes cakes rise higher, cookies crisp more evenly and
pie crusts turn out flakier.
"It all boils down to having the right tools and a little patience,"
says Canonne. "I'm here to tell you that, with the right ingredients and a
little practice, you can bake like a professional."
For more information, or to enter, visit http://www.plugra.com or
Contact: John Scroggins, NOBLE
(800) 545-4087, ext. 5118
SOURCE Plugra European-Style Butter