Want to learn how to make your own buttery, flaky croissants? Or maybe you would love to wow your family during the holidays with a delicious Chocolate Cranberry Galette? Montclair resident, Colleen Klabin, can teach you the skills at her newly opened baking studio in Cedar Grove called Chocolate Ciel.
Colleen studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and has been offering up her French pastry, decorative cakes, and organic and vegan desserts, at weddings and through custom orders. Word of mouth quickly spread and soon she was baking custom desserts for local restaurants, including Toast and Uptown. Now Klabin wants to help others bake.
Students can look forward to classes in cake decorating, muffins, cookies, and more. Adult classes will include baguettes, croissants, madeleines, macaroons, and holiday cookies. All classes will begin with a demonstration by Colleen (who teaches all of the classes), followed by hands-on baking. Adult classes range from $99 – $125 and include the 3-4 hour class time, the recipe and baked goods that you made that day, and detailed knowledge on how to reproduce it again at home.
I met Colleen on Sunday, when she demonstrated how to bake madeleines and macaroons at William-Sonoma in Upper Montclair. She’s very warm and personable and gave easy to follow tips and advice to the people gathered around her and her delicious pastries.