Award winning author, educator and chef Gail Sokol shares her experience, recipes, tips and tricks in this weekly baking podcast. Chef Sokol specializes in making baking easy and approachable for people of all skill levels.
Learn the difference between a macaroon versus a macaron. Known for their exquisite beauty and flavor profile, they can be expensive when purchased through bakeshops. Why not learn to make them yourself with Chef Gail as your guide? She shares her best macarons recipe, and all the pitfalls you should avoid.
Enter the world of frangipane. Learn the origins of exactly what frangipane is and how you can “up your game” when creating tempting pastries using it. Chef Gail shares a simple recipe she has used to much acclaim in the restaurants she has worked in as a pastry chef. She gives you the lowdown on how the frangipane craze actually got started!
Learn the origin of curds, and what they are. Chef Gail explores the endless possibilities on how to use this easily made rich treat in your baked goods. She shares her tips on how to get the smoothest, richest curd ever! Her two recipes are shared and two step by step videos to watch her make them.
Learn what a laminated dough is. Chef Gail shares her tricks and discoveries in creating the flakiest croissants ever! Learn which shape the dough should be in to create hundreds of flaky layers, as Chef Gail shares her best croissant recipe and a step by step video to watch as she creates them.
The Popover craze is explored. Making a Popover video on her YouTube channel showed Chef Gail just how wildly popular these quick breads are as her video was viewed thousands of times. She delves into the definition of popovers, and explains the science of exactly how these quick breads grow so tall, giving her five best tips and tricks to creating the highest, best popovers ever!
Everyone makes mistakes, even if they do not want to admit it. Making mistakes in the kitchen can be a learning experience. Learn three of the biggest baking mishaps Chef Gail ever had, how she handled them with humor, and the lessons she learned that helped her become a better baker.
Dive into the world of gluten, learn what it is and where it comes from. Chef Gail will explore the importance of gluten, and discuss how to control it so that you can create the best baked goods ever.
Each recipe makes a certain amount of batter to fit into a specific sized pan or pans. To change the size of your pans you need to adjust the ingredient amounts of your recipe so that you don’t have too much or too little batter. Chef Gail discusses how you can adjust a recipe to fit specific sized pans so you know you will always have the correct amount of batter.
Chef Gail discusses wonderful memories of her paternal grandmother, Etta, and how she helped shape the chef she is today. Get her award winning recipe for Blueberry Muffins.
After a quick review of the different types of pie crusts which Chef Gail highlighted in her “Talking Pie Crusts” show from season 1, she delves into her thought process of exactly how she came up with her Ultimate Chocolate Cream Pie recipe. Learn her secrets as she shares this special recipe with her listeners.
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