Pastry chef, chocolatier, dough specialist, owner of Dalúa pastry shop, and member of Relais Desserts (Alicante, Spain)

Daniel Álvarez


What's included?

  • 2h 25 HD video
  • 18 lessons
  • 6 recipes
  • Recipe Book (English, Spanish)
  • Course certificate
    Spanish
    English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese




Presentation

Make croissants, brioches, ensaimadas and puff pastries with perfect flavor and texture

In this course, Daniel Álvarez, a renowned chef specializing in bakery and pastries, shares his knowledge, techniques and advice to enable you to make spectacular pastry creations with flavors and textures worthy of haute cuisine. This is a course where you can learn how to make high-quality doughs, and how to ferment, laminate, shape and bake them correctly. Discover and learn how to make coveted and delicious preparations, including inverted puff pastry.

Working with fermented doughs to execute these types of products requires great skill and delicacy. In this online course, chef Daniel Álvarez teaches you all the factors to take into account when preparing different types of sweet and savory doughs (brioche, croissants, puff pastry and ensaimada) and using them to develop derivative products of the highest quality.

A montage of textures. Raspberry Orchid, Cocoa Cone, and Raspberry Leaves
What you'll learn

Fermented doughs; theory and practice

In this online course you will learn all the necessary theory about ingredients, including flours, yeasts, and types of butter. You will see how to correctly knead, laminate and bake fermented doughs.

Daniel Álvarez will teach you, from start to finish, how to make different sweet and savory pastry products using different doughs (brioche, croissants, puff pastry and ensaimada). You will discover specific products, such as the Bostock, and preparations as exclusive as inverted puff pastry, a variation of puff pastry that results in a unique flavor experience. Chef Daniel Álvarez, an expert in these techniques and products, will explain everything you need to take into account. He will teach you the importance of fillings, as well as the recipes for their preparation.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at both professionals and foodies who love gastronomic quality and who want to master all the elements that influence work with fermented dough and pastries to achieve final products with outstanding texture and flavor.

What you'll need

  • Stand mixer
  • Rolling pin
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Microplane grater
  • Dough cutters
  • Extendable 'bicycle cutter'
A montage of gourmet pastries by Daniel Alvarez

Instructor

Pastry chef, chocolatier, dough specialist, owner of Dalúa pastry shop, and member of Relais Desserts (Alicante, Spain)

Daniel Álvarez

In the bakery, there’s a corner where the treats for those with a sweet tooth are hidden: the pastries. These types of preparations aren’t usually associated with haute cuisine, however, everything changes when the person creating these delicacies is master pastry chef and chocolatier, Daniel Álvarez. Daniel Álvarez is undoubtedly a master of pastries, due to the ingredients he works with, which are of the highest quality, as well as the techniques he uses, which he complements with originality, tradition, creativity, avant-garde and a delicate touch. All these elements describe the work of Daniel Álvarez, and like all creators, he is associated with a masterpiece. In his case, the chocolate panettone, the candied orange peel, the inverted puff pastry millefeuille, and his croissant. Throughout his career he has worked with great pastry chefs from across Spain and Europe such as: Ramón Morató, Pierre Hermé, Frederic Bau, Bellouet Conseil, etc. The chef, pastry chef and chocolatier is a fourth generation pastry chef from Murcia. It was his father and his uncle who started the family business, a pastry shop called “Los Murcianos”. In 1985, his mother opened DALUA in Elche (Alicante, Spain), an avant-garde pastry shop of quality. The popularity of DALUA grew rapidly due to the quality of the products that can be found there, such as pastries, chocolates, cakes, etc. It should be noted how they produce one of the star products at DALUA: the inverted puff pastry millefeuille. It could be classified as a JIT type of production (just in time) because only a small number are made and they are assembled close to the moment of purchase in order to maintain the highest quality, which is an essential requirement when we talk about haute cuisine. Today the DALUA pastry shop is recognized among the best in Spain, and the world. Daniel Álvarez is recognized throughout the pastry world. He was classified in 4th place at "Les Croquembouches" in Paris (1998), and was runner-up at the Spanish Pastry Masters (1999 and 2000). He won the Gold Medal at the Euro-American Pastry Championship (2000 and 2001), he was a member of the "Coppa dell Mondo della Gelateria" team in 2005 and 2007, and is currently a teacher at the Chocolate Academy in Spain and Mexico, in addition to collaborating with various gastronomic magazines. Since 2016, he has been a member of the exclusive worldwide association, Relais Desserts, and is an ambassador for Cacao Barry. To publicize his work, pastry chef Daniel Álvarez released his book "Sweet Devotion", which is a current vision of artisan pastries where he shares the experience he has acquired during more than 30 years within the trade, offering tricks and tips, and also a special focus upon how to obtain a superb result with each preparation. It’s an essential manual for those who want to perfect, or start, their career in the sweet world, and a second edition has already been published. In 2019, Daniel was also a judge on one of the first Bake Off pastry talent television shows, along with Miquel Guarro and Betina Montagne.

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