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    Dessert Pastry - where to start?

    I really want to learn how to make dessert, namely dessert pastry / pastry dessert. However, I have no idea where to start. Anyone got any pointers for me?

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    What kind of experience do you have? For home or for work?

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    There are a bunch of pastries, I usually make my favorite kinds first and branch out. Cream puff or chocolate eclairs are pretty easy and taste great.

    Also an apple tart is about as easy as it gets, making it great takes practice though, just depends on what you want to do.

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    My many years of baking and cooking led me to one conclusion: You got to practice and hope for success but expect some disasters. All the good things I've made were predicated by mistakes. Now that I am good at many things, I find picking up other areas of the food world easier.
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    I'm a home cook. It's a hobby I have been taking very seriously for the past few years . I have no professional experience, but I do know the basics of cooking.

    I'm not looking to learn how to bake gigantic pound cakes, but looking for more small and delicate treats. Modernist, if I dare.

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    The extent of my current dessert knowledge includes souffles - anything you can name, I can make, and both sweet ans savory. And chocolate chip cookies...

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    Practice is the big thing. I successful cook/baker doesn't have to have these things, but it makes life a lot easier: skill, good tools and the right tool for the job, quality ingredients, and motivation. Sounds like you got two of the above, and without looking at your kitchen I don't know the others. Read, practice, and post pics for us to see!
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    What I tend to do is get a fun book and bake through it. I just did the Momofuku Milk Bar...its a little overhyped, but get it for $20 on amazon and lay down about $150 for ingredients and learn the whats and whys of the what the heck is going on here in NY.

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    How do you guys think about Falkner's Demolition Desserts? I previewed some pages of Momofuku's book on Amazon but I feel like it's not precious/scientific enough for me.

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    Dessert four play by inuzzini my favorite book

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