Cooking Classes


Class Schedule


September 10, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Jewish Dessert Bake and Take
Bake babka, challah and rugelach to take
$80 per person, maximum 10 people
September 16, 1-2:30 pm Introduction to French Desserts
Eclairs, tarts, macarons
$75 per person
October 2, 6:30- 9:00 pm Elegant yet Easy Desserts
Arm yourself with quick and gorgeous cakes, cookies and tarts you can whip up at the last minute
$75 per person
October 7, 1-2:30 pm Fall Desserts
Cobblers, puddings, apple and pear desserts
$75 per person
November 21, 6:30- 9:00 pm
Thanksgiving meets Chanukah and what that means for you
Unusual doughnuts and pies for the mash up holiday of the century
$75 per person
December 15, 1-4 pm
Cookie Baking and Decorating Class for Parents and Kids ages 9 and up.
$125 per parent/child team, maximum 6 teams


Sign Up For A Class

To sign up, see if there is space in a particular class. Once you have a space reserved, your place is confirmed only by payment by credit card by calling Paula at 301-404-8998 or receipt of a check for the full amount made out to “Paula’s Parisian Pastries” and mailed to:

Paula’s Parisian Pastries, LLC
3108 Black Chestnut Lane
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

You may cancel with a full refund up to one week prior to the class date.  After that date, you may apply your payment toward a future class ONLY IF the spot is filled by another student.

Custom Classes

Custom classes are where YOU pick the menu and we choose a convenient time to meet, at my location or yours.  All classes require a minimum of 6 people and up to 12 people (or more at your location) are FULL PARTICIPATION where YOU TAKE HOME some portion of what we make.  Classes can be food or desserts, be related to a holiday, a theme or just what you like.  Scroll down to the “Menu of Classes” for some suggestions.
Classes include:

  • Bridal showers
  • Bachelorette parties
  • Law firm summer interns
  • Religious organizations
  • Kid and teen birthday parties
  • Couples or family cooking classes
  • Introduction to cooking for new brides
  • Birthday parties for all ages
  • Office parties

Custom classes are priced according to the menu and number of participants.

Kids Classes

Do you have an aspiring chef?  Does your child watch more Food Network than Disney Channel?  Organize a cooking class for them and their friends and let them hone their cooking and baking skills.  Classes and parties are available for kids age 3 and up and are specifically designed for that age group.

Younger kids can start with:

  • Pretzels
  • scones
  • stained glass cookies
  • cake decorating
  • cakes from scratch
  • biscotti
  • cinnamon buns
  • individual lasagnas
  • ice cream cakes

Older kids can start to learn:

  • basic cooking skills
  • classic French desserts
  • advanced cake decorating

Large Scale Cooking Demonstrations

For the past seven years, Paula has taught cooking and baking for groups as large as 60 both in the greater D.C. area and all over the United States.   Organizations have hired Paula to do these events as fundraisers.  She can demonstrate a full meal, with a dessert from The Kosher Baker or do a dessert demo showing a recipe from each of the three main sections of the book and add a challah or sugar free dessert.  The event  includes a meal/tasting and signing.  She can tailor menus to your community and location, holidays and she always discusses meal planning, and cooking and baking tips.  Paula has many ideas on how to make an event affordable and how to market as well as execute a successful large event.  Call Paula at 301-404-8998 to discuss an event.

Choose 3 things to make each class

The Art of Tarts/Thanksgiving Tarts & Pies

Lemon, pear and almond, fruit tarts, apple tart tatin, peach pie for a crowd, mocha pecan pie

Just Chocolate

Chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate cake, truffles, chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate ganache cake, molten chocolate cake

Plated Desserts

Crêpes, individual tarts and mousse cakes, sauces, carrot souffles with cinnamon creme anglaise, chocolate molten cakes with strawberry sauce

Petites Fours

Almond tuilles, operas, mini tarts, eclairs, profiteroles, fondant covered mini cakes

Quick Desserts for Busy People

Plum/apricot tarts, crumble, one bowl cakes, brownies, warm mini chocolate cakes

Passover Baking

Lemon layer cake, flourless chocolate cake, almond & chocolate cupcakes, tuille cookies, almond macaroons, chocolate mousse meringue layer cake, chocolate chip hazelnut biscotti, chocolate pistachio candies, sorbet loaf and dried fruit truffles

Jewish Holiday Baking

Chocolate & cinnamon babka, challah, rugelach, apple strudel, mandelbread, hammentaschen, sufganiot

Layer Cakes and Cake Decorating

Frasier, mocha layer, chocolate layer cake, carrot cake, decorating basics

Holiday Cookies

Linzer tarts, sandwich cookies, tuilles, stained glass cookies, coffee cardamom shortbread, lemon rosemary biscotti, chocolate chunk biscotti

Great Soups

Red pepper tomato, potato leek, carmelized onion and sweet potato, moroccan lentil, mango gazpacho, butternut squash & apple

Healthy Side Dishes

Gingered Cauliflower pie, moroccan carrot salad, tabboule with mint, spinach with pine nuts and raisins, string beans with pepper sauce, whipped parsnip


Salmon with mustard fennel sauce, tuna & onion sauce, salmon with mango salsa, sea bass with saffron sauce, seared tuna with peanut sauce


Spinach and cheese strata, popovers, scones, frittatas

Chicken and Meat

Veal marsala, brisket osso bucco, Persian chicken with dried fruit stuffing, Moroccan chicken couscous

Unusual Parve Desserts

Caramel flan, cheesecake, tiramisu, key lime pie

I am also open to suggestions!