Want to go from baking cookies and brownies to cream puffs and eclairs?

If you love French pastries but don’t know where to start when it comes to baking them at home, you’re in the right place. In this French pastry course for beginners, I’ll walk you through the what’s, how’s, and why’s of French pastry so you can make your favorite French pastries from scratch in your own kitchen with everyday ingredients and basic equipment. Even if you’ve never made French pastries before or you’re a total baking beginner, you’ll learn how to make French pastries that’ll have your friends and family saying yummm!

INSIDE FRENCH PASTRY FOR BEGINNERS

YOU’LL LEARN TO BAKE 20+ DELICIOUS PASTRIES

+ SO MUCH MORE! SCROLL DOWN FOR THE SCHEDULE.

French Pastry for Beginners is a self-paced course with new lessons available each week

You’ll explore more than 20 easy French desserts to make at home. Each week’s lesson builds on the last so you can confidently sashay your way to making cream puffs and macarons at home
WEEK 1: Getting Ready

Pantry Basics & Pastry Tools

  • Getting Confident in the Kitchen + My Baking Story
  • Pastry Equipment + Pantry Recommendations
  • Recipe for my Favorite French Cookies: Chocolate Sable Cookies
WEEK 2: The Perfect Start

15-Minute Lemon Curd

  • Learn the Different Uses for Lemon Curd (there are so many!)
  • Easy Recipe Variations & Simple Storage
  • Homework: Send in a picture of your lemon curd
WEEK 3

Intro to Tarts

  • Discover the end all be all of tart crusts!
  • My Easy Peasey 10-Minute Pate Sucree Recipe (made by hand or with a mixer)
  • Homework: Make a lemon tart using last week's lemon curd
WEEK 4

Piping Practice

  • Piping for Beginners: Learn how to easily put in a piping tip, fill a piping bag, and make classic designs
  • Discover my favorite Bespoke Jam Cake recipe, including homemade Vanilla Buttercream!
  • Homework: Send in a picture of your piping practice
WEEK 5

Miraculous Meringue

  • Learn how to make a soft, fluffy meringue
  • How to Troubleshoot Common Questions, like “Why aren’t my egg whites whipping up?”
  • Homework: Make meringue kisses using your new piping skills!
WEEK 6

Versatile Pate a Choux

  • My Perfect Pate a Choux Recipe
  • Discover what to make with pate a choux (Hint: gougeres, chouquettes, cream puffs, or eclairs!)
  • Homework: Make cheesy gougeres or chouquettes with your choux pastry
WEEK 7

Creamy Pastry Custard in 15 minutes

  • Simple Go-To Pastry Cream
  • Discover the versatility of pastry cream and how to use it in different pastries
  • BONUS: How to decorate a fruit tart
  • Homework: Use our French pastry cream recipe to make a Fresh Fruit tart
WEEK 8: Pie Crust

Quiche Lorraine & Fruit Pie

  • My Staple Recipe for Pate Brisee (Pie Dough)
  • Recipes for Quiche Lorraine & Bespoke Fruit Pie
  • Easy tips for next-level crust decorations
  • Homework: Make a gorgeous French pastry pie crust with your choice of a savory or sweet filling
WEEK 9

Simple & Tasty Puff Pastry

  • Learn the Science: What makes the puff happen?
  • All the Magic Without the Fuss Savory & Sweet French Puff Pastry Recipes: Everything from cheese twists to mille feuille to palmiers 
  • Homework: Make a batch of puff pastry and use it to make a puff pastry creation of your choice
WEEK 10

French Macarons & Chocolate Ganache

  • The ins and outs of perfect French Macarons (even if you’ve never made them before)
  • Tips and textures to troubleshoot
  • Homework: Make macarons with a chocolate ganache or other filling
WEEK 11

The Perfect Caramel

  • Understanding caramel and feeling confident making it
  • Learn the different kinds of caramel and when to use them
  • Recipe for a perfect Tarte Tatin 
  • Homework: Serve yourself up a big bowl of vanilla ice cream with your homemade salted caramel sauce and enjoy!
WEEK 12

The Grande Finale!

  • How to create your own French pastry recipes and plan bigger baking projects from what you’ve learned
  • Make caramel-dipped cream puffs, filled with vanilla pastry cream, with a spun sugar decoration on top. I know you can do it!
  • Homework: Present your Versailles Caramel Adorned Cream Puffs

*All lessons are pre-recorded with no live components so you can bake at your own pace and pause or rewatch lessons as many times as you’d like

THE COURSE

FRENCH PASTRY FOR BEGINNERS IS THE PERFECT COURSE FOR BAKERS WHO ARE NEW TO FRENCH PASTRY

BUILD YOUR BAKING SKILLS ONE AT A TIME

With recorded lessons structured intentionally to practice skills as you learn them

MAKE 20+ DIFFERENT FRENCH PASTRIES

Discover 4 bases and 4 fillings you can use to make lots of your favorite pastries

MASTER BOTH SWEET AND SAVORY TREATS

Learn to make pastries the whole family will love

NEW LESSONS RELEASED EVERY WEEK FOR 12 WEEKS

To reduce overwhelm and give you plenty of time to practice your baking

GET FEEDBACK ON YOUR BAKES FROM MOLLY

Submit your baking homework for Molly to review (*available for 12 weeks)

LIFETIME ACCESS TO ALL LESSONS AND COURSE MATERIAL

Watch and rewatch lessons as many times as your heart desires and get access to any updates

READY TO GET BAKING?

JOIN TODAY AND GET BAKING!

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

$349

TW0 PAYMENTS

$180

THREE PAYMENTS

$125

Grow your baking confidence or your money back

If you join French Pastry for Beginners and don’t feel you’ve transformed your French pastry baking skills by the end of the 12-week live support, I’ll refund you in full—provided you watch the lessons and complete the homework, of course. Yep! I’m that confident you’re going to LOVE learning how to make delicious French pastries at home.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

MOLLY WILKINSON, PASTRY CHEF AND FOUNDER OF MOLLYJWILK PASTRY

Bonjour! I’m Molly, Dallas-born pastry chef living and baking in Versailles, France. My love for baking started when I was just a kid standing on a tall kitchen stool to help my mom mix cookie batter. By the time I turned 8, I had memorized my favorite brownie recipe, and I loved how baking allowed me to be creative, eat delicious treats, and share my favorite things with others. For so many years I thought baking French pastries was an art reserved for super talented chefs or life-long pastry fanatics.  But when I went to pastry school at the Cordon Bleu I realized how simple French pastries can be! I went from making cookies and cakes to making genoise and cream puffs. And it's safe to say I am hooked! Now, I’m on a mission to show home bakers like you just how easy and fun it is to make French pastries at home.  I’m so thrilled you are here and I absolutely cannot wait to bake with you! WITH LOVE & MACARONS,

Molly x

PSST…

WANT A SNEAK PEEK?

Take a peek at how simple it is to follow along with each lesson. You can pause, rewind, and replay the videos as many times as you want!

OUR STUDENTS

TAKE A PEEK AT SOME OF THE AMAZING BAKES FRENCH PASTRY FOR BEGINNERS BAKERS HAVE MADE

IT’LL BE LOVE AT FIRST BITE, IF…

  • You love baking cookies, cakes, and brownies, but you want to learn cream puffs, eclairs, and macarons
  • You enjoy a follow-along approach and lessons you can watch again and again
  • You want to make French pastries with everyday equipment and easy-to-find ingredients

FAQS

HEY, MOLLY! I HAVE A QUESTION…

Should I join French Pastry for Beginners or join one of your Special Release Live Classes?
You’re welcome to do both! But if you’re stuck choosing between the two, here’s a good way to look at it.

If you appreciate having a bit more time and space to learn at your own pace, French Pastry for Beginners is perfect for you, plus you get lifetime access!

If you want to learn a particular pastry or you prefer to bake with me and other bakers around the world live, keep your eye on the live baking class schedule.
I love baking, but I’m brand new to French pastry. Is this course for me?
This is truly for beginner bakers who would like to try French pastries at home!

So often, bakers see fruit tarts, eclairs, or macarons and say “Wow! I could never make that!”

But the truth is, you absolutely can. (Especially with me walking you through each recipe from the initial egg crack to that first delicious bite.)

Inside this course, I explain why you are doing certain things, what exactly to look for, and more so you feel confident every step of the way!
I have another question!
Not a problem! Don't hesitate to email me at contact@mollyjwilk.com with all your questions - happy to help!
How long do I have access to the lessons?
You have lifetime access to the lessons and all the course material. This also includes anything extra we add to the course in the future! Whoo!
How long do I have access to feedback on my homework?
You’ll have the opportunity to get feedback on your homework for 12 weeks! After 12 weeks, you’ll have lifetime access to the course and the lessons.

During the course, you can submit homework for any week at any time as photos and/or videos.

Homework assignments are completely optional but include fun things like piping practice or making a quiche!
How is French Pastry for Beginners different from the Online Pastry School?
Excellent question! The Online Pastry School is a membership for bakers who want to spend a year with me baking fun things in the kitchen. Each month we have a new theme and a new set of recipes, both live and recorded.

French Pastry for Beginners is a self-paced course for bakers who are new to French pastry. You’ll learn the fundamentals of French baking, the science behind classic baking techniques, and how to make your favorite pastries from scratch in your own kitchen. It's the perfect segway to joining the Online Pastry School and also great for current members.
Are lessons live or recorded?
All lessons are recorded so you can learn at your own pace, rewatch tips or techniques as many times as you’d like, and take your time following along.

With lifetime access, they're a great reference tool for baking in the future too!
When will enrollment open again?
Honestly, I’m not sure! If you're thinking about taking the course, there's no better time really, especially as you get lifetime access and can come back to it whenever you'd like!
Are ingredient substitutions available for dietary needs?
Yes! We have a lot of bakers join that are gluten-free with no issues. Dairy-free is often an easy swap of ingredients too. I can also make specific recommendations for food allergies (such as swapping nuts for another ingredient).

If you need custom recommendations, simply email me. You name it, I’ll help you make it work!

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“Best course ever! Great Instruction, easy to follow and Molly is so joyful!! I so looked forward to receiving each week's recipes. I was nervous about tart to curd making. Molly made it so much easier than I thought and it takes soooooo good!!"

Karyn E.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“Absolutely do it! I was hesitant with the lack of free time I have in my life right now, but it was the perfect stress relief and gave me something to look forward to each week. Totally worth it!"

Elise J.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“I loved making the fruit tarte, it was delicious and beautiful! I never thought I could make it!"

Linda M.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“Definitely worth it for the clear and entertaining videos that cover every aspect of the pastry being attempted and mastered.  The little tips and hints throughout the sessions and the explanations about the science behind the mixtures, at various stages, were invaluable."

Gennie M.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“It was such an amazing course! The lessons were well organized, plus the 1:1 homework submission and feedback from Molly really helped me tackle any problems or issues. Highly recommend for those who would like to try our French Pastry but are not sure where to start."

Emi M.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“I love them all but I think the pate choux is the one that stands out the most. I never thought I would be able to do that but was surprised that it wasn't that difficult!"

Karen S.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“The course is a wonderful way to introduce you to French Pastry Baking or bring your current baking skills to the next level! The course is comprehensive and easy to follow with plenty of resources at your disposal. Molly's teaching style is both fun and practical which brings it all together in a joyful way."

Karen F.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“ABSOLUTELY SIGN UP! It is such a great way to learn many wonderful recipes and techniques. The videos are easy to watch and follow and you learn new tips and techniques every time."

Shannon T.

SWEET NOTES

FROM MY STUDENTS

“The course was fantastic! Going at my own pace and then receiving feedback from Molly was so helpful. Everyone should have some French baking knowledge, plus, it's so fun! Can't wait to take more courses from Molly."

Megan V.

GRAB YOUR APRON AND LET’S GET BAKING!

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

$349

TWO PAYMENTS

$180

THRE PAYMENTS

$125
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