On Tuesday, I had my last class for the semester, and it included my final practical exam for my laminated doughs class. For my final, I drew out of a hat which two types of product I would make to be graded. I drew fontaines and fleur style danish. For the fontaines, I made a filling of apples, pears, golden raisins, and caramel. These turned out really well.
For my fleur style danish, I used a cream cheese filling with cinnamon chips (like chocolate chips). This turned out not to be overly successful while baking; after they cooled, I added the remainder of my apple/pear/raisin filling on top of the cream cheese so it ended up working out for the purposes of the assignment.
All in all, I performed well for this practical exam. I really enjoyed this class, and I have come to really enjoy making pastries. It's a lengthy process, that requires a lot of attention to detail, but the end results are definitely worth it.
I'm looking forward to having a couple of weeks off before the spring semester starts. In all honesty, I've been looking forward to a break for the past few weeks. It's not that I haven't enjoyed school, because I have enjoyed it immensely, but grinding away day to day in the school cycle can be exhausting. I think the break will be rejuvenating in many ways, and I am ready for some relaxation.