Improve Your Baking This Spring
If your 2019 resolution is to “be more Berry” and get busier in the kitchen thanks to inspiration from the Great British Bake off, one of the best places to start is learning how to create some tasty Easter treats.
Maybe you’ve seen a recipe for a spring birthday cake or springtime dessert you’d like to master, or Mary Berry’s enthusiasm for cake has won you over, then now is the time to come back to school.
Whatever has inspired you to warm up the oven and dust off the mixing bowl, we have a class for you to help you challenge the Queen of Cake for her crown and learn how to make some spring treats or traditional Easter desserts.
- Baking Classics
Quiche and pavlova are just a few of the baking classics that are great to learn and will never let you down at a family gathering. We’ll be looking at these and making fruit soda bread in this hands-on cookery class. If you’re looking for a perfect spring cake recipe, this is the class for you too as we show you how to make a scrumptious carrot cake.
- Traditional Irish Baking
Get some Easter baking ideas down to baking business and learn how to make traditional Irish recipes that go down a treat at any occasion. In the first class, you’ll learn how to make the County Armagh speciality potato apple bread, Irish teacakes and other treats. The second class will school you in making treacle scones, apple tarts and other scrumptious delights of Irish baking. The third class will take you back through the recipes of the first class, including the potato apple bread, and you’ll be able to take some wheaten and soda farls home with you.
- Children’s Baking Classics
This class has been developed with the kids in mind and the recipes will go down a storm at children’s birthday parties. It’s also a chance for your child to play an active part in the preparation of their own birthday party. In the class itself, the children will make fairy cakes and learn about the recipes for Belgian chocolate brownies, buttermilk scones and rocky road. The class is suitable for kids aged from 7 to 15 and they don’t have to be superstar bakers to take part.
- World Baking Favourites
Our World Baking Favourites class is just the ticket if you’re contributing to a local fayre or having some friends round for afternoon tea and a chat. You’ll be making your own cinnamon buns with caramel sauce, a northern European classic, as well as looking at Blondies (a paler version of brownies, popular in the US) and Italian biscotti, which work like a dream with an espresso.
- Children’s Cake Making and Decorating
This is an exciting little class just for kids and they’ll relish the opportunity to make their own sponge cake and buttercream and learn how to fill and ice the cake. They’ll also receive a grounding in simple icing techniques to decorate the cakes. This class is perfect for kids who want to bake a special springtime treat for their mum’s on Mother’s Day later in the month.
- Vegetarian Cooking
If you’re hosting a dinner party or barbecue and want to provide a vegetarian option, or if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to eat more healthily, this is the class for you. We’ll cover seasonal recipes which are easy to make using some superfood ingredients such as lentils, quinoa and avocado. We’ll be making a delicious curry with chickpeas and spinach as well as butternut squash dhal, carrot slaw, and other tasty vegetarian treats.
- Easter Baking and Desserts
Here we get all seasonal and look at some lovely recipes for traditional Easter desserts. We’ll be making favourites such as hot cross buns and Simnel cake, which is a fun Easter cake itself to make. Other recipes include ginger and rhubarb scones and chocolate and orange flourless cake. This is a hands-on class and you’ll get to take home your hot cross buns to enjoy, which are a perfect recipe to recreate on Good Friday.
- Children’s Easter Baking
Children can let their creativity fly in this Easter-themed hands-on bakery class. They’ll be making and icing their own Easter cookies and baking some tasty scones, all of which they’ll be able to share at home when the class finishes. They’ll also learn about Blondies, a paler version of brownies that are a popular treat in America. These recipes work well for the Easter treat ideas and will also be perfectly at home as part of an Easter-time children’s birthday party.
- Spring Baking
If you were a one-trick pony in the kitchen before, you certainly won’t be after this class. Take your skills up a notch as this class takes you through a variety of different cooking methods, including how to make your own shortcrust pastry, and some superb springtime dessert recipes. You’ll learn how to make a Victoria sponge cake using the all-in-one method and the creaming method, as well as how to make beautifully light fruit scones. Other recipes include lemon poppyseed cake, rhubarb tart, and ginger and rhubarb scones. These versatile dishes work well for springtime occasions and wouldn’t look out of place at a christening, birthday party or a coffee morning.
- Summer Baking and Desserts
In this class you’ll get summery with soft fruits and make your own raspberry ripple ice cream, strawberry and lemon sorbet, and a sponge cake with strawberries and whisked cream. You’ll be glad you signed up for this course when the BBQ guests are wanting something sweet after all those juicy hot dogs, burgers, and chicken wings, and these desserts will do just the trick.
This selection of classes, which will show you easy spring desserts to make, inspire you with some fantastic Easter treat ideas, help you brush up on traditional Irish classics and more are the ideal way to make good on that New Year’s resolution and keep to it. If you’re looking for something different to do with friends, then check out our group bookings and have a cracking day out.