These days, just going away for a weekend is not deemed to be exciting enough. You have to be actually doing something, like going on a themed weekend, taking part in a Murder Mystery event or at the very least, relaxing at a boutique spa hotel, enjoying all the facilities. And now, with the renewed interest in programmes such as Masterchef and Top Chef, there appears to be a demand for people wanting to take some sort of cookery course whilst they are away. It seems that we cannot relax anymore, we have to now be doing something with our spare time or we feel guilty about wasting it. But baking cakes is not too strenuous an activity and we have found some great deals in superb locations to tickle your fancy and taste buds. Check these out:
Betty’s Cookery School ‘Cooking With Chocolate’
Tuesday 31 January, 8.45am – 4.30pm
Calling all chocoholics, join us as we share a truly mouth-watering and varied collection of recipes using chocolate. You will make: a pear & chocolate frangipane tart; chocolate & hazelnut cupcakes; dark chocolate & mint mousses; and a marble chocolate loaf.
Booking Information: To reserve your place on any course please phone 01423 814016. We require payment when you book by Switch, Maestro or Credit Card, please also advise us of any food allergies or special dietary requirements.
Courses are individually priced and include VAT. Please be aware that numbers are limited and courses do get booked up early, so to avoid disappointment do not delay in making your reservation.
Edinburgh New Town Cookery School’s Baking Day
What better way to spend a few days than in the majestic surroundings of a Scottish estate indulging your passion for food with like-minded guests in a relaxed, house party atmosphere?
We have teamed up with one of Scotland’s finest cookery schools, the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, to offer residential cookery courses in the luxury of the 5* Hoscote Estate set amidst 450 acres of ruggedly beautiful Borders countryside.
These unique, gourmet cookery courses will be an inspiration to any foodie. Whether you wish to cook to impress, improve family meals or build your confidence in the kitchen, you will find these classes relaxed, fun, informative and led by not only great chefs, but experienced teachers. Sample dishes include: Tarte au Citron, Rich Chocolate and Raspberry Tart, Panna Cotta with Red Berry Compote, Mango Parfait with passion Fruit Sauce, Coloured Macaroons, Raspberry Frangipane Tart. For dates or to book call 0131 2264314.
Lucy Cooks Classic Cakes and Bakes – Daytime Practical Course
Wednesday 25th January, 9.30am – 4.00pm
A classical English rose or fine china cake stand has one missing ingredient – elegant cakes to show off on its tiers – which is why we created our Classic Cakes and Bakes course. Britain has always supported the institution of afternoon tea, but this can be elevated and taken to a whole new level when the cakes are hand-made and fresh from the oven and when the hostess or host can regale their guests with stories of the slight refinement they made to the recipe, or the care they took when creating the butter cream.
Golden, springy cakes can come from your kitchen, if you know the tricks of the trade and take the ache out of bake. Whether you are baking a Chocolate Brandy Cake, a Cumberland Dream Cake or our renowned Chocolate Fudge Cake (we think our recipe is the best ever), you will have fun, acquire new techniques and turn your cake tower into a temple of temptation. To book a course or for more information please call 015394 32288
Newlyns Cookery Course Cakes and Pastries 5 Hour
Saturday 21st April 10am – 3pm
Situated above Newlyns Farm Shop in North Warnborough is our stunningly appointed demonstration and teaching kitchen, providing cookery courses for anyone wanting to learn the basics through to preparing impressive specialist menus. The finest ingredients, the most exquisite tastes, cakes are an indulgence to be enjoyed at any time of day. Newlyns pride themselves on holding a wide range of cookery courses. From Butcher It, Cook It, Carve It, Fantastic Fish and Express Dinner Parties to Beginners, Five Day Culinary Life Skills and Four Week Evening Courses we have something for all tastes. New courses just announced include Tapas and Spanish wine and Indian with La Porte des Indes, London with Executive Head Chef Mehernosh Mody. On our Cakes and Pastry course you learn the art of pastry making, also working with biscuits and chocolate. A light lunch is included and you will take your own baked goods home with you. To book call 01256 704128.
Harrop Fold Farm Cake Pops Couture 11am– 3.00pm
Could Cake Pops be the next Cupcakes? Well we think so…On a Cake Pop’s Couture course at Leah’s Pantry you will learn how to perfect these tasty little morsels that perch on the end of lolly sticks and simply cry out to be adored and devoured. After baking a whole variety of different flavoured cakes Leah will guide you through a whole array of decorations and ideas to adorn your cake pops. At the end of the day you will leave with your own bunch of bespoke Cake Pops ready to surprise your fiends and family back home. This hands-on day is inclusive of a light two-course lunch and recipe file.
Harrop Fold Farm Cupcakes Galore 11am-3pm
Spend a day, stirring, baking and creating the most beautiful Cupcakes imaginable, lunch is included and you take home a lovely confectioners box of a dozen exquisite cupcakes to enjoy at home.
Prices & Booking: Cupcakes Galore or Cake Pops £65 per person, Demo & Lunch or Dine £60 per person. To book call telephone 01625 560085 for more information.
Angela Gray’s Cookery School ‘Just
February 10th 10am – 4pm
Leave all your cares behind as you unleash your creative spirit, and immerse yourself completely into our world. Our courses are packed with culinary inspiration from start to finish; you wont believe how much you will achieve in just a day. We generally start at 10.00am (10.30am on Sundays) with a warm welcome and some refreshments. Each class includes a short demonstration of some of the techniques you will use throughout the day. Everybody cooks his or her own feast to take home, lunch is usually prepared together and eaten at around 1.30pm. We include a complimentary wine tasting, profiling the wines produced at the vineyard. At the end of the day recipe packs are given out, and there is an opportunity to visit the farmhouse shop. This is such a great way to spend a day, and you can turn it into a fabulous weekend with one of our 2-day courses combined with accommodation at the Vineyard. Just Desserts: Indulge yourself and spend a splendid day in sweet heaven! Learn lots of basic baking techniques, and get tips galore in creating the perfect dessert.
Make chocolate nemesis, steamed citrus pudding, and pear and frangipane tart. Then relax and enjoy a delicious vegetable and butterbean hotpot with garlic and cheese croutons for lunch. Finish your day by making the finishing touches to your desserts with salted caramel sauce, mulled fruit sauce with cassis, and chantilly cream with cinnamon and orange liqueur. To book call 01443 222716