I ran 3 “Bake the Seasons” taster baking classes at the lovely Get cooking school in Farsley, Leeds and discovered how much I love teaching other people how to bake. I wanted to focus on sharing my love of using local, seasonal produce. Also to inspire people to use what’s growing around them to make some delicious and sometimes unusual cakes or seasonal twists on old favourites
In the first baking class in May, we baked this sensational rhubarb & ginger cake, making our own roasted rhubarb curb for the filling- and getting used to a halogen hob which none of us had used before!
Baking class number 2 in June saw us creating a gorgeous Persian Love cake with rosewater & pistachio. Students learnt how to crystalise their own, locally picked, rose petals and used these to decorate their cakes.
Baking Class number 3 at the end of June was a 2 cake special. Students chose to bake either: lemon balm drizzle cake using chopped lemon balm from my garden in Guiseley or an Elderflower Drizzle cake using home made elderflower cordial and decorated with fresh flowers picked that day.
I believe in making classes special and sociable so every class ended with a tea party. We sat down to enjoy the cake I had baked with tea & home made cordials served on The Travelling Tea Ladies beautiful vintage china . Students then proudly took their cakes home to share with friends and family.
It was great to have families involved in the classes. One student’s wife & kids joined in all our tea parties when they came to pick him up. They even helped out with the icing and washing up in one class. In our second class we had Jenny & Amber, grandmother & grand daughter learning together. This inspired me to offer a family baking class which you can read about in another blog. We plan to keep baking at Get Cooking and offer at least one class each term so keep your eye out and do come and bake with us.
Our next class will be on Saturday 1st October baking with gorgeous autumnal fruits. Details & booking on www.get-cooking.org.uk from 15th August
And here’s some lovely feedback from one of the students: Alison from Jackdaw Decor who baked the Elderflower drizzle cake and brought us the lovely, personalised cake flags you see in the lemon balm drizzle cake photo
“Yesterday evening I had the rare treat of attending The Travelling Tea Ladies baking taster course learning how to make elderflower drizzle cake….. what a lovely lesson to take – a really fun group of people, a nice informal teaching style in the very smart setting of Get Cooking, Leeds.
Becky is planning more of these later in the year… I cannot recommend them highly enough – the results taste delicious 🙂 “
What sort of baking would you like to learn?