As far as I can remember I’ve always loved baking, no doubt that is because I love eating cakes! Growing-up, in France, Maman would rarely bake at home. She always worked full-time and cooking is not something she particularly enjoys. Needless to say she was also always on a diet too – ah the French women! When I was about 7 years old, I started to learn to bake. My 50-year-old childless neighbour gave me an illustrated kids baking recipe book – I loved it! It came as a source of inspiration to me. Like many French kids, the first cake I learnt to bake was ‘Gateau au Yaourt‘. While over the years, I probably had more failed attempts at baking than successfully ones, I never got discouraged. Baking is an art that is well worth mastering, so I keep practicing as often as I can. – You can find all my baking recipes on the blog.
Baking Class in Sydney
A few weeks ago, for the first time, I attended a three-hour hands-on baking class in Sydney, in the BakeClub Kitchen with Anneka Manning, author of Bake, Eat, Love. Anneka tackled three classics that home cooks are often hesitant to attempt: Scones, Soufflés & Sponges. Starting off with basic fail-safe recipes for each one, we also looked at several variations.
I had never made soufflés or sponge cake. My mother in law showed me how to make scones when I first came to Australia about 6 years ago (we don’t eat or bake scones in France, so it was a novelty for me). I had never made them again. Anneka’s class was a perfect fit for me, learning from scratch to make these three classics was an excellent opportunity to boost my confidence in the kitchen as well as learn baking tips and tricks.
What I like about Anneka’s Class
♥ Three hours of expert baking advice, guidance and inspiration
♥ Hands-on workshop (small groups)
♥ Spacious stylish venue with high-end equipment
♥ Recipe & information kit with tips and variation of the classic recipes
♥ Tastings throughout the class
♥ A bakeware gift from sponsor Wiltshire
♥ Take-home box with samples of all the goodies we bake in the class
♥ Glass of bubbles and cheese platter on arrival
♥ Techniques and confidence to master the three scary yet sublime “S’s”.
Disclaimer: Mademoiselle Slimalicious attended as a guest of Bake Class. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever baked soufflés?
Do you have any tips to share?