Course Overview

This baking class for beginners will teach the essential techniques for baking sweet and savoury delights at home. Beca Lyne-Pirkis, a Great British Bake Off Semi-Finalist in 2013, is your expert baker and guide for the day. She will help you gain confidence in your baking by teaching the building blocks of pastry, cake, and bread making. These skills and techniques are adaptable to many different recipes with different flavour combinations. Learning these will open up new avenues of baking for you to conquer at home.

This course is ideal for beginners, even if you are a baking novice and have never used a rolling pin before. You might be a whiz in the kitchen but want to expand your repertoire of recipes to include more baking. This course will allow you to gain confidence in the art of baking while having fun at the same time. You will create a delicious tart, a moist cake and a crusty herb bread.

Recipes learnt

Throughout the day, you will cook all of these delicious bakes to take home with you:

  • Raspberry and frangipane tart
  • Orange and chocolate drizzle cake
  • Cheese and herb soda bread

(Please note, we reserve the right to alter the dishes covered in the course, to meet the dietary requirements of our guests).

Techniques learnt

  • Pastry making
  • Making a moist cake
  • Using frangipane in baking
  • Making a candied peel
  • Making a simple chocolate glaze
  • The art of mixing, kneading and shaping bread dough
  • Baking bread for a perfect crust and crumb

This day long baking class is designed to give you total confidence in using all of these techniques. The aim is that you can go home and repeat the recipes for family and friends time and again.

Your chef tutor

We are proud to have 2013 Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Beca Lyne-Pirkis teaching this baking course. Beca is a talented baker and creates a fun and friendly learning atmosphere, perfect for beginners. Beca is well known for her creative twists on flavours and the imaginative use of everyday ingredients. With the skills you learn from this course, you could be on your way to entering the Great British Bake Off for yourself!

About your day

Our baking courses take place on the Catton Hall Estate. On the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire border, we are only minutes from the A38. We also have plenty of free parking.

You’ll have the support of our “kitchen fairies” who’ll ensure you have everything you need. We’ll provide an apron for the day, and all the equipment and ingredients.

Your day includes a delicious light lunch served with wine or soft drinks. Please bring three large containers so you can take home your delicious creations.

Our day courses run from 10.15am to 4pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 10am.

Book your place

If you have ever wanted to bake a cake for that special someone for their birthday, or simply enjoy a restaurant quality dessert at home, this class is for you. Nothing is better than a home that smells like freshly baked goods. This course will help you feel confident when entertaining at home.

Book yourself onto a course today or take advantage of our range of gift options available. You can come on your own or come with a friend or partner; either way you should have a fantastic day of baking in a fun and educational environment.

We look forward to baking with you.