Course Overview

What could be better to get you in the Christmas spirit than a day creating delicious festive delights under the guidance of an expert baker? Led by Beca Lyne-Pirkis, a Great British Bake Off semi-finalist, this one day Christmas baking class will teach you some brilliant bakes to enjoy with your family and friends with over the festive period. The skills learnt can be replicated in your home kitchen throughout the year with different seasonal ingredients.

Recipes learnt

  • Cinnamon buns with icing
  • Stilton, fig and walnut sable biscuits
  • Rudolf cookies (demonstration)
  • Indulgent chocolate amaretti torte

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

Techniques learnt

  • Bread making using enriched dough
  • Making and shaping dough
  • Making sable pastry, a versatile and decadent pastry for different occasions
  • A quick & easy family recipe, perfect for baking with young children at Christmas
  • Learning to make and bake a moist and perfectly cooked torte with a chocolate ganache glaze

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 Christmas baking class. Beca is a talented baker and pastry chef who regularly demos at Borough Market and on Welsh TV.  She is passionate about what she does, extremely approachable and creates a fun and friendly atmosphere. Beca embraces the art form that is baking and is well known for her creative twists on flavours and the imaginative use of everyday ingredients.   

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

Treat yourself this Christmas and come and join us for our one-day Christmas baking class.