Doughnuts, Pastries, Cupcakes and Breads – Try London’s Best Baking Classes for 2019
Let’s face it, the UK is baking-mad! If we’re not glued to The Great British Bake-Off then we’re busy sampling our neighbour’s cup-cakes, devouring focaccia or even playing online baking games! If you’re not elbow-deep in dough then you’re just not where it’s at these days!
And why not? There is nothing quite like home-baked treats – warm sourdoughs, delicious pastries, soft cupcakes topped with sweet icing. And whether you are a seasoned baker looking to learn new recipes or someone new to the craft, a baking class is an exciting way to get more out of this hobby. And that’s great because the word is, London has some of the world’s best bakeries and they are offering the opportunity to learn from skilled practitioners in their kitchens every day.
So now, to help you find a suitable baking class, we’ve picked 5 of the best to try in 2019.
1. E5 Bakehouse, Hackney
This Hackney-based bakery is all about fresh, organic and locally-sourced produce. They offer an amazing and delicious array of breads, cakes and pastries, as well as exciting brunches, lunches, snacks and fresh coffees. Aside from all that E5 also offer some of the best baking classes in the capital, where you can learn to cook pizza from scratch, flat breads and sour-dough. There are also advanced classes for those more experienced kneaders and provers. A fine way to spend a Sunday morning.
2. The Cookery School, Little Portland Street
There are both day and evening classes available to bakers of all levels at The Cookery School on Little Portland Street. Highlights include a class on French breakfast pastries, and a bread-making class where you will learn how to make Italian focaccia, pitta breads, cinnamon rolls and Chelsea buns amongst other things.
3. Primrose Bakery, Covent Garden
Surely there can’t be anyone out there who doesn’t love a good cup-cake. At the Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden you can learn how to bake the perfect cup cake, topped with sweet icing sugary, piped to perfection under the watchful eyes of their head bakers. There are also themed classes for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter and Christmas.
4. Bake With Maria, St John’s Wood
The inspiring story of Maria Mayerhofer’s business which grew in just a few years from a home kitchen-based class into the fully-fledged Baking Lab, should be enough on its own to get you enrolled. Since opening her kitchen Maria has hired a team of expert bakers to help her teach aspiring chefs to create gorgeous lemon drizzle cakes, fruit loaves, macarons and tempting chocolate desserts. Maria offers both private and group classes, as well as corporate events.
5. Cake Boy, Battersea
Cake Boy, aka Eric Lanlard, is an expert baker with a flair for running fun, informative classes in a relaxed and informal environment. In his deluxe kitchen you will learn to cook a wide variety of cakes, pastries and delicious treats. If you don’t fancy a class you can always just head on down there to sample what’s on offer in the café, where any food can be washed down with one of a fine selection of wines and champagnes! Cake Boy also prepares gluten-free and vegan bakes every day.