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Taking part in a bread-making workshop with Tom Herbert as part of #52loavesproject altered my kitchen life forever. Not only am I now frequently, and confidently baking bread, but I’ve started to regularly make pizzas, and to experiment with pitta, hot cross buns and – next up- lardy cakes.

I loved every moment of my trip to Hobbs House Cookery school. When I was given the opportunity to return, this time for a Patisserie class with lovely Sasha Jenner, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’m a pretty experienced baker when it comes to cakes and biscuits, but patisserie? Pastry combined with custard? I’ve always been far too intimidated to attempt any such thing!

A day with Sasha changed my mind completely. A trained and experienced pastry chef, she remains effortlessly calm, and through her demonstrations, encouragement and clear explanations she de-mystified even the most daunting of tasks. I learned that strong arm muscles are needed to conquer custard but a gentle touch is required for perfect pastry. I discovered how to make a glossy batch of irresistible salted caramel, how to put the cinnamon pinwheel in a Portuguese custard tart, and the secrets of a Tiger Choux bun.

Once again, it was a wonderfully relaxing and well-planned day. I met the Hobbs House Kitchen Fairy, who spirited away the washing up and whipped up a delicious lunch and endless cups of coffee. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take her home, but I did come away with a large box of gorgeous patisserie treats that I had made myself, a sheaf of recipes, and a whole load of kitchen confidence when it comes to making the sweet stuff.

{You can read all about the Patisserie classes… and book a place… over at the Hobbs House Cookery School.}

{I was invited in order to review the class for This is Your Kingdom, so you will be able to read more about it over there soon.}

 

 

 

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