Ashburton Cookery School
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Patisserie Plus

Ashburton Cookery School

Patisserie Plus

This is the dream course for those of you with a sweet tooth. Our Patisserie Plus weekend combines the best Patisserie and Viennoiserie into one super weekend.

The weekend will feature some traditional Viennoiserie such as a quick and easy all butter Croissants and Pain au Chocolat recipe.

You will also learn to master short-crust and sweet-pastry alongside other skills such as jaconde sponge, poaching fruit and a complex mirror glaze.

There will be some wonderful Patisserie for you to take home at the end of the course including the classic Gateaux Opera, Passion Fruit Delice and Bourdaloue Tart.

With all this mouth-watering food to try we will supply a light lunch on the Saturday followed by a luxurious smoked salmon tart and a beautiful traditional goats cheese gateaux pithivier on the Sunday.

Skills you will learn

  • Sweet pastry
  • Short crust pastry
  • Laminated dough (croissants, pain au chocolate)
  • Poaching fruits
  • Frangipan (almond paste)
  • Chocolate mousse and ganache
  • Jaconde sponge
  • Layering gateaux
  • Buttercream
  • Mirror glaze

Typical Recipes

  • Milk Chocolate Mousse
  • Gateaux Opera
  • Pear Bourdaloue Tart
  • Croissants
  • Pain au Chocolat
  • Smoked Salmon and Creamed Leek Tart
  • Gateaux Pithivier
  • Passion Fruit Delice
  • Petit Chocolate Entremet

Residential Cookery Course

Weekend Accommodation just £138

Relax at Ashburton Court with an en-suite room with double bed, television, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities and a delicious breakfast.

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Partners can stay for just £20 extra per night and don't need to take a cookery course!

While you enjoy your cookery course on Saturday & Sunday, your partner can explore our wonderful Dartmoor area.

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We are providing a Reschedule Guarantee, so if you feel unwell or need to self-isolate - or are from a high-risk group - contact us with 24 hours notice and you will be able to reschedule to another course date of your choice. Courses are currently postponed until June 2020 but this guarantee will apply to future courses Click here for more details

In the event we are unable to deliver the course, you will be able to reschedule your course to a later date.

You will enjoy a sit-down lunch featuring what you have cooked in the morning session along with a glass of wine. Weekend courses (Saturdays) and 5 day courses (on Monday to Thursday) have the option of sit down early evening meal, or you may take-away what you make to enjoy at home.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Chocolate Making we will provide a Buffet lunch.

All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.

This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.

You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.

We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.

You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also recommend wearing trousers.

You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.

You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.

Yes, we have two kitchens that are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible. All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.