Ashburton Cookery School

Patisserie Week

Ashburton Cookery School

Patisserie Week

Our week-long patisserie and baking course is aimed at home cooks who want to immerse themselves in the world of pastries and desserts. During this course you will master the fundamental skills required to create a wide range of classic French patisserie and baking.

Learning from our experienced tutors you will learn to make classic baked goods such as croissants, muffins, cakes and baguettes, and master the art of sweet and savoury pastry with classic tarts, biscuits, exquisite macarons, jellies as well as creams, mousses and working with chocolate.

You will also learn to apply the precise and delicate decoration and presentation techniques that will elevate your patisserie to an impressive level.

By the end of the course you will have a good repertoire of recipes and the confidence to create some stunning dishes.

Please Note: Lunch is provided each day. You will enjoy a dessert at the end of the day round-up, but no additional dinner is provided on this course. You will take a wealth of patisserie away with you.

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Skills you will learn

  • Enriched Doughs
  • Lamination of Doughs
  • Direct Dough Making
  • Ferment and Dough Making
  • Plated Desserts
  • Cake & Biscuit Production
  • Sweet & Savoury Pastes
  • Patisserie Theory

Typical Recipes

  • Croissants, Sourdough Baguette
  • Muffins, Scones, Brioche
  • Creme Brulee, Pain au Chocolate
  • Choux Pastry, Gluten-free Chocolate Cake
  • Pate de fruits, Praline Souffle
  • Beef and Cheese Pasty, Goats Cheese Pithivier, Rough Puff Pastry
  • Sweet Pastry, Meringue, Macaroons, Mango Sorbet, Ice Cream
  • Sweet paste, marshmallow
  • Chocolate Creameaux
  • Truffles
  • Pastry Cream, Creme Diplomat, Nougat Parfait
  • Chocolate Powder, Quiche, Pineapple Fruit Crisps
  • Fluid gel, Carrot Cake, Maderia Cake, Strawberry Jam

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Residential Cookery Course

5 Nights Accommodation just £345

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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Coronavirus Questions

To see some of the changes we have put in place to make our courses Covid-secure please click here

When you arrive at the cookery school you will check-in at the Arrival Station at the front entrance where you will be registered, asked to sanitise your hands, issued with a face mask and have a quick non-intrusive temperature check (a 2 second check with temperature gun that doesn't touch you). You will then be shown to your own table in the dining room and will be served tea or coffee at your table.

When you arrive you will be issued with a comfortable face mask which you should wear when travelling around the building. In the kitchens you will wear a comfortable face visor. We have tested these in the kitchen and after a few minutes you really forget you are wearing them and they don't impede your cooking or enjoyment of the course.

When you are in the dining room, you will be seated 2m from others at your dedicated table and can drink and eat without a face covering.

No. We have reorganised our kitchens so that if you come as an individual on a course you will have your own isolated workstation, equipment and ingredients to work with throughout the course.

If you are coming with someone from the same household you will be able to work together on a workstation, but again you won't be sharing anything with others outside of your household.

Certainly. If you book with someone from the same household or 'social bubble' you will be stationed at the same workstation so you can enjoy the course and the experience together. You will also be seated together in the dining room so will eat together.

We are providing a Reschedule Guarantee, so if you feel unwell or need to self-isolate contact us with 24 hours notice and you will be able to reschedule to another course date of your choice. You will have 12 months to decide.

Common Questions

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 a lunch and you will take-away dinner 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.