Ashburton Cookery School
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Baking Weekend

Ashburton Cookery School

Baking Weekend

Would you like to master the art of Baking? Perhaps you could even be the next "Star Baker".

Our Baking Weekend is aimed at those who want to learn the core skills and techniques of baking and learn to make a wide range of baked goods at home.

This course is ideal for the novice baker and over the course of the weekend you will learn the do's and don'ts with various baking methods. We will give you the theory behind the science of baking but you will learn by doing on this highly practical course.

As with all our courses, your learning time is maximised as we take care of the time consuming tasks such as locating and weighing ingredients so you can focus on the baking. And of course, there is no washing up!

At the end of each day you will have several boxes of baked goodies to take away and share with family and friends (or just enjoy yourself!)

Skills you will learn

  • Baking theory
  • Pastry
  • Breads
  • Brownies & Cookies
  • Cakes & Muffins
  • Choux Pastry
  • Scones
  • Pastry Cream
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • Quiche

Typical Recipes

  • Focaccia bread
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Choc Chip Cookies
  • Profiteroles & Eclairs
  • Spelt Bread
  • Calzone stuffed pizza with wild salads, tomatoes and balsamic
  • Beef and blue cheese pasty
  • Ham and spring onion quiche

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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Common Questions

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 Foundation Level. No previous experience of cookery required. We will teach you the fundamental skills and techniques required to enjoy your cookery with confidence.

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.