By Caroline Armour
Some people take to baking as if it was what they were born to do. For the rest of us who have a slightly harder time of it, there are classes out there that will turn even the most hapless baker into an athlete of the dessert world. Athleticism not guaranteed.
The Cookery School
Merchant City, 65 Glassford St, Glasgow, G1 1UG
As well as running specific home baking classes there are a many other options, from team building baking – our kind of team building – to cupcake decorating. The format for home baking classes, which take a full day, is appealing as students have the recipe demonstrated to them, they bake it themselves then sit down and eat what they have made, and the day continues in this routine of learn, bake, then eat. Prices vary.
Let’s Cook Scotland
Netherfield, Abernethy, Perthshire, PH2 9LL
Taught from a converted countryside barn, there are classes available for every level, even for complete amateurs. There are a number of options available, from demonstrations to day courses or even intensive cookery for those who want to take their new found skills even further. Let’s Cook Scotland aims to not only improve technical ability but to increase confidence. Classes have a maximum of six students. Prices from £30.
Can’t Cook Will Learn to Cook
City of Glasgow College, City Campus Townhead
An introductory course to cooking is ideal for anyone who feels like making more of a commitment to putting an end to kitchen disasters. It’s a 10 week course which runs every Wednesday or Thursday from 6-8pm. It aims to introduce its students to basic, easy to prepare and nutritious dishes. 10 week course for £70.
The Cook School Scotland
7 Moorfield North Industrial Park, Kilmarnock, KA2 0FE
This cookery school has their menus for their Home Baking Days available on their website before you book so be warned, if you weren’t tempted already you will be after seeing what’s on offer. From macaroons to home made sausage rolls, your creations are boxed up at the end of the day. Making them perfect for showing off all that you’ve learned. This class is for over 18s only. The Home Baking Day is priced at £95.
Edinburgh New Town Cookery School
7 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 1JE
There are classes to suit a range of ability levels but for those just starting out there is the Beginners Evening Class to set you on the path to edible baking. It runs over five weeks and provides an education in culinary terms and techniques. By week four it aims to have its students baking dishes such as pear and ginger upside down cake. Also, for those who are just learning to fend for themselves there is a ‘Getting Ready for University’ course which runs for a week in August. Prices vary.