13 places to brush up your baking skills in Gloucestershire

The Great British Bake Off is back on TV screens, and there's a chance to become your own 'star baker', with 13 of Gloucestershire's best baking classes. Avoid those burnt biscuits and soggy bottoms at all cost!

From kneading loaves of artisan bread to making the shiniest macarons, SoGlos has whipped up a hot list of 13 of Gloucestershire’s very best baking classes – a baker’s dozen, no less.

If The Great British Bake Off (on Channel Four from Tuesday 22 September 2020) has inspired you to don your apron, get a little expert help in the kitchen and become the sort of baker Paul Hollywood would shake the hand of…

1. Hobbs House Bakery Cookery School

The family-run Hobbs House Bakery boasts five generations of baking heritage. Baking courses are taught by experienced staff, including The Fabulous Baker Brothers – Tom and Henry Herbert, with children and adults learning how to make loaves, classic British cakes and more at the Chipping Sodbury Cooking School.

2. Edible Art Pattiserie

As well as being Cheltenham’s newest destination for dreamy desserts, Edible Art Patisserie in Montpellier is home to regular masterclasses for accomplished cooks. Ran by Damien Wager, courses include chocolate, macarons and petit gateau.

3. Winston House School of Cookery

Carolyn Denny runs a host of hands-on classes at Winston House School of Cookery near Stroud, covering everything from afternoon tea classics to decadent puddings, along with her Bake Off inspired course offering the chance to perfect making bread, lemon drizzle cake and savoury quiche.

4. Harts Barn Cookery School

Set in a Forest of Dean location, Harts Barn Cookery School believes in classes that are accessible, affordable and fun. Try your hand at making macaroons or baking using heritage wheat, for example. The kids, meanwhile, can have a go at baking desserts and savoury tarts too.

5. Daylesford Farm Cookery School

Professional chefs are on hand to offer advice, while students take advantage of the organic farm’s produce to make some spectacular creations at the Daylesford Farm Cookery School, near Kingham. Focusing on simple dishes, classes are designed to spark a beginner’s passion for food, with more advanced classes, including artisan bread making, for the more ambitious.

6. Thyme at Southrop

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Located on a Cotswold country estate, Thyme at Southrop specialises in cooking courses, demonstrations, tastings and hands-on baking days for both novices and master bakers. Learn the secrets to baking success and the science behind creating the perfect sponges, scones or pastry.

7. Puddle Duck Bakery

Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, Puddle Duck Bakery offers cupcake classes which are ideal for novice bakers or pro perfectionists. Class bakers will get to bake and decorate 12 cupcakes, with expert advice and handy tips from the skilled tutor.

8. Gloucestershire College

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For those pursuing a serious career as a catering professional, Gloucestershire College has a number of courses that fit the bill perfectly. From a diploma in cake decorating to an advanced apprenticeship for pastry chefs and pâtissiers, there are also recreational courses, including cake decorating for fun and confident cookery.

9. Severn Bites

Having trained in France, professional breadmaker Danielle Ellis shares her extensive knowledge during bread making classes at Severn Bites in Gloucester. Using mainly local ingredients, students can learn how to master everything from sweet doughs, pastry, bread and seasonal treats too.

10. Foodworks Cookery School

Located on the private estate of Colesbourne Park, near Cheltenham, Foodworks Cookery School helps budding bakers reach professional heights. Expect to learn how to create delicious desserts and sumptuous savouries, with classes also covering gluten-free baking and grain-free bread making.

11. Manor Fields Cookery School

Located on the outskirts of Tewkesbury, Manor Fields Cookery School is run by Ruth Davies who has over 30 years’ experience of helping students improve their skills in the kitchen. The small sized classes offer the opportunity for a hands-on experience, with everything from delicate sweet tarts to classic Victoria sponges covered.

12. Graham’s Bakery School

Situated in Gloucester, Graham’s Bakery offers in depth courses for those serious about mastering the art of bread making, or alternatively, visitors can book onto a more basic course. Perfect your dough and get hands on with an excellent and fun class.

13. Eckington Manor

Head just over the border to Worcestershire to brush up on your baking skills at Eckington Manor’s state-of-the-art cookery school where you can learn the art of pâtisserie and bread making, while there’s also the chance to pick up tips on baking using an AGA.

© SoGlos
Tuesday 22 September 2020

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