Sweet treats never go out of style and there's nothing better than being able to create delicate morsels in your own home.
Sweet treats never go out of style and there’s nothing better than being able to create delicate morsels in your own home. Give your local patisserie a wide berth just once and instead join a cooking class to learn the techniques yourself. Here are some of our favourite picks.
True baking enthusiasts need look no further than Sydney’s Patisse, which teaches the baking styles and traditions of Paris to locals. Book into the ‘Art of Pastry’ class led by vivacious Executive Chef Vincent Gadan, to learn how to navigate your way through choux pastry, brioche and the delicious savoury pastry. Classes are hands on and you’ll enjoy tasting your creations and have a box of fabulous treats to take home to prove your newly found baking prowess. This particular class is unique to Priceless Sydney, an exciting new programme which gives Aussies select access to all sorts of VIP experiences.
Matters of Taste in Perth offers a full gamut of classes from macarons to the aptly named ‘Exceedingly Good Pies and Tarts’ and ‘Temptation to Bake’ workshops. You can even take classes with William Wood from Careme pastry which is handmade in the Barossa Valley and has earned a top class reputation for being the best on the market. Perth local Anna Gare swears by it!
If you fancy yourself as more as a budding artisan baker then a class at the Hills Baking School in Adelaide will teach you all about naturally leavened bread and pastry. You’ll get to experiment with both a steam-injected oven and normal oven, so the results can be replicated at home.
Anna’s Kitchen in Melbourne offers classes for all levels from beginners to master classes, and will get your baking and pastry skills up to scratch in no time. Puff pasty and bread making are also covered in these classes while small sizes will ensure you get plenty of individual attention and hands-on experience.
Don’t despair if you’re gluten-free as many bakeries are now catering to your needs. Our pick is The Gluten Free Cooking School in Brisbane which is run out of a working bakery and specialises in gluten-free products that rival regular wheat products in taste and texture. The classes encompasses basic baking techniques, tools of the trade and the products that are safe to use for those sensitive to gluten and you’ll trial classics such as pizza, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate slice.