Week 1 of an Introduction to Pastry at Leiths…

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Pastry is a tricky skill to master. Unlike baking which is arguably simpler – and always rectifiable with extra frosting – pastry requires patience and precision but it’s worth having a go. Sure, you might not always thereafter want to spend hours – yes literally hours – folding and refolding puff pastry but to know you could if you wanted to? That’s a great accomplishment to have.

This was a class I was really looking forward to. I’ve made pastry before but it’s never been something I can whip up easily or without many, many, many references to the cookbook in front of me so I was excited to hopefully find more confidence in myself in mastering these techniques. Well, a basic understanding would also be good… Read More

An Introduction to Baking at Leiths, week 3…

Week 3 brings us treacle tarts and smoked haddock and spinach gougeres, neither of which were in my everyday repertoire. The gougere involves choux pastry so is always going to get the seal of approval from me and treacle tarts always seems a fabulously old school pudding to be, one that should be served in Mallory Towers with hot custard that tastes so good you eat too much and have to visit Matron…can you tell I have an unfulfilled fantasy  to go to the boarding schools of Enid Blyton’s imagination…?! Read More