Last week I was invited to a bloggers Intro to Baking Class, with Currys PC World and Kenwood. I’ve been a little bit lax on baking recently with lots of things going on, so I jumped at the chance to get back in the kitchen, hoping for some inspiration.
The venue was the Wilmslow Cookery School, just down the road from me. I turned up with no idea what to expect as this was my first bloggers event. The setup of the Wilmslow Cookery School was fantastic, lots of workspace and lots of things set out ready including some lovely Kenwood kMix Mixers. The bunting gave the place a nice, summery feel and the staff looked after us all really well.
Each workstation had a brightly coloured Kenwood kMix Mixer and 2 aprons as we were working in teams of two. I partnered up with the lovely Vai from Rambling Through Parenthood and we had a great time getting to grips with our orange mixer!
We were given some information before we started about Kenwood and some of their products. They introduced a glass bowl for the kMix mixer a few years ago, and it was really good to see it in action as the techniques were demonstrated, as you can see all of the ingredients being combined and how things were supposed to look.
We started off by making meringues, beating egg whites and adding warmed up sugar. We added red food colouring to the piping bag to get a nice effect…
The meringues then went in the oven and we started on our chocolate tart base. Starting off with breadcrumbs, adding in the egg at the end and finishing the mixing by hand (modelled by Vai!) Once the dough is ready, we put it between two sheets of clingfilm and rolled it into a rectangle shape to fit the tart tin. When thin enough, the pastry was put into the tin, using the clingfilm to help push it into all of the corners and it was filled with rice and put in the oven to cook.
With the tart cooking, it was time to start on the Swiss roll! I’ve always felt a bit intimidated by Swiss rolls, but have no idea why. Sarah made it look incredibly easy, and once we got started it wasn’t scary at all. All mixed up, it went into a tray, then into the oven to cook. When it came out we put cream and strawberries on it before rolling it up.
With the Swiss roll done, we returned to the chocolate tart! It was filled with a creamy, chocolatey mixture with some butter that was melted and allowed to cool before adding eggs to it. This was poured into the tart and cooked a bit longer. While waiting for it to be ready, Sarah gave us a quick introduction to tempering chocolate, and showed us how chocolate transfer papers worked, which are impressive and very easy to use. Here’s the tempered chocolate on the completed tart (complete with crumbs)
At the end of the event, we were given a fantastic goody bag to take away, along with all of our baked efforts. Inside the bag was a recipe book, apron, teatowel, a kMix hand mixer and an amazing keyring.
I had a great afternoon, and everything we made was delicious. I was good though, and shared at work and home. The Swiss roll was everyone’s favourite and they couldn’t believe how light and tasty it was – or that I’d made and decorated it! The chocolate tart was also a big hit, and the meringues melted in your mouth. The recipes are here if you’re interested, along with more information about the event.
It was a lovely event to be invited to, and I want to say thank you to Currys PC World and Kenwood for putting the event on and providing the goody bags. Another big thanks goes to the Wilmslow Cookery School, as they were excellent hosts, and even did all of the washing up! They have some good courses on offer, and I’m very tempted to send my partner on a couple of them!
I’m off to ponder what to make next… The Great British Bake Off is back, and I’m suddenly craving a black forest gateaux….
Disclaimer – I was invited to this event in exchange for this post, all opinions are my own.