Our obsession with the BBC’s Great British Bake Off says a lot about our love of all things baking. From basic pastry to showstopper delights we all love a good bake.

Baking dates back centuries, in fact, bread baking began in Ancient Greece c. 600BC. This baking, using yeast that had been previously used to brew beer, lead to the invention of ovens, evidence of which has been discovered in archaeological digs from Turkey to Palestine.

Pastry came later, but by around 1AD there were more than 300 pastry chefs in Rome as pastry was considered to be decadent. This Roman art of baking gradually became known across Europe, spreading to London and Germany, before the first open-air café of baked goods was developed in Paris.

Today, we love nothing more than a freshly baked loaf, cake with our coffee, biscuit with our tea or pie for dinner. But how confident are you when it comes to baking? While basic baking is relatively simple, we have found that a lot of people approach it tentatively.

The fact is that unlike a lot of cooking, baking needs to be treated scientifically. Certain elements are vital and should not be ignored. But once you have mastered the basics, you can get creative developing your own showstoppers!

Our baking tips:

1. Start off learning some basic recipes for bread, cakes, biscuits and pastry.

2. Familiarise yourself with the processes involved and understand why you do certain things like prove bread and rest pastry.

3. Practice! Practice really does make perfect when it comes to baking. The more familiar you are with baking the better.

4. Only when you have mastered the basics, can you move on to more exciting things. But don’t forget the scientific nature of baking.

If you would prefer to take a hands on approach to mastering the basics of baking, you could join us for our baking basics class. Alternatively, if you are ready to take your baking to the next level, find out more about our showstopper baking class here.


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