An Introduction to Desserts & Pastry


Are you ready for the Great British Bake Off? Well five and a half hours with us and you will be! For those of you with a real craving for all things sweet and pastry, this class is just for you!  In this combined pastry and desserts class we will cover a range of delicious mouth-watering recipes for you to impress your friends and family with… because we all know there is nothing better than a hearty, home-made desserts!

In this class we aim to go past the cook book and look at the components and ingredients that make up some of our resident pastry chefs delicious pastries and desserts.  You will learn the technical aspects of pastry, the do’s and don’ts when handling different types of pastry and tempering chocolate.  This level of details will enable you to better understand the function and the balances that are going on in each of the dishes. Learn some of the tricks of the trade, as well great recipes that you can make at home for family or for dinner parties over and over again.

In our pastry and desserts class you’ll learn to create a range of dishes such as;

  • Shortcrust pastry
  • crème patisserie
  • white chocolate panna cotta with coconut crumb & fresh passion fruit
  • salted caramel profiteroles
  • melt in the middle chocolate brownie with espresso martini sauce

All classes are held at our Rickmansworth venue, WD3 1JR


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  • Usually 6-8 people per class
  • Meet & greet, refreshments on arrival and introductions
  • An introduction to the class and your environment
  • Technical explanation of equipment and processes that will be used throughout the day
  • Cook the recipes, taste and enjoy
  • Lunch and refreshments; wine, beer or soft drinks
  • Cook more recipes
  • Review of the day
  • Pack all the dishes you’ve made
  • Technical questions answered
  • Close of day

Amazing teacher - great, useful skills were learnt. The delivery of the class was really impressive and the teacher was willing to answer all the questions we asked. I really enjoyed this class - it was informal, very friendly and very well run.

Aiman Poptani

“The tutor was really knowledgeable about food of every kind. I’ve learnt so much in one day it’s incredible. Thank you for your encouragement and humour – I’ve had a really fun day. Can’t wait to do another day.”

Christine Wagner

"Thank you. I had a wonderful day - really enjoyable, very friendly, making learning very easy and interesting. The class has given me lots of ideas for both simple evening dinners but also dinner parties. It has really opened up a whole new style of cooking for me. Brilliant - highly recommended."

Steven Riisberg

“The class was wonderfully presented and all questions were answered fully. It was a wonderful day and very enjoyable – I would do it all over again! Thank you very much.”

Catherine Wade


Do we make the pastry from scratch?
Yes, we will demonstrate how to make the pastry, you will then make your own and construct the pie with a pre-prepared filling.

Is lunch provided in this class?
Yes, lunch is provided (and cooked by you!). If you have any special dietary requirement please make those known to us at the time of your booking.

Is there parking available on site?
Yes, there is ample car parking available on site – free of charge.

Is there anything I need to bring to the class?
Yes, you will need to bring some food containers (quantity will be specified in your booking confirmation letter sent via email) with you to take home some of the delicious recipes you will cook on the day. This will also be highlighted in your booking confirmation letter. Everything else, including an apron will be provided.

Will I have my own cooker and cook my own recipes?
Yes, you will be cooking on your own hob and will be making the recipes individually tailored to your personal palate and preference.

Can I bring a spectator with me?
I’m afraid not. All attendees must be paying participants in the class.

If I purchase this cookery class voucher can the recipient exchange it for another class of their preference?
Yes, vouchers can be exchange for other classes, if there is a short-fall in the value, they can pay the difference. If the voucher is for a greater amount they will be able to make purchases on the day to use up the full value of the voucher. Alternatively, you can purchase an open voucher that can be redeemed against any class of the equivalent value.

What is the minimum age to attend a class?
Anyone from the age of 11+ can attend our cookery classes, if you’re not sure which class would be best please do call us on 01923 778880 so we can help.

I’m a complete beginner, what class should I do?
Our cookery classes are not based on skill as such; they are all hands on and taught by an expert chef who can lead you through the cooking processes so even a beginner should be fine on our classes. However, if you want to start at the very beginning, and develop an understanding of food hygiene, knife skills and safety in the kitchen, our beginner’s cookery class would be the one for you.

I am allergic to certain foods/ I have a special dietary requirement. Will this cause a problem?
We try our best to accommodate for special dietary requirements. Please notify us of your dietary requirements within 24 hours of booking.  Please email us or call us on 01923 778880 if you would like to know whether your allergy can be accommodated on a particular course at least 28 days prior to the class. It is the customer’s responsibility to inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking for your health and well being.

I am an experienced cook, are all the courses suitable for me?
All courses are suitable for all levels as the classes are based more specifically on the cuisine rather than skill. The Chef will ensure that you have the assistance required to enjoy the day and really develop your cooking skills. If you are an experienced cook, you may particularly enjoy our Advanced classes. Please contact us if you would like further guidance.

Will I eat the food I make?
There will be an opportunity to eat all the dishes that you make. All participants sit down together for lunch to enjoy the food they have made in the morning, and will be able to take home the food you make in the afternoon to share with family or friends.

What should I wear/take with me to the course?
Please wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes (no flip-flops or open toed shoes). We will provide you with everything you need for the day, all we ask for you to bring are food containers.

Do you have facilities to purchase equipment on the day?
You will be able to purchase a good selection of equipment that you use in our classes, as well as a variety of spices.

Will I have food left over to take home with me?
Yes! On most of our classes, you will be able to take a selection of the delicious food you have made home with you. This does not apply to the half day Indian class.

Book onto a class: £199

Please click one of the dates below to book your class.

Class fully booked
Fri 05 Aug
(09:30 - 15:00)
5 places available
Tue 25 Oct
(09:30 - 15:00)

Or buy an open dated voucher:

Can be used on any date, or perfect as a gift!

Or book by phone:

Call 01923 778880 for assistance or questions