24 March 2015 by Anna Staford
Every journey teaches us something unique, something we would never learn had we stayed home instead. After every single trip we bring a little piece of another country’s culture with us. Why not take a baking course when abroad, to learn more about the cuisine of your travel destination and learn some new tricks you can demonstrate in the kitchen at home. Best of the baking European courses can help you master the arts of bakery in a short time.
France is famous for its fine cuisine and the variety of exquisite desserts in particular. Instead of looking for a place to buy French pastry, why not learn to make it yourself in the heart of Paris? In the centre of the city, just beside Notre Damme you can indulge in a variety of baking courses that will let you master the art of making baguettes, macarons, brioches, croissant and many more tasty sweets.
Run by the legendary tea rooms, Bettys of Harrogate, this cookery school offers a wide range of courses for both beginners and chefs. Chocolate lovers will be happy to take baking with chocolate courses, and if you can’t seem to produce perfect biscuit dough, there is a special biscuit course for you. In November Bettys Cookery School start their favourite course – Christmas Cake and Pudding – what can raise your Christmas spirit better?
These popular five-day courses are run by the director of the Artisan Bread School, Carl Shavitz, and let you learn the secret of traditional Italian breads. Here you’ll learn to bake European sourdough as well as traditional Italian specialties like chiabatta, focaccia and grissini. You’ll return home with the skills to make delicious and healthy artisan breads – with spices, nuts, fruit, chocolate, olives and plain. Carl Shavitz’s courses are also available in the UK and the US.
If you’re staying in Spain for a while, you get a chance to learn a lot of baking secrets from Master Paco Torreblanca on special baking courses that last 3 months. They are a little longer and more serious than casual 5 days courses, but they will be worth all the effort and time. You will be taught to bake the best Spanish pastry and encouraged to create something new under the supervision of prominent professors of culinary. After three months full of adventures you’ll get back home with a baggage of new knowledge and skills.
If you’re visiting Ireland and wish to learn some Irish baking tricks but are not exactly happy with the idea of enrolling into the school and committing to long courses, classes at Firehouse Bakery will be perfect for you. These courses last one day only and you can attend whenever you like. Chef Patrick Ryan will teach you how to make both savoury snacks and sweet treats, as weak as soda breads and yeasted loaves in just one day! The fee for his one-day course include the return ferry to Heir Island, lunch and the goodie bag for an artisan baker.
If you plan to spend your money on souvenirs when abroad, you might as well spend them on your baking skills. This is a souvenir that will stay with you forever, and will please your family and friends, as they will taste your desserts and breads. Remember that work in the kitchen requires special safety measures. Get covered with a fitting travel insurance policy to enjoy both your trip and your classes with a peace of mind.