The new series of The Great British Bake Off starts today, so the timing of this post could not be better. I enjoy watching GBBO and I love to eat cake. My baking prowess sadly, extends only to baking the odd banana loaf. I have never put anything in a bain-marie before. And the only soft and stiff peaks I am know of have nothing to do with baking.
So when the lovely people at Currys and Kenwood invited me to an Introduction to Baking course (#CurrysInTheKitchen), I wasn’t about to refuse. The fact that the venue was the beautiful Wilmslow Cookery School in Cheshire, a few doors down from a Ferrari showroom, was added incentive.
As it happens, all baking on the day was done using the Kenwood kMix that, not unlike the Ferrari, is sleek, sophisticated and simply stunning. And comes in a bright scarlet in addition to other pretty colours.
It was my first time using the kMix, and the thing that appealed to me most was the glass bowl. It is almost magic to watch the eggs and sugar double up in size, and a glass bowl offers the perfect ringside view.
Sarah, David and their team of professionals at the Wilmslow Cookery School were on hand every step of the way as we bloggers worked in pairs to create the perfect meringues and the fluffiest swiss rolls. Laura from Don’t Judge Me But was my partner in crime as we whisked, folded, stirred and poured.
It wasn’t long before our bakes started to take shape. I was soon standing with my beautifully decorated swiss roll and not-so-dainty cream-filled raspberry meringue bites on the table in front of me. My personal favourite was the dark chocolate tart served with a piece of tempered chocolate on top. So much, that I took some left-over chocolate pastry home and have since used it to make biscuits with my son.
I think the whole experience left me feeling a whole lot more confident about my baking than I ever did before. I am absolutely certain I will be putting my new-found skills to good use over the coming weeks and months. All with a little help from the fabulous kMix hand-held mixer that Currys and Kenwoods were so generous to pop in our goody bags.
Who knows, I might even end up on the next series of GBBO. Ready, set, bake!