Thursday, 28 June 2012

Cup cake making in Bakewell

Great baking and Bakewell are made to go together -  it's in the name!

It's no surprise that the first ever cup cake making class at Hartingtons School of Food SOLD OUT within days of being announced.  The cup cake making course will be taken by Emma Mitchell who provides the cup cakes for the world famous Chatsworth House Farm Shop. Emma will take aspiring cup cake makers through the steps of decorating your cup cakes with fondant and butter cream. You will also be treated to a tutored cup cake tasting and will take away four beautifully decorated cup cakes at the end.

Due to the phenomenal demand for places on this cup caking making course Hartingtons has just announced an additional date of the 19th August so why not treat yourself to a fun Sunday morning out in Bakewell learning about the intricacies of cup cake making.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Fathers Day Gift? - Beer Brewing Day in Bakewell in the Peak District

If you're fast running out of time to find a unique Fathers Day gift for your Dad then why not treat him to a Beer Brewing Day at Bakewell on 23rd June?

This full day "hands on" course includes all refreshments, a Peak District Ploughmans Lunch and a tutored tasting of local beers.

Paul Taylor our 'Brew Meister' will take Dad through all the stages necessary to create his own unique beer using pure natural ingredients; demonstrating how to set up a 'brew' using basic home brewing equipment. Paul is one of the founder members of the Nottingham Brewers Group, he heads up the Lab at Murphys & Son (one of the UK's leading suppliers to the UK micro brewery sector) and was also on the judging panel at the SIBA National Beer Championships.

Along the way he'll talk Dad through:
* The brewing process
* The ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and the importance of 'water'
* How to bottle beer successfully including some useful tips from an experienced brewer.

Paul will explain and show the 'sparge and boil'' so that Dad has a clear understanding of the full home brewing process.  At the end of the course he will have the skill and knowledge to be able to create his own varied and professional tasting beers at home with just basic home brewing equipment.



Saturday, 9 June 2012

Things to do this weekend in the Peak District - Visit Baslow Food Fair and Chatsworth House

Our very popular Peak District -  Baslow Artisan Food and Drink Fair makes a welcome return this weekend and showcases 20 of the best Artisan Food and Drink producers from in and around the Peak District.

The Fair takes place this Sunday 17th June in Baslow Village Hall (with ample parking in the pay and display car park next to the Hall). Doors open at 10.30 a.m. and the event is on until 4.30 p.m. Make sure you come early and have your pick of the fantastic produce on sale.

Stallholders at this event include:

Heavenlies – exquisite cakes and other treats
Dawsons Yard – interesting selection of herbs, edibles such as lettuce and courgettes, herbaceous perennials, ferns and shrubs and planted seasonal containers for summer colour  
The Loaf – artisan bread and bakery products
Muffin Topps – cupcakes and cake pops
Tea Man – wide range of teas and gift packs
Fruit and Herb Company – home made oils, dressings and preserves as well as Derbyshire oatcakes
Nonnas - gourmet food and drink from the Italian deli
Home Kitchen Produce – cookies in a jar
Domaine du Pyre – Beaujolais wines from family vineyard
Halls Home Produce – great range of pates, potted meat, charcuterie and mushy peas
Tindalls of Tideswell – fantastic range of sweet and savoury items
Liberty Foods – artisan pork pies with a modern twist!
Greenside Deli – wide range of bespoke preserves
Heavenly Cheesecake Company – delicious hand made cheesecakes
Hartingtons School of Food – artisan food courses, food events and food tours

And outside all day Lee Capille will be serving gourmet Italian Coffee and his authentic home made chicken and chorizo paella.


Baslow Village Hall is situated right next to the Chatsworth House….. so why not combine a visit to our Peak District Food Fair with a visit to one of the nation’s best loved stately homes which recently featured in a BBC three part documentary and has already made stars of some of the Chatsworth staff!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Weekend Sourdough Bread Making Course - Sells Out!

Some artisan bread makers would insist that there is only one 'real bread' and that is bread   made with a natural leaven such as sourdough culture. Sourdough bread baking pre-dates bread making with bakers yeast and uses Lactobacillus culture to leaven the bread. The popularity of making your own bread at home has revived interest in artisan bread making and in particular bread baking using sourdough cultures.

We are delighted to have Mick Saxton (the image is of one of his sourdough loaves) who has his own home bakery in Sheffield coming along to teach the ancient art of sourdough to a full class of eager student bakers in June. Mick has trained at the world renowned Artisan School of Food on the Welbeck Estate and has honed his bread making techniques over several years of intensive training and practice. For those who are eager to learn how to make bread with a sourdough culture then we also have Andrew Auld from the Loaf in Crich coming along in July with another brilliant sourdough course. Have a look at these images on Facebook of Andrew in action demonstrating his wet dough kneading technique.

Sourdough Bread Making Courses