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Bake yourself Happy

Breads × cakes × Pastries × confectionary

 

LET'S GET BAKING.

Welcome to Bake with Maria. If you are looking to expand your baking repertoire or master moist cakes, flaky pastry and wholesome bread you have come to the right place. I teach a variety of baking classes with the common goal of helping you make delicious baked goods from scratch in a domestic kitchen. I have taught thousands of students over the past 7 years, from the first time baker who has never encountered yeast to the entrepreneur who runs 12 successful bakeries in India. I enjoy spending time in my kitchen meeting new people, baking with them and teaching them new skills that they can use at at home. I look forward to welcoming you!

To see what my previous students have to say about my classes, check out Tripadvisor for more than 200 reviews! 

To keep up to date on new classes and baking adventures, please sign up to my mailing list here or below.

For any questions send me an email at maria@bakewithmaria.com.

Happy Baking! Maria

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ABOUT MARIA

I’ve been baking ever since I was a little girl. I love spending time in my kitchen, kneading bread, seeing the dough develop in my hands, trying out new recipes and making up my own! My passion is home-baked bread and cakes!  It was this passion that led me away from corporate life and toward running my own baking school.

I received my professional training at Westminster Kingsway College as well as Lakefield College, where I earned a Professional Chef Diploma Level 3 in Patisserie and Confectionery.

I have run my school, The Baking Lab, for 7 years. During that time I have taught thousands of students how to bake great tasting breads, cakes and pastries from scratch. Shortly, my School's building will be demolished to make room for the High Speed 2 train line. Seeing this as an opportunity for new adventures, I now teach out of my home kitchen and various schools and colleges in London.

On the home front, I am happily married to Marshall and proud mum to two small kids: Kasper & Astrid.

 

BAKING classes

PRIVATE + GROUP CLASSES

When it comes to private classes the sky is pretty much the limit. I can offer 1 on 1 classes in my home kitchen if you are looking to perfect a certain recipe or technique. In my own kitchen I also offer classes for small groups looking for a fun day of baking. Ideas include French Patisserie, Afternoon Tea or a Pizza Making to name a few. 

I can arrange larger private classes for groups of friends, hen parties and large families. We have previously run - with great success! - bake-off classes, macaron classes and chocolate making sessions. These classes are a great way to enjoy time together. I work with  kitchen venues across London so we can find a location and a venue that suits your needs.

To discuss options, email maria@bakewithmaria.com.

MARIA'S BAKING CLUB

On selected Tuesdays and Thursdays I host small - max 4 people - baking classes in my private kitchen in West Hampstead. Anyone can attend these classes, just email me maria@bakewithmaria.com to book your place.

Upcoming classes:

  • Apples & Pears: 3rd October (FULL) ; 17th October (1 place left) This class make magic using Autumn fruit. We will bake an apple cake with a streusel topping, a pear and frangipane tart and some almond financiers with Plums. 

  • Bread Baking Extravaganza: 10th October (FULL) ; 21st November (FULL)You will learn how to make a wide variety of breads in this class: country loaf, bread rolls, soda bread, grissini and a delicious focaccia!

  • Chocolate Baking Class: 7th November; 9th November In this class you will learn to make a rich, smooth chocolate ganache which we will use for a tart filling and hand rolled truffles. You will also make a flourless chocolate cake.

  • Patisserie & Petits Fours: 14th November (FULL); 7th December This class is perfect for anyone who fancies small beautiful French treats! You will learn to make Macarons, chocolate truffles and super tasty pistachio and lime cakes topped with piped whipped ganache. 

  • Christmas Baking Class: 28th November; 5th December (FULL) Get yourself ready for the Christmas baking season! We will make Panettone, Cantuccini and Christmas flavoured Bundt Cake in this class.

  • Christmas Baking Class: 12th December Get yourself ready for the Christmas baking season! We will make Panettone, Gingerbread Cookies and Christmas flavoured Bundt Cake in this class.

2018 Classes: 

  • Bread Baking Extravaganza: 11th January; 22nd March You will learn how to make a wide variety of breads in this class: country loaf, bread rolls, soda bread, grissini and a delicious focaccia!

  • New Years Resolutions: 16th January Get the year started right with this baking class. We will focus on some slightly healthier baking with Granola bars, Multigrain Bread and Banana Muffins. 

  • American Baking: 30th January Learn some of my favourite American treats: NY Cheesecake, Apple crumb cake and some all time favourite double chocolate chip cookies

  • Patisserie & Petits Fours: 6th February This class is perfect for anyone who fancies small beautiful French treats! You will learn to make Macarons, chocolate truffles and super tasty pistachio and lime cakes topped with piped whipped ganache. 

  • Chocolate Baking Class: 20th February In this class you will learn to make a rich, smooth chocolate ganache which we will use for a tart filling and hand rolled truffles. You will also make a flourless chocolate cake.

  • Bake your Garden: 1st March I love the ideas of baking with vegetables. I don't believe that all sugar has to be substituted, but it's a tasty way to add some natural flavour to a delicious cake (I can't be the only one who thinks 1 carrot cake = 1 of my 5 a day!) In this class we will make the best tasting Carrot cake, a Beetroot & Chocolate Cake and finally a yummy Soda bread with Parsnip   

  • Introduction to Cake: 6th March If you have never done any baking before or you want to brush up on some old time favourites, then this is the class for you. We will make a Victoria sponge with jam and Chantilly cream, some almond friands with berries and finally a gooey and chocolatey pecan brownie.

  • Afternoon Tea Baking: 13th March Nothing is more British than the Afternoon tea, so why not host one at home next time you want to have some friends over? I will teach you how to make a Walnut & Coffee cake, Cherry Bakewell tarts and of course some fluffy scones. All you really need to add is a good cup of tea.

The classes will run from 10am-1pm and cost £85 per person. 
To secure your place, email maria@bakewithmaria.com.

CORPORATE CLASSES

Baking is a great team building opportunity. It helps cultivate team work through a little fun competition, whilst creating something delicious from scratch. I can cater to all levels of experience and each event is bespoke to your needs.

Previous events include Bake Offs, Pizza and Beer evenings, Christmas Baking classes. Get in touch with your requirements and I will create a unique baking experience for you and your team. I work with several larger kitchens across London, so I should be able to find a location that accommodates your needs.

Previous customers include Google, Bobbins Bicycles, Facebook, Yelp, Lacoste and NHS to mention a few.

To discuss options, email maria@bakewithmaria.com.

GIFT VOUCHERS

Looking for a great gift? Our Gift Vouchers are always a hit the recipients. We sell Gift Vouchers for our group baking classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-1pm). We also do gift vouchers for group classes. You will receive the Gift Voucher in PDF with a customised text.

For any questions and gift voucher purchase, email maria@bakewithmaria.com.

 

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Bake yourself happy.

Send us an email if you want to sign up for a class or if you would like to arrange a private baking class

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Phone

+44 07725 952724

E-MAIL

maria@bakewithmaria.com

LOCATION

West Hampstead, NW6
London

 

join us in tuscany

. A 6 day culinary holiday in Tuscany from the 29th April to the 4th May, 2018
 
The Cooking & Baking  holiday in Tuscany includes:

  • Four cooking and baking classes
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Villa Boccella
  • Five nights accommodation and use of all facilities at Villa Boccella
  • Visit to a vineyard with private wine tasting and lunch
  • An apron
  • An afternoon visit to Lucca with evening meal and wine in a local restaurant serving regional dishes
  • The course is suitable for couples, friends and singles. One thing that you will all have in common is your love for good food.
  • Costs for the week start at 1,600 Euro in double occupancy

For more information, please visit our Tuscany with Maria site here.

 

 

location

Villa Boccella
Ponte a Moriano, Lucca, Italy

The guests and team for our Culinary Holiday in Tuscany 2017

The guests and team for our Culinary Holiday in Tuscany 2017

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Do I have to be a great cook to learn how to bake?

No, not at all! A little passion for home-made baking is all you need.

How do I sign up for a baking class?

Send me an email on maria@bakewithmaria.com with date and class you would like to attend and I will book you in.

I’m allergic to dairy, wheat, gluten, Marmite…

Please contact us before you book a class to let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements you might have. We will then be able to recommend the best class for you.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

You don’t need to bring anything, just come along and we will supply everything needed for the baking class include an apron to use during the class and boxes to take everything home in.

What are the teaching methods?

In every class I will take you through all of the steps of home baking. The class is very hands on and we have chosen to make the classes very small in size so you will get lots of personal attention.

For the cake baking classes, we will be using KitchenAid stand mixers – they are ideal for cake batters and ensure a light, fluffy texture. Don’t worry if you do not have a stand mixer at home – all the cake recipes can be made using a handheld mixer.