The Cookery School Blog

 

Butter cake cupcakes with vanilla icing recipe

image

The Stroke Association is a charity that is very close to our hearts which is why on Friday 29th May we are lending our kitchens out to Gemini Search who are making cupcakes to sell to raise money for The Stroke Association’s #MakeMayPurple campaign.

Here’s our foolproof cupcake recipe for you to try at home. Why not make some to sell for charity too? If you’d like to make the cupcakes purple,

Read More >

Category
Recipes

Tags
, , , , , , , ,

An interview with Dan Lepard

image

Dan Lepard is one of the world’s most respected authorities on baking and we are fortunate enough to have him teach our sourdough classes here at Cookery School.

Aside from teaching, Dan is also an award-winning food writer and photographer and was a judge on The Great Australian Bake Off, series 1.

We asked him a few questions…

Q:What is it about baking,

Read More >

Category
We Love

Tags
, , , , ,

Great British Chefs at Cookery School

On Friday we were pleased to welcome Great British Chefs’ Cook School to our kitchens. GBC Cook School is an opportunity for a select group of bloggers and keen cooks to have a hands-on lesson from the top chefs that feature on their website. 

Friday’s chef was Adam Gray from Skylon. Here’s Adam in action rolling out bread for his mackerel dish:

image

We started with fresh mackerel wrapped in bread that was rolled out flat then pan fried so it’s crispy and just cooked then served with rhubarb.

Read More >

Category
Classes Corporate

Tags
, , , , , , , , , ,

RECIPE: Our fail-safe scones

We make a lot of scones here at Cookery School and have honed our recipe over many years to create the perfect scone. Below is our recipe which you can adapt to suit you, by adding herbs, cheese or sultanas as you wish.

image

INGREDIENTS

300g/2 cups flour – use organic white or a mixture of white and brown flour if preferred
3 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt
1 egg beaten with sufficient milk to make up about ¾ cup liquid
3 tablespoons rapeseed oil or butter
(If butter is used then it must be rubbed into the dry ingredients  –

Read More >

Category
Recipes

Tags
, , , , , ,

Earth Day at Cookery School

Here at Cookery School, sustainability is not just a buzzword but has always been part of our ethos, even prior to the advent of wonderful organisations like the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and Sustainable Fish City who push us to do even more. We are proud to be the only London cookery school with the maximum three stars from the SRA.

Facts about Cookery School

  • Over 75% of our ingredients is
    sourced locally.

Read More >

Category
Sustainability

Tags
, , , , ,

RECIPE: Spicy hot cross buns

The daffodils are out, the lambs are a leaping and it is definitely time for a hot cross bun… or five! This is our extra spiced version. If you want to jazz it up further, you can add stem ginger or sour cherries – it’s totally up to you!

image

 

INGREDIENTS

Buns
400g/1 lb plain flour
50g/2 oz caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons each cinnamon and nutmeg
12g/½ oz dried instant yeast
125ml/4ozs milk
125ml/4ozs water
50g/2 oz melted butter or olive oil
1 egg
75g/3 oz currants,

Read More >

Category
Recipes

Tags
, , , , , ,

RECIPE: Mushroom pate

When it comes to cutting down meat, it’s not just steak, roast chicken or pork belly you need to think of. Dishes like pate are meat-based and can make entertaining that little bit harder. Or so it seems!

Our delicious mushroom pate is a great vegetarian alternative for your next dinner party. Even if you are a meat eater, this pate has such a rich flavour you won’t even notice it is vegetarian.

Read More >

Category
Recipes

Tags
, , , ,

What goes into planning a class at Cookery School?

A good example of this exercise is our Ultimate Baking class which we called ‘The Ultimate’ because we consider it to be just that with so many different techniques and flavours to enjoy.

Putting a class together is tricky as it involves much thought and choice making but is even trickier when overwhelmed by the wonderful treats within the British bakery repertoire. We approached it by asking ourselves what foods we would like to eat on a typically British High tea and what worthwhile techniques we would be acquiring. 

Read More >

Category
Classes

Tags
, , , , ,

We got a request for our mince pies recipes, so here it is!

CHRISTMAS MINCE PIES

For the filling use bought mincemeat of choice and add brandy and additional spices to the mincemeat to give fuller flavour.

For the pastry

10 ozs flour
7 ozs butter
2 ozs caster sugar
pinch salt
2 egg yolks

METHOD

1. Place the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Rub the butter into these until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Read More >

Category
Recipes

Tags
, , , , ,