A Baking Masterclass with John Whaite

Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than baking? I was lucky enough to attend a baking masterclass today, courtesy of Baking Mad, led by Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite. The class took place at the Fair Cake school in Greenwich, just along the river Thames. It was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon – baking, drinking prosecco in the sun, and eating cakes, of course!

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We made lemon sherbet cakes and gingerbread soldiers with yellow and white dip, a sweet version of your favourite childhood breakfast. I won’t share the recipe here as you’ll find it in John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood but it all tasted incredible, and definitely worth trying out for yourselves!

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I learnt a few tips from John today that I hadn’t known before – such as listening to your cake. If you’re not sure whether your cake is done, have a little listen – if you can hear a crackling or a popping sound, it needs a little more time. And when you bake with golden syrup/treacle, dipping your spoon into hot water beforehand will make the syrup slide off of the spoon and into the mixture smoother and quicker.

It was a lovely way to spend the day, and I had such a great time! We all got a few Billington’s goodies to take away also – and I managed to get a signed apron too. john whaite gingerbread soldiers john whaite gingerbread soldiers with yellow and white dip gingerbread soldiers with yellow and white dip fair cake school gingerbread John Whaite lemon sherbet cake lemon sherbet cake john whaite

If you ever get the chance to attend one of John’s masterclasses, I highly recommend it!

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