So on Tuesday the 2nd July I decided to treat myself to a Vegan Baking Masterclass with Quince and Crumb at Seven Hills Bakery.
Quince and Crumb is run by pastry chefs Yasmin Lee and Doris Lowman who work in the finest artisan bakeries.They decided to set up Quince and Crumb as a way to encourage people to give Patisserie a go.
When you think of vegan cakes and desserts, you usually end up with a cake that is just missing that indulgence that you would get from non-vegan cakes.
To put it politely “punishment”.
My decision to come to do this Masterclass was because I wanted to add to my repertoire of vegan cakes.
So I arrived at 6pm to the class and you think to yourself:
The 3 hours goes very quickly because you are learning whilst having fun. ( or if you are me, being disruptive not in a Silicon Valley way, just in a Mak way)
Firstly, we all started making a banana cake.
Tip for banana cake: Use almost on the edge/really bananas because they provide moisture and a caramel flavour meaning that you will use less sugar in the cake.
Then we moved onto making lovely Valhrona chocolate cakes. Even the name “Valhrona” sounds sexy and you know it is going to be a great cake.
In the explanation while making the cakes we all were allowed to ask questions and given baking insider tips.
( If you want to know any of these tips then book yourself in for their next Masterclass)
Finally, we got onto making some Chocolate Chip cookies.We were all shown a great recipe that is lovely and chewy.If you are a Vegan you know that a lovely supermarket vegan biscuit doesn’t exist.
This is proven fact, if anyone wants to prove me wrong then let me know.
As you can see, I love to decorate cakes.
Tip: If you want to make a cake look professional, then put some freeze dried raspberries and edible flowers on top.
By the end of the session, it was time for a celebratory drink of Sparkling Elderflower and Strawberry.
The sad thing was that I didn’t want the session to end as I was having so much fun.
I definitely think I will book on another course in the future.
If you want to book onto a course, then follow them on https://www.instagram.com/quinceandcrumb/
It will definitely be worth it.