Cooking Classes

PREP SCHOOL: Baking Fundamentals (Hands-On)

  • Monday, April 1, 2019
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our 3-week baking bootcamp program starts at the beginning to help anyone decipher the confusing world of baking.  It is a great opportunity to improve upon your skills with a trained instructor at your disposal.How many times have we heard people say “I love to cook, but I can’t bake”. Well fret no more. This 3-week program is especially suitable for people who want to start from scratch.  Beginners in the kitchen will learn the basics and come away with confidence to bake light, fluffy cakes, flaky pastry and soft crusty breads .  Those with some experience will broaden their culinary knowledge, hone their skills and acquire valuable tips and insight so they can take their culinary adventures to a new level.  Classes take place on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on the following dates:  April ,1  8 & 15.

What Will I Learn?

  • Understanding ingredient functions;
  • Using different flours and grains;
  • Measuring/weighing techniques for successful baking
  • How to mix ingredients;
  • Preparing pans for baking’
  • tricks of the trade from seasoned professionals.

Each session combines the instructor’s lecture and demonstration with individual hands-on execution of recipes that feature essential techniques in modern baking.  At the end of the evening, you and your fellow cooking comrades will enjoy the fruits of your labours and have a chance to engage in an informal discussion to techniques and culinary topics.

Class 1:  Basic Bread Making including yeast breads and Quick Rise doughs

Class 2:  Cake Baking

Class 3:  Pastry Making

Meet The Instructor…Donna-Marie

Donna-MarieGrowing up in Whitby, Ontario, Donna-Marie was introduced to great food at an early age.  Memories of summers spent putting up beans, corn, peaches and tomatoes with her mother and sisters, picking and selling strawberries at a roadside country stand, catching fish off the east coast of Canada and cooking over campfires on family camping trips created Donna-Marie’s appreciation for unfussy, flavourful food.

Donna-Marie’s straightforward style and easy-going manner are illustrated by her heartfelt belief that cooking is easy and anyone can do it.  All anybody needs are a few tips and tricks, a handful of well-tested recipes and some time-saving cooking tools, all of which is offered at Relish Cooking Studio with sincerity and humility.

Donna-Marie holds a Bachelor in Applied Science in Food and Nutrition from Ryerson University, a diploma in Public Relations from York University and has taken cooking courses around the world.  She is the best-selling author of four cookbooks including Canada’s/America’s Best Slow Cooker Recipes, The Best Family Slow Cooker Recipes, 300 Slow Cooker Favourites and 300 Slow Cooker Winners.  Donna-Marie is a member of the Ontario Home Economics Association and Ontario Home Economists In Business.  She is also the wife of our in-house sanitation engineer, Lawrence and mother to daughter Darcy and son Jack.