I’ve had a couple of emails about a new gluten free, dairy free, baking course running at the end of April 2014, and given how many people contact me to ask about gluten free baking – and how daunting it can seem to start with – I thought you might be interested.

It’s at Braxted Park in Essex – not very convenient for me (though they do have accommodation) but it might be handy for you, and it does look like a lovely location.

The one-day course starts with tea/coffee, and ends with wine and food. Sounds like just the thing!

And during the day, you’ll learn how to create:

  • Gluten-free (and dairy-free) scones: plain,sultana or date & walnut
  • Gluten-free (and dairy-free) lemon meringue tartlets
  • Gluten-free (and dairy-free) victoria sandwich
  • Gluten-free (and dairy-free) bread served with a delicious gluten-free (and dairy-free) courgette with watercress and pecorino pesto soup.

I love scones… I’ve never had a date and walnut scone, though, and that sounds interesting.

Dr Vivien D’Arcy is the teacher for this course, and she is a gluten-free food specialist—specialising in patisserie and bread making—with a successful gluten-free bakery in Essex. She works as a part-time chef at the weekend and spends the rest of her time making gluten-free and dairy-free wedding, anniversary and birthday cakes, and supplying tearooms, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Apparently she was also finalist in the National Cupcake competition – now that sounds like something I’d like to judge!

There’s lots more information on the Braxted Park website, but the important information is that it costs £135 per person and is on the 30 April.

AND if you book by phone, and give the magic code – GFCookery – I’m told they’ll give you a 10% discount to celebrate the launch of this new course.

I regularly get emails asking where to find birthday cakes that are both gluten and dairy free – here’s a chance to master making your own. If you go, do let me know how you get on (and don’t forget to use the magic discount code!)

P.S: Braxted Park also offer gift vouchers…