january, 2023

2023mon23jan6:00 pm8:30 pmOnline Cookery: French Countryside Baking£23 - Join this fun practical online cookery course and bake in the comfort of your own kitchenOnlineDay:Monday length of course: 1 evening


(Monday) 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm



length of course

1 evening


Course details

Brief Description:

Let’s explore together the wonders of French Countryside cooking. Learn how to bake a delicious Pain de Campagne (Country Loaf) and a wonderful fruit tart with Crème pâtissière.

A Pain the Campagne is an everyday bread enjoyed by French people in almost every meal. Bread is always in their table to accompany dishes together with a glass of wine. A Pain the Campagne can be made with sourdough or with fresh/dry yeast, with the use of strong white flour and rye flour. The polish (preferment) will be prepared the night before.

A Crème pâtissière fruit tart is a delicious dessert that you can find in every Patisserie in France. The base is made with short crust, the filling with crème pâtissière and decorated with fresh fruit and glazed with handmade syrup.

Please note: This course is delivered online; you must be able to join in with Microsoft Teams at the time the course takes place. You will need a device to access the lessons and WIFI.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

No previous experience is required as the course will teach you all the skills you need.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop an awareness of all the tips and tricks involved in French Baking
  • Enhance your listening skills
  • Follow instructions successfully
  • Develop good organisational skills (such as having the equipment and ingredients ready before the lesson starts)
  • Identify the correct yeast for the pain the campagne
  • Weigh the ingredients precisely which is a key factor when baking
  • Learn about the correct temperature and time.
  • Learn how to knead properly so that you develop the gluten in the dough
  • Develop scoring skills to do it in the correct angle.
  • Make the polish (preferment) the night before. (this will be emailed to you the day before the lesson starts)

Extra costs on the course for example textbook, materials or equipment:

  •  Weighing scales
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • A baking tray (34 by 26 cms. approximately)
  • A flan or tart tin ( 21 cms. approximately)
  • A rolling pin
  • Grease proof paper
  • A medium saucepan
  • A tea towel
  • A hand whisk
  • A breadbasket or a medium size bowl
  • A greater
  • A wooden spoon or a silicone spatula
  • Ceramic baking beans or rice, beans, or chickpeas to blind bake the tart pastry


For the first session you will need to bring:

Pain the Campagne:  white strong flour, light rye flour, (fresh yeast can be found in any bakery) if not dry yeast is fine.

Fruit tart: Plain flour, sugar, eggs, milk, corn flour, fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. (Or any other fruit of your taste)

The recipes with ingredients will be sent via email.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

You may wish to embark on more advanced baking and patisserie courses.

Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sunday’s , you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more


£23 – Contact the office on 01223 712340 to book your place


Anna Maria RacoAnna Maria Raco is an experienced cookery teacher who has worked for many years in colleges, bakeries, and baking businesses. She is a passionate teacher who enjoys not only cooking but also sharing her vast knowledge with her students.


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