6 Important Tips for Holding Baking Classes

Do you love baking? Looking for ways to start your own bakery classes and earn some money?

If yes, then you need to check these amazing tips which will help you in successfully holding your own baking classes and expand your baking business. Trust me, these tips will really help in shaping your classes and will make you a popular bakery class in your town.

Tip 1: Introduce the Class with a Video

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you schedule a Baking Class is that visual representation is often more stimulating than an auditory one. So, try to start your class with a short yet inspiring video which will make the students fall in love with your baking classes. This doesn’t mean that you have shoot a video and then compile it, you can easily select any video from YouTube and use it as an ice breaker for your class.

Tip 2: Share your Baking Stories

Another thing which really inspires faith and trust in students is listening to successful stories about past classes and workshops. It can be a little intimidating for a new student to learn about baking recipes and using the tools but when they hear that other batches started the same way too, they will start feeling more relaxed and confident. Success stories are a great way to boost your class’ morale and will help you in reaching out to the students.

Share your Baking Stories

Tip 3: Provide Students with Recipe booklets

Make sure that you prepare the baking class handouts to be distributed among the students. This is a great way to ensure that your students don’t feel scared and have something to refer when they forget a step. This can also encourage them to practice the recipes taught in class which can only help in further advancement of their baking skills. Trust me, giving handouts and booklets is a great way to conduct a Baking Class and will come in handy during and after the class.

Tip 4: Engage Them in a Hands-On Session

The most important part of a Baking Class is when the students themselves try a recipe using the tools and ingredients provided to them. This will help them understand the recipes better and will provide them with a chance to ask you questions when they get stuck at a step. You can also take help of a few students to demonstrate a recipe but this will require a little planning from your side. Another way would be to give then baking assignments or hold regular sessions where they prepare a Baking recipe that they are interested in. This will not only be fun but will also make your students look forward to the next baking class.

Hands-On Session

Tip 5: Prepare a Diverse Menu

One important tip to remember is that a lot of people might be not fond of an ingredient or a recipe. So, make sure that you don’t force something on your students and don’t curb their creativity. Create a menu including different types of baking recipes which will ensure that your students will find at least one recipe appealing to them. This will keep them interested in baking and you can also share tips with them on how they can prepare a recipe by swapping some ingredients.

Tip 6: Be Supportive and Attentive

Most importantly, you need to be nurturing and supportive during the classes. Be careful when doling out praises but don’t be too harsh with your criticisms as well. Keep inspiring your students to do well and help them when they are stuck.

Supportive and Attentive

Pros and Cons of Blenders Used for Making Smoothies

The best part of making smoothies is almost every type of blender can be used to make it. You don’t have to wait for your kind of blender (in case of emergencies). But one thing you need to know is the difference between all the blenders and which one will fit your needs.

Different blenders come with their individual pros and cons. Before buying one let us know which one is best for you and your lifestyle.

blender for smoothies

Hand/Immersion Blenders

Pros

The size of a hand/immersion blender makes it more portable and a perfect option for you when away from home.
It is quite easy to store a hand blender rather than a bulky blender or a food processor.
Since hand blenders have fewer parts, clean-up job also becomes easy, you just need to clean the blender blades and everything is done.

Cons

No doubt they have a compact size, but also they can be quite noisy.
Blending tough vegetables and leafy greens is quite difficult with an immersion blender.
The blender is not easy to go with lots of ingredients or more than a single serve.

Countertop Blenders

Pros

Countertop blenders are quite powerful to handle a large variety of smoothie ingredients, but not helpful in crushing ice.
Unlike hand blenders which are used to blend fruits and vegetables but with the countertop blenders, you can easily make a wide range of smoothies.
If you are on a budget, countertop blenders are a good option.

Cons

Countertop blenders are quite loud.
Because they are big in size as compare to a hand blender, this means that they take up a lot more space on your kitchen counter.
These machines are comparatively more difficult to clean.
The higher end countertop blenders can be pricier but they don’t have a wide range of features as compared to high-performance blenders and personal bullet blenders.
Countertop Blenders

Personal Bullet Blenders

Pros

Personal bullet blenders are great for smaller kitchens as they take less storage space.
A blending cup is a perfect option for one serving.
Some of the models are even helpful in crushing ice.
Personal bullet blenders are much affordable than high-performance blenders and that’s why they are a better option for making delicious and nutritious smoothies with a good texture.

Cons

There are chances of leaking because of the upside down mechanism of the bullet blender thus you need to more cautious not to overfill.
It is not compulsory that the blades are dishwasher safe so you need to clean them by hands.
The nutribullet have the largest beaker thus it can make up to 32 ounces but not all the bullet blenders can handle this much of capacity.

High-Performance Blenders

Pros

High-performance blenders offer you the best smoothie texture and consistency.
They are able to make more than one or two smoothie servings at a time.
These blenders are best to handle the toughest smoothie recipe and too that without burning the motor.

Cons

Due to their large size, these blenders take up a lot of space.
These blenders are more expensive than any other blender thus not affordable for everyone.
High-performance blenders can be noisier.
High-Performance Blenders

Three Ingredient Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Did someone say homemade ice cream? And did they say it was only three ingredients? Well, I don’t know about you but I am in. Of course, I wish it was Ben & Jerry’s but you can’t have everything can you?

Vanilla Ice Cream

And as I am counting calories it is better than nothing!!! Then, of course, you can add some chocolate brownies to the bowl and you have the perfect pudding.

Ingredients

  • 8 fl.oz. / 250ml Skimmed Milk
  • 1.5 Tblsp sweetener
  • 4 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to an ice-cream maker then sit back wait until it has finished then put in the freezer or eat when ready.

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Love It Or Hate It Turkish Delight

I must admit the only person I know that likes Turkish Delight is my dad. He goes mad for it. If you go out shopping to the local shops and bring him a little Turkish Delight chocolate bar back, then he is your best friend forever. Plus no one else likes it, he hasn’t got to worry about someone stealing them!

When he was poorly after having his pacemaker fitted I decided to make him some Turkish Delight to cheer him up and he absolutely loved it and this was the recipe! I am thinking to put this recipe in Cafe Bakery’s menu. So please share your reviews.

Turkish Delight

Ingredients

  • 8 fl.oz cold water
  • 3 Tblsp Rose Essence
  • 3-4 Tblsp Sweetener
  • 2 Sachets gelatine
  • Frylight
  • Pink Food Colouring
  • 1 tsp icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Spray some ice cube trays with fry-light or any spray oil
  2. In a small saucepan mix the water, Rose essence and sweetener together and slowly bring to the boil
  3. Lower to a simmer and whisk in the gelatine powder make sure it is all dissolved.
  4. Carefully pour into the molds or use a label like we did.
  5. Using a cocktail stick dip it into the pink food coloring and mix it up with all the cubes you have made.
  6. Put the ice cube trays with your mini Turkish delights into the fridge to set.
  7. When ready push the cubes out to serve.
  8. Just before serving drop the cubes into the icing sugar, do not sprinkle the sugar as it will disappear.

Low Fat Sunday Trifle

You’re probably wondering why I call this my low fat Sunday trifle? Mainly because that is what I always had on a Sunday growing up when my mum and dad invited people around for Sunday dinner. There would be a nice beef roast, Yorkshire Puddings, roast potatoes and all the usual bits and pieces.

Then for pudding, it would be a trifle and it was always really nice with low-calorie jelly (usually sugar-free) and then some mousse on top to seal the deal.

Sunday Trifle

Fast forward twenty years and this is what I prefer to make on a Sunday too. The kids love it, the adults love it and it is not too bad for the calories either.

Ingredients

  • 2 Sponge fingers
  • 2 sachets of sugar-free jelly
  • Fruit – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc
  • 500g fat-free fromage frais
  • 1 tub of quark
  • 1 banana and custard muller light yogurt

Instructions

  1. Put fruit and sponge fingers in the bottom of a large serving bowl.
  2. Makeup ONE sachet of low-fat jelly and leave to cool then pour on top of the fruit and sponge fingers.
  3. Then put it in the fridge to set
  4. Once set make ¾ of the other sachet of low-calorie jelly and let it cool for about 5 minutes and mix in the fromage frais.
  5. Pour on top of the other fruit jelly that was in the fridge and let it set again in the fridge.
  6. Once it is set to mix together the quark and muller light then pour on top of the jellies.
  7. Then decorate with a few leftover fruit bits.

If you have any doubts regarding this yummy dessert, you can ask your questions or leave the reviews here.

Herbalicious “mayo”

With many ways to utilize this gorgeous fruit. I massage into kale, add to dressings, salads, smoothies, desserts, and dips. Some even fry the decadent fruit; however, I remain loyal to eating in its raw state.

Herbalicious “mayo”

Herbalicious “mayo”

Ingredients:

  • 3 avocados
  • a handful of mint, basil, and parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice 1 lime or lemon
  • juice of 1 orange
  • healthy pinch of salt

Directions:

  • mash avocado
  • chop herbs fine
  • dice garlic
  • mix together
  • fold in citrus and salt
  • can be made in Cuisinart in about 30 seconds to achieve a smoother consistency

Jungle Bread

Jungle Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of yuca, banana, OR camote ( sweet potato) flour-( try any other gluten-free flours you have in your area)
  • 1 cup ground flax
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 TB fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil plus more for frying
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  • In Cuisinart or large wooden bowl add dry ingredients
  • Slowly stream in wet ingredients until incorporated
  • Knead dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute
  • fire up a cast iron skillet with some coconut oil
  • Pinch off a 1/4 cup size ball flatten in your hand or roll out with a pin if you prefer
  • Let it sizzle until crispy, then flip, sprinkle with salt
  • Wait a moment don’t burn your tongue
  • Okay, ready set go. Bon prove ho :)

My favorite breakfast:

  • Herbalicious mayo smeared on jungle bread with a hint of lime, cilantro and sea salt.
  • if you want to get crazy lather the mayo on one side of jungle bread, fry an egg with the yolk still a bit runny, add some nutritional yeast ( a.k.a fairy dust to my little bro) or goat cheese, a handful of herbs and another bread right on top. the updated egg mc-muffin sandwich.

Tips:

  • feel free to add any spices or herbs right into the dough.
  •  experiment with the textures and flavors.
  • you can keep the dough in the refrigerator for a few days
  • make vegan mini pizzas: Herbalicious Mayo,  a few ripe tomatoes and a handful of fresh torn basil…mmmm

Some words:

Whatever you choose to eat or do in your life, do it well. If you truly believe it makes you healthy and happy,  it will.

Continue to be mindful that our thoughts manifest into our reality.

Be well, dance and play in the kitchen. Put much love and intention into your food as your source, prepare and enjoy it.  Give thanks for the circle of life that brings our reality into existence.

Sunday Sweet

Looking for something refreshing this Sunday for breakfast or lunch? We’ve got just what you need. This sweet potato dish can be prepared within minutes and is as yummy as a Sunday bowl of salad can get.

 Sweet Potatoes with chard, cabbage & farm eggs with Parsley-Cilantro-Tahini Avocado Sauce

Sunday Scrumptious Sweet Potatoes with chard, cabbage & farm eggs with Parsley-Cilantro-Tahini Avocado Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 bunch chard
  • pinch black mustard seeds
  • pinch fennel seeds
  • farm eggs
  • 1/4 cabbage
  • handful cilantro
  • handful parsley
  • 2 TB tahini
  • 1/4 avocado
  • limes
  • sea salt
  • coconut oil

Directions:

Toast seeds in a skillet until fragrant, add coconut oil and diced sweet potatoes. Saute until slightly golden, add chard and cabbage until bright green. Turn heat off and set aside. Season as you like: sea salt, cayenne, black pepper-you choose. While cooking: mash tahini and avocado together with a squeeze of lime and sea salt.

Chop herbs and mix together. Add the blender for a quick sauce. Fry eggs in coconut oil to your liking, I like whites hard, yellow a bit runny. Top eggs with veg and sauce everywhere. Enjoy

Some Words:

I found this scribbled on a piece of paper when I was moving, not sure who wrote it, but whoever did, inspired me on a multitude of levels. First I started cooking, then I sat down to write, and so here you go.

“Sunlight divides night and day.

Tell me when it’s time to play.

There is something boiling inside letting through the rain, clouds abide.

Outpouring like  ___  lines

People gather now this time

each ray of light they shine.

Just give it all, don’t stand too tall.

Whats mine is yours. What stands must fall.

A welcomed breeze carries the song of bird and __

A cloud once at rest leaves a seed and you will see.

What time means to me.

And we are told until we are old.

The tide will come but soon will fold.”

– Unknown

Until then keep the peace and spread the LOVE,

Blessings from my jungle abode,

Sesame Kale Spring Rolls with Avocado-Ginger Guacamole

If you love Spring Rolls and are looking for an amazing vegan recipe, you’re in the right place. The Sesame Kale Spring Rolls with Avocado-Ginger Guacamole is just what you need.

Sesame Kale Spring Rolls with Avocado-Ginger Guacamole

Sesame Kale Spring Rolls with Avocado-Ginger Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Sesame Oil
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Red Pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Ginger
  • Mango

Directions:

Cut rib out of kale, save for another use and slice kale down the middle leaving you with two long strips. Massage strips with sesame oil and a touch of salt or tamari sauce. Julienne the carrots, cucumber, red pepper and mango.

Lay one strip of kale out with a couple carrots, cucumber, red pepper, and mango sprinkle cilantro and roll up into a tasty spring roll. Mash two avocados to 2 TB of fresh ginger with a touch of lime, cilantro, and salt. Top spring rolls with guac. Enjoy for a snack, lunch or an appetizer. Make a lot because they go quick.

Tip: For added flavor, try out this Herbalicious “mayo” as a dip

Some Words:

“The moment you relinquish your attachment to the result, combining one pointed intention with detachment at the same time, you will have that which you desire”

Sprouted Super Food Sushi

So what do feel like eating this Sunday? Are you in the mood for some sushi? Well, here’s an amazing recipe you’ll thank us for.

What can I sprout? 

Mung bean, adzuki, alfalfa, clover, lentils, fenugreek, garbanzo, soy, sunflower seeds, wheat, rye- most nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes.

sprout foods

What do I need?

  • glass jar: half a gallon or larger depending on how many you are sprouting.
  • a mesh screen, cheesecloth ( rubber band to hold down cloth) or sprouting screen.
  • filtered water
  • organic seeds ( seeds should keep for a year or so in a cool spot or refrigerated)

How do I make? 

First rinse the seeds by covering with water, shake and drain out water. Use one part seed to three parts water in a wide mouth jar. Cover seeds with water and soak overnight. Drain well the next morning, then cover the mouth of the jar with mesh screen and keep in a warm dark place. Rinse daily, ideally morning and evening.

Keep jar upside down at a slanted angle for better drainage. Dish racks work really nice for this. Continue rinsing daily for a few days until sprouts form. Remove hulls, rinse well and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.  Best to store in glass jar. Save rinse water for cooking, pets and/or plants.

For sunflower sprouts:

The sprouted people have an in-depth description of a variety of ways of growing all types of sprouts. Click the link for sunflower sprouts. I chose to go the planting in moistened soil route. The bed I am using is 2ft x 2ft. I simply moistened already rich soil, planted the seeds, watered and they grew in 3 days. I couldn’t believe it. Maybe it was beginners luck, currently giving it a second go…

And now for a recipe to let those sprouts SHINE…

SPROUTED SUPERFOOD SUSHI

SPROUTED SUPERFOOD SUSHI

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini or 2 small
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • 1 handful raw sunflower seeds soaked and sprouted or toasted
  • 1 handful mung bean sprouts
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime
  • 1 beet
  • 1 TB tahini
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TB Udo’s oil blend or olive oil
  • sea salt

Tools:

  • veggie peeler
  • cheese grater
  • paring knife
  • jar for sprouting

Directions:

  • Wash zucchini and make long strips with a veggie peeler, about 1 inch wide. set aside.
  • For pesto: in the food processor: blend sunflower seeds, basil, tahini, oil, pinch salt. set aside
  • Grate beet on big holes of the cheese grater
  • slice avocado thin
  • To assemble: lay zucchini strip flat on a plate. smear pesto from top to bottom. Sprinkle beets and mung beans on top. place 1 avocado slice in the middle. roll up from top to bottom keeping veggies tight. make ahead, but eat it the same day.

Some words:

My handsome devil at my feet, the birds, crickets, and bugs all singing their song. Harmonious rhythms, orchestrating delicious sounds makes me smile deep inside.  So much life coexisting together, surviving, thriving and dying all at this very moment.

Every day a fresh start.  Each moment so rich you can taste it. Staying present in this moment, not looking forward or back, but doing my best to authentically show up for this moment here right now.

A lifetime of lessons, a change of perspective, a new idea born, all in one moment. Look beyond what is obvious, peel those layers back and check it out. Breath, feel it, experience it, taste it, keep growing, keep harmonizing and spreading the love, knowledge, and wisdom.

Cheers to sprouting life,