Latest lockdown restrictions announced

Regretfully we are required to close during the latest lockdown imposed by the Government. It’s a huge blow to be closed again, but we hope that the measures taken will be effective in the long run and help us return to some normality.

We are due to reopen on 5th December with a range of festive titles which we hope will be the perfect antidote to what is likely to be a tough November for everyone.

Our website is fully functioning and there are lots of dates available from December onwards into next year. Why not plan something!

All best wishes to our students and those we’ve yet to meet. Stay well and we hope to see you in happier times, Sarah and the team x

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Christmas classes are now available!

2020 has been quite something – we’ve all had lots to face this year and it’s been tough. To break the spell, we hope that our festive range of courses will make you feel a little less grinch and a little more elf!

Classes available are:

Decorated Christmas Cookies with Kerry-Ann’s Cake Boutique – perfectly pretty festive cookie designs that will wow!

Edible Christmas Gifts – perfect for foodies and crafters alike, this one is yum!

Traditional Christmas Baking Day – get all your festive goodies made in good time for the big day!

Buche de Noel (Yule Log) – perfect for those chocoholics among you!

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Kicking off with Bread Making for Beginners

We are restarting our class calendar with Bread Making for Beginners on Thursday 16th July! Many of you will have tried your hand at a little bread baking during lockdown and perhaps now you’d like to refine your skills or just spend some fun and relaxing time in our Covid Secure baking space.

Bread Making for Beginners is exactly that; the perfect way to introduce yourself to the joys of bread making (or perhaps helping you see where you could improve).

Class sizes are much smaller than pre-lockdown, so with maximum FIVE students in all titles, places are more limited. Our advice, book early to avoid disappointment!

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Safely reopening 16th July! Find out how…

We are very pleased to announce that we are reopening for classes on Thursday 16th July! In line with the recent government guidance regarding social distancing, we are making changes to our processes to ensure your visit is safe and healthy.

The well-being of our guests and team have always been our highest priority, but we have developed a Covid Secure Policy which will further enhance our previous practices to make sure you can enjoy your time with us, whilst knowing every care has been taken to safeguard your health.

Details of our new policy and procedures can be found by clicking here

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Bake School!

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COVID-19 latest news

We are monitoring the situation and following government advice regarding reopening our classes. Currently we hope to restart with our first class on 16th July 2020.

There will be changes and measures put in place to ensure we follow health advice to ensure our clients and staff are safe.

Until then, bookings are open so why not plan ahead and book yourself or a loved one a treat!

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Christmas comes a little early at the Bake School!

Yes, we know, it does seem a tad early to be thinking about Christmas, but here at the Bake School we like to get ahead with our festive making and baking, so that we can offer you some super seasonal classes sure to get you into the spirit of the season. We have three festive offerings this year including our complete course which covers a wide range of goodies including a wonderful, rich Christmas cake. Places and dates are limited, and one is now full already, so don’t delay if you want to join us for some Crimbo fun in the kitchen!

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July news

No lie, it’s July… sorry that was terrible but we are stunned at how fast the year is passing! There’s lots of new and exciting things planned for the Bake School – think honing amazing cake decorating and modelling skills and adding a hint of spice to your regular cooking routine. We’ve also introduced some evening classes to our range for those of you too busy to come along to our weekday and weekend dates.

Best of all, our new home has proved it’s worth beyond all doubt during this hot spell – our fully air conditioned baking studio is perfect for cooking without the heat – whoever said ‘if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen’ didn’t enjoy working at our place!

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June is in full swing!

June is now upon us – it’s amazing how time flies! This month is filled with fab classes in all areas of baking including French bread making, Swiss Meringue Buttercream techniques (thank goodness for our air conditioning for this one!), cupcake baking and decorating, macaron making and more! There’s something for everyone, so take a look at our calendar for more details and dates http://www.delightfultea.co.uk/calendar/

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Kick the January Blues!

After all the fun and excitement of Christmas, the post-festive blues generally kick in for most of us. The short days, with the sun barely showing itself throughout this month is tough to cope with!

Now that payday has finally come around (phew!), perhaps you’re thinking about how to get the New Year off to a great start? Not only are our classes informative, they are also fun and relaxed – in a nutshell, they’re the perfect antidote to January. We like to design our classes to make them sociable too.

So, why not make 2018 the year you learn some new skills, or brush up on existing ones, and join is for a half-, full- or multi-day baking class filled.

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October News

GREAT NEWS! As you may have seen we have now secured our new premises and work has begun. There is plenty to do so we won’t see you for classes until November when we reopen in our new Studio. This is a very exciting time for the Delightful Tea Bake School. It will mean a brand-new studio, bigger premises, and easier transport access. We cannot wait to share with you. We are open for business as usual behind the scenes, so if you need to contact us for anything at all, we are still available.

Our new address is:

The Delightful Tea Bake School, 2a Meridian Point, 449 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2PH.

Before leaving our studio in Great Wakering we held another Perfect Patisserie course where the ladies created some beautiful patisserie. This is a two-day intensive course and the results were amazing, thank you to those ladies for joining us. As usual our Bread Making: a beginner’s guide course was as popular as ever with great results and one student continuing their success at home which is what we love to hear about and our final event was a Hen Do, which was great fun, the Hen and friends enjoyed their afternoon and took away all their jammy dodgers and custard cream biscuits.

But now onto a new chapter for the Delightful Tea Bake School, thank you to all those that have joined us at the studio at Great Wakering over the last few years and have discovered the wonderful world of baking, we hope to see you again and join us in our new Studio.

We have the following courses running in November – Mastering Swiss Meringue Buttercream Techniques, Perfect Patisserie – Two Day Course, Classic Biscuit Baking, Hello Cupcake! Baking, icing and sugar craft for Beginners, Real Bread Making: Croissants and Pains au Chocolat, Introduction to Macaron Making and the Two Day Introduction to Baking.

Happy Baking

Delightful Tea Bake School Team

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August News

Summer time at Delightful Tea Bake School is all about the Jam Making.

A quintessentially British teatime bake! Bake a delicious, moist sponge completely from scratch before filling it with fresh cream and homemade strawberry jam. A lovely class for an aspiring baker, but also great fun for more confident bakers to enjoy together, so perhaps bring a long your friends for your own mini Bake Off! This class runs during the British strawberry season only, typically late May – early September, Mother Nature dependent! Our next classes are on the 29th August and 2nd September.

This month also sees our Adult & Child School Holiday Classes take place, if you are stuck for something to do with the kids then come and join us for either Cookie Decorating, Scones & Shortbread, Viennese Whirls, or our most popular course Cupcake Baking & Decorating. The kids love it, you learn something too and of course you take home all that you have made and leave the clearing up behind. We have various dates in August for either morning or afternoon courses. Please check our website for further information www.delightfultea.co.uk

We have the following courses running in August – Victoria Sponge, Beginners Bread Making, Macarons, French Bread, Doughnuts & Churros and our Two-Day Patisserie course, as well as our Adult & Child School Holiday Classes in Cookie Decorating, Cupcake Baking and Decorating, Viennese Whirls and Scones and Shortbread.

Happy Baking

Delightful Tea Bake School Team

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July News

Last month was a very varied one at Delightful Tea Bake School. We had Group classes running, Adult & Child classes our first Two Day Introduction to Baking and many Private Classes. The students at the Private classes were wonderful and all manner of baking took place, from Pretzels to Cupcakes all with that special one on one tuition that comes with a private class. We also had a Private class in fine Patisseries, we hope you saw all the wonderful delicacies the student made on our Facebook page. Thank you to all the students who attended.

If you want to cover a wide range of recipes and techniques or would like to treat yourself or someone special to the ultimate personalised cooking experience, then a Private Baking & Cookery Tuition may be for you. We can design a completely bespoke half or full-day programmes.

How about all that, in your own home. If you would prefer to learn in your kitchen, we can tailor classes where we come to you in the comfort of your own kitchen, with all your familiar surroundings. With the benefit of no mess or clearing up as we do that too. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Berries are in season in July, time to make your own Jam with the fresh berries picked from hedgerows. Come and join our Victoria Sponge class where you will be taught how to make homemade Jam, we can guarantee there is nothing tastier, for all those cakes and afternoon teas.

We have the following courses running in July – Victoria Sponge, Hello Cupcake, Teatime Treats, Biscuits, Beginners Bread Making, Croissants and another Two-Day Introduction to Baking.

Happy Baking

Delightful Tea Bake School Team

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June News

An exciting month at The Delightful Tea Bake School, this month is the launch of our new Two Day Introduction to Baking Course. This two-day course is designed to cover a range of core baking techniques. Over two days students will individually make from scratch the following:

  • Shortcrust pastry – classic quiche Lorraine (or vegetarian alternative if required)
  • Sweet shortcrust pastry – to take away to practice with at home, along with our suggested recipes
  • Rough puff pastry – sweet and savoury palmier
  • Real bread – wholesome tin loaf
  • Muffins – savoury tomato and basil
  • Cookies – decadent dark chocolate chip
  • Loaf cake – lemon drizzle

In addition to the recipes covered, the tutor will be on hand to give advice on alternative recipes, to enable students to make variations and extend their baking repertoire even further at home. This is a small group to ensure that every student has plenty of attention from the tutor. We will be running a promotion on this course, details coming soon, we would be delighted to meet you.

Last month was Real Bread Week. We hope you had a chance to practice that Bread Making, our French Bread class was a huge success and we hope we have inspired more of you to bake your own.

After running our Adult & Child classes over the School Easter Holiday we had great feedback. One of the comments: My 12-year-old son and I had a great morning at the Delightful Tea Bake School on a Mum and Child event making shortbread and scones – rather yum to say the least! Sarah is very friendly yet professional as was her assistant. Highly recommend. As a small business, any amount of feedback is so important to us so always lovely to get great feedback, thank you.

We have the following courses running in June – Victoria Sponge, Hello Cupcake, Teatime treats and Doughnuts and look out for the Adult & Child classes running in the Summer too.

Happy Baking

Delightful Tea Bake School Team

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May News

May-be its time to do that baking course you have been thinking of always trying your hand at!! Whilst having that Spring clean and finding those bread tins and all that flour in the back of the cupboard, why not put them to use and have a go at one our courses either to refresh yourself or learn something new.

We have the following courses running in May – Real Bread Making: A Beginner’s Guide and French Bread, Macaron Making and Mastering Swiss Meringue Buttercream Techniques.

If you are at home with the kids for the May half term, then we are here to help. We have the following Adult & Child School Holiday Classes available for you and the kids to enjoy together. All the fun of baking, without the clearing up, what more could you ask for, and the kids learn something too.

  • Cookie Decorating
  • Cupcake Baking & Decorating
  • Scones & Shortbread
  • Viennese Whirls

Please look at our Baking Courses tab for further details.

Happy Baking

 

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April News

Happy Easter from us here at the Delightful Tea Bake School.

Easter holidays are looming, if you are lucky enough to be going on holiday we wish you a good break. If you are at home with the kids, then we are here to help. During the Easter break we have the following Adult & Child School Holiday Classes available for you and the kids to enjoy together. All the fun of baking, without the clearing up, what more could you ask for, and the kids learn something too.

  • Cookie Decorating
  • Cupcake Baking & Decorating
  • Scones & Shortbread
  • Viennese Whirls

Please look at our Baking Courses tab for further details.

Some of our courses in April are getting full so please don’t delay if you are interested. We still have spaces on the French Pastries and Perfect Teatime Treat classes at the moment.

Happy Easter & Happy Baking.

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Introducing our newest offering – a TWO DAY introduction to baking!

We are very excited to announce that we have a brand new course titled Two Day Introduction to Baking, and yes, you guessed it, it’s a complete course for those looking to cover a range of core baking skills in one course! There’s lots of different techniques covered, including pastry, cakes, cookies and more, so it’s sure to be a popular one. Students will make everything themselves from scratch as always and with our small group sizes, will be assured plenty of support from their tutor when they need it. Find out more by visiting the course page

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Happy New Year to you all! Is 2017 the year for you to learn something new?

So, after all the festivities of Christmas and the New Year, it’s back to normal – so why not make it the year that you get to grips with some new skills? Whether you’re a novice or a more experienced home baker, our classes are designed to inform and inspire, leaving you with the know-how and the confidence to recreate what you’ve learned at home. On a health kick? Consider learning to make your own bread, it’s so much heartier than mass-produced types and of course, you know exactly what went in! Want to wow friends and family, consider our macaron or swiss meringue buttercream classes, both which will teach you great skills for delicious, showstopping treats. We’ve lots of titles to choose from, so take a peek at our course calendar for details or get in touch for advice. Best wishes from Sarah and the Bake School team x

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Our limited date festive sugar modelling class is available to book!

Now it’s mid-October we feel it’s time for us to start letting you know what’s upcoming this Christmas at the Bake School. The first of our festively-focused classes is Festive Sugar Modelling where students will master six different sugar toppers completely by hand from scratch. It’s a 5.5 hour class that’s suitable for beginners, improvers and we can even welcome accompanied younger students aged 14+. Click here to find out more and book – places are strictly limited to two dates, so hurry!

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Lots of new course dates are now available to book online!

We’ve just updated our course calendar with lots of new dates right up until March 2017! So there’s lots of opportunities to book your favourite title and join us. We will also be adding some further dates for current courses as well as some brand spanking new ones very soon too, so keep ’em peeled folks! Check out what’s on offer by clicking here

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We’ve made it to the finals!

We are very excited to announce that we have made the finals of the prestigious Essex Business Excellence Awards 2016. We are amongst three finalists for the Best New Business category – very exciting! After being shortlisted last year, it was fingers crossed that Delightful Tea Bake School would this year be recognised for our continued growth through the last 12 months. The next step is to attend the awards ceremony on 23rd September and fingers crossed we will nab the award, but if not, it’s amazing to get this far and we are all very proud!

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Weekday special offer – 10% off selected weekday course dates!

Our weekends can be very busy here at the Bake School, and so we thought we would like to reward our weekday students with a little discount to thank them for joining us during the week.

We are offering a standard 10% of range of different courses and dates Monday to Friday, so why not check our course calendars to see whether you can save and enjoy your baking experience on our more plentiful weekdays?

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New Year, new courses!

After all the festivities and excitement of Christmas and the New Year, we at Delightful Tea, didn’t want to stop there! So we have a range of new courses planned for 2016, including Italian bread making, French macarons, cookie decorating and much more – new courses will be added over the coming weeks so watch this space!

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And the winner is…..

We were thrilled to announce that Pauline Willson was the winner of our recent prize draw to win a place on Real Bread: French Bread Baking, worth £95! Lucky Pauline told us that she was actually going on a last minute break and so her daughter is coming in her place – but Pauline was very careful to say that she’s expecting all her daughter’s bakes to taste on her return! To book yourself on this or any of our real bread making courses, visit our courses page

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COMPETITION TIME!

We have a super competition to win a place on Real Bread: Croissants & More – check out our Facebook Page for more details of this fab prize, worth a whopping £95!

Here’s the T&Cs: One entry per person.
1.Entrants must comment, like and share the post for valid entry.
2.One course place will be given to the winner, who will be selected at random from all valid entries.
3.Closing date for entries is 11.59 on Sunday 27th September 2015.
4.Prize only available for course taking place on 18/10/15 and not transferable to any other date.
5.Not valid in conjunction with any current course bookings, offers or discounts.
6.Winner will be announced on Facebook on or shortly after Monday 5th October 2015.
7.It is the responsibility of the winner to email us at enquiries@delightfultea.co.uk so we can send them the prize details and course confirmation. We reserve the right to offer the prize to the runner up if we do not hear from the winner within 72 hours of the announcement.

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