Well, I was planning this blog post since partaking in this online event last week, but I fear this post will take a different turn after Boris’s announcement last night that we are all heading into another national lockdown. My blog has never been a political place; however I am very aware that this lockdown may be even tougher than the last one and I just wanted to start this post off by saying that if you are reading this and you feel like it’s all getting a bit too much, my socials are all linked and are all public so drop me a DM anytime.
I wrote a blog post a few months ago during the first lockdown about all the things that I was doing in my spare time which you can read here and I was particularly excited to get involved with this event because it included not one but TWO of the things on the list (kind of). Baking and socialising over Zoom, hurrah! Just when we all thought Zoomtime was over, it’s back!
So when Bake With A Legend got in touch and asked if I wanted to participate in an online baking class* with a Bake Off legend, I was overjoyed. Under usual circumstances (or pre-COVID), these classes were held in a real professional kitchen in either London or Manchester, however due to the current situation, they are doing online classes which I think is such a fantastic idea. They are also really reasonably priced, with classes starting at £35 per person or £50 per household.
My class was with Howard Middleton who appeared on Series 4 of The Great British Bake Off (which is helping to keep me sane during these tough times!) and was involved in the infamous #custardgate as well as bringing his quirky and fun-loving nature to the show. Howard taught us how to make Black Forest Eclairs and even though mine didn’t turn out like Howard’s, they tasted fantastic.
I had such a lovely time at the class, there were some of my fellow bloggers and bakers, and the team at Bake With A Legend just did a great job at keeping us all interested and catching up with us often enough for us to feel included but not often enough for us to be distracted from our baking. Howard also gave some great baking tips along the way and he was such a joy to be taught by. It says a lot that I felt like I’d been taught by a great teacher even over Zoom, so I can’t imagine how lovely his real-life classes must be.
All in all, I had such a great evening and I would 100% recommend doing this class, maybe as a work social or just a catch-up between your friends and family.
Have you taken any classes during this time?
*This class has been kindly gifted by Bake With A Legend. As always, my opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.