Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS) has launched its always popular 2023 Christmas courses and gift vouchers – ideal presents and experiences for foodies.
The upcoming December classes feature various festive options, such as a Christmas Canapes presentation with a delightful glass of bubbly, a Christmas Baking session showcasing homemade mincemeat and a traditional Christmas cake, a fresh addition with a Gluten-Free Christmas Baking Day, and the beloved children’s baking sessions in the morning and afternoon.
For individuals eager to expand their Christmas culinary skills and discover new recipes, there are also chances to acquire tips for effortless entertaining from seasoned professionals through the Christmas Entertaining presentation and lunch, a delightful occasion to reunite with friends in preparation for the festive season.
Fiona Burrell, principal of Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, comments: “The smells of Christmas baking are always wonderful and it’s a good time to find some inspiration, learn new skills or just enjoy meeting up with friends. A Christmas course is a great way to entertain the kids or just learn from our friendly, expert teachers.”
Edinburgh New Town Cookery School also offers vouchers which are the ideal foodie Christmas present. Whether it’s to learn a new skill, help a friend to fall back in love with cooking, or encourage teenagers to learn their way around the kitchen, a voucher just lets them choose. ENTCS offers courses at all levels from beginner to professional and the vouchers are redeemable in 2024. The school is also expert in providing corporate away days and teambuilding events, so is a good option for a Christmas party with a difference, or to entertain clients.
Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a professional cookery school based in Edinburgh’s New Town. The school was founded by Fiona Burrell, formerly Principal of Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She began her career in Edinburgh and has been teaching professional cookery courses for over thirty years. Her enormous experience, has given Fiona a very clear vision of what the students need to learn and the best way to teach it. With courses on offer from one day tasters for amateurs, to six month professional courses, many graduates have gone on to work in some the UK’s top kitchens. For more details: www.entcs.co.uk
Festive courses this December include:
Christmas Baking Day
Saturday 2nd December 2023; 9.45am – 3.30pm
Spend a day at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School baking lots of treats for Christmas. On this one day Christmas Baking Day we will show you how easy and quick it is to make your own mincemeat and pastry so that you will never use shop bought again, we will be making a Christmas cake with a difference – it contains chocolate as well as fruit – and we will make stollen, a European favourite Christmas cake/bread.
Christmas Canapés Demonstration
Wednesday 6th December 2023; 10.30am – 12.30pm
A morning’s treat, starting with coffee and shortbread and ending with a glass of fizz, the Christmas Canape demonstration at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is an entertaining morning. The demonstration starts at 10.30am and lasts 2 hours, during which you will be shown how to make several festive savoury and sweet canapes which you will taste at the end of the demonstration with a glass of prosecco.
Christmas Entertaining Demonstration and Lunch
Thursday 7th December 2023; 10.30am – 1.30pm
At Christmas time it is good to have a few tasty but easy recipes up your sleeve whether for canapés, starters, main courses, puddings or for using up leftovers. These recipes will become reliable standbys. Most of the recipes can be prepared in advance but the others are quick and easy to put together. Come and join us and bring friends so that you can have your own pre- Christmas celebration.
Gluten Free Christmas Baking
Saturday 9th December 2023; 9.45am – 3.30pm
Christmas is a time when the house is usually full of baking to offer family and friends over the holiday period. Just because you are a coeliac or intolerant to gluten doesn’t mean you should miss out. On this day we will be showing you how to bake a variety of gluten free bakes from yeasted dough, gluten free home-made mince pies and a lovely Christmas Cake.
Children’s Christmas Baking Morning / Afternoon
Thursday 21 / Friday 22 December 2023 ; 9.30am – 12.00pm / 1.30pm – 4pm
For children who love baking, and for parents who are looking for a different way to entertain their children during the holidays, these December half day courses are the perfect antidote to winter holiday boredom. Children learn how to make delicious cakes and biscuits which they can pack up and take home. They may turn out to be the perfect Christmas present for Granny!
Sunday 17th December 2023; 9.45am – 2.30pm
Learn to cook new dishes at a Sunday practical cookery class in our stunning kitchens. These cookery courses are designed to inspire you with new ideas for dinner party dishes.
Full details of the Christmas courses, and a flavour of the 2023/2024 programme, are available on the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School website – http://www.entcs.co.uk/