Gluten Free Baking & Living Announce Autumn/Winter Baking Course Dates

Free from baking academy Gluten Free Baking & Living have announced new course dates for autumn and winter 2014, including their popular Christmas baking days.

Yorkshire based Gluten Free Baking & Living, run by husband and wife team Ian and Deborah Thackeray, offer expert tuition in gluten free baking in three UK venues: London, the Wirral and their hometown of Harrogate.

Since early 2013 they’ve been helping coeliacs and other people who avoid gluten and wheat in their diets get to grips with baking with alternative flours.

Gluten Free Baking & Living use a variety of gluten free flours – from teff and tapioca to maize and sorghum - to produce a range of mouthwatering bakes.

Bakers on their one-day courses are taught anything from simple loaves and pastry on the intro course, to pain au chocolat and choux pastry on the patisserie course.

Deborah Thackeray, nutritional therapist and baking course developer, said: 

“Ian and I aren’t the only ones dissatisfied with the sugar-laden, additive-heavy free from baked goods available in the supermarkets. We’d much rather bake our own and wanted to help other people achieve fabulous results in a gluten free kitchen too!

“Our courses are priced at between £75 and £110, depending on the course and location, and we feel they offer great value for money. We provide all the ingredients, our tuition, refreshments and lunch, and our bakers get to take away with them everything they bake – that’s if they don’t devour it still warm from the oven!

“Our delegates have commented that they also feel as though they get a mini-nutritional therapy consultation on our courses. With my background in nutritional therapy, all the recipes I teach on the course have been developed with nutrition in mind. I’m happy to talk on the courses about how I’ve added certain ingredients into a recipe to boost nutrients that coeliacs and others on a gluten free diet may lack.”  

For the autumn/winter ‘term’ of Gluten Free Baking & Living courses, Deborah has adapted the bread course to include cinnamon buns, baguettes, a seeded loaf, pizza bases and soda bread. There’s also the return of the Christmas baking courses in November, plus the addition of a Christmas-themed introduction to gluten free baking course.

Here are the course dates:

Sunday 7                   Claremont Farm, Wirral    Bread Course
Sunday 14                 London                                   Patisserie
Saturday 20              Harrogate                              Introductory
Saturday 21              Harrogate                              Patisserie
Saturday 27              London                                   Introductory
Sunday  28                London                                   Pastry

Sunday 5                   Claremont Farm, Wirral    Introductory
Saturday 11              London                                   Introductory
Saturday 18              Harrogate                              Bread

Saturday 8                Harrogate                              Introductory
Saturday 15              Harrogate                              Christmas
Saturday 22              London                                   Introductory
Sunday 23                 London                                   Christmas
Sunday 30                 Claremont Farm, Wirral    Introductory… with a
                                                                                    Christmas flavour!

Deborah added:

“Our Christmas courses were very popular last year – by the end of the one-day course, our bakers had made their Christmas cake, their Christmas pudding and their stuffing, ticking off three jobs on their festive to do list! Anyone who’d like to join us on this year’s Christmas baking courses needs to book their places early to avoid disappointment.”

More information about each baking course, plus testimonials from bakers who have already taken part, is available on the Gluten Free Baking & Living website Course places can be booked online, by emailing or by calling 01423 567744.


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