Welcome to Baker’s Treat!
Baker’s Treat is a baking school in the Barossa Valley, just an hour's drive north of Adelaide, South Australia, providing baking classes and bread making lessons for home bakers and cooks.
About Baker's Treat
Classes & Bookings
Baker’s Treat was established in 2013 by multi-award winning baker Matthew Thorpe, with a mission of educating, equipping and inspiring people to bake at home.
This is achieved in each baking class by education through explanations of ingredients and methods, equipping by practical hands-on experience and inspiring by seeing what can be accomplished in a home kitchen environment.
Baking is a profession as well as a hobby for Matthew, and he has done considerable baking not only in a home kitchen environment but also in commercial bakeries, large and small. Because of this, he has a unique perspective on home baking applying a professional approach to baking at home, to achieve bakery-quality products at home. Two key focuses of Baker’s Treat baking lessons are time efficiency for busy people and ease of replicating what we make in each baking class in your kitchen at home.
Matthew has represented South Australia at a number of bakery industry competitions and scholarships, highlights being a Gold Medal at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in 2010, 1st place Ciabatta and Sourdough at the Australian Artisan Baking Cup in 2011, and winning the Bakeskills National Teams Competition in 2012.
In 2011, Matthew was the recipient of a Scholarship that took him to the UK and Europe, where he travelled for two months doing bakery training and work experience at number of internationally known bakeries, patisseries and ingredient companies.
Matthew completed his bakery apprenticeship at a local Adelaide bakery, and his formal bakery studies at the internationally renowned TAFESA Regency Campus. He has since worked at a number of respected Adelaide bakeries and patisseries, where he gained a wide range of knowledge and experience.
Baker’s Treat products have received multiple awards at the Royal Adelaide Show and the SA Baking Show.
Gift Certificate – Sourdough Bread Class
Gift certificates are a great gift idea for the passionate home baker or cook! Alternatively, register the person into the available class, then "contact us" to arrange a gift certificate.
Sourdough Bread – new classes TBA
Learn to make flavoursome, crusty, delicious Sourdough Bread. Class is completely hands-on for you to experience each stage of the process and includes a detailed recipe and method and a couple of loaves to take home to share with family and friends. The class includes instruction about starting your own sourdough starter, some sourdough starter to take home, and tips on how to achieve a professional result in your home oven.$119.00
Hot Cross Buns – new classes Easter 2018
Learn to make soft, spiced, fruit Hot Cross Buns and take the batch you make home to share with family and friends! The class includes full recipe and method, complete hands-on experience from start to finish and demonstration, recipe and tasting of decadent triple-chocolate-chip Hot Cross Buns!$109.00
Sweet Yeast Baking – new classes TBA
Learn three different products in the one class! The first products to be made are Stollen, traditional sweet German Christmas loaves with rum soaked Australian dried fruits, aromatic spices, the dough enriched with butter, eggs and finally dusted with icing sugar. The second product to be made is a Christmas Fruit Braid, a rich sweet dough with milk, butter and egg and Australian sultanas. Decorated with sliced almonds. Finally, soft, fluffy cinnamon scrolls will be made and enjoyed!$129.00
Desserts – new classes TBA
Desserts! Two different plated desserts to be made with lots of elements across the two desserts. Plate 1 - Sticky Date & roast almond pudding with caramelised bananas, salted butterscotch sauce, vanilla bean ice-cream & a toffee garnish. Plate 2 - Macaron Sandwich with Belgian chocolate mousse, dark chocolate & raspberry brownie, & fresh raspberries.$129.00
Flaky Puff Pastry – new classes TBA
Learn to make and bake hand-rolled, melt-in-the-mouth, all butter Flaky Puff Pastry! Products to be made in the class, and taken home to enjoy, include savoury and sweet baked goods. This simple, efficient method of making the Puff Pastry will allow it to be used in any recipe at home where puff pastry is required.$129.00
Additional class dates are constantly being released ... Please 'contact us' to be notified as new classes are released or for further information about group bookings, special events, or consulting services.
What do I need to bring?
An apron. Paper and pen or electronic device for notes you wish to remember (a comprehensive recipe and method will be supplied).
Where are the classes held?
Classes are held at Apex Bakery, Tanunda, just an hour’s drive north of Adelaide, South Australia, in the beautiful Barossa Valley.
Are the classes appropriate for people who haven’t done much baking?
Absolutely. The classes attract home bakers and cooks with a range of experiences in baking and cooking. The goal of the classes are for everyone to improve their baking, whether just beginning or baking regularly.
Will I be able to replicate the recipe at home?
That is the goal of all classes. Recipes and instruction are designed to help you achieve a great result at home.
Do you do special group or individual classes?
Sure can. Past special classes include one on one, customised day, and small groups. Matthew has even travelled and taught a class near the snow fields in Victoria, Australia! Please make contact to discuss your needs further.
What are the kitchen facilities for classes?
All small tools, equipment, and ingredients (everything you’ll need!) for use in the class are supplied. Facilities vary depending on the location.
Can I bring my camera and take photos of the class?
Sure. Photos are allowed and encouraged. However, no videoing of the class is permitted. Please use discretion and consider other participants’ privacy when taking photographs.
What should I wear?
Comfortable casual clothing, appropriate for a kitchen environment and comfortable, closed-toe shoes (no high heels). Long hair should be tied back neatly for safety.
May I bring a friend or children?
No. Only registered participants may attend.
Are your classes open for children?
Unfortunately at this time classes are not open for children.
Haven’t answered your question?
Please fill in the ‘contact’ form for a prompt response and further discussion.
For all questions about classes please fill in the enquiry form.
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