Saturday, 19 May 2012

Cooking Class @ Baking Barn, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nigel A. Skelchy - Baking Barn's Master Chef!

An ample classroom with floor to ceiling windows, green outlook and crispy cool air conditioned comfort.
One mother recipe - meringue - four desserts
Floating Island

 French Meringue Basket
 Pavlova
Eton Mess

A recent visit to the Baking Barn, an offshoot of the legendary KL cake shop Slice of Heaven, left me encouraged, more sapient and gorged. Nigel A. Skelchy, head trainer, aspires to provide educative classes, sharing tips and tricks he himself has learned from a life long passion in the kitchen, enabling first timers to culinary whizzes to have successful baking results for every recipe. This week's theme, Clouds of White, saw Nigel taking a mother recipe - meringue - and teaching attendees how to use that one base to create four different desserts - Fruit Pavlova, Floating Islands, French Meringues and Eton Mess. Instruction in how to make appropriate toppings for each too was part of the class - Chantilly Cream, Fruit Topping, Strawberry Coulis, Creme Anglaise and Creme Fraiche (yes we learned how to make this without having to buy the expensive imported French variety). 

Jovial, knowledgeable and a little bit cheeky, Nigel of the Baking Barn is an excellent communicator and entertaining presenter. Anyone would feel comfortable in his class - from beginning bakers to more advanced students, he provides individual attention and valuable baking essentials for all skill levels.  I admired him as he patiently revealed to a newbie basic measuring tools and how to level off the top for an accurate quantity, and later marveled as he explained the chemical purpose of adding the slightly acidic cream of tartar to an alkaline egg white to make the mix more ph neutral. Accessible to all degrees of experience, every participant will leave a little wiser, happier and inspired to go back home to try out their new knowledge. 

For further information on upcoming classes and on online reservations check out their website.

Reason to Visit: Sweet lessons suitable for all levels - novice to expert. Witty, fun presenter.

Baking Barn
No, 47 Jalan Terasek
59100 Bangsar Baru
Malaysia

12 comments:

  1. Yup I could c that he is a friendly teacher...
    I bet learning will b fun n easy....

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  2. Nigel's totally a master baker... I remember when he whipped up a Bombe Alaska right before our very eyes. What a performance! :D

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    1. Nigel makes everything look so easy. And then you try yourself... and realize not so. Takes lots of practice to cook with ease as he does.

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  3. Looks delicious. I've always wanted to try Eton Mess.

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    1. Such an easy dessert and an easy one for those that are artistically challenged - you get to mess everything together and not worry about presentation :-)

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  4. What an experience! And, what a lucky chance to be able to taste those fruity cakes! I guess it wasn't cheap to take the class, ya? :p I would have joined if it wasn't so expensive hehe... and if I were in the same town too, of course :p

    Fruit cakes are my fave. Blackforest cakes without the rum and berries wouldn't be tasty to me. I like mixed fruit on the top of a cake just like in the photos above.

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    1. I love the mix of fresh fruit on top of dessert - kind of makes it almost healthy :-)

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  5. WAH...Monica , you went cooking class? so when are u going to cook for us? Hahha! would love to visit you next time! ;D i want the pavlova! yeeekk! *drools*

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    1. I'm feeling inspired to try out my mum's pavlova recipe using all of the tricks Nigel taught so... maybe soon :-)

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  6. Missed this class and pretty much all of May's classes. Can only look forward to the June classes.

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    1. Looks like Nigel will be cooking up some delicious things in June. Maybe we can swap recipes and tips :-)

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