Christmas at Harts Barn Cookery School
Welcome to the 12 weeks of Christmas food at Harts Barn Cookery School!
We will be celebrating this wonderful season as we do every year: with plenty of food, booze, bakes and treats, with people around us, a festive spirit and a joy for the social gatherings it brings. Because Christmas, after all, is about people coming together to celebrate, and food is a big part of that!
We’re launching our festive season this year with the ’12 weeks of Christmas food’ and a special theme every week leading up to the big day. We’ll be keeping you informed on the history of traditional Christmas foods such as the Christmas pud, mincemeat and turkey, we’ll be providing you with recipes and guides to help you along the way, and we’ll be offering a range of Christmas cookery classes to help you get yourself organised too.
This is also a very busy time for us as we are a popular venue for office Christmas parties. We provide corporate and team away days throughout the year but the Christmas office dos are always a very special affair. Teams take part in a cooking challenge such as Ready Steady Cook, or a seasonal class such as a chocolate or truffle making workshop, or a simple ‘cook and dine’ where everyone gets involved in cooking the meal which is then enjoyed by one and all. We always create a bespoke package for our groups, just get in contact if you’re interested in booking.
Our 2 Christmas Supper Clubs are also a great night out, with a 3-course meal and excellent company. Perfect for small businesses looking for somewhere for their Christmas do too! They sell out fast though.
Also, don’t forget that our Gift Vouchers make a great Christmas present and we have a range available here.
Week 1. w/c 2nd October – Make Your Own Christmas Cake
This week is National Cake Week so what better time to celebrate the classic Christmas cake! Did you know that the tradition is to make the cake several months beforehand? See our recipe and maturing instructions here.
We’re holding a Make Your Own Christmas Cake class on Thursday, October 26 – plenty of time for it to mature and the flavours to develop. Join us in this the first of all Christmas celebrations and share the joy of working together in an atmosphere of community baking full of spirit and joy.
Week 2. w/c 9th October – A Gluten Free Christmas
Gluten free doesn’t mean missing out! You can still enjoy the traditions of Christmas but without gluten, including cake, mince pies, gravy and pastry.
Our Gluten Free Baking class is this Friday, October 13 – learn how to make a wide range of gluten free breads and cakes in this in-depth class.
Week 3. w/c 16th October – Make Your Own Christmas Pudding
The traditional Christmas pud – also known as plum pudding or figgy pudding – is a classic British desert. The tradition is to put a single coin in it for luck!
Our Make Your Own Christmas Pudding class is on Thursday, November 2.
Week 4. w/c 23rd October – Mincemeat
What is mincemeat? Did it really used to be made with meat? Find out all about this classic sweet treat and especially about the Christmas classic – mince pies!
You can find our recipe and a helpful video tutorial here.
Week 5. w/c 30th October – Chocolate!
Whether it’s chocolate coins in your stocking, a selection box or a toblerone, there’s no denying that chocolates feature heavily at Christmas!
We have 3 scrumptious chocolate making classes especially for Christmas this year. Our first is a Chocolate Dreams class on Saturday, November 18 (update: sold out). We also have 2 Christmas Boozy Truffles classes, the first on Thursday, December 14 and the second on Sunday, December 17. Join us for this a purely indulgent class – learn, taste and take away your creations. You will learn how to make chocolate truffles with alcohol: Gin and Tonic, Raspberry & prosecco, Stout, Baileys. Then take home a set of 6 in a presentation box (to enjoy yourself or give as a gift!).
Week 6. w/c 6th November – Game for Christmas
Turkey may be the traditional meat for Christmas lunch but there are so many alternatives which are getting more and more popular.
Take the fear out of game with our Game Cookery class on Saturday, November 18 where we will be demonstrating and creating dishes from a range of the Forest of Dean’s finest game (update: this class is sold out, our next is on 16th February 2018).
Week 7. w/c 13th November – Festive Bakes and Crafts
Food is such an integral part of Christmas (maybe that’s why we love it so much!), so let us help you get into the festive spirit with our hands-on creative Festive Bakes and Crafts Class! On Saturday, November 25 join Send Cake! as they go all ‘Kirsty Allsop’ in this fun workshop-based class of baking and crafting. You will make a batch of festive buns, delicious Baileys Rocky Road and a fantastic festive door wreath. This is a one-off 1 day Christmas extravaganza!
Week 8. w/c 20th November – Edible Gifts
Learn all about the joys of giving homemade gifts and the history of giving gifts.
Our Homemade Christmas – Edible Gifts from the Kitchen class is on Saturday, December 2. Learn how to make your gifts this Christmas by creating a lovely hamper of crafty kitchen themed gifts to warm the homes of friends and family. We will bake, jar and mix our way through the day making pressies that will spoil your loved ones.
Week 9. w/c 27th November – Christmas Breads
There are many wonderful seasonal breads available at this time of year. We have two Christmas Breads classes this year, the first this Saturday, December 2 and the next a week later on Saturday, December 9. Learn how to make and form delicious Christmas treats such as cranberry, walnut and orange soda bread, mincemeat Chelsea buns and stollen. You will be guided through the steps of making a sweet bread dough and you will form, bake and take home a festive bread each, plus sample different baked goods and sip old-fashioned homemade hot cocoa!
Week 10. w/c 4th December – Christmas Baking
Christmas is the time of year to pull out all of the stops and go homemade. We have two Christmas Baking classes this year (update, second added as first sold out), with places available on Saturday, December 15. These tried and true recipes are perfect for the season. Students will make the ever popular chocolate Yule log, lemon shortbread stars, festive gingerbread, raspberry and walnut squares in cream cheese pastry and orange cranberry muffins.
We also have 2 Forest Feast Christmas Supper Clubs in December – Saturday 9th and Friday 15th December. These are fun, festive, and the food is a real Forest treat with wild boar for the meat eaters or nut terrine for the veggies plus all the trimmings. We put 2 on as they are always very popular. For small businesses who don’t want to put on their own party they also work well. We can arrange a private table or you can join in with our other guests and enjoy the great company! Find out more here.
Week 11. w/c 11th December – Kids Cooking
Christmas is about family, and cooking doesn’t need to mean leaving the kids out. Get the kids involved and teach them some essential life skills!
Beginning this Saturday, December 16, we have 3 kids cookery classes especially for Christmas: Christmas Gifts, Christmas Cupcakes and Festive Pasta Making!
Week 12. w/c 18th December – Turkey and Trimmings
On Saturday 23rd December we’ll be putting on an extra special ‘get your turkey ready for the big day’ class! Take the mystery out of your Turkey preparation, and learn everything you need to know to wow your guests on Christmas day. With a turkey and all the trimmings provided all you need to do is turn up and you will leave with your turkey all ready for the big day.