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Christmas Baking with Ottavia
Christmas Baking with Ottavia
Christmas Baking with Ottavia

Seasonal baking is extremely popular in Italy, where each province boasts baked goods firmly rooted in the religious festivities and every family has their own version of the traditional recipes, often passed down for generations with little or no change. 

Course Details

Ottavia is an expert baker and will give you a taster of the richness and variety of seasonal baking while bringing the recipes alive in the context of Italian historical culinary culture. 

Join her for a day of baking that is sure to get you in the right mood for baking in advance for Christmas. 

You will make:

  • Panforte, a richly spiced sweetmeat from Siena, already known during Dante's times. 
  • Panettone, the well known dome shaped sweet cake from Milano, with its light texture and buttery flavour.
  • Home-made orange peel for the Panettone.
  • Panone, a soft chocolate and dried fruit version of the certosino from Bologna.
  • Cavallucci, spicy walnut biscuits from Tuscany.

Expect lots of hands-on cake making. 

We'll provide a delicious Italian lunch. 

There will be cakes and biscuits to take home and a comprehensive recipe pack.

Time: 10 - 4.30

Ottavia is such an inspiring and enthusiastic teacher, I learnt so much.

It was all lovely, some was a revelation

Interesting to have the background and history along with the strong foundation of cookery/ understand the science to support the cookery

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  • This is a past course but let us know if you'd be interested in this course in the future.

Dietary Suitability

    This course is not suitable for vegans or for those who are intolerant to wheat and gluten. We will happily cater for those who have other special dietary requirements. Please let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly.

    Skill Level
    •   Beginner