BakeSchool: Shortcrust Pastry 16th – 30th April 2021

The ultimate online course

"I have avoided making shortcrust pastry because it hasn’t always worked and seemed too hit and miss. I hoped the class would give me what I need to know to get it right each time and give me confidence, and both these expectations were met! Having the live session where we could watch Anneka and have her check what we were doing was so valuable as you get real and immediate feedback. It really was like having Anneka in my kitchen – it was very comfortable and relaxed and it gave me so much confidence." – Vanessa Matthews, South Australia


Uncover the secrets to perfect shortcrust pastry – right from your very own kitchen!

BakeSchool: Shortcrust Pastry is a fun and accessible 2-week online course where you will learn the art of making your own melt-in-the-mouth pastry – all from your very own kitchen.

This course is made up of a combination of a virtual live demonstration (which will be recorded so you can watch it again or in your own time) and printable recipe and information sheets that you can study at your own pace ensuring that you gain the confidence and skill – and conquer the fear! – of baking your own delicious shortcrust at home.

Anneka Manning will guide you through the course and share her more than 30 years of baking experience, knowledge and research, as well as all of her practical and handy tips and tricks. You will also have access to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to ask Anneka any questions that arise and be able to troubleshoot while you practise your pastry baking throughout the 2-week course.

At the end of this course, you will walk away with all the knowledge, skill and confidence you need to be able to bake your own delicious shortcrust pastry at home and never rely on store-bought pastry again.



"I loved the virtual demo. Anneka's joy of baking is quite evident! Once you learn the basics and understand that you can fix problems along the way, it takes the fear out of making shortcrust. I understand what I am doing now and feel more confident. I loved every minute of the course... And I can make pastry now!" – Gail Sutherland, Sydney


Student numbers

We will only be accepting a maximum of 30 bakers for each course so that Anneka can answer your baking questions during the live session and provide personal feedback via the Facebook page throughout the course.


How will the course work?
This course is made up of 3 key components:

1. Live demonstration:

The live component of this course will take place on Saturday 17th April at 10.00am-12.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00) via Zoom.

During the live session, Anneka will demonstrate the process of making shortcrust pastry and you will have the opportunity to bake along with her and use your pastry to make a delicious tart. This session will be recorded so you can look back at it as often as you like or watch it in your own time if you happen to miss it.

2. Recipes and resources:
The live session will be supported by printable recipes and resources which you can study and work through at your own pace. This will include additional recipes which you are encouraged to practise in your own time during the remainder of the course.

3. Closed Facebook Group:
An integral part of the course will be the closed Facebook group. It will be the place where you can ask Anneka any questions that come up as well as troubleshoot any issues that arise during the course. It is also a place where you can share your experience with other like-minded bakers doing the course along with you. This group will be open for questions and feedback for the duration of the course but you will be able to refer back to the content for up to 6 months after the course finishes.

Who is this course suitable for?
This course is, quite simply, suitable for everyone. As this course is completed online, it is suitable for students from all over the world.

Please note: the live component of this class will take place in Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00).

So, is BakeSchool: Shortcrust Pastry for me?
  • Have you always wanted to master the art of making your own shortcrust pastry from scratch?
  • Do you have more time on your hands at the moment and keen to learn a new skill?
  • Would you love to join Anneka live (virtually) in her own kitchen and receive direct feedback and advice from her?
  • Are you interested in meeting other like-minded people and sharing your love of baking?

If any of these sound like you, then this course is the one for you!

"This course was great! So informative and easy to follow along. I can now make shortcrust pastry and bake some amazing pies and tarts – all delicious!" – Caroline Milat, USA


What will I get?

  • A virtual live baking demonstration (which will take place on Zoom and will be recorded) where you will learn and bake along with Anneka Manning through the process of making your own shortcrust pastry
  • Access to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to ask Anneka any questions that come up during the course, as well as personal and timely baking advice, guidance and inspiration
  • A chance to learn about making your own shortcrust pastry surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people
  • A thorough understanding of the pastry process and how to apply what you’ve learnt to be able to troubleshoot in the future and ensure baking success
  • Invaluable printable information sheets and recipe
  • Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home
How will I get the most out of this course?
To get the most out of this course, you need to set aside the time to attend the live session with Anneka, read the support material supplied and practise your baking over the duration of the course. The live session will be recorded so it will be available to watch at any time if you are unable to attend. However, we do recommend baking along to get the most out of the course. We do understand that life sometimes gets in the way so the content and live session video recording will be available for 6 months after the completion of the course. However, access to Anneka via the Facebook group will only be available to students for the duration of the course.


Do I have to use Facebook to take part in the course?
An important part of this course is the closed Facebook group which allows you to share your experience, receive timely support and generally communicate with Anneka and the other students. If you are not a Facebook user, or you’re apprehensive about joining the group, the course can still be completed without being a member however we do find that our students will get more from the course if they do participate. The more you get involved with the group and share your experiences, the more value it will add to your experience.


Your Instructor


Anneka Manning
Anneka Manning

Anneka Manning is an author, food editor, cooking teacher, home economist and the founder of BakeClub. With over 30 years' experience, she specialises in teaching the ‘why’ behind the ‘how’ of baking, giving home cooks the know-how, understanding and skill to bake with confidence and success, every time.


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Frequently Asked Questions


How will the course work?
This course is made up of 3 key components: A live demonstration which will take place on Zoom where Anneka will take you through the baking process; Written recipes and resources which you can work through at your own pace; and a closed Facebook Group where you can ask Anneka any questions that come up as well as troubleshoot any issues that arise during the course.
What's included in the cost of the course?
• A virtual live baking demonstration (which will be recorded) where you will learn and bake along with Anneka Manning through the complete process of making your own shortcrust pastry • Access to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to ask Anneka any questions that come up during the course, as well as personal and timely baking advice, guidance and inspiration • A chance to learn about making your own pastry surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people • A thorough understanding of the shortcrust pastry process and how to apply what you’ve learnt to be able to troubleshoot in the future and ensure baking success • Invaluable printable information sheets and recipes • Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home.
How many students per course will there be?
We will only be accepting a maximum of 30 bakers for each course so that Anneka can answer your baking questions during the live sessions and provide personal feedback via the Facebook page throughout the course.
Do I have to use Facebook to take part in the course?
An important part of this course is the closed Facebook group which allows you to share your experience, receive timely support and generally communicate with Anneka and the other students. If you are not a Facebook user, or you’re apprehensive about joining the group, the course can still be completed without being a member however we do find that our students will get more from the course if they do participate. The more you get involved with the group and share your experiences, the more value it will add to your experience.
What if I miss the live session or am unable to watch it due to time differences?
The live session will be recorded and uploaded on to the Teachable platform so that you can watch it (or re-watch it) in your own time.
How long do I have access to the course content?
You will have access to the course content for six months from the date the course begins, so you can revisit any of the content and support material once the course has finished. The Facebook group will remain open for questions and feedback until the last day of the course, but you will be able to refer back to the content for up to 6 months after the course finishes.
How will I get the most out of this course?
To get the most out of this course, you need to set aside the time to attend the live session with Anneka, read the support material supplied and practise your baking over the duration of the course. The live session will be recorded so it will be available to watch at any time if you are unable to attend. However, we do recommend baking along to get the most out of the course. We do understand that life sometimes gets in the way so the content and live session video recording will be available for 6 months after the completion of the course. However, access to Anneka via the Facebook group will only be available to students for the duration of the course.
Can I use a BakeClub Gift Certificate to pay (or part-pay) for this online course?
Yes, absolutely! If you would like to use your BakeClub Gift Certificate towards your purchase, please contact us ([email protected]).
Will this course run again?
Yes, it will! Dates are yet to be confirmed but if you would like to be notified when we run the course again, please click here and fill out your details.
Who is the BakeSchool: Shortcrust Pastry online course for?
This course is suitable for bakers of all skill levels! BakeSchool: Shortcrust Pastry is the course for you if you: • Have always wanted to master the art of making your own shortcrust pastry from scratch • Have more time on your hands at the moment and are keen to learn a new skill • Would love to join Anneka live (virtually) in her own kitchen and receive direct feedback and advice from her • Are interested in meeting other like-minded people and sharing your love of baking.

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