"Baking Foundations was exciting and fun. Anneka was so generous with her time – it really was like having her there alongside you boosting your confidence along the way. Who can believe you can learn such hands-on skills online!" – Vanessa Matthews, Adelaide
What is Baking Foundations?
Baking Foundations is a 7-week online course that will take you back to the fundamentals of baking.
With Anneka Manning as your guide, you will learn the essentials of baking in a logical, fun and engaging way. Full of tips, tricks and relevant information – suited to the way we bake today – this course will teach you that success in baking always comes back to the foundations.
Learning in your own kitchen at your own pace, Anneka will help and encourage you along the way. The course will cover basic ingredients, equipment and mixing methods, exploring all the little things that you may never have been taught.
The course will be delivered in 6 modules which are released weekly, with a week off in the middle to catch up. Made up of info sheets, videos, recipes, checklists and infographics, you can download and print them off to study and enjoy at your own pace.
After 7 weeks, you will walk away with all the skills, knowledge and inspiration you need to bake at home with confidence and success!
"Anneka thought of everything – great advice, tips and feedback, module content, easy to follow delicious recipes and the Facebook group and live Q&A was just like being in class. Don't really know what else could have been included – other than having Anneka in my kitchen!!" – Mary Farrell, Sydney
27th March – 15th May 2020
If you're interested in enrolling in a future course, click here to express your interest and you'll be one of the first to know when new dates are released.
We will only be accepting 30 bakers for each course so that we can provide personal feedback and get to know you as you embark on your baking journey.
Who is this course suitable for?
This course is, quite simply, suitable for bakers of all skill levels!
- Beginners who want to start their baking journey and set strong foundations for their baking forever;
- Intermediate bakers who would like to strengthen and improve their basic skills and extend their knowledge;
- And experienced, more competent cooks, who would like to fill in all the baking "gaps" and learn things you may never have been taught (you don't know what you don't know, right?)
So, is Baking Foundations for me?
- Would you like to extend, strengthen and improve your baking skills?
- Would you love to learn from Anneka but can't physically get to one of her face-to-face workshops or classes?
- Have you perhaps never considered yourself to be a particularly good baker but you would like to give it a go and see if baking is for you?
- Would you like to have a little taste of BakeClub?
- Are you interested in meeting other like-minded people and sharing your love of baking?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, Baking Foundations is the course for you!
"I am a confident baker ... but I still learned so much that helped me understand "why" certain things happen. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is interested in baking." – Gina Hughes, Perth
What will I get?
- Six downloadable course modules which will include invaluable information sheets, videos, recipes, checklists, infographics and much more to support and inspire your learning.
- Baking advice, guidance and inspiration from Anneka Manning.
- A chance to learn about the fundamentals of baking surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people.
- Access to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to chat with Anneka and your fellow students enabling you to learn from, connect with and share your baking journey with each other.
- During the course, you will have access to two Facebook Live Q&As with Anneka (one mid-way through the program and one during your final week). This will give you the opportunity to ask her any baking questions that have arisen for you during the course.
- A thorough understanding of the basics of baking and how to use them to ensure baking success.
- Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home – and the inspiration to get into the kitchen and get baking
"This course was full of useful baking information presented in an easy to learn format and the techniques taught made baking quick and easy. I have taken other online classes but also having the closed group page to ask questions and chat with other students during the course was such a bonus – it allowed me to interact with like minded bakers from the other side of the world while learning at the same time." – Terri Kullerd Fontenot, USA
Each module will include a combination of baking theory and practical exercises. Fun and engaging tasks will help you put into practise what you have learnt while Anneka's fail-safe recipes will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and get baking!
Module 1: Why Do We Bake?
The first module will explore why we bake (or why we should bake!) including the benefits that reach far beyond the kitchen walls. We will take a look at the ‘nasties’ that you will be able to avoid through your home baking, share personal stories and understand that baking is actually all about connecting.
Module 2: The Secrets to Baking Success
During the second module, you will discover the 10 most important things to do before you start baking to ensure you will be on the most efficient road to baking success. You will also learn how to measure accurately and how to get the most from your recipes.
Module 3: The Measure and Mix Method
The third module will explore the Measure and Mix Method – the perfect starting place if you are new to baking or just want to rebuild your baking skills from the ground up.
Module 4: The Baker’s Pantry
The fourth module is all about understanding the basic ingredients most commonly used in baking. Essential to becoming a good baker, you will learn how to use these ingredients to get the most out of them, creating the ultimate baker’s pantry so that you are well equipped for whenever you want to bake.
Module 5: The Measure and Beat Method
In our fifth module, you will learn the Measure and Beat Method. No-fuss, simple and quick, this method requires an electric mixer and is used for recipes with a high proportion of butter and sugar. Why? We’ll answer that during this module where you will also learn how to make the most out of recipes using this method.
Module 6: The Baker’s Kit
Having a carefully selected collection of utensils and equipment will do a lot for your baking confidence and success. Our final module will include a comprehensive guide to oven settings, mixing tools and essential bakeware.
Baking Foundations is proudly supported by:
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.