The weekend had just gone by in a blink of an eye but I had fun. Didn't have much time to play "masak-masak" (cooking) at home as I signed up for a beginners class in baking with Apple Kitchen. To show you how "raw" I was in this kind of thing, when the instructor Melinda mailed me to ask me to bring a pair of scissors and a cutter, I really didn't know what kind she meant. So, what I did was to bring me the biggest pair of scissors I could find in the house and a dough cutter. Luckily when I was there, she didn't ask me to bring out my equipment since she had sufficient cutters and scissors for us to use. We were using a sharp tipped small scissors and a blade *embarassed*.
The classes are normally kept very small and this Satarday, there was only Susan and myself. Got there with minimal hassle as the directions given by Melinda was clear. Started almost on the dot at 9:30am.
The lessons for the day included Orange Muffins, Royal Icing and Fondant. I must say it was tremendously fun for me. Melinda is very down to earth and for a total beginner like myself, she explains everything very clearly. And never once did I feel small or stupid for not knowing what she mean by some of ingredients. (I always thought the glycerin was what you put on you skin, not in your food.. there you see, I did learn some thing in class besides just salivating the entire time waiting for the muffins to cook *heehee*).
Susan was a great classmate. She has a slight advantage over me as she has helped and also watched her mother make moon cakes, chiffon cakes and a gamut of other stuff. We clicked quite well as we could chat, and laugh whilst creating our fondant monsters. Our first time efforts are nothing really to shout about but we did learn what we set out to and the best part of it is that we "baked up" a new friendship. Looking forward to the next class.
Took this home to be placed on the family altar for "Dad"... not that he is going to eat them..but to be honest, the stuff on top of the cake is made of just mainly icing sugar and tastes horrible.
PS. This is really a simple no frills class. If you are going to expect Wilton type of posh posh set up, then I reckon you might be disappointed. However, if you are like me, who would really like to learn the basics, no frills and no pressure, then Apple Kitchen is a great place to start.
By the way, the Baking Class Schedule for May is already out. I am considering the Cheesecake & Tiramisu class :)