Can you believe it! I have actually done my first basic baking course last weekend. It was really a rewarding experience especially for my four young and enthusiastic Omani students.
The whole idea begun when Sabra stumbled upon my instagram account and saw the pictures of my beautiful-amazing cakes. She was motivated to learn and started sending messages on my whatsapp.
After several negotiations and arrangement of our schedule, we finally settled down to have the training on February 7th from 1:00PM – 5:00PM at my home.
Before my students arrived to my house, I set up the whole dining area/living room into a training room. I intentionally and strategically arranged all the baking items and materials on the table and the learning kits and recipes for my students.
There were five of them who supposed to attend the training but the other one had an important appointment. There were three girls: Marwah and sister Sabra and Warda while one boy named Mohammed.
Before we have the actual baking, I lectured about my secrets and best practices on baking. The students were all new to baking except Sabra who have been baking before as her past time. They have appreciated all the information and things I shared because they didn’t find these online. I told them that baking is an art and it takes a lot of patience and practice to come up with a perfect cake and pastries.
I also answered many of their questions and inquires that were very interesting. Most were actually related to basic baking stuffs. And they were happy with what they got from me.
As a teacher by profession and by heart, it is a good thing that I have adopted my teaching style of giving student-centered activities. The good thing about our training was that I let my my students did all the work. They were actually doing the measuring of the ingredients as well as mixing the cake batter, filling the baking pan, and placing the pan into the oven. This way they really get a good grasp of their learning. They were really learning by doing.
For the cakes, we started with a vanilla cake. Followed by the best-seller moist chocolate cake.
I also showed to them how to correctly fill the cupcake cups when we were making the red velvet cupcakes.
The last recipe was the Banana Choco Chip Muffins which taste like the muffins sold in Starbucks Coffee Shops.
While they were baking, I simply supervised them and I saw that they were really enjoying what they were doing.
We supposed to end at 5PM but we stayed until 7PM that’s because we have breaks in between baking the recipes. I also offered coffee to them and we enjoyed some slices of cakes while having good chats.
I am happy of what they have done. All the sweet creations were made with perfection by my aspiring young bakers in Oman.
The students took away all the sweets using the cake box I made for them. I didn’t post any of my student’s photos because they were sensitive on the idea of uploading their images online.
When Sabra left, she sent me a message and thanking me because the class was really “beneficial” for all of them.
The activity was another achievement of Happy Baker Delights and one of my goals for this year, actually.
Thank your for reading this post. Catch you again later.
Lots of Love,
Riah – the lady behind HAPPY BAKER DELIGHTS 🙂