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The Cooking School at Dean Clough

Saturday afternoon and a spot of restorative baking at the fabulous Dean Clough Cooking School. If you’ve never been the building alone is magnificent –  once the world’s largest carpet mill, it covers a 20 acre site in the centre of Halifax. Now it houses offices, a restaurant, a design shop, a world class art collection and this state-of-the-art Cooking School.

The affable Matthew Benson-Smith was our tutor who taught 17 of us how to make cupcakes, glazed fruit tarts and fruit scones. There’s something therapeutic about creaming butter and sugar and messing about with a piping bag and edible glitter. And at  the end of it, what a treat, we all sat down to finger sandwiches, cupcakes, scones, jam and clotted cream. A great day out.

Coming up ‘Kitchen Confidence’ for novice cooks, ‘Passionate About Pastry’ and the next course, Breadmaking on 20th April. See the website for the full list of courses: www.thecookingschool.co.uk.