Weekend pastry masterclass with Theresa de Vries at African Relish in Prince Albert

The mini break of your dreams and a chance to cook alongside pastry fundi Theresa de Vries, beloved contestant on Kokkedoor 1 on kykNET? We ain’t kidding. And it gets better. In between sharpening your kitchen skills and tucking into epic meals, you’ll get the chance to explore the quaint Karoo village, meeting the local foodies […]

The mini break of your dreams and a chance to cook alongside pastry fundi Theresa de Vries, beloved contestant on Kokkedoor 1 on kykNET? We ain’t kidding. And it gets better. In between sharpening your kitchen skills and tucking into epic meals, you’ll get the chance to explore the quaint Karoo village, meeting the local foodies and discovering the ingredients that make it such a legendary place.

Highlights

  • Spend an immersive foodie weekend indulging in your passion and learning new skills
  • Hands-on learning from a pastry expert
  • Tips on equipment, ingredients and how to best store pastry
  • Common mistakes and how to fix it
  • Easy to follow fail-safe recipes
  • Enjoy a full weekend in the beating heart of the Karoo’s larder making new friends

Duration

Full weekend –  Friday 12h00 until Sunday 12h00.

Schedule

20 – 22 October 2017 | Theresa de Vries

Theresa de Vries, runner up winner of the KykNET TV reality cooking show, Kokkedoor Series 1 and country-wide acknowledged as South Africa’s pasty queen, has turned the exact science of pastry making into an art form. And, thankfully for us, Theresa happily shares the tips she’s spent years perfecting herself. This October, Theresa will teach a masterclass in pastry at African Relish where you can immerse yourself in practicing and learning this skill for an entire weekend! So, you’ve followed that puff pastry recipe word for word but it emerges from the oven un-puffed and rather sad? This is the course for you, for sure.  If your level of pastry making isn’t quite that of a Kokkedoor contestant yet, Theresa is there to help.  All done the easy way, of course. In her trademark down-to earth, friendly way, she’ll spend the weekend guiding you step by step through making the kind of pastry every baker dreams about. The masterclass includes making rough puff and flaky pastry, shortcrust (sweet and savoury), hot water pastry and strudel and phyllo pastry in different variations. And eating it too. Obviously!

Price

R3 000 per person

Includes all workshops with Theresa de Vries, meals and excursions. Accommodation available to book on request – please send us your accommodation requirements.

Overview

Prince Albert really is the little village that could: drop-dead gorgeous scenery, serenity aplenty, and a foodie community that knows how to make the most of the fantastic produce around them. African Relish Cooking school is at the core of this culinary ’hood. Opened by Lisa and Philip Key over 10 years ago, the school has become a famous retreat for folks wanting to get a break away from it all and get down to the fun and therapeutic business of cooking and eating.

Under the guidance of new resident chef, Camilla Comins, the school offers a host of courses, but some of the undisputed favourites are the various visiting chef masterclasses that takes place during the course of the year. African Relish invites experts in their respective fields to conduct a masterclass – perfect for those who want enough time to really immerse themselves and master a new skill, be it meat-curing, baking or cooking.

The class runs over an entire weekend leaving enough time to also explore, or should we say eatsplore, Prince Albert at your own pace. And, as the Karoo’s larder, Prince Albert has a lot of amazing local produce to discover – think Karoo lamb, venison, fresh figs, raw-milk cheese and cold-pressed olive oil – enough for the most epic feast.

What’s included

  • Masterclass workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • All meals listed on the itinerary
  • All excursions listed on itinerary
  • Recipes and notes
  • Special African Relish apron

What’s not included

  • Accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Gratuity
  • Transfers
  • All Drinks

Important Information

  • A minimum of 10 bookings is required for this experience to take place and a maximum of 12 bookings will be taken. If less than 10 bookings is received the experience will be cancelled and you will be refunded.
  • Arrive on Friday at 12:00 to allow time for check-in as lunch is served at 13:00
  • Non-participating attendees pay an extra R1500 for meals and listed excursions

Itinerary – Theresa de Vries Weekend Pastry Masterclass

Friday, 20 October 2017

12:00 Arrive at African Relish and settle into your accommodation.

13:00 Light lunch prepared by resident chef Camilla. Meet your guest chef Theresa and the African Relish Team and discuss pastry tools, ingredients, measurements, common mistakes and solutions.

14:00 Pastry Session 1. Technique and variations of flop free sweet and savoury shortcrust as well as hot water pastry.

18:30 Ghost walk and village ramble – Ailsa Tudhope, historian and story teller, takes you on a journey back in time with tales of ghosts and village rogues from the past.

NOTE: Dinner in one of Prince Albert’s lovely restaurants for your own account.

 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

08:30 Visit to Saturday market for some local flavour.

09:00 Breakfast at African Relish

10:00 Pastry Session 2. Here you will be taught the technique and variations of rough puff and puff pastry. This will be done in different shapes for example apple roses, cones and straws, plaiting, and making old fashion milk tart.

13:00 – Light lunch at African Relish

14:30 Pastry Session 3. Talk about the difference in pastries, uses, storage, equipment and common mistakes. In this session you will master strudel and phyllo pastry.

17:00 At leisure.

NOTE: Dinner in one of Prince Albert’s lovely restaurants for your own account.

 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

07:30 Gather at African Relish for coffee and rusks. Botanical excursion with

Dr Sue Milton, renowned botanist and specialist in Karoo biome biology.

10:00 Pastry Session 4. Breakfast, making a dish from Theresa’s recipe book ‘DEEG’.

11:30 Final questions / discussion session

12:00 – Depart on onward journey

 

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Photography:  Kleinjan Groenewald and Myburg du Plessis