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Proper Pastry and Pies

from £195.00

One of our most popular pastry courses. Master the heartiest savoury baking, with a lesson in pies, pastry and suet pudding at the River Cottage Cookery School.

Our day of hands-on learning in the beautiful Devon countryside will make baking as easy as pie, giving you the skills to make a variety of savoury pastry recipes – including shortcrust, rough puff, hot water crust and suet.

With expert tuition from the River Cottage chefs, you’ll bake up comforting classics such as sausage rolls, pork pies, steamed puddings, Scotch eggs, tarts and quiches. As with all of our pastry courses you won't leave hungry, enjoying some of your efforts for supper and taking the rest away to feed friends and family at home.

Your day

09:30 - 17:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the pathways down to the farm, giving you the chance to soak up the views of the valley.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your hosts and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Practical session one

    You’ll start by making shortcrust pastry, which will rest in the fridge until later in the day.

  • Practical session two

    Master the art of making light and flaky rough puff pastry, ready for baking later.

  • Practical session three

    You’ll create a steamed pudding using organic ingredients from local producers and our very own Kitchen Garden.

  • Demo session

    Our chefs will demonstrate how to make the very best pork pie, using traditional hot water crust pastry.

  • Practical session four

    You’ll use your rough puff pastry to make chorizo sausage rolls for lunch.

  • Practical session five

    Next you’ll learn how to turn your rested shortcrust pastry into a fantastic savoury tart or quiche.

  • Practical session six

    You’ll prepare your starter, a delicious Scotch egg complete with perfectly runny yolk.

  • Practical session seven

    Time to finish your steamed pudding with piping hot gravy, then sit back and enjoy…

  • Supper

    After all your hard work, you’ll sit down to enjoy a hearty supper of the food you have prepared.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before heading back up the hill at 5pm – with your handiwork to take home!

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

We would also advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

Sorry, we’re afraid this course is not suitable for vegetarians or those with coeliac disease or wheat intolerances. However we do run Gluten Free Cookery courses and courses suitable for vegetarians.

With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018