Country Living Kitchen - sponsored by Stoves

In the CL Kitchen, sponsored by Stoves, we bring together some of the country’s finest food and drink producers for our visitors to enjoy during the Country Living Fairs. The CL Kitchen, sponsored by Stoves, is the perfect place to pick up some tips and tricks from our team of cooking professionals and learn how to make delicious and creative seasonal recipes to impress family and friends with this festive season. 

The Country Living Kitchen, sponsored by Stoves, timetable for the Christmas Fairs 2019 will be available shortly. Here is some of the sessions confirmed so far... 

Sara Ward, columnist of Country Living and founder, Hen Corner

Session Title: Chocolate Chilli Cake - For Gifts and Guests

What could be better than a go-to recipe, that’s dairy-free & gluten-free, keeps well and works as both a perfect present and decadent dessert?
Sara from Hen Corner will be demonstrating one of her all time favourite recipes, with tasters at the end of the session.

Session Title: Stir Up Sunday

Traditionally, families would make their Christmas puddings on the last Sunday before Advent, prompted by the prayers read in church 'Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they bringing forth the fruit of good works...' This would cause many in the congregation to rush home thinking ‘Stir-up, fruit, Christmas Pudding time!’
Sara Ward from Hen Corner will be demonstrating her favourite recipe that is nice and flexible as a make ahead finale for your Christmas feast.

Session Title: Special Stollen

Sara Ward of Hen Corner will spill the secrets on a Christmas best seller at the Micro Bakery. Traditionally made to represent the infant Christ in swaddling clothes, we will be wrapping a blanket of bejewelled sweet dough around an orange almond paste to create a festive treat is perfect for tea time or as a gift for loved ones.


Zoe Anderson, pastry chef, Tiers of Joy Patisserie

Session Title: Christmas Macaron Masterclass
A speedy guide to making macarons and how to decorate them to a Christmas theme

Macarons are renowned for being incredibly tricky to master; here Zoe will demonstrate how to make a basic macaron recipe and have handy hints and tips to guarantee a successful batch of macarons when baked at home, which can then be decorated to a Christmassy theme. Zoe will then demonstrate some fun ways to decorate them.

Session Title: How to make the perfect chocolate covered cinder toffee

Zoe will demonstrate how to make cinder toffee and have handy hints and tips on how to get that distinctive ‘crunchie’ appearance, she will then cover the cinder toffee in tempered milk chocolate and explain the science of chocolate tempering and why that is the best way to decorate your treats if you want it to stay lovely and shiny as a gift for Christmas.



Lisa Shepherd & Saskia Roskam, founders and owners, Bloom Bakers

Session Title: Baking edible Christmas tree decorations: Learn how to create simple but beautiful decorations that will sweeten up your Christmas time

In this session Bloom Bakers will take you through how to bake edible Christmas tree decorations at home. You will learn how to make Bloom Bakers’ signature shortbread biscuits and how to turn it into something beautiful to decorate your tree with this Christmas. Colours, sprinkles, glitter, the sky is your limit. Suitable for families. Tasters will be available.

Session Title: Dutch Speculoos biscuits: A masterclass on making your own Christmas flavoured spice mix for this vegan variety of a European classic amaretti biscuit

Amsterdam born Saskia will talk you through the spices we use in this Dutch Christmas classic. We will create our very own blend that is then used in an amaretti biscuit called Speculoos in The Netherlands. We have created a vegan version of the classic so it can be enjoyed by everyone (gluten-free option coming!). Learn Saskia’s technique of making these droplets and make sure you savour one or two at the end, they taste just like Christmas!

Session Title: Making edible Christmas cards with Bloom Bakers to send messages of love in the sweetest way this Christmas

A Masterclass with Bloom Bakers on how to create edible Christmas cards and personalised biscuits with words of endearment to make Christmas even sweeter this year. We will demonstrate how we make our signature shortbread biscuit and cover it with printed icing and edible paper. Find out what other ways we have to personalise our biscuits and what a sweet gift they make. Samples and tasters of all varieties will be available.

Session Title: How to make Mulling Syrup

Mulled wine is such a festive treat. And with its origins in Germany we know like no other how to create beautiful mulled syrup. In this workshop we will show you which spices to use to make your own mulling syrup. This syrup is great to gift to friends. It will turn any bottle of red wine into a wonderful winter warming Mulled wine (Gluhwein). Tasters will be available.



Meredith Whitely, Food At Heart

Session Title: How to Make Mulled Hot Chocolate (dairy & alcohol free)

In this session Meredith will show how you how to create the perfect comforting Christmas hot chocolate using the same base as her own hot chocolate mixes. Starting with a foundation of flavour-filled dark chocolate flakes, she will layer in some delicious Christmas spices to create a truly soothing drink. We’ll finish with a few mindful sips to appreciate all the flavours of Christmas.

CL Kitchen Theatre is sponsored by Stoves


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