My First Baking Class

May 28, 2011

Last weekend was fabulous. I had the best time teaching my favourite recipes, chit-chatting about baking, and hanging out with a fun group of participants.

I just got my hands on the photos taken at the class, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. Even if it meant staying up till three am to sort through 191 photos. My darling photographer friend, Sheena, captured some lovely shots of the class in progress.

For all those who came for the class – thank you! I am thrilled to bits that you signed up for my first baking class. It was such a pleasure meeting all of you. You guys were a dream bunch. Sucheta came in all the way from New Delhi, the ebullient Minila live-tweeted the event and Roshni baked a batch of brownies the very next day!

Here’s a peek at one glorious afternoon of baking and eating. Hop over to the Facebook album for more photos, and please feel free to tag yourselves!

Shaheen Peerbhai

I made chocolate chip cookies for the early birds.

We laughed, clapped, squealed and were generally mesmerised by chocolate.

We rolled cookie dough and used our favourite cutters.

We sliced the perfect pinwheels.

We ate cookies warm from the oven.

We gasped as the wonders of parchment paper.

We ate lots and lots of brownies.

I packed some lavender shortbread dough for students to bake up at home.

I made vanilla sugar for everyone attending.

Happy people filling up their doggie bags make me happy.

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kusum Rohra May 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

For people unlike Sucheta, who cannot come as much as they would want to can you please do a all India tour of your class :) and come to Chennai too, pretty please?


2 The Purple Foodie May 28, 2011 at 4:45 PM

All in good time. :)


3 Pudding Pie Lane May 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Congrats on your first class! I wish I could have come… it looks really fun and I need to learn to make pinwheels! And thats really nice of you to give everyone vanilla sugar, and the bags they came in are so cute :)


4 The Purple Foodie May 28, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Thanks, Xinmei! Very kind of you. :)


5 Kalyan May 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM

If only school was such fun


6 The Purple Foodie May 28, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Thanks, Kalyan! =)


7 Mansi Dharmraj May 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

If every come to Bangalore to take a class, I’ll offer you my living room for it!


8 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:56 AM

I’m going to take you up on that offer! ;)


9 thepickyeater May 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

i wish i was in bbay…moved to chennai a couple of yrs ago ! u have to come here :D miss bbay. your baking class rocked im sure ! i love the vanilla sugar :-)


10 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:56 AM

That’s very kind of you. Thank you!


11 Disha May 28, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Hey S!!
So happy that ur first class was successful!! Congratulations dear!!


12 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Thank you so much, Disha!


13 Fazela May 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Looks like you guys had a great time!!! Wonderful! I wish I could attend too … maybe the next time you pop by, you are teaching a class. Please schedule more of these. Best wishes for all of these endeavors.


14 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Thank you so much Fazela for your long standing readership and constant words of encouragement. :)


15 Michelle May 28, 2011 at 10:08 PM

This looks like a great class, you are inspiring and I would love to do the same thing one day!


16 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:59 AM

You totally should!


17 Cowboy Shaman May 28, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Congrats on a job well-done!
(I’m bettin’ that class will get bigger and bigger as more people find out about it!)
Cowboy Shaman


18 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Thank you!


19 Holly May 29, 2011 at 12:13 AM

I saw your photos on facebook, and it looked like so much fun, I was sad I couldn’t be there.

If you give a class in Provence, I bet I could find a nice group of people who’d want to attend! :)


20 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Oh, Holly! You have me dreaming already. =)


21 Doux Project May 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Eeee! So exciting! It was most fun <3


22 The Purple Foodie May 29, 2011 at 7:58 AM

SO glad you had fun =)


23 shooting star May 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM

wow..looks like a fun time baking & cooking!!!


24 Cynthia May 29, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Congratulations and I know that there will be many, many more of these successful events! So very happy for you.


25 joey May 29, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Congratulations on your first cooking class! Looks like it was a roaring success!


26 Vanilla Bites May 29, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Awesome Pics.. Looks like you all had an amazing time…Loved your idea of vanilla sugar and the lavender dough. Truly inspiring!!! Great stuff…keep it up!!


27 Shuchita May 31, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Could you give me the details of your classes in Mumbai .. am super keen


28 Sumitra June 2, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Please do let me know when your next class is on and also if I can bring my 11 yr old daughter along . She is a huge fan!


29 Lalita June 11, 2011 at 9:13 PM


I’m a huge fan of your site, as I too live and love to bake!

However, I am scared of all the weight that I put on. You look amazing and fit! Can I ask a somewhat personal question: how do you keep those calories from staying on?

(Kindly ignore and forgive me if you found my question to be intrusive!)



30 The Purple Foodie June 14, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Ha! :) It’s not personal. In fact, I’m in the process of putting together a FAQ page and the answer to this question features there as well. I keep getting asked this a lot. But really, there is no secret to it. I think I just have skinny genes. I eat a lot. I mean A LOT. But also, I have this point that I reach that I call “Level of Boredom” beyond which nothing tastes good no matter how good it is. Maybe that prevents me from over eating.


31 Shalini June 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Really enjoyed going through your website… enjoy baking and loved everything about your site. If your ever in Bangalore would love to attend one of your baking classes.


32 Susie June 24, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Congratulations on your first class! Looks like it was a lot of fun. I wish you continued success! And – would love to know if you come to the United States!


33 Nandini June 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Hey Shaheen! awesome stuff :) when’s your next class?


34 Seher June 30, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Hey! LOVE your website, really inspired to follow your footsteps and make delicious things for my family.
I just wanted to ask that when you take classes, do you ask your students to bring their ingridients or do you buy them and they pay it in your fee?
Hope you are okay with answering this. Thanks!


35 rawtherhorsewoman July 9, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Love your blog and what awesome photos (clap, clap). I think you look a lot like the film actress Sonam Kapoor in that photo with the bow . I was also wondering about the weight too (yeah, we women are like that only!). Do keep blogging.


36 Miriam July 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

looks like it was huge success n’ you all had a great time…:)…kudos to you on your first baking class…looking fwd to more updates like this…:)


37 Alpana Rana July 18, 2011 at 10:32 PM

HI Shaheen,

Would like to know what oven you use .

Thanks ,


38 Renu July 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Hi Shaheeen!

When is your next class slated for? pls do keep me posted. Woould love lovee to attend a Sat / Sunday class.


39 arlene August 13, 2011 at 11:30 PM

When is the next baking class?


40 karishma September 4, 2011 at 11:17 AM

hey! when will there be another workshop on baking? and where? i want to learn how to bake since forever!


41 Shweta November 11, 2011 at 6:03 AM

When is your next class and how does one sign up? Hope its in Mumbai!


42 margo Towie November 14, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Another plea for a class! My 13-yr old is seriously keen!


43 MC January 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Found your blog a couple of days back. LOVE IT!
Any classes in Chennai, you can use my kitchen :)


44 vandita May 11, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Hey, when is your next baking class?? seems like so many are in queue…me too, so pls let us know…


45 The Purple Foodie May 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Hey, nothing for now, I’ve moved to Paris. Will let you know when I’m back. : )


46 Rani December 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Hi ,
Anything baking class planned for Bangalore in 2013??



47 Shaheen December 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

You flatter me! Nothing planned for 2013 yet in Bangalore.. maybe Bombay.


48 Avantika December 20, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Hi Shaheen,

Would you please put up your Mumbai Schedule for 2013?
I’d like nothing more than to attend.
I dream of being able to do the patisserie programme at le cordon bleu everyday!


49 Shaheen December 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

As soon as it’s finalised!


50 Radha January 3, 2013 at 6:27 AM

I would like to enroll in baking classes. Please let me know about your schedule in Mumbai .


51 FLORENCIA January 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Any time you would like to come to Santa CRuz de la Sierra Bolivia, you can have
my house the living room and soon we will be oppenig a very njice place where lessons can be set up. My partner and I are chefs too. Specialist in Comida fusion on LAtin America.
I own a shop for 20 years Don Camaron on seafood and fish. WE love what we do
Everything seems delicious


52 Kalyani January 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

PLEASE!!!! I want to attend atleast 1 class!!! But I can’t opt for Paypal or online bank transfer! Can you accept Cash deposit please??


53 Gan Arumugan August 7, 2013 at 10:55 PM

I am interested in taking up a baking course in bread making and curry puff making can you contact me for your contact numbers I will be in Chennai from the 21st of August till the th 22nd August 2013


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