A baking class with Martjie Malan

Martjie Malan with trays of gougères and craquelins, ready for the oven.

I’m such a fan of recreational baking and always keen on learning more and sharpening my skills. Yesterday I attended Martjie Malan‘s first baking class in her winter series of 2018, with a focus on choux pastry. Here are some of the pictures I took (in the short moments when my hands weren’t full of custard or chocolate!). Martjie is a talented baker who’s come a long way since being runner up in Koekedoor, kykNet’s super popular reality baking series/competition. A few years back, while she still had a bakery and restaurant in Stellenbosch called M Patisserie, I was a massive fan of her French pastries, especially her almond croissants and her petit fours. That being said, I jumped to take up the opportunity to learn from a master like Martjie.

Keen an eye on Martjie’s Facebook page for more upcoming classes, all held at The Styling Shed outside Stellenbosch on the Devon Valley Road. If you’re an avid baker, keen to learn more, book your spot for one of Martjie’s upcoming classes.


Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival.
A leafy corner of the venue, The Styling Shed.
Martjie welcomes us.
Crème de pâtissièr, or pastry custard, as demonstrated by Martjie.
Making perfect choux pastry.
How to pipe like a pro.
Scooping choux dough into pastry bags.
And now for the longer shaped choux pastries, or eclairs.
Freshly baked profiteroles, straight from the oven.
Assembling the craquelins.
Freshly baked gougères. They disappeared in a second – so delicious!
Everyone got a chance to fill the freshly baked pastries.
Elmarie taking a picture of the beautiful chocolate ganache.
My finished product: fresh chocolate profiteroles filled with chocolate custard and glazed with chocolate ganache.
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