I am blessed to know many wonderful people, and so it was that after months of planning by some of my finest friends, last Saturday was my hen party. The course of events remained a surprise to me throughout the day, but without a doubt the highlight was our doughnut making class at Baba Budan.
I was sure we’d do some sort of cooking course, but doughnut making was inspired. Hosted by Baba Budan’s chef, Maddy, the class was so much fun, providing a hands-on activity without being too taxing. Plus, of course, the results were delicious.
Maddy was entertaining, knowledgeable and great at leading the group; her first hen do. Usually she takes classes of 6 – presumably earnest wannabe bakers – so she was very brave taking on 11 excitable, Prosecco-fuelled maniacs. It takes a strong woman to communicate effectively in the face of excessive giggling, sparked by innuendo-rich explanations for how to use one’s fingers to create space for doughnut fillings.
Because the doughnut dough takes 24 hours to prove, there was some pre made for us. Half of this we rolled into what turned out to be not-so-mini doughnuts, and the other half was already in a proving drawer when we arrived.
Ready-to-go dough meant we could immediately crack on, taking it in turns in different roles. Possibly my favourite task was frying the doughnuts in hot oil – it was so satisfying, watching those blobs of hot dough float – but I also enjoyed making (and tasting) the fillings: salted caramel and chocolate custard. Our toppings, or garnish, included honeycomb and chocolate shavings, and the smaller doughnuts we rolled in apple sugar or strawberry sugar.
As well as eating super fresh doughnuts there and then, we were each able to take away at least 6, which I’m impressed to say survived the rest of the day’s events. Doughnut making classes at Baba Budan happen once a month and by request; 2 hours for £55 including tuition, tote bag, recipe card and doughtnuts. Book online.
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