Encourage your kid’s inner Jamie Oliver or Delia Smith by taking them to one of Doha’s most interesting children’s cooking and baking classes where you can often join in the fun.
There are so many reasons why you should encourage your offspring to get in the kitchen when they’re young. Firstly, it’s a great way to enjoy some family bonding and it helps to build their self esteem when they’re learning new and difficult techniques. It’s also a brilliant excuse to get your kids to try new foods, plus they get a chance to learn more about ingredients and where they come from. On top of all that, mastering recipes alone will improve their math, chemistry and reading skills. Not to mention it gives them a lifelong skill that will always come in handy. So what are you waiting for? Try any one of these professional lessons with your kids and watch their inner chef come alive.
For this month only, on May 10, to mark America’s Mother’s Day, Al Dana at Sharq Village & Spa is hosting an extra special ‘Mom and Me’ cooking class followed by a lunch for two from 10.30am. Learn the techniques of making scrumptious cakes and cookies for QR345 per pair.
Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4425 6666).
This Doha-based gelato store hosts one-hour group classes in their kitchens. The highly qualified chefs have all the necessary equipment for you to create the perfect gelato and gelato cakes. The classes run in the morning, with a minimum of ten people or maximum of 15, and it costs QR150 per head.
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Doha’s first dedicated baking and cake decorating studio offers exclusive classes for kids including cupcakes, cookies, cake pops and mini cakes. These are divided into age groups of six to ten and 11 to 13 for QR200 per class. They also offer baking parties at the Caramel Studio or an expert can come to you to help the little ones decorate their cupcakes or cookies. Visit www.carameldoha.com for schedules.
Al Bustan Street, Al Waab (7047 3565).
This family-friendly Italian hot spot offers a range of cooking classes for kids, adults and couples. For the little ones they have gnocchi making, pizza creating and biscuit decorating for between 15 and 25 children. They run from Sunday to Saturday at 9.30am to 11.30am and cost QR130 for adult and child with QR65 per extra child. Mum or dad gets breakfast with unlimited coffee, tea and fresh orange juice.
Parcel 10, The Pearl-Qatar (4407 7175).
Try out the InterContinental Doha’s brand new ‘We Love Saturday Brunch’ in the all-day dining restaurant Coral and your kids will get a free cooking class with expert chefs. The lesson starts from 1pm to 2pm and another session takes place at 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Parents can dig in while the little ones get to learn different cooking techniques each week. The packages are QR200 with soft drinks or QR250 with bubbly.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4919).
A whole host of children’s cooking classes are held throughout the month in the Doha Mums network. If you’re a member then you can take advantage of these exclusive lessons. In May, two kid-friendly sessions are being hosted: May 10 will see a gnocchi making class from 9.30am to 11.30am, then May 24 there’s a lesson on healthy fruit coolers and summer drinks on the lighter side for kids from 10am to noon. Just contact the team for more information.
This Corniche-facing hotel hosts regular open cooking classes for the little ones, where they learn to make a variety of baked treats like cupcakes, muffins, rolls, biscuits and more, as well as savoury items like pizza, pasta, sushi, smoothies and others. The hotel’s head chef leads the lessons and mums get tea, coffee and snacks while the kids are busy. The next open class is on May 31 from 10am to noon and it’s QR85 per child.
Mövenpick Doha, Corniche Road (4429 1111).
This popular pizzeria offers a meal deal that includes pizza making for the kids. The deal is just QR25 for a pizza, that they make themselves along with the chefs, ice cream and juice. They offer it in all branches and it’s available from 11am to 1pm every day.
Landmark Mall, Gharafa (4488 5067).
Take your kids to enjoy a fun-filled Saturday afternoon as they attempt to master various pasta and pizza recipes with the InterContinental The City’s chefs. They’ll get stuck in with sticky dough and produce everything from thin crust to calzones, ravioli to tagliatelle, and even get to take home a personalised recipe card and book. The class, which runs from 11.30pm to 12.30pm every week, is followed by lunch and kids from four and above are welcome. It costs QR45 per child.
InterContinental The City, West Bay (4015 8888).
Lessons at home
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi chef shares his pancake recipe for you to master with the kids at home
For the pancakes:
• 500g refined flour
• 300ml full cream milk
• 80g liquid butter
• 27g whole eggs
• 7g vanilla essence
• 12g caster sugar
• 3g baking powder
For the meringue:
• 200g egg white
• 40g caster sugar
• Whisk the egg white until slightly stiff then add the sugar bit by bit and whisk until you get a meringue. Set aside.
• Whisk whole egg, sugar, milk and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl then combine flour and baking powder in another bowl and gently sieve into the milk. Mix while stirring.
• Add warm butter and vanilla essence into the mixture.
• Fold the meringue gently with a plastic spoon into the batter.
• Take small dollops of the batter and spoon into a hot pan with a drop of sunflower oil.
• To get a nice colouring on both sides turn the pancake over when golden brown.