If, like me, you’ve always been terrified of shortcrust pastry, cookery whizz Marika Gauci’s Sunday Pie Club is the answer – trust me.

What is it?

Gauci, a Mediterranean and British food specialist, has been running all sorts of cookery classes in her own compact kitchen for quite some time. But when she noticed the massive popularity of her pie classes she came up with the idea for the Sunday Pie Club.

Now she takes over the industrial kitchens of a working north London bakery once a month to teach London’s pie-hungry how to make the lightest shortcrust pastry and the tastiest fillings.

Who’s it for?

Anyone who likes pies and cooking, and wants to impress their mates. The day I went it was a mix of young Londoners from all over the capital, as well as a few Australians and a South African. We were
a mix of very skilled cooks and complete beginners.

What we made?

Gauci taught our group of 12 how to make three different pies – beef and Guinness; vegetable; and a sweet apple pie. We all got involved in making the three fillings and also learned how to make both sweet and savoury shortcrust pastry.

How’d we do?

Pretty well! Gauci’s a great teacher and kept us interested with 60s “baking music” and endless hints and tips.

The whole class went home with six pies each plus the know-how to recreate the little parcels of deliciousness themselves.

» Get more info at marikas-kitchen.com. The next pie making classes are on Oct 1, Oct 31 and Nov 7.

Words: Samantha Baden