Start 2017 Off by Investing in Yourself

Thursday 5th January

Whatever your perspective on the events, 2016 was interesting, wasn’t it? As we sit here waiting to see what this year holds for us and with the annual 'Blue Monday' – the most depressing day of the year – just around the corner on Monday 16th, there are a few things we can be certain of and, more importantly, plenty to look forward to.

With hopes of a ‘less eventful / stressful / insert as appropriate!’ year ahead, perhaps the next few months are a good time to focus on you, doing the things that make you happiest. Just some of the many highlights taking place at our school include the return of sugar modelling genius, Carlos Lischetti; a chocolate flowers workshop with Mark Tilling, our Head Tutor; and a new tutor joins the Squires team with her first course, wedding cake designer Emily Hankins. Plus, for all you home bakers, Ann Skipp is teaching a two-day course to help you pair fillings and toppings with your favourite everyday cakes.


TV-wise, with no Great British Bake Off to look forward to, at Squires HQ we’ll all be making the very most of sitting down to enjoy watching this year’s Crème de la Crème on BBC Two, expected to air sometime in the Spring. Watch out for Mark Tilling, part of the winning team in 2016, giving his views from time to time on our blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.


Also this Spring, the Squires Kitchen Annual Exhibition is back in Farnham in Surrey, for its 31st year on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March. This year we’re excited to host a whopping 19 three-hour mini classes throughout the event and - also new for 2017 - mini classes on a dedicated VIP Mini Class Day on the Friday. We’ll be sending out all the details of the Exhibition and VIP Mini Class Day in separate emails soon, but for now you can find out what’s going on at the event and buy tickets at


Finally, to help make your home baking over the next couple of months fresh and no-fuss, after all the typical Christmas decadence, we suggest these cute chocolate chip daisy cupcakes or this interesting but very simple sweet focaccia, with dates, pears and apricots. 


From all of us, we hope you have a great 2017!


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