Baking with the Blind

Like the people who perform it, the craft of baking is so much more than what meets the eye. The owner of Carina’s Bakery, Carina, graduated from a top-notch pastry program at Johnson & Wales. Carina fought against a tide of peers whose careers were defined by precision and artistry, while she was continuously aerated to the science of pastry and flavor. She often thought about how she could make a path for herself as a blind baker in such a physical world.

Now, Carina wants to share her experience in hands on classes to teach cooks on how vegan and gluten free baking works. She thrives to explain how to explore new combinations and tweak recipes through taste and knowledge of what chemically works, and most importantly; how to taste and feel your way to recipe success, rather than relying on looks. Prepare to get your palms dirty in hands on classes which make you one with food and the stories behind it.

Carina’s Bakery Offers Two Mini Cooking Courses:

Intro to
Vegan Baking

We will explore how to use plant-sourced ingredients to replace the chemical reactions and results of animal ingredients, such as eggs and dairy, while still getting the tender, fluffy, or crunchy results we want. We will also discuss the variety of flours, dairy alternatives, nuts, and other add-ins, along with how they affect texture and flavor. You’ll go home with 2-3 new recipes as well as a portion of the evening’s production.

Intro to
Gluten Free Vegan Baking

We will touch on plant-sourced replacements and their effect on recipes. This class will be discussed in the lens of the extra challenge of baking without wheat flour or any other gluten-containing ingredient and what to look out for. We will discuss how to create structure for your gluten-free baked items and give you foundational recipes and inspiration. You’ll get hands on with a simple bread recipe and a couple other recipes. You’ll feel how different these recipes are to make, and of course go home with some successful and delicious treats at the end of the night!

A special class designated to something more advanced is offered at Carina’s Bakery once a quarter – who knows what Carina will come up with next! Culinary fanatics and advanced cooks, stay tuned!

If you have a specific topic in mind or want to host a private party, get a group of 4-10 people together and Carina would be happy to talk about a custom cooking class for you!

Class Schedule:

Cooking classes will be held at Carina’s Bakery twice a month, with special classes once a quarter for more advanced bakers or those who want to be a little more adventurous and international. We will try to vary class days every once-in-a-while to accommodate different schedules, so check back often! Please come with basic cooking knowledge (knife handling & food safety) and wear a mask when possible.

Fitting in with the blind baker theme, Carina’s Bakery is offering two options and price points for attending these classes:

  1. In person – $50
  2. Live audio stream – $30

If you have a well-stocked pantry and want a laid-back experience, you can attend from the comfort of your home while still being able to learn to bake something new and feel the connection of the people in the room.

Sign up online & pay via PayPal or in person at Carina’s Bakery.

Must sign up within two days of event.

Classes may be canceled if the minimum participation is not met.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, April 30
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Basics of Gluten Free Baking
(Join us after the Beaverton Bubble Tea Walk!)

Saturday, May 14
4pm – 7pm
Basics of Vegan Baking

Saturday, May 28
4pm-7pm
Basics of Gluten Free Baking

Saturday, June 4
4pm – 7pm
Special Session: Homemade Pasta

Saturday, June 4
4pm – 7pm
Special Session: Homemade Pasta

Saturday, June 4
4pm – 7pm
Special Session: Homemade Pasta

Saturday, June 4
4pm – 7pm
Special Session: Homemade Pasta

Saturday, June 4
4pm – 7pm
Special Session: Homemade Pasta

Disclaimer: All sales are final unless canceled by the host, which may happen if not enough registrations occur. Contact us with extenuating circumstances and/or possibly switch dates.  We will not be held liable for injuries due to carless knife handling or unsafe practices.

We can’t wait to start baking with you!