currently, i am teaching one or two session baking classes at the culinary program of Adult and Community Education – Fairfax County Public Schools in northern virginia. find upcoming classes below and follow link to register on the ACE website.

for individual workshops or event collaboration, please contact me at nicola (dot) phelps (at) cox (dot) net.


Baking Bread from Scratch: Ancient Grains
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Heirloom grains like spelt, einkorn, emmer, or sorghum are grown from seeds that have been passed down from generation to generation. They are less processed and tend to contain less gluten and more nutrients. They’re usually whole grain and they add a richer, nuttier, earthier flavors to any baked good. In this class, learn how to use them when baking a sourdough loaf, crunchy rolls, and a pan loaf.
1 session @ 5hrs.



Cook, Talk, Learn…Black Forest Cake in German
Wednesday, June 6th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Learn how to bake, fill and decorate the most famous of the classic German cakes. In this class we will bake the chocolate sponge base from scratch, make a three layer cherry filling and decorate the cake with whipping cream. You will be able to take home your own Black Forest Cake. Please Note: This class will be held in conversational German with support in the English language.
1 session @ 2.5 hrs.



Gluten Free Baking
Wednesday, June 20th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Whether you are gluten-free yourself for dietary restrictions or life-style choice, or you are hosting a gluten-averse guest? Find out about delicious cakes, desserts and cookies that you can bake entirely wheatless. In this class we will prepare sweet treats so flavorful, nobody will ever guess that they are gluten-free.
1 session @ 3 hrs.