Sharing the love for simple home baking

Welcome to Rise and Shine

My name is Agnieszka and I offer bespoke baking classes for all levels, from the complete beginner to those looking for more baking inspiration.

I love to bake, and I love to share that passion with others. It all started for me back in 2002 soon after I opened my own playgroup in North West London and was encouraged by one mum to start baking classes. The classes were hugely popular with both children and parents and over time I have developed a repertoire of simple, delicious recipes.

I now run classes in the community and focus on the wellbeing benefits of baking and the shared process of baking together.

If you would like to join a class, please get in touch

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To me, baking has always been about bringing people together, be it family, friends or someone you just met at one of my classes. I noticed early on in my career that both adults and children would leave my classes smiling, feeling lighter and happier. It is a pleasure to watch my bakers, regardless of their age, being completely in the moment.

Baking and cooking have helped me through difficult times in my life, giving me an outlet for stress and worry and the time and space to think and contemplate. The therapeutic value of baking has been well researched in recent years and it is now well accepted that focusing on such a task can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. In other words, baking is really all about wellbeing.

About me

I have been cooking and baking since I was a little girl. Family life revolved around the kitchen and I have been interested in how my food was made ever since I can remember.

I have my mum to thank for fostering my love of cooking and baking from a young age. Her patience and understanding of how important it was for me to be involved in something that I enjoyed so much are two of the most precious gifts she gave me.

Those gifts paid off years later when I moved to the UK and decided to give teaching baking a go. 22 years, one global pandemic and one online biscuit shop later I continue teachng in North West London and love every minute of it. 

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What we bake

I teach sweet and savoury recipes which I have tried, tested and simplified over the past 19 years. They are all very easy to follow and can be repeated in your own kitchen using widely available, affordable ingredients. I am very keen on using local, seasonal produce when possible. Supporting local businesses as well as caring about the environment have always been close to my heart and are becoming increasingly important to us all.

No sophisticated, expensive baking equipment is necessary; a mixing bowl, a spoon, a set of kitchen scales and a baking tray are usually enough.

Some of the recipes I teach include all sorts of biscuits including our bestselling chocolate chip cookies, classic Victoria sponge, no-faff birthday chocolate cake, brownies, berry and crumble muffins, carrot cupcakes, fruit scones, pizza, savoury muffins, gluten-free cakes such as coconut loaf with chocolate ganache, vegan cakes and healthier low sugar snacks.

I constantly try out new recipes with my classes and enjoy the constructive feedback from my bakers.

Sharing the love for simple home baking

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I aim to create a warm and intimate atmosphere in my classes, where everyone feels welcome and encouraged to give everything a try. No previous baking experience is required; novices are welcome as well as those looking to expand their baking repertoire.

Please let me know if you have any food allergies, intolerances or dietary requirements. Many allergens can be avoided or substituted and my priority is to give you the best and safest experience.

I teach one-to-one or in small groups, in clients’ houses, schools and local charities in London. For more details, please see below.

Supporting Local Community

As my continuous work with charities is important to me, I have been donating part of profits from my bakes to some incredible organisations in the local area. Volunteering is my other favourite way of giving back to our commiunity.

 Read more about London charities I have been supporting.  

Home Bake Shop

Welcome to Rise and Shine home bake shop in Cricklewood, North West London. I sell delicious homemade biscuits which I hope you will love. All my biscuits are handmade using natural wholesome ingredients such as organic flour, free-range eggs, butter, finest Belgian 33%-70% cocoa solids chocolate, palm oil free peanut butter. No junk or cutting corners. The biscuits are baked and ready for collection super fresh on the same day.

Read a full story of my Home Bake Shop in London.

If you are you interested in selling fresh artisan biscuits in your café or restaurant, you have come to the right place! Are you planning an event, a party or an office meeting and would like a delicious homemade treat to go with your tea and coffee? Get in touch for a wholesale price list, I would be delighted to discuss your requirements. Flavours include: best-seller chocolate chip cookie, flourless almond cloud, vegan coconut and raspberry, sweet and salty wonky peanut. Prices start from £0.85 per biscuit, minimum order £65. As of July 2023 I no longer cater to individual orders, Rise and Shine home bakery is solely a wholesale business.   

Visit my Home Bake Shop.



22 December 2021

Christmas Almond Stars

Christmas Almond Stars When it comes to food, Christmas should be all about sharing. These scrummy macaron-like star biscuits can be a fantastic gift for your loved ones. Made with only four ingredients: ground almonds, egg whites, icing sugar and almond extract, they’re easy and not too time-consuming. I must have made literally hundreds of them over the years and they always go down a storm! The good news for […]
25 October 2021

Speedy Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin everywhere Hello Bakers, Halloween is this weekend so I couldn’t resist but test a few pumpkin recipes. Those of you who follow me on socials know that I’ve recently added pumpkin cookies to my online bake shop; they’re called Pumpkin Softies and are basically delicious mini cakes in disguise. You can order them here. Pumpkin bars in no time! These speedy pumpkin bars are exactly what it says on […]
18 June 2021

Small Batch No-Bake Summer Berry Cheesecake

Summer Berry Cheesecake   Hi Peeps, I’m sorry for the radio silence. My bake shop has taken over my life and it seems like all I’ve been doing in the last six months is baking tonnes of biscuits! I’m not quite sure how it happened but it’s Summer Solstice in two days’ time (yay!) which in my book means the long-awaited season of delicious, fresh, juicy berries from British farms. […]
26 March 2021

Hot Cross Buns Biscuits

Hi Rise and Shine bakers! It’s been ages since my last blog post but I assure you I’m still here. As most of you know from my regular updates on socials, in early December last year I launched  an online bake shop and have been very busy baking ever since. I’m going to write about the past four months and adapting my business to the new reality in a separate […]

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Bespoke baking classes in London for all levels focusing on the wellbeing benefits of baking as a group activity. Run in community venues as well as in clients' homes.

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