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 grew up in the mid-seventies and eighties when Poland was still under the communist regime, so when it came to food shopping we were nowhere near as spoilt for choice as we are now. When food rationing was reintroduced in 1981, my parents had to be incredibly resourceful to find ingredients for a nutritious family meal. Only now do I fully appreciate how blessed I was to live my childhood oblivious to processed meals, fast food or sweets full of additives and preservatives.

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. 19 years, one global pandemic and one online cookie shop later I continue teachng in North West London and love every minute of it.

I am DBS-checked and have a Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2 certificate. I also completed Mental Health First Aid course and can provide public liability insurance certificate on request.

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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.

Sharing the love for simple home baking from London

Rise and Shine baking

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 hello@riseandshinebaking.co.uk

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Online Bake Shop

My online shop is based Cricklewood in North West London. I sell delicious homemade cookies which I hope you will love. All of my cookies are handmade using natural wholesome ingredients such as organic flour, free-range eggs, butter, great quality organic 32%-70% cocoa solids chocolate, palm oil free peanut butter. No junk or cutting corners. The cookies are baked and either delivered or posted super fresh on the same day.

There are several types of biscuits on the menu as that’s something I have sort of mastered over the past 19 years. 

I deliver twice a week to Cricklewood, Willesden Green, Kilburn, West Hampstead, South Hampstead, Childs Hill, Golders Green, Hampstead, Belsize Park, St John`s Wood and Swiss Cottage. This covers the following postcodes: NW2, NW3, NW6, NW8, NW10 and NW11.

A couple of years ago I compiled a book of the most popular recipes enjoyed by my young bakers and their parents over the years. The recipes are quick and easy to follow and designed to suit a toddler’s attention span as well as the busy lives that most families lead. ‘Rise and Shine: Baking with your Little Ones’ is all about sharing with others my love for simple home baking.

My ambition is to publish the book independently in the near future so stay tuned for updates.

For recipes and news on what I’m mixing up, visit my baking blog from London and follow Rise and Shine on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.