Thursday, March 2016
Kendall College Master Baker Visits Waldorf
The Middle School's 7th grade recently participated in a baking workshop in which they learned the professional processes, procedures and nutritional science behind baking...all in service to concocting a fun confection similar to the Jelly Donut.
This workshop is a typical component of the German class curriculum. Whats the connection, you ask? Well in fact the students were making "Berliner Pfannkuchen" a classic pastry bun that is traditionally prepared and served in Germany for New Year's Eve ("Silvester") and also for the carnival holidays ("Rosenmontag" and "Fat Tuesday").
As is essential to the Waldorf curriculum, students literally learned by DOING (mixing, kneading, punching, waiting, rolling, cutting, forming, baking, preparing, filling, glazing, sprinkling and waiting some more...all in service to the final payoff...EATING and ENJOYING!)
Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole! – Oscar Wilde
Special thanks to Master Baker, Melina Kelson-Podolsky who led the students through the workshop that she normally teaches at the prestigious Kendall College Pastry program. In addition to being one of only a handful of Certified Master Bakers in the United States, Kelson-Podolsky sits on the board of directors of the Bread Baker’s Guild of America.
In the Waldorf workshop, various aspects of baking science were analyzed and practiced as well as observations made by CWS German teacher, Frau Gambill, about the many variations in presentation and donut forms that range across cultures (After all a Berliner is not the same as a jelly donut, which is not the same as a Bavarian Cream nor a Kitchener Bun. Long Johns and Bismarks are different than "Jambusters" and "Burlington Buns." Its interesting how every culture identifies its pastries differently by cultural heritage...and lets not even get started on the diverse cultural backgrounds behind the humble and ubiquitous "dumpling.")
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