Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday and taking advantage of the extra hour! So this week was very eventful at St Pius. Outside the kitchen, the school hosted the EMSB’s Career Fair, this was great as we all got to cook for dozens and dozens of people! They all enjoyed what we had to offer, especially our scrumptious blueberry muffins, as one famous friend of mine would say, “They’re Grrrrrrrrrreat!”
In the kitchen, I began learning about basics doughs, everything from bread rolls to pizza to puff pastry and sticky buns. While I love consuming baked goods, I am not the most effective baker. I prefer improvisation to the extreme precision that is required when baking. In addition, I have a slight fear of flour. I am not sure how to explain this exactly but the texture of flour and especially rubbing flour on rolling pins is like nails on a chalk board to me. Yes, I know this sounds insane but it is true and so this week I had to face my fears.
At the beginning of the week I was very reluctant to touch the flour and had my partner do all the mixing until the dough came together. I was being a wimp and I don’t this my partner was very appreciative. I slowly began forcing myself to get more involved in the baking. I shut my eyes and started mixing the flour. I got my act together, put my fears aside and baked.
As I became more relaxed with flour I started enjoying the baking experience a bit more. I learned the technique is forming beautiful round pizza doughs, tightly rolled sticky buns (most amazing thing ever) and even delicately assembled apple turnovers. So while I was quite apprehensive in starting my first module in baking, I can honestly say that my experience was a good one overall, and my family sure enjoyed all the delicious food I brought home for them to try.
Let me know which recipes I should post!
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