Baking Class #1
I had the honour of teaching a baking class in my home town, at the local youth centre. Arranged by one of the wondeful volunteers that helped me at last years Globusfestivalen. The reasons for wanting teenagers to learn allergy friendly baking were inspiring, being that teenagers should be able experience how easy it is and how good it tastes. This helps to further raise the awareness of allergies, ingredients, and alternatives to "regular" ingredients. Demonstrating that no-one should be left out, and allergy friendly food is not some weird diet using strange ingredients. The more familiar we become with alternative ingredients the more we learn and discover a whole new world of foods, in which to create recipes. meals and bakes that everyone can enjoy; allergy or no allergy.
I chose to teach how to bake cupcakes and cookies, as I knew these would be a favourite amongst teenagers. Using two base recipes, each one was then split into three, to combine different flavours, resulting in three different cookies and three different cupcakes! Through these recipes we discovered a variety of different techniques, including decorating which we had a lot of fun with!
The beauty of making one base recipe, then dividing and adding different flavours means time saved and making the complicated simple. A good secret when you have guests to impress with little time to spare!
Teaching allergy friendly baking was an absolute pleasure, the icing on the cake was this comment, when asked how the cupcakes tasted:
They taste like normal cupcakes, but better!