Crumb Topping


Student: Sir, you know what I’ve realized after taking this course?
Me: What’s that?
Student: I love sugar.
Me: *realizing I need to work on pushing some healthier recipes with the kids…*
Also me: Crumb Topping? I put that stuff on everything!

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Banana Muffins


We run the nutrition club at school. I don’t call it a breakfast club because the kids come throughout the day, not just in the morning. We often have healthy stuff like apples, bananas and yogurt on hand for snacks. I never know how much we are going to go through, so we occasionally end up with overripe fruits. For the bananas, we freeze them in packages of 4-5 so that they are ready to be made into banana bread. When needed, the kids can take out a package from the freezer the day before, and it will be ready for use the next day.

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Pain de mie


As part of our nutrition club at school, the students often come for a snack whenever they are hungry. The simplest thing for them to do is to grab a bagel, toast it and put some spreadable cream cheese on it, (trust me they tell me when it’s not the spreadable kind). We haven’t managed to get a proper bagel recipe yet, that’s probably our next project. But in the meantime, we have managed to standardize a pain de mie recipe  that’s easy to make in our 74 minute time frame. It takes an extra day or two, but that’s OK. For Ms. Brignull’s class, they even used this recipe for a fundraiser where the students made the bread into grilled cheese sandwiches to sell with soup and one-of-a-kind bowls produced by Ms. Levay’s class.

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English-Style Scones (Scoopable)


At school we often have to prepare breakfast, catering for teachers when they come for professional learning (PL). My students and I try our best to have a spread of freshly baked items along with fruits, yogurt, and coffee (of course!) upon their arrival. The baked goods include muffins, cookies, and Costco croissants that usually involve an embarrassing confession when someone asks if they was made in-house. Croissants made in-house? That’s the dream! But until we can afford a table-top sheeter, we will be working on madeleines, financiers, scones, and other items that are a little more practical to make in-house.

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Ciabatta with poolish (80% hydration)


Ciabatta is a lean dough that is made with a poolish and something called the double-hydration method. This method involves adding water at two stages during gluten development. This is done to help incorporate the water of high hydration doughs. Read More