National Festival of Breads mixes family fun, baking and BBQ

 

By Brooke Haas, Kansas Wheat Communications Intern
 
For audio file and more photos, please visit kansaswheat.org. 
Do you love to bake, or just love bread in general? Would you like to hone your baking and barbecue skills? Looking for a fun activity for the kids on a summer Saturday? Then the National Festival of Breads is just the event for you.
This fun, family-friendly festival will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 South 3rd Street, Manhattan, Kansas. Additional events will be held across the blocked-off street at the Blue Earth Plaza.
Admission is free with the donation of a canned or nonperishable food item. These donations will be given to the Flint Hills Breadbasket.
To start the day off, there is an Enrich Your Life 5K at 7:30 a.m., and at 8:15 a.m.the 1 mile fun run begins. The Festival opens to the public at 8:30 a.m., and bread-baking contestants will begin preparing their winning bread recipes. The eight finalists for National Festival of Breads were chosen from entries that came from all across the United States.
Baking demonstrations will be going on throughout the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m.Torie Cox, food stylist with Time Inc., will demonstrate her “Cinnamon Swirl Brioche Loaf” all done by hand! Cookbook author and physician Jeff Hertzberg will present his “The New Artisan Bread In Five Minutes a Day: Mixing dough for refrigerator storage and basic loaf shaping” at 9:30 a.m. Hertzberg will show us how to mix basic doughs and shaping techniques. At 10:30 a.m., Paula Gray, Manager for Bake for Goods Kids Program, will demonstrate her “Bake for Good: Get Rolling with King Arthur Flour!” She will also show us some basic yeast dough tips and how to shape dinner rolls. Jeff Hertzberg will give a second presentation at 12:30 p.m., titled “Artisan Pizza and Flatbread In Five Minutes a Day: Pizza and flatbreads, the fastest breads In the world.” He will demonstrate the versatility of the flatbread. At 1:30 p.m., Sharon Davis, Family & Consumer Sciences educator with the Home Baking Association, will demonstrate her “Be a Smart Snack Baker!” She will teach us how to be healthy smart snackers.
From bread to barbecue, the Festival has it all. In the barbecue tent, Rod Gray of Pellet Envy, will demonstrate how he cooks his delicious barbecue that he pours his heart and soul into. He will give three presentations, at 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m.
In between barbecue demonstrations, the Festival boasts live music from the Past Blasters.
Other events that the Festival of Breads has to offer are wheat weaving demonstrations, bread samples, trade show of vendors, Mr. and Mrs. Slice, a kids area that will have hands-on pancake making, and demonstrations from the Backyard Kitchen.
The Festival wraps up at 3:00 p.m., when the finalists deliver their winning breads to the judges. An announcement of the National Festival of Breads Champion will be made later in the evening via the website, nationalfestivalofbreads.com and Facebook pages (@nationalfestivalofbreads).
So come on out and join us at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 South 3rd Street, Manhattan, Kansas for fresh bread, barbecue, demonstrations, live music and much much more! We hope to see you at the National Festival of Breads. We’re positive you’ll love it.

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Let’s Celebrate The Month of May

sharon_kitchenMay is all about celebrating. It’s almost as if you have your own “what to bake” guide with the new Bake Up a Smile e-book. There’s something for your first back-yard picnic, the high school or college graduates, a wedding, Moms, or Memorial Day gatherings.

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More than a few of those celebrations will include grilling. Add a great grilled Flat Bread to your bucket list of BBQ skills and never settle for less than Beautiful Burger Buns!

 Whether for Mom or a Just Dessert, never skip an American favorite like strawberry shortcake, serve a crowd with a Very Berry Crisp or cobbler or choose simplicity-dressed-to-impress, like Coconut Almond Biscuit Braid. When you’ve done-it-yourself, don’t skimp now. Whip up real whipped cream.

 This year in honor of both our Fathers, now passed, I hope to bake for another who’s served our country on Memorial Day. It will take a call to a local VFW, Veteran’s Hospital or Retirement Center and may take an extra effort to identify their guidelines, how many you might bake for and if you need to bake for diabetics or other special ingredient needs. Share what you’ve chosen to do with #bakeforgood and find another great resource at King Arthur Flour.

Last but never least, apply Home Baking Food Safety 101 as you go! Take those internal temperatures at the center of what you bake to be sure what you bake is done. You’ll be happy and so will all those you serve!

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April Baking News

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Last week someone we know because of early morning exercise brought a fresh-baked loaf of bread to our door. To complete the image, the living room had been converted for rehab for two of the three household members! He made life lighter with his house call and favorite whole wheat bread and recipe’s story.

Julie. R Thomson, Senior Editor, Taste, The Huffington Post provides a great benefit summary in her March 31, 2017, Psychologists Explain the Benefits of Baking for Other People. In interviews with a professor of psychology and brain science and a medical social worker and culinary art therapist, baking for yourself and others infuses self-expression, communication, mindfulness, stress reduction, increased happiness, and altruism.   Add our gratitude to this list, and the power to tackle what’s next is there.

What’s next could be World Health Day, April 7 or National Volunteer Week, April 23-29.   Quoting Muhammad Ali, Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

 What could you do?

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Volunteer in a classroom or after school program to create a Portable Kitchen experience like Pumpkin Pancakes Book and Bake, Tortillas in a Bag or a Kids A Cooking recipe.

 

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Easiest Ever Easter Bunny Cake

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Country Crock® Spread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Combine flour and baking powder in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat sugar with Country Crock® Spread in large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until blended. Combine milk and vanilla. Alternately beat in milk and flour mixtures until blended. Spread evenly into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes on wire rack; remove from pans and cool completely.
  4. To assemble and decorate, leave 1 cake layer whole and place on large platter. Cut 2 opposite edges of the other layer into “ears”. Cake remaining will be “bow tie”. Arrange on platter. If desired, spread with frosting* and decorate with shredded coconut and/or candies.

*To make an easy and delicious frosting, beat 1 box (16 oz.) confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup Spread and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Provided by HBA Member Country Crock

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April Baking Calendar

Here are some handy dates to keep in mind as you are planning activities around baking during the month of April.

National Pretzel Month

Step-by-step pretzel baking

 

1: Sourdough Bread Day

Sourdough Bread

5: Caramel Day

Coconut Caramel Bar

7: World Health Day

Coffee Cake Day

11-18: Passover

11: Pet Day

How to make Pet Treats

13: Peach Cobbler Day

How-to-video

15: Easter breads

20: Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

22: Meet the Farmer on Earth Day

23: Cherry Cheesecake Day

24: International Sculpture Day

25: Zucchini Bread Day

28: Blueberry Pie Day

30: Oatmeal Cookie Day

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Whole Grain Sampling Day

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Given that March is National Nutrition Month, Whole Grain Sampling Day  March 29, 2017, is the perfect time to sample the nuttier, rich taste of whole grains, and to share recipes that showcase the unique baking characteristics of whole grains A to Z.

Help us meet our goal!  Get as many people as possible to give whole grains a try. You can channel Green Eggs and Ham, but there are lots of places to give them a try!  You can try them

  • On the bus and in a car on the way to school and work.  Gnosh a great homebaked item
  • In the classroom.  Surprise everyone with a “locally made” whole grain Carrot Cake Cupcake from the HBA Smart Snack Collection!
  • With your personal trainer, coach or gym mates.
  • At home, by making whole grain recipes likeWhole Grain Blueberry Muffins

Need a baking tip or two? Put Whole Grains Made Easy and Baking with Whole Wheat Flour 101 to work!

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When planning a whole grain event, reach out to Kelly Toups, RD at the Whole Grains Council (Kelly@oldwayspt.org, or 617-896-4884). Kelly will help you brainstorm more great ideas and ways to support your whole grain promotion efforts.

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Win $1000 with Baking Lesson

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March 2017 – Calling all baking educators! Classroom educators, community organization and afterschool program leaders are encouraged to enter. Submit a baking activity or lesson by March 31 to be eligible to win the $1,000 award and a trip for two to New Orleans!

The Home Baking Association (HBA) recognizes an educator annually. The non-profit association seeks to reward educators who have implemented outstanding programs that teach children to bake and share baking in their communities.

Family and consumer sciences (FCS) educators and youth organization leaders for FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America), 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Camp Fire USA and other after-school or community programs are encouraged to share successful community baking programs. Youth who have developed baking programs that teach other youth to bake are also invited to enter.

The outstanding educator selected will receive $1,000 and a trip to the HBA Annual Meeting to present the winning project. All entrants will receive a complimentary teaching resource.

Visit HomeBaking.org for ideas, teaching resources and previous award winning lessons. Congratulations to the 2016 Educator Award Winner, Delaine Stendahl, family and consumer sciences teacher, Whitehall, WI. Stendahl won the award with her entry The Power of Eggs.

For Information on the 2017 Educator Award Program visit HomeBaking.org. Entries must be received by March 31, 2017.

For more information, contact:

Charlene Patton HBA Executive Director: 785.478.3283, Email: hbapatton@aol.com

 

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