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National Festival of Breads Was A Smashing Success!

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Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, is the grand prize winner in the 2017 National Festival of Breads baking competition, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission.

DIYWWWafflesSummer may not be everyone’s favorite season to bake. Statistics say a lot less flour is sold in the hot months.  But personally, I know thousands who never miss a baking beat in the heat. They’re the passionate, the competitive, the DIY fresh-is-best bakers and teachers of children, grand children and teens.

A few thousand of these summer bakers gathered at The National Festival of Breads June 17 in Manhattan, KS, our nation’s only amateurs-only bread-baking competition sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission. There they observed eight finalists bake to win.

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Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, took the grand prize with her whole grain Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf.

You’ll love the creativity of these home bakers in the hall-of-fame archives from all five National Festivals

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Equally avid were the hundreds seated at the baking demos and stopping by our exhibit. Teachers were gathering baking science, math and literacy connections for their agriculture, English, speech, early childhood, culinary, elementary, middle school, family and consumer sciences, foods and nutrition classrooms.   Add the volunteer leaders teaching grand children, 4-H, youth library programs and afterschool groups and we should all re-double our efforts to share the wealth baking provides. Thanks is always due to those who teach.

Baking is the perfect way to keep children learning throughout the summer.  Explore yeast leavening science and learn the difference between baking powder and baking soda! Choose from history and cultural recipes.

Assign baking A-Z exploration in our Baking Glossary. Connect with baking help plus tips and techniques from our member’s test kitchen pros.

Catch the passion to go from virtual to actual and get the flour, butter, and leavening in the bowl!  You can “bake for good,” bake while you camp, take the baking math challenge of measuring and mixing to savor summer success.

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National Festival of Breads Winner Announced

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 17, 2017) – Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, is the grand prize winner in the 2017 National Festival of Breads baking competition, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission.

Judges selected Farley’s Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf from among eight finalist recipes baked at the public competition on June 17 in Manhattan. The National Festival of Breads is the nation’s only amateur bread-baking competition.

Farley’s Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf was entered in the competition’s “Whole Grain Breads” category.

This was Farley’s second time in the National Festival of Breads as a top eight finalist. Along with her champion recipe, Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf, she also received an honorable mention in the rolls category for her recipe, Sharp Cheddar Bay Knots.

As the 2017 National Festival of Breads champion, Farley received $2,000 cash, plus a trip to attend a baking class of her choice at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont. In addition, she will receive a supply (120 envelopes) of Red Star Yeast.

Judges for the event were Betty Kandt, retired FACS teacher, Manhattan, Kansas; Jennifer Latzke, associate editor, High Plains Journal, Dodge City, Kansas; Dr. Jeff Hertzberg, cookbook author and physician, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jenn Wisdom, HyVee bakery manager, Manhattan, Kansas; Aaron Clanton, American Institute of Baking, Manhattan, Kansas; Torie Cox, food stylist, Time, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama; and Mike Dandrea, USA Pan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The champion recipe and all eight finalists’ recipes are available at http://nationalfestivalofbreads.com.

In addition to the competition, the National Festival of Breads featured educational baking demonstrations, children’s activities, bread tasting and more. This was the fifth biennial event, and “BBQ Like A Pro” demonstrations and sampling were held in conjunction with the baking contest. The more than 3,000 attendees brought nonperishable food items as admission to the National Festival of Breads, which were donated to the Flint Hills Breadbasket, a community food network in Manhattan to help alleviate hunger and poverty.

The finalists for each category and special award winners included:

Time-Saving & Simple Breads Category: Mexican Street Corn Skillet Bread, Michele Kusma, Columbus, Ohio; and Southwest Focaccia, Jane Fry, Elk Falls, Kansas.

Holiday Breads Category: Toasted Cardamom Nordic Crown, Patrice Hurd, Bemidji, Minnesota; and Orange-Spice Anadama Wreath with Walnuts and Dates, Kellie White, Valley Park, Missouri.

Roll Category: Orange Marmalade Breakfast Crescents, Pam Correll, Brockport, Pennsylvania; and Turmeric-Rosemary & Sweet Potato Rosettes, Tiffany Aaron, Quitman, Arkansas.

Whole Grain Breads Category: Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf, Ronna Farley, Rockville, Maryland ; and Butternut Romesco Braid, Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah.

Additional information about the 2017 National Festival of Breads, including the finalists’ recipes and a complete list of sponsors, is available at NationalFestivalofBreads.com.

King Arthur Flour is not only the nation’s oldest flour company, it is the single largest educator of home bakers in the world. Founded in 1790 and employee-owned since 1996, the company conducts free baking classes nationwide for both adults and children, and offers a wide variety of hands-on baking classes at its Baking Education Center in Vermont. King Arthur Flour’s fundamental mission is to be an education and product resource for, and inspiration to, bakers worldwide. More information is available at kingarthurflour.com.

For more than a century, home bakers have trusted the high quality and consistent performance of Red Star®, SAF® and bakipan® Yeast, made by Lesaffre, the world leader in yeast technology. Their mission is to take the fear out of baking with yeast. More information is available at redstaryeast.com.

The Kansas Wheat Commission is a farmer-funded and governed promotion organization working to secure the future of Kansas wheat globally and domestically through research, promotion, marketing and education. Kansas wheat farmers support the Kansas Wheat Commission with a voluntary two cent assessment on each bushel of wheat produced in Kansas. For more information, log onto kansaswheat.org.

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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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Bake for Family Fun Month: Week 3

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As much as I enjoy Downton Abbey, history and tradition embodies why I bake. American families and communities most often did not come with a wait and culinary staff. “Doing for ourselves” included baking.

To quote Ruskin from a 1906 Cook Book compiled by Annie R. Gregory,

“ To be a good cook means the economy of your great-grandmothers and the science of modern chemists. It means much tasting and no wasting. It means English thoroughness, French art and Arabian hospitality. It means, in fine, that you are to see that everyone has something nice to eat.”

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This week’s Bake for Family Fun month connections highlight baking history and building our own traditions.

  1. Make time to Book and Bake. “Book” time to read a book and recipe for a meal or snack. Blueberries for Sal is a classic.
  2. Include, or require, young children and teens in the kitchen. Create a “baking corner” to work where they lay out tools and ingredients to prepare staples like Biscuits or America’s Favorite Batter Bread
  1. Weekly home crafted pizza is an essential tradition to help teens build assets and manage food budgets.
  2. Place your orders for Whole Grain All Star Pizza
  3. Doughnuts and fritters have long been a weekly treat in many homes! Consider a DIY dozen—it can cost less than $3.00—baked or fried 
  4. Pancake “art” is a fabulous family tradition. You won’t see IHOP making “your name here” cakes.  or  squiggle the batter for critters or shapes for max creativity. Remember: pre-oil, then heat the griddle or skillet, flip the shape when bubbles appear on the batter surface and flip ‘em only once for maximum fluff factor.

This week our daughter baked banana bread from a home town Centennial cook book. Virginia Becker, a genuinely wonderful woman and creator of the recipe, is surely smiling down on her magic mix of only six ingredients.

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February Is Bake for Family Fun Month

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Hands-on Fun! Families measure, mix and bake together. A special family memory is created! The Home Baking Association (HBA) has designated February as “Bake for Family Fun Month” and encourages families to spend time together in the kitchen.

Winter is the perfect time to warm up the kitchen and bake together as a family. Baking is an inexpensive family activity that provides delicious rewards says Charlene Patton, Home Baking Association Executive Director. Benefits of baking include opportunities to use math, literacy, history, social studies, science and art. She suggests families visit HomeBaking.org to find recipes, family baking activities and resources to help families bake with children of all ages.

HBA features a weekly theme to help families plan recipes and activities throughout the month starting with Week One Let’s Get Started Baking”. Other upcoming themes include Baking for My Valentine”, Baking History and Traditionsand Baking for Others”.

Patton suggests allowing extra time when baking as a family. Be sure to find a task for each member of the family so everyone is involved in the experience. The Thrill of Skill resource provides a list of age appropriate kitchen jobs beginning at age two. Ten Tips for Baking Success, Safe Kitchen Check List and correct measuring techniques are provided to help families be successful.

Baking together is a great opportunity to teach children kitchen skills and share family traditions. Make a treasured family recipes or create a new tradition. How about Friday Designer Pizza Night? Make the dough, prepare toppings and let everyone make their own “designer” pizza! Or maybe it’s a weekend brunch with pancakes or waffles! Remember to take pictures to share and treasure in years to come.

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Multi-generation family: African American girl (10 years) with mother and grandmother in the kitchen, baking.

bookandbake_pieEasy as Pie is a book and bake lesson for families. Make a press-in, rustic or rolled pie crust and then fill with a delicious apple filling. While the pie is baking read one of the suggested books as a family to learn more about pie. A quiz is included that families are sure to enjoy. Easy as Pie is part of Week 2 Baking for My Valentine!

The Easy as Pie Book and Bake Lesson along with hundreds of ideas are included at HomeBaking.org with links to HBA members providing creative ways to help families have fun in the kitchen! Recipes, activities, experiments, book and bake lessons and videos are all part of this year’s Bake for Family Fun Month event.

The Home Baking Association is a non-profit association with members dedicated to providing resources to encourage families to bake together from toddler to grandparent and enjoy the many benefits of baking.

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For more information about Bake for Family Fun Month, the Home Baking Association, or to schedule an interview, please contact Charlene Patton, Executive Director of the Home Baking Association.

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Bake Your Super Bowl Team Support!

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Ok, my game face is on!  This year BAKE your Super Bowl team support.  Both teams have famed local wheat flour and cornmeal mills fueling their success.  If you’re not sure what a “flour or cornmeal mill” is, check it out at North American Millers Association.  You’re going to fall in love with milling’s local, historic food connections!

If you’re not sure why flour and cornmeal are important to athletes, check out the basics on eating for duration competitions like the Super Bowl, and for personal fitness.

If all you want to do is bake to dominate with a Denver wheat flour, check out Ardent Mills, headquartered in Denver, CO. They mill Ultragrain® wheat flours, available in most supermarkets in both all-purpose and whole white wheat flours.  I’m liking their Mediterranean Olive Bread, a no-knead batter bread, baked in a casserole!  It’s perfect for a “great spread” or a dip-holding bread bowl! There are a lot more “options” to run with too, check them out here!

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Panther fans should totally bake their best with Tendabake® flour and Southern Biscuit® flour and cornmeal mixes from Renwood Mills. This mill’s North Carolina connections go back eighty years. There’s no better Bowl victory food then a Confetti Cornbread or Cheddar Chive Biscuits. Crockpot your favorite chili OR soup… and it’s game on!

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Clabber Girl Bakes for Family Fun!

girl_baking_funA surefire recipe for entertaining your kids—after school, during school breaks, vacations or “staycations”—is to bring them into the kitchen. Mastering cooking techniques can be more than entertainment; it can reinforce math skills such as counting, measuring and separating, as well as improve hand-eye coordination.

Clabber Girl has safety guidelines and a list of age appropriate skills at Family Fun Guidelines. When you have finished your baking project, download and print their School of Baking Certificate!

February is Bake for Family Fun Month!

There’s a new lesson plan for each week in February. Each lesson plan is designed to inspire home bakers while teaching fundamentals of cooking.

Week #1 – Let’s Get Started Baking – Bake Buttery Breakfast Biscuits and learn how leavening makes batters rise.

Week #2 – Baking For My Valentine– Bake up some Red Velvet Cupcakes, download and color a Valentine card.

Week #3 – History and Traditions – Corn bread, Johnnycake – history of corn and other names for corn.

Week #4 – Baking For Others – Muffins – done the way you like them! Sweet or savory muffins are delicious family fun treats to bake and share.

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Clabber Girl is a member of the Home Baking Association, an organization dedicated to Promoting home baking by providing educators tools and knowledge to perpetuate future generations of home bakers.

Other Family Fun Activities

Elephant Ears! – A lesson plan for baking that outlines main baking ingredients and their functions. Recipe – Elephant Ears

Make Bunny Ears! – A sweet twist on Elephant Ears – Have fun baking and learn measuring, and teamwork.

Pancakes, from ancient times to today’s breakfast table and beyond… – Start a new tradition from an old-time favorite! Strawberry Muffin Tops

Chocolate Raspberry Whoopie Pies – for gifting at Valentine’s day or any time!

Bunny Cake – Delicious and fun cake to bake and decorate. Fun for all ages!

Home Made Pizza – Made your way, or bake for others. Bake up a delicious and healthier pizza crust.

 

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