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Presenting the finished monkey bread. Courtesy photo.




Sweet Saturdays

When: Saturdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12, from 10 a.m to noon.
Where: The Culinary Playground, 16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry
Cost: $38 per class or $145 for the four-class series
Visit: culinary-playground.com




Bringing up bakers
Youngsters meet for Saturday baking classes

09/24/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



The Culinary Playground’s Sweet Saturdays series is giving elementary-aged kids the chance to bake — and eat — a tasty treat each month.

The next four-class series kicks off on Sept. 26, when kids will learn to make German apple cake. The two-hour class for kids ages 6 to 10 always begins with a discussion of the day’s dish and a review of the recipe.
“A big part is getting kids comfortable reading a recipe,” Kristen Chinosi, instructor and owner of The Culinary Playground, said in a phone interview. “We’ll talk through that because it is very important for them to know what lies ahead. They have to have a good scope.”
Once the recipe is clear, the class jumps right into baking. Recipes chosen for the Saturday classes typically have multiple parts to them so the young bakers can make the most of the two hours. Chinosi said cakes or cookies with a filling are great because while one part is cooking and cooling, the kids can start in on the other.
“[And] we want it to be appropriate for their level,” she said. “We want it to be a good success rate for them.”
Chinosi said it’s important for elementary aged kids to try their hand at baking because it not only helps them develop a skill, but also encourages them to eat food they’ve made themselves.
“It’s so accessible to them,” she said. “It’s food that they love … and within their comfort zone and they love to try what they've created so that can set a nice [foundation for future cooking].”
Also, since baking really is a science, kids can take what they’re learning in school and apply it to the kitchen.
“They’re learning about fractions and math and this [is] actually where that can all come together and culminate in a real-world application,” she said.
Upcoming Sweet Saturdays classes include Halloween whoopie pies for October, gingerbread cupcakes with pumpkin cream cheese frosting for November and a holiday cookie sampler for December.
“We try to be really seasonal about it,” Chinosi said of the class topics. “We really like to play up on the season and the flavors that are in season.”
While skills learned in each class will be built upon in the future, Chinosi said kids could take the classes individually and still get a lot out of them. 
“To make it really accessible for people, we wanted it to be month by month,” she said. “It’s really tricky for parents to commit, and sometimes it just doesn't work out that they can make every one, so I wanted it to be flexible.” 





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