Every Friday, faculty members in the English department host "The Great English Bake Off," a fun spin on PBS’s “The Great British Baking Show.” “Once we were all vaccinated, we decided to do this as a community building opportunity for our department and others throughout the building,” says English Department Chair Mrs. Elaine Mueller.
The Great English Bake Off began at the end of March and features a themed baking challenge each week. The best part? “We invite friends and faculty and staff from other departments to stop by and we award a Star Baker Award,” adds Mueller.
Congrats to these multi-talented faculty members and amateur bakers!
Week 1: Breads (savory or sweet)
Star Baker Award Winner: Colleen Whelan with "Everything but the Bagel” cheese bread
Week 2: Anything with Candy
Star Baker Award Winner: Jenni Anderson ’98 with Rolo cookies
Week 3: Tarts
Star Baker Award Winner: Colleen Whelan with homemade pop-tarts
Week 4: Cakes (in honor of Mrs. Judy Nugent's birthday!) The selections include: strawberry cake, Serbian-style pineapple upside down cake, peanut butter cup dream cake, pistachio cake, strawberry cupcakes, cinnamon apple cake, triple chocolate cake, and “feel like a fraud cake.”
Star Baker Award Winner: Michaela Farrell '10 (sister of Ms. Colleen Walsh) with peanut butter cup dream cake
Week 5: English Biscuits (cookies)
The selections include: double chocolate, snicker doodle, lemon, "everything but the kitchen sink," and chocolate chip Star Baker Award Winner: Katie Klein with snicker doodle cookies
Week 6: Signature Bake/Historical Era Challenge (bake a childhood favorite dessert) Star Baker Award Winner: TBD