We were fortunate enough to celebrate Taste Week in Pretoria for the third consecutive year. Fouad Khettabi, an experienced baker, visited all our classes to teach our pupils how to make bread and pastries.
– Monday 15 October: The CP class kicked off the project by making lemon tarts under the expert guidance of chef Fouad – they were delicious!
– Tuesday 16 October:
In the TPS/PS class we baked biscuits and decorated them with different types of candy to look like faces. However, hygiene comes first and we had to put on our white caps and aprons before the work could start. We rolled out the dough and made holes for the eyes, the nose and the mouth that we filled with candy. We decorated a second set of biscuits with chocolate and candy that we could take home. We baked the biscuits we made in class and sampled some during snack time. Bon appétit!
In MS we baked loaves of bread in the shape of the sun. First we had to put on our chef outfits: a protective cap to avoid any hair landing up in the dough as well as an apron. This is how we created our sun-shaped bread: we divided our dough into two balls, one smaller than the other. We flattened the balls of dough with a rolling pin. We placed the smaller circle on the larger with some liquid egg. We sprinkled sesame seeds on the smaller circle of dough. Finally, we created the rays of the sun by cutting the sides of our dough. The final task was baking our sun-shaped bread. The whole class loved it!
– Wednesday 17 October: In the CM1/CM2 classes we baked strawberry and blueberry tarts. You can look at the process of making these tarts and our end product by following this link.
– Thursday 18 October: On the program for the CE1 class was baking apple tarts with cinnamon and pastry cream. We had great fun!
In the CE2 class we made some delicious apple pies under the guidance of chef Fouad – we were very fortunate to experience the joys of making pastry. We had to do everything ourselves, from the shaping of the short-crust pastry, to making the golden, sweet filling as well as the baking. The tantalising scent of hot apple pie filled the entire school!
– Friday 19 October: In the GS class we learnt how to make chocolate croissants. We had to complete a number of different steps before we could enjoy our pastries. These were putting on our outfits that consisted of aprons and caps, rolling out the puff pastry with a rolling pin, cutting the triangles and rolling them with chunks of chocolate. Once shaped, we let the pastry rise and finally we baked our croissants in the oven.
On behalf of the school we would like to warmly thank Fouad and his assistant for a very enjoyable tasty week !