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Enthusiasm is the yeast that raises the dough - Our visit to Castlecomer Community School

Eoin at Castlecomer School
Eoin, starting at the beginning…with good Irish wheat!

by Kathy Purcell,

We certainly know how to keep Eoin Jenkinson busy, between getting ready for Kilkenny’s newest festival “Yulefest” and baking up recipes from our Clash of the Cakes entries, we wonder how he manages to fit in visits to schools! The Little Mill was once again on tour to local schools spreading the love of baking. This time it was off to Castlecomer Community School where Eoin had a session with secondary school pupils on the topic of yeast and baking with yeast or as Eoin prefers, no yeast!

The students were all doing a school project on yeast in baking, and teacher Theresa Manning also participated in helping the students gain a good understanding of baking with yeast. The students learnt how to get the perfect loaf and why baking your own bread is not only easy but actually a much more healthier option for you. Eoin showed the students how to make a sour dough starter and how to get delicious crusty bread.

We were delighted to get the opportunity to visit the school and thank the teachers and students for their enthusiasm and welcome. As Paul J Meyer said “Enthusiasm is the yeast that riases the dough” and there was no short supply of enthusiasm from Ireland’s next generation of food lovers and bakers.

Teacher Theresa Manning with Eoin
Teacher Theresa Manning with Eoin
Up close and personal with some grain!
Up close and personal with some grain!
The next generation of bakers
The next generation of bakers
Mixing dough
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