Andrew Street High School teacher Brandon Keat is engaging students with dough — lots and lots of dough. However, this particular dough isn’t ‘stacks of cash…’ but it might be the best thing since sliced bread — in fact, it IS bread!
Via Mr. Keat and a partnership with the Braddock Bakers, ASHS students have had the opportunity to learn more about the art and science that goes into the creation of the perfect loaf of bread. A sophomore student involved with the class gives us his unique perspective:
Full Name: David L. Arnold
Home Neighborhood: Clairton
What have you learned?
I have learned that making bread is a lot of hands-on work. It also requires patience. You have to wait to let it rise. Or when you put in the yeast you wait a minute to put in the rest of the ingredients so the yeast has time to get active. Then you have to constantly check on the fire if you’re using a bread oven. Some stuff requires to be made before so if you’re trying to get the bread done on a certain date then you would have to plan it out. Then stay up late to check on the fire to make sure it’s at the right temp.
What’s surprised you about it?
Is that it is really easy to learn how to make bread. It’s a series of steps, but they aren’t really complicated. That you don’t always need to be accurate about the measurements as direction follows.
What you like about it?
I like how easy it is because it’s relaxing to me. Plus I just love to be in the kitchen and cook, so there is also that factor. But it’s a lot of physical work, so it helps build upper body strength. I also like how it gives you time from your regularly scheduled school day, so you don’t need to stress about all that work you have to do.
ASHS students learn by doing!