Can bakers be superheroes?
We wield whisks, spatulas, and wooden spoons and magically transform thick dough and goopey batters into breads, cakes, and pies. Our work floods a room with a comforting smell, feeds hungry mouths, and warms troubled souls. Yes, bakers are superheroes and we should use our powers to bake for good.
Baking for good doesn’t have to be a monumental task:
- Host a bake sale for your favorite charity.
- Bring fresh bread or swirly, sparkly cupcakes to a shelter.
- Deliver cookies to a sick neighbor.
- Drop off a pie to a friend going through a rough time.
Superhero bakers don’t have to work alone. Recently, I worked with a team of incredible bloggers (and incredible people) assembled and organized by King Arthur Flour to bake for the good at the Family Service Center in Minneapolis. The heroes were:
- Alice from Hip Foodie Mom
- Amanda from I Am Baker
- Brenda from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
- Erin from The Law Student’s Wife
- Jim and Jena from Little Rusted Ladle
- Kathryne from Cookie and Kate
- Kristin from Pastry Affair
- Shaina from Food for My Family
- Taylor from Greens and Chocolate
We prepared soft white bread, dinner rolls, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn, chicken, salad, pie, and brownies and served them to the 37 folks who came in for a hot meal that night. Although we waited until after everyone at the center had eaten their fill before we sat down for our own meal, I was already full inside from the joy of helping others; baking for good feels good.
Here’s Where You Come In
Let’s share stories of how we will bake for good. Maybe you have a special project planned that will inspire us all or maybe you want to do something as simple as bringing homemade cookies to your kid’s teacher to brighten his day – either way, tell us about it!
P.S. In the coming months, I’ll be sharing some of the wonderful tips that I learned about making bread and pie. Stay tuned!