I came closer than I had ever imagined possible to either crying or wringing someone’s neck during our Baking I final practical exam today, when our groups produced a buffet of eight baked goods for evaluation by the instructor.
Some of the hardier goods, such as cookies, we made last week so today wouldn’t be so jam-packed. I made my semi-famous Sweep the Floor Cookies, replete with dried cherries and the very finest couverture white chocolate (a score from the dry storage room). I lovingly portioned them out on a sheet pan, labeled them with an ominous “DO NOT USE,” and put them in the walk-in freezer.
And they were never to be seen again.
Today, as our skilled group of four gathered thoughts and goods to finish our task, the cookies proved missing. Coincidentally, the school restaurant held a bake sale last week. They swear my cookies weren’t sold. (I actually believe them, but figure they moved my goods to make room for their own and got ’em lost in the shuffle.)
In any case, after very grouchily remaking the cookies, my fog lifted and I helped finish our buffet items. Our spread:
- Scones with Blueberries and Pine Nuts
- Strawberry Tarts
- Chocolate Mint Mousse
- Focaccia Bread with Tomatoes and Basil
- Lemon Chiffon Cake with Candied Lemon Garnish
- Sweep the Floor Cookies
- Quiche with Smoked Gouda, Zucchini and Mushrooms (and more)
- Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Although I put a hand on a few things, the only other item I can say I made completely is the mousse. But as a team, we knocked out quite a buffet. I think we’ll get a good grade.
What do you think?