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Friday, February 11, 2011

Pretzels, Jellies & Hot Cross Buns

Get a Taste of History at Sauder Village!

While historic cooking demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to make butter, ice-cream and noodles are an important part of the living-history experience at Sauder Village, in 2011 there will be even more occasions for guests to learn traditional cooking skills. The “Taste of History” food classes at Sauder Village will provide class participants the chance to make home-made pretzels, Hot Cross Buns, jams and jellies.

“We’re thrilled to be adding so many unique food classes to our Class Schedule,” shared Andi Erbskorn, Curator of Education. “There seems to be an increased interest in getting back to the basics with cooking and people are really interested in learning to make some traditional recipes and enjoy hearing the stories that go along with them.”

One of the new classes being offered this spring is “Do the Twist! Pretzel Making and History for Families.” Pretzels were rewards for good students, hidden like Easter Eggs, used in marriage ceremonies and served as treats on special occasions. In this fun-filled class, children and their adults will work together to mix dough, form pretzels in traditional shapes and bake them to enjoy together at the end of the class and take some home. The class will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and the fee is $12.00 plus a $5.00 supply fee.

While many people may sing along to “Hot Cross Buns,” few know much about the history of this traditional food. In the class “Hot Cross Buns and Easter Breads,” participants can try baking these delicious, traditional breads from scratch. Each class participant will take home round braided Italian Easter bread with colored eggs entwined in the braids, a lemony Ukrainian Easter Bread and Hot Cross Buns. European bread making traditions and stories will also be shared during the class. This hands-on class will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The class fee is $20.00 with a $9.00 supply fee.

Finally, Sauder Village staff will be offering a “Jams and Jellies” class this spring. On Tuesday, May 17 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. students will make three different jams and jellies using cooked and frozen methods of preparation. Each person will take home three jars of jam and jelly made by the class that evening. The fee for this class is $18.00 with a $10.00 supply fee.

In addition to the “Taste of History” food classes, Sauder Village is also offering classes in quilting, blacksmithing, finger weaving and knitting. The spring schedule also includes classes about tea, wreath-making, brooms, felted bags and rug hooking.

All Sauder Village classes require pre-registration and pre-payment. Class descriptions and registration information is available online at http://saudervillage.org/Creativity/classschedule.aspSpecial rates are available for Sauder Village members. Registration can be completed on the secure Sauder Village website or by calling 800.590.9755 or 419.446.2541.

Take time to learn something new this year! Experience a taste of history, explore a heritage craft or plan a fun-filled get-away with your family this summer. Enjoy all that Sauder Village has to offer - Ohio’s largest living history destination right here in Northwest Ohio!