Boy, slap my mouth and call me a slacker!! I have been so busy that posting here has not been a high priority, but I wanted to do the semester end round-up. Yee-haw!
Safety & Sanitation:
I got the highest score in my class on the ServSave National Exam … 98%. I was surprised, because when I took the test I was all OCD about Thanksgiving (the test was the night before) and so my head was not really in it. I guess that works for me! The National Exam was not the final, however, and I had to take that last night. Whoopie!
I enjoyed this class a lot! My teacher is a really sweet lady, and she knows her sanitation! Also, it helped that she and I had a class together Saturdays (this time we were both students) and could also bond there too. I hope I can have another class with her in the future!
Last class was Saturday. We had our clean-up (scrubbing sheet pans, whoopie!) and final written exam. It was not too hard, and I hope I did ok.
I got a 145 on my final practical.
Here is what I presented. I know the turnovers are not as puffy as the ones I made at home (see the gallery under Final) but I had a lot less time, and inorder to make sure they were done in the middle I had to roll them thinner. There was a lot of talk that the majority of the turnovers were presented with raw middles, so I think my plan worked!
Apparently my whipped cream was not sweet enough despite the fact that my 2 cups of cream had 4oz of sugar whipped in. Oh well, I will take a 145! We had to make a cream pie and a blitz puff pastry item. I drew Chocolate Cream Pie and Turnovers.
I can't tell you how much I got out of this class! I am really looking forward to Breads & Rolls with this prof next semester! She is also a sweetheart, but in a different way. She is easy to like, sarcastic, and she says things that seem like picking, but are really meant to help. I had to learn to appreciate that, and now that I do I am better for it! I owe her more than I can express.
Next semester begins Jan. 22. I will be in Breads & Rolls and an Internet course for Small Business Operations.
Yeah, I am also going to get a Small Business Management Certificate. Wanting to open my own bakery is more than just knowing how to bake. I also need to understand how a business runs. Since there is some doubt about my chances of completing the baking program (their schedule has suddenly become very rigid and not full-time worker friendly!) and I want to learn everything I think I need to know, I am taking the business classes.
I will do what I can.
Over the holiday I will post pictures of my baking … cookies and pies and rolls and all the assorted dishes that make Christmas complete! Stay tuned!