Students learned how to bake pretzels, bagels and crackers during the Savory Breads class, the first class in the Sitka Kitch’s three-course Baking With Betsy series, held July 3 at the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen.
The Sitka Kitch class series is being taught by professional baker and culinary skills instructor Betsy Peterson Sanchez of St. Charles, Ill.
In addition to the Savory Breads class, the other two classes are :
- Sweet Breads (Cinnamon Rolls, Coffee Braids, Brioche) — 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 (this class is full, please call Claire or Chandler at 747-7509 to ask about the wait list)
- Baking With Natural Alternative Sweeteners — 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 (this class only has one or two spaces left, so register soon).
Betsy comes from a long line of people who love to cook and that passion has been passed down to her. Although Betsy considered a career in music, she happily decided to go into what she loved the most, baking and cooking.
Betsy headed for New York and attended the Culinary Institute of America, receiving a degree in culinary arts. Then it was off to Chicago to work as a pastry chef in several different establishments. Baking is Betsy’s first love, particularly yeast breads.
After a career as a pastry chef and raising her family, she went back to school. Betsy attended The French Pastry School in Chicago for a certificate in French Pastry as well as a continuing education course in Artisan Breads. Currently, Betsy teaches in a Culinary Program at a community college in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She is a member of The Baker’s Guild and a Chef Mentor for Fox Valley Food For Health, a non-profit providing healthy meals for families going through devastating illnesses.
Betsy is so excited to be spending part of the summer in Sitka, where she plans to spend as much time as possible with her daughter, Claire Sanchez, and enjoy the beauty of Alaska.
Classes in this series had a reduced food/supply fee thanks to a donation from Sea Mart Quality Foods.
A slideshow of scenes from the class is posted below.