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Flour power: Children learn to bake pies

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Madelyn Shingler, 8, said pies are her favorite things to bake. She attended an "I Love Pie" workshop at Gwendy’s Goodies in Ayden.

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By Amber Revels-Stocks
The Times-Leader

Saturday, August 11, 2018

AYDEN — Twenty students learned how to make their own pies at the “I Love Pie” workshop for children recently at Gwendy’s Goodies.

The five-hour workshop taught students every step of the process from making their own piecrusts through preparing the filling and baking the pie. Each student brought home two pies, each with a different type of crust, which allowed them to learn different techniques.

“We just really enjoy having kids at the bakery as part of our goal to help build community in Ayden,” said Gwendy Yiznitsky, the owner of Gwendy’s Goodies. “We think it’s a great opportunity.

“A lot of kids don’t get that opportunity to bake, so we really take them right through the ropes,” Yiznitsky said.

The students said they enjoyed the process, especially the hands-on parts.

“My favorite part was getting all messy,” said Avery Beeman, 6.

Anesha Savra, 13, added, “Rolling (the dough) and getting flour all over my clothes was fun.”

Most students were covered with flour only ten minutes into the workshop.

“Putting the powder (the flour) on the dough was the best part!” said Elaina Jones, 5, as flour floated over her and her tablemates.

Instructor Grace Yiznitsky reminded Jones that flour was only supposed to go on the table and the rolling pin, not on others, but Jones’ tablemates did not seem to mind.

The students also enjoyed the teamwork aspect of the class. Older students were expected to help younger students.

“Working together has been great,” said Riya Verma, 11, as she helped Jones concentrate the flour.

McKenna Roselle, 10, added, “My favorite part has been being here with my friend, Ella.”

Most of the students had never baked anything by themselves before; however, at least one was an avid baker.

“I love to bake; I bake at home a lot. I bake for Christmas and also for Thanksgiving,” said Madelyn Shingler, 8, adding pies are her favorite thing to bake.

Gwendy’s Goodies is hosting a decorating camp Tuesday through Thursday, in which students will learn to decorate cookies, cupcakes and cakes over the three-day period.

“We’ve been really pleased (with turnout),” Yiznitsky said. “Our camps fill up really quickly, so that’s been really good.”

The decorating camp has a few more slots open. To register, visit gwendysgoodies.com and click “events.”

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