Need a Break? Come and Bake! - Dragons News

Friday, February 9, 2018

Need a Break? Come and Bake!

Photo by Eury H.
 By Eury H. (G.11)

Christmas is around the corner, but Korea International school Jeju(KISJ) students spend too much time on academics as their finals are approaching. For the sake of giving students’ a break, Ms. Pfeiffer held an hour long cooking class in the dorm kitchen: baking sugar and gingerbread cookies on November 27, 29 and December 4, 6 respectively.

It was a really great time hearing Ms. Pfeiffer’s purpose for doing this activity of her own accord. She said, “I think that it is important for teachers to get involved in the dorms, and baking is an activity that I really enjoy and wanted to share with my students.” She was pleasant in how she encouraged and interacted with students not only academically, but also socially, so that she can teach students about the wisdom of life. Additionally, she remarked, “At our school, so much time is spent on academics (as it should be), but it is also good to take a break and try something new. Baking is a great way to get kids who don't know much about cooking to see how easy it is to make your own food.”

This is the way Ms. Pfeiffer and students made sugar and gingerbread cookies.
  1. Prepare the dough for each cookie (This was pre-prepared by Ms. Pfeiffer) 
  2. Spread the flour out over the desk. 
  3. Make the shape of the cookies using the cookie cutters. 
  4. Put them in the oven at 190 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. 
  5. For the sugary decoration, use the stirrer to whisk together these ingredients: flour, egg, vanilla, and a little amount of water. 
  6. Transfer the mixture to the piping bag, drop in some food coloring and seal it. 
  7. Make a little hole in the bottom of the piping bag and squeeze it to decorate the cookies. 
Photo by Eury H. 

Anna C. (G11), who joined the gingerbread cooking class, said that she never knew baking required this short amount of time; I noticed it was also an easy and fun activity to do for leisure time. To add on, she was satisfied with the fact that she was able to chat with Ms. Pfeiffer about her future career and got lots of good advice. Students who joined the class for the sugar cookies also had a joyful time. Remi L. (G12) who baked the sugar cookies said, “I not only enjoyed baking cookies but also appreciated that I had something to take away from the class. After the baking, I gave some of the cookies to my friend who lives in the room next to mine and she really loved them.” Boyoon H.(G12), the other participant said, “except for a little stain on my clothes because of the flour, everything was perfect. The cookies that my friends and I made were adorable and it just feels like Christmas.”

Furthermore, male students as well as female students came and joined in with the baking. Sol L.(G11), one of the male students who came for the class said, “Even though Koreans have the prejudice that men cannot bake, baking cookies was a bit different. It was much easier and more simple than I thought.” Daniel N. (G10), also agreed with Sol L. and added that he enjoyed eating the cookies that he baked and they tasted more delicious than the cookies he buys from the nearby bakery.
Photo by Eury H. 

The most important reason behind why students relished cooking was chiefly thanks to Ms. Pfeiffer’s delicate preparation. To prepare, she found recipes that would be possible to complete in 1hr, since that is the amount of time that she had to work with. Cookies were a good choice because they are simple to make and bake readily. Then, she considered the type of cookies students would enjoy baking and eating; with Christmas around the corner, she noticed that sugar cookies and gingerbread would be a good fit! Finally, she prepared the ingredients by checking their proper amounts, and for the gingerbread, she had to make the dough beforehand in order for it to have time to set. 
About the author
Eury is a grade 11 student at KISJ.  
She is a current Honors Journalism student.

Since it was the first time trying this new activity and Ms. Pfeiffer did not know whether students would like it or not, she planned to have the class for the Christmas season only. After the first trial, however, she is now planning to hold a regular cooking class - weekly or biweekly. If you want to avert from your busy life, why don’t you try to join Ms. Pfeiffer’s baking class? Need a break? Come and bake!

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