Local teacher mixes love for science, baking in new class

Hadas Kuznits
February 01, 2019 - 4:45 am
Local teacher Amira Abdul-Wakeel has been reaching out to adults for her Baking With Science class.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Baking and science sound like a great day in the classroom, but adults are now joining in on the fun, too.

Local teacher Amira Abdul-Wakeel has been reaching out to adults for her Baking With Science class, which will take place Saturday at The Dorrance H. Hamilton Center For Culinary Enterprises, located at 310 S. 48th St.

Abdul-Wakeel initially started Baking With Science as a children's class. She was inspired to teach baking through the hands-on science experiments she'd come up with at ACT Academy Cyber Charter School.

She approaches bread-baking like a scientist.

"Baking is chemistry," she said. "The first time I baked bread I wanted to know, OK, what is this stuff called yeast? What is it? What is flour? What happens if I use a different kind of flour?"

In her class, she'll be teaching how to perfect ratios of ingredient to create the perfect loaf.

"So if you want to make one loaf, the ratio is 5-3, and then salt and yeast."

The best part about bread-baking, she said, is that you can learn a lot about life through kneading bread.

"It's almost a lesson in problem-solving," she said. "You just have to be consistent and continue doing what you're doing until it all comes together."

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