Friday, June 3, 2016

Girl Scouts of Nassau County's First Annual Bake Off


A taste of the many things Girl Scouts can do.

by Katie G.

 

Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors put their baking skills to the test at the first ever Girl Scouts of Nassau County bake off. Fifty-five Girl Scouts from twelve different Associations went head to head on May 13th to challenge one another in creating tasty treats and desserts, all of which had to be made by scratch. The bake-off which took place at the Cradle of Aviation, consisted of each level baking a different treat which would be competing against the other desserts in their level. The Daisies were required to make cookies, the Brownies, well to no surprise brownies, Juniors made single layer cakes, Cadettes stirred up some tasty pie recipes and last but not least, the Seniors and Ambassadors who made an assortment of baked breads. Each girl earned her spot in the GSNC bake-off by winning her association's bake-off. 

The assortment of delicious baked goods were premade and brought in the day of to be reviewed by eighteen judges. The girls were rewarded points based on the taste, texture, appearance, and originality of the dessert they worked hard to make. 

Even though there could only be one winner of each level, all the girls who participated received metals and patches. All the treats and desserts presented were award worthy, however there were five that came out on top. The five first place winners were as followed; in Daisies Gabriella from Troop 1088 in Floral Park made a lasting impression with her Twix thumbprint cookies, in Brownies Hannah from Troop 931 in Bellmore rose to the top with her Sinkers brownies, in Juniors Samantha from Seaford/Wantagh spiced things up with her brown sugar, caramel bundt cake, in Cadettes Riley from Troop 1254 in Garden City whipped up a delicious caramel cheesecake and in Seniors and Ambassadors, Rebecca from Troop 1280 in Floral Park stirred up the competition with cinnamon, banana swirl bread. 

While the judging took place the girls and their families were given the chance to explore the museum. Girl Scouts were also given the chance to both, take a lesson on cake/cookie decorating from Christine Bernhard, owner and head chef of "Honestly Delicious Bakery" in Garden City, as well as create 350 non-perishable snack packs for less fortunate children at the Mary Brennan Inn, which will be handed out on Memorial Day. The event was a major success and was a taste test for the many more they plan to hold in the future.

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