German-Jewish Baking with Gaby & Sonya

Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman, are a mother-daughter team. Mom Gabrielle was born in Germany and moved to New York City as a child, growing up in Washington Heights among a large German-Jewish community. Daughter Sonya grew up in Boston with regular visits to her grandparents’ home in the New York area. There she ate copious amounts of wurst, brown breads sliced on a hand-crank slicer, her Oma’s meat soup with matzoh balls and her Opa’s ambrosial potato salad.

Nowadays at home in Boston, Gaby cultivates a backyard garden that includes a large raspberry patch which every year provides jars of raspberry jam – like her grandmother Rosa produced in Bamberg 100 years ago. Sonya is the coordinator of her local CSA (community supported agriculture), Farm Spot. Her blog eat+art+word combines her interests of the visual and the edible. She lives in New York City where she is currently studying German.

Their German-Jewish cookbook explores cuisine as it existed in Germany prior to World War II, and as refugees later adapted it in the United States and elsewhere. Because these dishes differ from more familiar Jewish food, they will be a discovery for many people. The book’s collection of recipes includes numerous soups, both chilled and hot; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches.

Sit back, watch, learn and enjoy while Gabrielle and Sonya make a few of their favorites just for you: Berches a yeasted bread that’s the German version of Challah, Almond Pockets that are filled with beaten egg whites and ground almonds, and Orange Cake, a favorite of theirs they serve at events! We’ll end class enjoying samples of German-Jewish food together. You’ll leave BAKE! with their recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, happy taste buds and great coupons.

*There will be no hands-on baking for students in this class*

You will have the opportunity to purchase The German-Jewish Cookbook after class for an additional cost (not included in your class price) and they will be available to sign your copy!

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