Summer Youth: The Science Behind Baking (Ages 12-18)

Youth, Culinary Arts

Summer Youth: The Science Behind Baking (Ages 12-18)

Kitchen confidence boils down to knowing the balance of flavor and chemical reactions, so let's refine your baking skills!


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 7/22/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Tue, 7/23/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. Wed, 7/24/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/25/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mon, 7/22/2024 - Thur, 7/25/2024


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Summer Youth, Youth Ages 12-14, Youth Ages 14-16, Youth Ages 16-18, Youth Class

Culinary Arts Studio

Baking, Cooking


Simple bakes like cookies, lemon bars, and banana breads require some essential ingredients but still allow for some improvisation. You'll learn what makes up a basic recipe and where there’s wiggle room to experiment with your personal taste.

Knowing the flavor-chemical reaction balance is difficult when it comes to baking, which makes most of us stick religiously to a recipe. But if you can learn how something should feel or look, you can create with more freedom. For example, what differences exist between fresh, frozen, and dried when it comes to baking? Or, how do you achieve the feel-perfect balance of butter or liquid to make a perfect scone or pie crust, and when do you stop working the dough?

You can expect to work on:

  • Cookies and lemon bars.
  • Strawberry shortcake (with a biscuit dough) and banana quick bread.
  • Cultural bakes like German apfelkuchen (apple tea cake) and French galette.
  • Simple, take-home granola, and a more challenging lemon soufflé.


  • Ages 12-18.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes to class.
  • You must be registered for the class (no drop-ins).
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • Registration closes Monday, July 15.

Registering Youth

  • New registrants: When you register, select Others Only in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, Add New Registrant. Create an account for your youth.
  • Next time you register: You will be able to Search Registrants to select your youth.
  • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from noon-1 pm for the duration of this activity.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.
  • Questions? Email


A $50 materials fee, included in the price of this series covers everything you will need for this class.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Nadja Peschke

Nadja Peschke comes from the Boston area and holds a bachelor's degree in studio art from Principia College in Elsah, Ill. This past year, she spent four months in the Arctic Circle in northern Norway working on an organic strawberry farm and acting as head of farm operations. She enjoyed creating meals and baking her signature sourdough bread for her fellow volunteers. In the summer of 2021, Nadja interned with a family-owned, farm-to-doorstep delivery service in western Massachusetts. Her senior capstone project focused on the importance of local food systems represented at home and in our kitchens in a multimedia installation. You can find her current work on or on Instagram @thewinterlilac.

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