I bake for fun. For stress relief. For hospitality. For family and friends. For coworkers. For neighbors. For hundreds of people at church events. And now, apparently, for funds for the fight for antiracism. It's fitting, of course--Samantha and I read Pies from Nowhere last year, and it made a big impression on her. When I heard about Bakers Against Racism, it seemed like a very small thing I could do right now.
UPDATE--6/20/20: THE SALE IS OVER! We raised $866 for Families for Justice as Healing. 26 people bought baked goods, and three others supported without buying. I made and sold 39 sourdough bagels, 10 pans of spanekopita, 5 pans of blondies, 5 dozen chocolate chip potato chip cookies, 4 trays of tiropitas, 3 dozen kolouraki, 3 poundcakes, and 2 dozen muffins.
Above: thank you cards Helen and Samantha colored for me,
with little notes inside, and rainbow sugar cookies I tossed in to most orders
as an extra thank you as well.
ALLERGY NOTE: Everything contains dairy and eggs except the bagels (egg white glaze only). Everything contains gluten except the blondies. While my kitchen isn't nut-free or gluten-free, I do bake regularly for a child with severe allergies and am aware of cross-contamination hazards.
A classic poundcake with a dense, fine crumb, based on a recipe by Stella Parks (Bravetart); part of the batter is flavored with lemon oil, and part with freeze-dried strawberries, and they're swirled together. This would make a fantastic dessert served with fresh berries and whipped cream, or it could be served, sliced, lightly toasted, with a really good vanilla or strawberry ice cream. Available frozen; defrost at room temperature; will keep, well-wrapped, for several days.
Chewy and moist and delicious, made with brown rice flour; Marcus's friends can inhale a pan of these (or two, or three) in five minutes flat. Available frozen; defrost at room temperature; will keep, well-wrapped, for several days.
A classic tender butter cookie, excellent on its own or with coffee or tea; simple, but pleases everyone. Available fresh; will keep, tightly-covered, for about a week.
A fun chocolate chip cookie with potato chips in and on top of the dough. Soft inside, crunchy on the top. Available frozen; will keep, tightly-covered, for about a week.
My Greek grandmother's recipe, with at least eight sheets of phyllo on the bottom; a feta, dill, and spinach filling; and at least eight more sheets of phyllo, brushed with butter, on top. Available frozen, fully cooked; reheat in a 350 oven for 15-20 minutes, or just eat cold or at room temperature; personally, I think leftover spanekopita, straight from the fridge, is an amazing breakfast.
Individual Greek herb and feta phyllo pies, flag-folded and brushed with butter. Available frozen--bake (from frozen or chilled) for 15-25 minutes at 350, or until crisp and lightly browned; good eaten hot or at room temperature.
BREADS AND MUFFINS
Some whole-grain flour, some sourdough, lots of fresh blueberries, and a crunchy sugar topping; a classic not-too-sweet muffin. Available fresh; will keep for several days, but topping will lose crunch overnight.
Made with pecan meal, honey, chocolate chips, and a crunchy sugar topping; a kid-pleasing muffin. CONTAINS NUTS. Available frozen; will keep for several days, but topping will lose crunch overnight at room temperature.
Chewy, but also airy; a very bagel-y bagel, topped with sesame seeds, salt, poppy seeds, garlic, and onion. Available fresh; best eaten same day they're baked.
I really like the organization Families for Justice as Healing. They're a local, Roxbury-based nonprofit that includes the voices of formerly incarcerated women, primarily POC, in the dialogue about prisons and the fight for abolition. They have actively lobbied architecture firms to withdraw their bids for new Massachusetts women's prisons and overall argue for an investment in communities, rather than prisons. You can donate to them directly on their website.
I'm an amateur baker; I obviously don't have a store or an official way to take orders or collect payment. But I think we can keep it simple and still keep track of things, using the steps below.
- Read the detailed descriptions of items above.
- Go to this SignUp Genius link (inactive) to reserve an item. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can respond to you.
- Check your email for a response from me confirming your order and specifying address for pick-up.
- Go to the Families for Justice as Healing site and donate the minimum suggested amount for your order. (Note that I don't need to see a screenshot of this; if you are participating, I'm assuming good intentions on your part.)
- Respond to me by email confirming when you'll be picking up your items (Thursday-Sunday June 18-21).
- Pick up your items (appropriately socially-distanced pickup in central Jamaica Plain) and enjoy.
- Continue working for antiracism.