November’s Baker Spotlight is on a great baker and teacher, Lisa Pluff. Lisa teaches baking science and Family & Consumer Sciences at Manhattan High School, Manhattan, KS.
Lisa is a graduate of the Kansas State Bakery Science bachelors degree program. Check it out!
Instead of working in a bakery, Lisa opted to earn a masters in Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) education and is teaching dozens of high school students in the FCS culinary labs. Two and a half years later, she wouldn’t trade baking with high school students and the students wouldn’t trade her. She loves helping them solve their baking questions and form great baking practices for home, community and careers.
We asked her to share favorite cookie recipe for this time of year: Her Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Browned Butter is “the one.”
Some baking tips:
- Watch and stir the browning butter carefully—let it brown—for flavor!
- Keep the ½ c. butter cold enough to cream—65 ° F. –so its still cool but
pliable, not too soft. This means the butter will hold “air” as it creams.
- Adding bread flour enhances chew and controls spread in your cookie.
Happy Thanksgiving and thank you Lisa for letting us put the spotlight on you!