Baking History: Hot Water Cake

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Adults, Everyone
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Program Description

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Most of us have old family recipes baked into our memories, but sometimes the origins of those recipes get lost in time. This baking class, co-hosted by the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office and the Baker Free Library, will inspire participants to “bake history” and explore their roots.

The class will kick off with a brief presentation by New Hampshire State Archivist Ashley Miller and New Hampshire State Registrar & Vital Records Director Kristin Kenniston. Ashley and Kristin, whose departments fall under the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office, will describe the origins and family history behind the recipe and provide participants with information on how they can research their genealogy. After the presentation, Amelia Holdsworth of Baker Free Library will guide participants through an old recipe for “Hot Water Cake” with chocolate frosting step-by-step.

This free class is suitable for individuals of all baking levels.


Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

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