#sol18- March 14, 2018
Three years ago we got a new literacy coach, and while she has been amazing in so many ways, in addition to her literacy skills she has also spread a new tradition- Crunchito!
As soon as the new school year started she sent an email, describing this wonderful idea. She said:
“This email is an important one. It is an invitation to participate in a schoolwide chocolate lovers club that will ensure great pleasure every Friday.
What: Crunchito was formed many moons ago by a colleague of mine at the American School of Barcelona. The idea is that one person a week bakes or buys a special sweet treat to share with the participating colleagues on Fridays, which inevitably leads to making Fridays so much more satisfying.
Who: Anyone may join that has a love of baking, sweets, or simply, something to look forward to on Fridays.
Where: The designated spot for Crunchito is in the Curriculum office.
How: If you would like to participate, please send me an email by next Friday, August 12. I will take note of the people who would like to join and create a temporary schedule for the year of whom is required to bake and let you know the number of people participating.
Why: Love of chocolate, community spirit, and more.”
Somehow our list was manageable because not everyone is as motivated as me by the promise of a sweet treat most Fridays. The tradition has continued since then, with the group varying a bit from year to year. Before sign up day there is some stress for some. People may ask should we really have a treat that often? (My answer is yes!) What if I am not a great baker? (Some people buy treats and there are no complaints- yummy is yummy.) What if I forget? (Some people have and a treat is just as welcome on a Monday we have learned).
So here it is year 3 and my turn for the semester is tomorrow. I have some go-to recipes I could bake, but I hate for people to think I am a “one trick pony”, so I wondered what I would bake. To be honest, Crunchito stresses me out, because I want people to like their treat and since I only have a chance to bake for this crew twice a year it should be good. A few weeks ago as I scanned the Washington Post headline summary email I saw a recipe that caught my eye (Peach Melba Shortbread Bars- promoted as having a buttery crust like a pie, but without the fuss).
So, job one done– a recipe chosen. This weekend from memory I tried to buy any ingredients I would need. Raspberry preserves were easy to locate, peach a bit harder. I had butter, but when I translated the recipe into metric it turned out I needed more. So, here we are Thursday night and I scan the recipe once more- it looks easy, but wait- I did not read carefully. I need unsalted butter and sliced almonds, so back to the store I go. I decide to buy a second jar of peach preserves as well because it is hard to estimate if I have enough. Now onto almonds. I know that almonds may hide in many aisles, so I look. Organic aisle, nope. Snack aisle, only whole almonds. Baking aisle- nope. Ugh!
Arriving home I text a few friends who seem like likely sources, after all, I still have 24 hours until baking time. Turns out, none of them has sliced almonds, so if I do not locate them tomorrow after school Crunchito will have to go without (the almonds). Then on Friday afternoon I can relax and know that I have made it through my last time making Crunchito. Having said this, I think Crunchito is something I may want to introduce at my next school if there is not something similar.
Thanks, Heather, for promoting a love of chocolate, community spirit, and more.