Holiday Baking Traditions At The Sisters Library

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Date Posted:  12/5/2002

Melissa Ward of the Sisters Bakery presents “Baking For The Holidays,” on December 16th, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. at Sisters Public Library. She'll offer tips, recipes and samples of her favorite holiday treats.

Armed with only a baguette recipe and the desire to blend a career with family, Ward took over the Sisters Bakery. Since serving her first homemade doughnut in 1995, Ward’s imaginative array of breads, pastries, and desserts have satisfied customer’s cravings.

Ward’s varied culinary career spans a wide range of experience, including owning a catering business, developing recipes for a deli and writing a food column for a local newspaper. She credits her success to her “affinity for baking.” Ward is also quick to credit her staff, a group, she says of “people with a wide range of skills and talents who have, thankfully, a tendency for perfectionism.”

For many families, holiday baking is a tradition. “Making ones own holiday goodies is purely an act of pleasure and comfort,” states Ward. In addition to the special aromas and the preparations, holiday baking can be ideal family time. As part of her own family’s holiday traditions, Ward and her children crafted salt dough ornaments that have survived over 20 years and continue to adorn the family tree.

During the program, Ward will share some of her family’s special holiday recipes, including Butterfly Bread and Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread. She will also share her salt dough ornament recipe as well as simple decorating ideas.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit call 617-7072.

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