S wofe esut csmceessll By Maria Sonnenberg
Academy offers bakers delicious recipes for the holidays
major olfactory component
of the holidays is the enticing
aroma of baking. Cookies,
pies, breads and, yes, even
the much-maligned fruitcake are
cherished ingredients of the seasonal
recipe, and part of the reason we commit
ourselves, at least in our own minds, to a
more vigorous regimen of exercise come
the New Year.
An infusion of those alluring scents
awaits visitors to the Florida Academy of
Baking, where wannabe bakers as well as
seasoned patissiers can hone skills levels
the year around. The Satellite Beach
school that Angela Ferrara-McEllin
created in the midst of the pandemic
already boasts a loyal following.
Ferrara-McEllin brings to the baker’s
table a unique blend of culinary
experience. A military brat, she grew
up around the world before her family
settled in Brevard, where she graduated
from Satellite High School.
At 21, she headed to Ireland to help
her aunt with her bed-and-breakfast.
It was not supposed to be a long-term
commitment, but fate had other ideas.
She opened her first restaurant two years
later and romance also blossomed.
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“I met a man and stayed for 20 years,”
Baking had always been on her radar.
“I wanted to go to culinary school, but
my dad wanted me to get a better job,”
she said with a laugh.
DREAM COMES TRUE
While a resident of the Emerald Isle,
she began baking, and then helping
others learn how to bake. She discovered
she was a natural educator, teaching
everything from basic baking skills to
kids and hobby bakers to master’s level
courses for professional chefs.
A slice of apple coffee cake made by students at the Florida Academy of Baking is hard to resist.