This is Bobby. He was one of the first in uniform.

Are you tired of hearing about how wonderful our surrounding community is? Well…tough it out, cuz you’re about to learn about one more great program with some really special kids. We’re really proud of these kids.

We recently paid a visit to “Bulldog Bakery” at nearby Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School. “Bulldog Bakery” is part of a special program developed for students who require work-related skills – “Employment Training in the School,” or ETS. (There is also “Employment Training in the Community,” or ETC.) ETS operates under the direction of the Special Education Department of the school.

Here's Nick. Nick worked in the bakery last year, but has decided that he prefers other tasks. He has been put in charge of maintenance for the operation. He keeps everything clean and running smoothly.

The goal of this amazing program is to provide problem solving skills, literacy skills, positive self-esteem, appropriate coping skills, independent living skills, and skills that allow the students to seek, obtain, and successfully function in a job that matches their abilities.

If what we saw is any indication, any employer would be lucky to have these students working for them! We hope some of them can help us out at our new Mercantile this summer.

Britanny and Brandi had one order for White Bread to fulfill, but making one loaf is just as time consuming as making multiple loaves.

The students receive daily orders for three different kinds of bread from other students, faculty members, and outside customers. Every day that the bakery is in operation, it is up to these students to bake, wrap, deliver and record these orders.

We are very grateful to the students, instructors and parents for letting us take part in one of their workdays. It’s a truly extraordinary, and necessary program. By taking orders and selling the breads at cost, the program is able to pay for itself…a mandatory requirement for it to continue.

While we were there, we discovered a need that we hope you can help with. Next year, the program is slated to have double the students enrolled as it has this year. Which is great. Except that they only have one oven. There is not enough baking capacity to effectively teach this larger amount of students the hands-on skills that they need.

Because this program teaches work skills, we’re not asking for donations. And because most of you don’t live close enough to order bread, we can’t help raise money through sales.

Jon was excited about our Amazing Race win. We discussed the Pixar movie "Cars," which is one of his favorites and features a race.

So we asked if the students would share their delicious cinnamon bread recipe here with you. That way, should you decide to use it, you could donate the amount it would cost to purchase a loaf. Or whatever you calculate the value of the recipe to be. We think it’s priceless.

If you do contribute please send an email to beekman1802@beekman1802.com with your mailing address, so that we (Brent and Josh) can send you a personal thank you note. Programs like these are vital to our community, as they are to yours, and we would like to recognize your contribution.

Contributions can be sent to:

CRCS Special Programs Office

1353 State Route 7

P.O. Box 490

Richmondville, NY 12149

Checks should be made payable to “Bulldog Products”

Thank you and enjoy the recipe listed below the slide show.

(Special Thanks to the program’s amazing instructors and school administrators for allowing us to come share the day with them, including: Amy Durfey, Coreen Chacho, Sharon Suchocki, Colleen Williams)

 

Cinnamon Bread

(makes two loaves.)

2 cups warm water

1/2 cup white sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons of dry yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

6 cups bread flour

Step 1: In a mixing bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam

Step 2: Add salt and oil into the yeast, mix. Pour in all of the flour and mix until a ball of dough is formed in the mixing bowl. Knead dough until smooth is necessary. Place dough in well-oiled bowl, turn dough to coat. Place on an oiled sheet pan, put in the warming unit for 40 minutes.

Step 3: Punch down dough. Form into a ball and cut in half, and weigh each half to make sure that each half is the same weight.

Step 4: On the sheet pan, press down into a flat rectangle, (or use a rolling pin.)

Step 5: Sprinkle 1/3 cup of cinnamon sugar (see below) onto the dough, covering all of the area.

Step 6: Start with the shorter edge and roll tightly into a log. Pinch seams together, fold the ends under, and place seam side down in an oiled bread pan.

Step 7: Allow it to raise for 30 minutes in the warming unit.

Step 8: Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Cinnamon sugar:  1 1/2 cups sugar + 3 tablespoons cinnamon.

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  • By: Amy Smith Wexler

    The recipes are laminated. Very smart, with flour and all the fixins your cookbooks become quite the mess.

  • By: Mr. BERNARD WICKENHEISER

    Congratulations on your endeavor! What a transformation of that historic building! You can be proud of your team effort and the final “product”, your magnificent Mercantile building to house the products of your business. Thanks for sharing and keeping all your friends and followers up to date!
    Bernie

  • By: Brain

    I love your site and wish i did not have to work this weekend so i could come to the garden party, you guys are doing one fantastic job on the new building cannot wait to see it.
    Brian
    A friend of jacks,

  • By: Sannebear

    I’m sure they reached their goal, but can you find out if they surpassed it? Thanks!

  • By: anne kantor

    i have a 23 year old grandson who lives and works at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston,NY, so I am very glad to hear about this wonderful program in the Cobleskill area.

  • By: jeda (jpdf)

    What an amazing learning experience! Looks like so much fun, too! Thank you very much for sharing and we’d be happy to help :) <3

  • By: Constance

    I just love this story. We should pay more attention to good news rather than bad

  • By: Ellen

    Loved your blog on BULLDOG BAKERY…what a wonderful program offered at a public school. Thanks so much for sharing the time you spent with the students and sharing the workings of the bakery. Just finally getting a check off to them for their fine program. Thanks again.

  • By: Jill

    I think this great. Someone told me that the ToryTavern was closing and they are getting rid of all there kitchen stuff. Something to looking into.

  • By: catsmom17

    Got hungry just looking at those beautiful loaves! Check is on the way as soon as I can write it. One question…since I don’t have a proofer, may I assume the “let rise until double in size” instructions for most other breads applies here as well? Love you guys!

  • By: catsmom17

    Got hungry just seeing those lovely loaves…a check is on the way as soon as I can write it! One question . Don’t have a proofer, so I assume the”rise until double in size” instruction will work for the cinnamon bread, right? Love you guys and your giving spirits!

  • By: Liz

    This is such a great program! Since I don’t live too far from Cobleskill, I’d love to support this program by buying some bread if it’s possible. I gather loaves are made to order; is it possible for someone not connected with the school to place an order? If not, I’m happy to send a donation.

  • By: Alice (@BritinTaylor)

    Aww,thank you for your accompliment to me,Brent and I’m very appreciated very much.And you and Josh make me love you guys even more and that’s no waste I’ll be your huge fan of The Fabulous Beekman Boys and cheering for you guys since Amazing Race.Thank you so much,Brent.. :) <3 <3 :)

  • By: Sharon Suchocki

    Thanks for visiting us and for the wonderful story … we’ve got a pretty GREAT bunch of students in the Bulldog Bakery :)

  • By: Katrina Grbesic

    Cinammon bread is my all time favorite. Thank you for the opportunity to buy a great recipe so I can make it myself at home. This is great program. Love everything about it.

  • By: Gail D.

    What inspirational young men and women! Thank you for sharing their story.

  • By: Marie Chilcote

    This is a wonderful program! And in addition to helping here, you might look into how you can help in your own community. Nearly every special needs school has a training program.

  • By: Julie Hinkens

    I love that you really care about your community and the shaping and wellness of others. What a gift these students shared with you!!!

  • By: michael guidry

    Thanks for sharing this experience. You’ve inspired me to seek out these opportunitie next year when I retire. Your an amazing couple and role model for our community.

  • By: reneemarlene

    Hi Brent and Josh and all the wonderful Bulldog Bakers. You have one of the best and most important jobs, you bake all our goodies. Yummo. I am going to send you a check to help support your efforts. Keep up the harp work. You are learning many life skills.i can totally support that with a check. I know we will see great and wonderful things from all if you. -Love Renee

  • By: Bev Nan Murphy

    Our town had a similar program and the students worked in our small community while
    at the school. It gave them job experience,the pride of earning a paycheck and the
    priceless interaction with the public. You are such good friends and the phrase “pay it forward” comes to mind. Looking for my checkbook. : )

  • By: Laura Maythenyi

    What a great idea and way to help promote the program and students! I will share this post with my friends =)

  • By: Alice (@BritinTaylor)

    You guys give a children a inspire and this is so awesome teach them a lesson about baking.Thanks for sharing and love you guys too!!

    • By: Dr. Brent

      Hi, Alice. They taught US a lesson in baking! They were wonderful teachers, and it was so great to see a group of young people working as a team. True entrepreneurs!

      • By: Alice (@BritinTaylor)

        HI Brent,I’m so sorry for my previous comment in top of my comments,because I’m not a good commenter even my English is not so good,and I hope you can forgive me for sincerely and my English Language too,I’m sorry and I’m doing my sad face :( And I’m sorry,Brent,as your friend…. :(

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