Never too old to bake tasty bread

2015-08-18 06:00
Billy Schlosz and Roger Berry made the best whole wheat nutty loaf


Billy Schlosz and Roger Berry made the best whole wheat nutty loaf PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Many times pensioners are expected to take their feet off the accelerator and enjoy what they have worked for.

However, not all of them are so lucky to be resting on money that they worked for over the years – they have to rely on state social grants which do not cover all their needs.

To make sure that the elderly have their own money in their pockets and they don’t sit and do nothing, Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (Noah) officially launched its “Noah loaves” project on Friday morning.

This project, sponsored by the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation, gives Noah members in Woodstock and Khayelitsha the opportunity to bake bread for sale to their communities as well as for their own use.

Proceeds from the sale of the bread will go to the individual bakers with a 30% contribution to the two Noah centres.

At the launch 13 bakers competed against each other in three categories: White bread with raising agent, brown bread and white bread. The winning bread recipes will be used by all bakers in the project.

One of the judges, Jana van Sittert, said the loaves made for the competition were delicious in different ways.

“They all put amazing effort in and it wasn’t easy for us to judge. However, there were three things that we were looking for: The crust, taste and the texture of the bread. We had to make sure that the bread was crusty enough, we tasted the flavour of the bread and whether it was of good texture, not overbaked or underbaked.”

Billy Schlosz (67) and Roger Berry (68), both Noah Woodstock residents, were crowned the winners of the brown bread category. They knew their nutty wheat and honey loaf was the winning one, they said.

“This is my mother’s recipe,” said Schlosz. “We are excited. We were up against the experts. I haven’t made this bread in 25 years but I had no doubt it is the winning one. We are happy about the whole thing and it was a team effort so we did all that had to be done.”

Another competitor, Beauty Hlomendlini (65) from Noah Khayelitsha, said it was an exciting project.

“It’s so true that someone learns until they die. As old as I am I’m still learning and I’m so happy. We are very grateful for this opportunity, it will also help our families. This is such a life-changing opportunity and it came when we never thought,” she said.

The Noah organisation has supported state pensioners for over 34 years by enabling them to live happy and socially and financially contributing lives. To improve the organisation’s sustainability and to enable its clinic members, club members and residents to make extra income, Noah has embarked on a number of social enterprise initiatives.

Leonora Sauls, head of the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation, said it supported such initiatives as it promoted sustainability and food security.

“We are glad that such projects address the shortages of jobs and food and we really try and help out so that people will go back to trying to feed themselves and produce food for the communities,” she said.

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