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Biology bake-off makes for a sweet department social

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Biology held their annual bake-off last Thursday with an irresistible challenge to faculty, staff and students: taste and vote for your favourite home-made dessert.

Eight members of the Biology Department contended for the first place and runner-up titles, which included everything from rich tiramisu and intricate yeasted cinnamon buns to gluten-free brownies and lemon poppy seed muffins. Biology’s Social Committee organized this incredibly popular event, attended by Department Chair Hugh Broders and Dean of Science Robert Lemieux.

The contenders this year were:

  • James Campbell, PhD student, Heikkila lab - cinnamon buns
  • Deanna Hope, Graduate Office Assistant - mini cheesecake 
  • Heather Ikert, MSc student, Craig lab - strawberry chocolate tarts
  • Ola Matysiakiewicz, MSc student, Charles lab - lemon poppy seed muffins
  • Ashley Ross, MSc student, Neufeld lab - caramel espresso bars
  • Lucy Satora, Biology Financial/Purchasing Assistant - tiramisu
  • Emilie Spasov, MSc student, Neufeld lab - chickpea brownies
  • Terence Tang, Departmental Technician - rhubarb marscapone mousse cake

Biology grad students, staff and faculty voted on their favourite dessert to determine the winners.

In the end, Lucy Satora won with her version of Italian tiramisu. She received a $25 gift card to Starbucks. Terence Tang came in second with rhubarb marscapone mousse cake and PhD student James Campbell’s cinnamon buns came in a close third. Terence and James each received a Biology T-shirt.

This was Biology’s second annual bake-off; Professor Barb Moffatt won the inaugural competition with her version of rhubarb crumble.

"We plan to continue to hold the bake-off as an annual biology event," says Jeannie Redpath-Erb, chair of Biology's Social Committee. "We were happy with the number of people that attended the event, we hope next year we have more competitors to compete in the bake off and each year it will continue to grow."

Craving something sweet now? Need a dish to bring to that Canada Day potluck? Several participants have graciously provided their recipes below.

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