Libraries and Monash University team up for third Great Rare Books Bake-Off


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Calling all bakers! Penn State University Libraries needs your help to win back the Grand Champion trophy at the third annual Penn State/Monash University Rare Book Grand Bake.

For the third year, Penn State’s Eberly Family Special Collections Library is taking on Monash University Special Collections — one of Penn State’s international partner libraries — for a unique Rare Recipe Baking Challenge, and has need entrants to help them win The Great Rare Books Bake -Standing.

Penn State students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to discover the hidden gems of historic recipes from Monash University and Penn State’s Special Collections. Each university has once again combed through their respective rare cookbook collections and found exceptionally mouth-watering and delicious recipes just waiting to be cooked and eaten.

Between the two universities, there are 16 recipes to choose from. Attendees can try Pennsylvania specialties like wet fly pie and Ogontz cinnamon rolls, or Australian favorites like lamington cake or pavlova. Recipes newly added this year include pumpkin scones and caramel brownies. Recipes for bakers of varying skill levels are included, and historical context for the recipes is provided along the way.

To spice up the bake-off, Monash and Penn State have transformed the online event into a friendly competition where institutional pride is at stake. social networks (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with the hashtag #TheGreatRareBooksBakeOff. Add #BakePennState to have your message counted in favor of our institution. The university with the most registrations wins the bake-off and possession of the Grand Champion trophy to proudly display in its space.

The firing will take place from October 1 to 9. Recipes and contest details are available on the contest website.

On October 5, the two libraries will host an online panel discussion with historical food culture experts starting at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending the roundtable can register for: Historic Desserts and Discussion Event.


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