Sweet Scots student-run bakery returns to McHenry County College

Confectionery offers desserts, boxed lunches

McHenry County College’s Sweet Scots bakery is entering its fifth year of operation, and students and staff now can enjoy affordable treats at the college.

The bakery, 8900 Route 14 in the Scot Room, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays this fall.

Part of the college’s culinary management program, the bakery offers freshly baked cookies, brownies, pastries and lemonade.

Students enrolled in the program get hands-on experience running a real bakery. Most students in the class are working toward a degree in baking and pastry management.

All menu items are made from scratch, chef instructor Andi Murray said.

“It’s a student-run bakery, and the capstone class for our baking and pastry degree,” Murray said. “We give them real-world experience.”

Junior Kara Brace said she enjoys working in the kitchen. She hopes to use this experience to open her own specialty foods company.

“It’s pretty exhausting – a lot of work,” Brace said.

Among the bakery’s most popular items are Nutella turnovers, espresso cream brownies and Earl Grey cherry tea cookies. Customers also receive a free coffee with each purchase.

Another returning favorite is the daily $5 “Pick 2” lunch box special, which includes a savory item, cookie and choice of a beverage.

On Thursday, patrons could choose from ratatouille with a light salad or nachos with black beans and guacamole.

“Everything is made by students,” Murray said. “It’s fantastic. Our goal was ‘for students, by students.’ We kept our prices down so my kids would get the experience and the broke college student would be able to come in and have something good.”

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