Baking in Johannesburg

Posted 19 October 2015 by Lorin Symington.

After completing the Sol4, I started to test the oven we’ve built at SunFire Solutions. First thing in the morning I decided to bake scones. Did you know that tea time is something serious in South Africa? People love scones! And here is a first batch of 24 baked in 25 mins during a cloudy day using only solar energy!

Then, the muffins... I love muffins. With this small oven, I could have baked more than 300 that day but I stopped after 36... in one batch!

The next day, Phina joined and we baked cornmeal infused raisin bran muffins, chickpea coriander bread and delicious simple white bread.

Phina was really impressed and she loved the crusty golden bread.

Last Friday, the Greenside Primary School invited and Sunfire Solutions to demonstrate the power of the sun by baking hundreds upon hundreds of cookies with the Sol4 baking oven.

Greenside Primary School is a multicultural school in the heart of the beautiful Greenside neighbourhood in Johannesburg. They strive to integrate academic, cultural and sporting activities in order to promote spiritual, emotional and social development within their learners.

I spoke to the grades 5, 6 and 7 about renewable energy, energy poverty, climate change. All together about 300 students were there. Every session went over the allotted time because the students questions were never ending and everyone wanted to touch the fire from the sun.

GPS principal Dave Osburn is convinced the students will remember this day for the rest of their lives and hopes that and Sunfire Solutions will be able to come back every year to bake more delicious cookies and teach students about viable alternatives to fossil fuels! We hope so as well!




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