Bangladesh Artisans

1 fair trade ingredientsAs a Ten Thousand Villages store manager in Saskatoon, I have had the opportunity to share the story of Ten Thousand Villages with many people, either one-on-one in the store or to larger groups. For those of you who know the interesting story, you’ll know that Ten Thousand Villages was started in 1946 by a woman named Edna Ruth Byler.

Edna was also Mennonite Central Committee’s Akron, Pennsylvania hostess for a number of years. And from what I understand, she was an amazing baker. While there, she would make buns and doughnuts. Her recipe can be found in the More-with-Less Cookbook. The cookbook says she even offered classes on how to make this recipe!

I love to bake and to use fair trade ingredients in my baking. I also love to share my baking with others – which is good, because this recipe is huge. It will make 100 doughnuts/buns! I often make a half recipe so I can use my stand mixer to do some of the work.

This recipe is also very versatile. You can make cinnamon/sticky rolls (my favourite), doughnuts, dinner rolls or coffee cake. It also freezes well. I’ve given you my three favourite options below, and the others are listed in the cookbook. Enjoy!

Clara's cake with ingredientsFor Colombian native Clara Salamanca, baking a “Hummingbird Cake” is truly a labour of love.

The tropical ingredients – dried pineapple, shredded coconut, sugar and bananas – remind her of home. And many of the dry ingredients can be purchased at the Granville Island Ten Thousand Villages store where she volunteers every Saturday afternoon.

Equally as important, the recipe is based on one she found in an Australian magazine she purchased while visiting her daughter Gabriela, who lives “down under.” This yummy dessert is therefore a beautiful reminder of a daughter she wishes she could see more frequently.