With the holiday season right around the corner, students across campus are preparing for lots of holiday treats. This year, ETSU’s Office of Professional Development is bringing award-winning baker Julie Voudrie to host a holiday baking class for students to learn baking techniques and recipes from a pro. The series of classes costs $139 and includes all ingredients and cookware.

Voudrie is well-known for her appearance on Next Great Baker on TLC in 2014. Voudrie’s specialty and passion is dessert baking. After appearing on the show, major doors opened for her on a local level and since then she has appeared on WJHL’s Day Time Tri-Cities on Fridays to demonstrate her recipes for their viewers.

The winter session of the class is closed, but Voudrie will be coming back in February to teach classes about her cake baking and decorating techniques.

This is the third year that Voudrie has taught baking classes at ETSU. Her goal for the class is to empower people to bake for themselves. She hopes that students can learn from her techniques and recipes to make their own creations.

“I love introducing people to the joy of baking and taking out the intimidation of baking, and to give them to the confidence to go to the kitchen and create memories,” Voudrie said.

Over the next three weeks, some of the desserts that students enrolled in the class will cook include pumpkin bread, mini pumpkin and apple pies, kolache, fudge and sugar cookies. Using these desserts, Voudrie hopes that students can bring a sense individuality to their own holiday celebrations.

“The goal of the class is to give people hands-on experience through creating recipes in class so that when they go home they can recreate the same recipes with success,” Voudrie said.