History professor cooks for a cause on YouTube

April 07, 2008

Edith Farr Ridington taught classics and literature at the College for more than 20 years. But few know that besides her love of Aristotle, she was also a whiz at whipping up a great dessert. Now, her famous recipe for chocolate and almond Bavarian is the subject of a YouTube video as part of a fundraiser for the College’s annual fund.

The perfect professor to whip up Ridington’s recipe? Assistant Professor of History Bryn Upton, who found the dessert in the archives as part of a recipe book from the 1970 Faculty Club Covered-Dish Dinner.

“Before I became a professor, I was a cook, so this is the perfect assignment for me,” he says. “It blends my love of history with my love of cooking… and eating.”

Youtube viewers can watch Upton make this unique dessert and then try their own hand at it. The College is sending the recipe to viewers in exchange for a gift of any size.

So check out the video now.