Molly Brodak, Kennesaw State University professor, will appear on ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show."
Photo: Lauren Kress via Disney/ABC
Photo: Lauren Kress via Disney/ABC

Kennesaw State professor to appear on ABC baking competition show

If you give Kennesaw State University professor Molly Brodak an apple on the first day of class, she might turn it into some amazing baked good.

Brodak will appear on ABC’s latest season of “The Great American Baking Show,” which premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. The show is an adaption of the “The Great British Bake Off.”

According to the school, the baker teaches English courses at the Marietta campus, and you can tell when she says stuff like this: “Baking is definitely more hands-on. Writing is much more conceptual, and it’s so in my head, but baking provides the hands-on that I crave.”

For those who prefer the unbaked stuff: You can get free, safe-to-eat cookie dough in Cobb on Saturday

Brodak said that she always told her husband “I could do that” when they were watching baking shows and one day she saw the casting call, so she applied.

She was at a conference with her KSU colleagues when she got the call for the final audition in New York City.

“There’s the baking side and the camera side,” she said. “You had to be good baker and be able to express yourself on camera. I think my teaching experience helped with that.”

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It seems she couldn’t escape the camera during that stretch because she had to pre-record several of her lectures so she could turn her class into an online course while she filmed in the United Kingdom.

The show filmed in two-day increments, followed by one day off and repeated that for three weeks.

“During my off days, I was still teaching. I was grading papers and talking with my students,” she said.

Brodak said she learned a lot, including a humbling cookie experience.

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She said she moved to metro Atlanta in 2011 and started baking because she didn’t know many people. As she got more into her hobby, she started a baking blog.

She also published something else: A book about her father Joseph Brodak, who robbed 11 banks the summer she turned 13.

You can read The AJC’s review of her book “Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir” here.

Molly Brodak wrote her memoir of growing up thinking that her father was one person when he was actually a bank robber. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

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