Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cookies, Gingerbread and Macarons - All for a good cause!

        Sorry to all of you who feel neglected due to my lack of blogging. Since my last post I've been busy baking for a cause and also eating out, socialising and what not. Unfortunately this post won't be as comprehensive as my other posts but I thought I would just share with you what took up most of my time and energy last week.
        So what's up with this baking for a cause? Well the adorable Sarah Q from church emailed me asking if I was interested in baking and donating to a bake sale so that they could raise some money to help fund a mission trip to Vietnam that herself and some others were going on. Who am I to say no? And I just love to bake. So I pretty much spent a week planning exactly what I would bake and when and how I would do it. I decided that I would bake 3 or even 4 different items to donate, carefully thinking about each item, wether or not it would be appealing to others and I also wanted them to be a little different, something someone else wouldn't think of doing.

        My first choice was double choc chip chilli cookies. I'd actually made these the week before and they were an absolute hit at work so decided to make them again. Cookies also keep well so I knew I could make these in advance and start them first. It was also the easiest batch of cookies to make.

        For ease of selling/buying/eating I thought I would package the cookies too. I made packs of two, one cookie would just not be enough for one person. I had 18 packs of these with enough to take some to work again.

        My second choice was gingerbread, though the recipe I used gave me something that was more of a cross bread of gingerbread and cookie, call it a gingerbread cookie. I had bought these shaped cutters in anticipation of making gingerbread so it was about time I made use of them.

        Packaged them in packs of two, a girl and boy cookie, I called them my 'gingerbread people'. I was going to decorate them but ran our of time and patience so ended up leaving them plain. Also had 18 packs for the bake sale and took some to work with a few rejects left at home.

        My third choice was going to be cupcakes, maybe rosewater flavoured or something but I knew that others would most likely be baking cupcakes so thought I would be game and attemp to make macarons seeing as they are all the rage at the moment and they would be even more popular if they were home made (I've also got a small fan base of my cooking/baking so knew these would hit the mark).
        I decided to do a lemon macaron with coconut ganache. I was a little disappointed with how they turned out as they wern't as good as some previous batches I'd made but by the end of these I was not in the mood to do anymore baking. They tasted good though which was the important part.

        These are worth their weight in gold and one batch only yielded me 17 macarons worthy of selling so I packaged them individually and kept them in the fridge for a couple of days before the bake sale.
        You would think by the end of this I would be a little tired of baking but on the weekend I still managed to make profiteroles at mum's request and also made friands.
        I was quite tired and exhausted by the end of my baking marathon but getting a few personal compliments from people who bought/tasted my goodies made it all worth while.


chocolatesuze said...

nawwww your gingerbread people are so cute!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Good on you! Job well done :)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Aww aren't you sweet! I bet people just loved these. The macarons sound absolutely droolworthy! :D

Laura said...

This is so great, awesome idea with the gingerbread people. cant go wrong there. Oh & the Lemon with coconut, perfection!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Well done, Angie! Very proud of you!

Phuoc'n Delicious said...

Awww gingerbread people are so cute! I have a few cutters that I still need to make cookies with, I'll probably do them soon :D

You macs look great! And I love how they were all packaged and labelled. So sweet!

I'd like to organise a food blogger bake sale one day... Don't know when and how but I guess I'll know who to ask *looks in Angie's direction* :)

OohLookBel said...

Very well done, Angie! It's wonderful that it's for such a good cause, too. By the way, can you please post your gingerbread recipe? I have a cute cutter as well that I haven't used yet :)

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Hi Suze: Awww thanks =)

Hi Penny: Thank you ! =)

Hi Lorraine: I am way too sweet =D The macarons were certainly tasty! (well the half of one reject one that I got to taste did!)

Hi Laura: Thanks! =)

Hi Ellie: Awww shucks, thank you =)

Hi Phuoc: Thanks! Hehe I have been having a dessert party idea in the back of my mind (for friends and food blogger friends alike) but just havn't really had a chance to think hard about organising one, maybe we can team up for something ;)

Hi Bel: Thank you! Yeah, I think when you do something you love and know that something good comes out of it, it's very rewarding =) Gingerbread people post is up!

Richard Elliot said...

What an amazing effor for a great cause! I think your packaging looks very cool.

I hope you managed to raise lots of money!

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Hi Richard: Thanks! I really do hope my friends raised a lot of money too!