Monday, December 15, 2008
Baking For Hospice
About 6 weeks ago I got this lovely e-mail from Nessie who reads my blog. Nessie, coincidentally, is just finishing her law degree and next year will be working at a firm that I used to work at. Nessie had this wonderful idea to do a regular baking run for hospice. Apparently a local bakery used to give their leftover baking to the North Shore Hospice, but now because of health and safety regulations, they are not able to. Of course I was keen – it is a fabulous cause!
I was going to make something Christmassy, using the rest of my stained glass window cookie dough to make star shaped stained glass window cookies. However, there wasn’t enough difference in size between my two star shaped cutters, and so the cookie dough didn’t hold its shape when I went to put the cookies on the tray. So, I simply rolled the dough into balls, poked a hole in each cookie with the end of my wooden spoon and filled the centres with plum jam. Cute and tasty little cookies.
The other thing I made was these chocolate and strawberry cupcakes. I used a recipe from Taste magazine which you can find here. The actual recipe is for a large cake, so I got 30 cupcakes from the recipe. The cake is a really yummy, moist one, filled with chunks of strawberries. One wee tip, if you are making this cake into cupcakes, rather than stir the strawberries through the mixture, fill the cupcake cases and then pop the strawberry chunks into the cakes.
The cakes are topped with chocolate ganache and I topped the ones for Hospice with little flowers. I took the rest of the cupcakes to a picnic we has with friends yesterday and topped them with strawberries. They were really delicious and so easy!
Thanks Nessie for such a great initiative! I look forward to baking for Hospice again in 2009!