For some reason, I put my hand up to provide some baked goods to my work colleagues for the Biggest Morning Tea held last month I took delight in saying that I would be doing all the baking though- everyone asked me if it was actually going to be my work, knowing the yummy treats I provide are normally not my own work!
I decided to choose a recipe from by beer cookbook, Cooking with Beer (not that imaginative a title really!). Having made successful blue cheese and ale muffins previously, this time I chose the blueberry and ale muffins. It's a pretty simple recipe, the US book calling for Bisquick, which we don;t have here. Much easier to get together the proper dry ingredients of a muffin mix anyway. So put the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar together, then mix in the blueberries (fresh if cheap, frozen-thawed and drained-if not), beer and melted butter. Divide into muffin tins and bake until done (about 12 minutes).
Now, this was totally yummy, but not likely to win me any awards at the morning tea. So after asking K about further options, she suggested a simple cream cheese icing and some blueberry coulis for drizzling on top. Best idea ever!
So I easily won the prize for best sweet dish at the morning tea and now my reputation for baking at work is up there with K. Hurrah!
It was K's birthday not that long ago, so after purchasing a delicious Brownie and Passionfruit chocolate torte from Le Petit Gourmet to get us through a few days before I was well enough to bake a cake, I decided to break out the whoopie pie book that had been a source of amusement a few times already (from the title only!). Whoopie pies are supposed to be somewhere between as cake and a biscuit, and look like macarons on steroids.
So I chose to make simple chocolate whoopies, with a peanut butter icing middle,
They worked out OK- I don;t recommend using Copha for shortening though. Use butter for all of the fat. The copha was just rubbish, and didn't do anything, and they totally didn't flatten out. As a consequence, the pies really were just mini cakes. But they were still delish, and the peanut butter icing is to do for!