Office Treats: Meeting Monday Head On!

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When I announced to the office a couple of weeks ago that I would no longer be baking for them, sad faces abound. My initial thinking was, if I have high cholesterol I can’t be baking for the office and having all these treats around me.

But I’ve changed my mind. Self control is my problem, not theirs.

I was off this last week, and it was a pretty cruddy week in the office by all accounts so I thought I would return with a smile on my face and a bundle of sweet treats to cheer them all up.

Plus, I’ve been itching to get stuck into my Spice Drops which I bought after reviewing one their products (see it here). We’ve been using them in savoury cooking but it was time to put them to their ultimate test!

So here’s what they can look forward to tomorrow.

Nutty Brownies

Nut brownies

 

It was going to be Uncle Joe’s brownies but no mintballs in the local supermarket. These are great though. Only one problem- I got this new brownie tin, buttered the insert, but they rose over the top of it and stuck! So the middle row fell apart and several lost thir lovely crunchy tops. Still taste great though.

Recipe here. I subbed a splash of milk for the espresso today.

 

Oaty, Fruity Cookies

Oaty fruity cookies

This is a Hummingbird recipe which I mess with. This time I have soaked the fruit in a solution of water and tea masala spice drops to give them a spicy hint (I used one drop in approx 200 ml water). I also use mixed fruit rather than just raisins as the recipe suggests. Oh and up the spice. So I use 1tsp ginger and 1 tsp cinnamon. I’ve also used all spice in the past. it’s all good.

Most significantly, the recipe asks for 270g butter. Whoa there! So I subbed 1/3 of the butter with 0% Greet yoghurt, and you know what? I think these are the best yet! They are lighter than usual and needed two more minutes in the oven but I think they are are superior – we’ll wait for the results tomorrow!

Find the recipe in the Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book.

 

Chocolate Ginger Biscuits

Ginger Choc Chip Biscuits

I’ve tinkered with a recipe from my home boy John Whaite’s first cook book. I needed more ginger, so have added more stem ginger, 2 tsp of ginger syrup and some ginger Spice Drops. I also added a few more choc chunks. And again, slightly less sugar.

These spread thin so are definitely biccies rather than cookies. I admit, I will be keeping some of these back for home consumption – just one a day mind!

So there we go. Monday doesn’t have to be miserable! I’d love to hear if you are baking for your colleagues this week too!

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Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes.
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