Today is my last ceramics class - I will be sad to finish as it has been really fun, and I have learnt a lot! But I thought I'd make some sweet treats for my classmates and tutors just to say goodbye and thanks. I decided yesterday to do some baking, so had to find recipes that only used ingredients I had to hand (check me out with my serious lack of planning!) Plus I wanted to make bite size treats, rather than a whole cake say, so it would be easy to package up for people to take home. I knew we wouldn't be able to eat them in class, as working with clay gets mucky, so decided to make individual parcels of goodies for each person to take away.
I ended up settling on Chocolate Truffle Cookies and Coconut Macaroons, both of which are from the Hummingbird Bakery's 'Home Sweet Home' book. I halved the macaroon mix though as I only had 200g of dessicated coconut, and doubled the ingredients for the cookie mix. The macaroons came out really awesome, though next time I will use more condensed milk than the recipe says, or less coconut, as I like my macaroons a bit more gooey. The cookies I think I left in the oven a tad too long - they aren't burnt or anything, but just not as moist as I reckon they should be. For a first attempt though I am pretty darn pleased!
A few days ago in Tiger (pretty much the best shop EVER, am I right?!) I bought three colours of this super cute cello wrap because at £1 a roll I basically couldn't leave it behind! I used it to wrap the baked goods up in little parcels, and tied them off with some white ribbon and handmade tags. I love being able to use up supplies I already have, though mainly because it gives me a good excuse to go and buy more!
One thing I really miss about working in a job with other people is having excuses to make cakes and treats - I do still make them from time to time, but it seems kind of greedy to make a tray of brownies just for myself! I want to join some sort of club or group so I have people to give them to on a regular basis! Maybe I should start a cake eating club or something?!