When I first started blogging back in December, one of the blogs that inspired me to do so was Sarah Trivuncic's Maison Cupcake. Sarah started blogging in 2009, and her blog quickly developed into a way of exploring the world of baking. Now, in 2012, it has become one of the most well know food blogs in the UK and June saw the release of Sarah's first book, Sweet Bite Sized Bakes, one of the Bake Me I'm Yours series. This is on my 'want, want, want' list.
To celebrate the launch of the book, the publishers organised a Bake Swap on their website BakeMe.com; if you signed up you would be paired with a partner to swap some baked treats. Hopefully, you might just find a friend, too. The bakes had to be posted on or before 2 July.
I was paired with Emma. The email announcing this didn't give me any other details (other than her address), so I spent some time pondering what I could make, for someone I didn't know, didn't know what they liked, and which would survive the journey intact and would deliver on the promise of a 'treat'.
|Dark Chocolate and Toasted Hazelnut, left, and White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies|
I decided on two kinds of cookies: White Chocolate and Cranberry, and Dark Chocolate and Toasted Hazelnut. I used my basic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, just substituting the 150g chocolate chips for 100g white chocolate chips and 50g dried cranberries, and in another batch, 100g dark chocolate chips and 50g chopped toasted hazelnuts. I also added a pinch of salt to each batch - just to counter any possible over-sweetness, and to balance out the flavour (and I think it worked really well so will probably do that all the time from now on!). I used a kilner jar as packaging, as it was just the right size, and had a go at making a handmade label as a finishing touch - wrapped in plenty of bubble wrap I just hope they got to Emma without breaking!
So, today, my treat from Emma arrived. A fantastic tin of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookies, with a lovely little card. Talk about great minds thinking alike though, as we both thought about cookies!
|Emma's gorgeous Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies|
Emma, has her own blog, too, A-way with the Fairy Cakes. I'm so pleased that the swap paired me with Emma, as it allowed me to discover her blog, and her fantastic cupcakes. I love her beautiful fondant flowers. Why don't you have a look? I hope she'll share some tips with me on how to do them! ;)
|Anyone for a Cookie?|
I've never done anything like this before, but I really enjoyed it. Up until 9 July, those who took part will be uploading a picture of our received treat to BakeMe's Facebook Page as a way of saying 'Thank You' to our baking partner. So you can visit and check out all the other swaps! The best five will win a copy of Sarah's book.