Saturday 19 December 2009

Let the festivities begin...

It was our Christmas party at work on Thursday and I seized the opportunity to bake some of my tried and tested recipes. I always find with baking that I improve the more that I do it, and this time was no exception. First up were my patented
Best Ever Brownies which came out the best ever. I've tweaked the recipe slightly and edited the original post. You MUST try. They were incredible. Moist, slightly gooey, and I still have some left. Woo.

Next, classic Snickerdoodles. I followed the recipe exactly from here. Awesome. Perfect consistency, and for once, I didn't dump too much dough onto the baking tray, so they spread just the right amount and came out a nice, manageable size. I managed to wrestle two away to take home, but they went FAST. They're so fast to make, I think they'll be coming out for Christmas Day.

Finally, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, which are the easiest thing EVER to make. You don't even need to cook them! And they taste like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but with NICE, English chocolate. Woo. Honestly, so easy, and they were by far my most popular cake. I had to send the recipe around in an email before I went. Recipe below...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Recipe from
  • 250 grams butter, softened
  • 250 grams crunchy peanut butter
  • 400 grams icing sugar
  • 18 digestive biscuits
  • 2 bags chocolate buttons (or as much as you need to cover your pan)
1. Line and grease a 9×13 inch pan with aluminum foil. In a food processor, grind up your graham crackers (unless you have store-bought crumbs).

2. Add the butter, peanut butter, and sugar to your crumbs and process until a ball forms (you can also beat everything together in your mixer if your processor/blender/whatever can’t do it).

3. Press the mixture into the pan. I found that using my hands worked best.

4. Over a double-boiler, or carefully in the microwave or in a small sauce pan over the stove, melt the chocolate chips, stirring often to prevent burning. Spread the melted chocolate over peanut butter mixture.

5. Chill in refrigerator for about an hour. Allow to come to room temperature before cutting into squares. Store in the refrigerator, or better yet, the freezer! Makes 20-24 bars.

We also had to dress up for the festivities, and after much agonising about what to go as, I remembered that I had the perfect dress, already in my wardrobe. Add some cheapo Primark tights (although I needed 2 pairs to get the colour dense enough) and a Santa hat, and I was good to go. Plus, an excuse to finally wear the white t-bars that I've been pondering about ever since I got them.

Yep, I know, it's a picture of me! I'm debating more face action on this blog in the future, what do you think? Or do you like the anonymity?


  1. You look lovely! Your work colleagues are so lucky to have you baking treats for them!

  2. That's such a cute outfit/photo!

  3. Thank you! Dressing like a 6 year old always pays off eventually. :)

    The cakes were awesome... sigh, I miss baking now the January detox has begun. :(


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