This past weekend I baked up some goodies for the Calgary Food Blogger Bake Sale which was benefiting Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids Society. I had gone back and forth over what I should bake because I knew that if I brought sugar cookies or cupcakes I'd go overboard and turn it into some huge decorating session that would keep me up all night painting tiny pieces of sugar paste. Don't get me wrong, I love making fiddly little decorations but designing and executing them the night before is just a terrible idea.
Instead I mixed up enough wild rice and onion dough to make six loaves of bread and put it in the fridge to rise overnight. I love this bread because it's soft and onion-y and makes excellent toast. Plus the more I bake the more I find that many people prefer savory baked goods over the sweet ones. Given the choice between a cheese bun or a brownie I'd choose the cheese bun every time (but really I'd be happiest if I could just have both).
Along with the bread I decided to go with a bake sale childhood classic: rice krispie squares. They are a little bit fancied up and extra delicious because the butter is browned before the marshmallows are stirred in. Plus they have a generous marshmallow to cereal ratio which makes them soft and gooey.
All I had left to do was package up the bread and head over to Casel Marche to drop everything off. However, that's when I discovered that my dog had taken the opportunity of me being out of the room to grab one of the loaves of bread and eat a good portion of it.
I swear she can tell which baked good has taken the most time/effort and then eats that one. She did something similar at Christmas with a loaf of Stollen that was on a table piled with different meats and cheeses. Naturally she went straight for the bread.
So only five loaves made it to the bake sale along with the rice krispie squares but once I saw all the other delicious stuff for sale I completely forgot about being annoyed at my carb-loving canine.
I had planned to buy a few of the baked goods from different bloggers and then take nice pictures of them so that everyone could see the delicious stuff that was for sale. That didn't really happen though.
Instead I was like "OMG YUM" and then like "that, and that, and that" and then *insert sound of me taking one half-ass picture of the baked goods before eating them*
This is the only picture I got of the tasty rosemary shortbread cookie with some sort of delicious jam on it. It was baked by Dan from Dan's Good Side and although he claims that he isn't very good at baking this was one of my favorite treats from the sale.
And then here is a terrible picture of some delicious cookies by Gwendolyn at Patent & the Pantry, meringues by Stephanie at Global Dish, and coconut marshmallows by Vincci from Ceci n'est pas un food blog all still in their plastic. It would have been a much better picture if I had taken them out of their wrapping. Which I did...
...and then promptly ate them. Soo good.
Sorry to those bloggers who made such beautiful photo-worthy treats! Maybe if they hadn't been so delicious they would have survived long enough for me to get a decent shot.
And a big thank you to Vincci who organized the bake sale which ended up raising $1,900!