Baking for swapping!

I was so excited when Tam posted about her blogger cookie swap. I took part in it when I had first started blogging, and it was fun. I need no excuse to bake, plus you get to receive a surprise in the post too- what could be better?

I could not decide what to make, and in the end made 3 types to send off.

I had my eye on this nutty apple loaf recipe from HummingbirdΒ for ages, and decided to make mini loaves with the recipe.

I also decided to make some cookies (using the Millies Cookies recipe)- I used dried cherries and carob as I love that combo.

The recipe made a lot, but luckily I was seeing some friends on Saturday, and one of them cannot have chocolate, so these were perfect.

An awful lot!

I also made some peanut chocolate squares. These were based on the minty brownies (from Sweet VeganΒ ) but I made a sort of peanut caramel for the centre by mixing peanut butter with some brown rice syrup, heating it up, and adding a little icing sugar to thicken.

This was poured on the base.

And then left to set.

Then I made a topping by melting some dark chocolate with some dark chocolate peanut butter (it makes the best topping ever) and then sprinkling with white chocolate stars.

So pretty πŸ™‚

Then I packed them all up and sent them off. As I made 3 recipes I had a lot of spare, so my freezer has quite a few baked goods in it now!

Today I received my parcel in exchange πŸ™‚

It was packaged up so prettily- with strawberries on the box. Tam has made me some lovely peanut butter buttons (which I was so tempted to try before breakfast, but I did wait until just before lunch to sample (but I did not take a photo- too busy munching!) and they are amazing) and also some carnival cookies. She also included the recipes-(and a recipe card) thanks so much!

I love taking part in this, so thanks Tamzin for organising it πŸ™‚

If you like baking, why do you think you enjoy it so much? To coin an Early Years Teaching phrase, “it’s the process not the product” and I think that is why I enjoy it so much. Of course I do enjoy eating the baked goods too, but actually it is reading the recipe books, weighing out ingredients, mixing it all up, and of course the lovely smell it creates too, that I most enjoy.

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23 thoughts on “Baking for swapping!”

  1. I enjoy the product more than the process when it comes to cookies, cakes and such. But when it comes to baking bread, I find it so relaxing to knead the dough. I haven’t made bread in ages, maybe it’s time? πŸ™‚

  2. As soon as I realised this swap existed, I knew that whoever would be partnered with you was in for a real treat.

    Everything looks amazing, but obviously the star decorations make the brownies truly shine for me, the ultimate non-baker!


  3. I like the process and the product! I find baking a therapeutic activity. I like the measuring, the mixing, the waiting to see how it’ll turn out. I’m a fan, for sure!
    I love all your baking. It always looks so tasty and pretty and like lots of effort has gone in and I really love that in a baked product!

    1. I think it is so satisfying that you can get a few ingredients and make so many different things from them too.

  4. Wow your home-made treats look so professional! Especially the cookies- they look like they’ve come straight from Millies!
    I love the idea of the fun of baking being in the process and not the product… but the product is pretty sweet too πŸ˜‰

  5. All your baking looks so lovely, I will have to make those peanut butter chocolate brownies some time, delish! πŸ™‚ And the nutty apply loaf, mmm, they all look great!!

    Ffion and I are, luckily I guess, both last minute people so we sent our cookies to each other on Monday (the deadline day, oops!) so we’re hoping to receive each other’s parcels today. Exciting, I can’t wait to see what Ffion baked! πŸ˜€

    Re your question, sometimes I enjoy the process of baking more than others. My baking has been getting a bit repetitive recently as my family keep requesting mud pies and lemon drizzle cakes so I’m making the same things over and over. I really enjoyed baking the cookies for Ffion though. I don’t make cookies as often as cakes and it was fun trying out new recipes, especially as Ffion has given up chocolate for lent so I *had* to bake cookies that Liam wouldn’t like…shame!! πŸ˜‰ It was nice to use more interesting recipes for once!!

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