It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

My husband raised his eyebrows when I announced that I’d “joined another group”. He despairs as I spend more time working on voluntary projects than paid ones. Maybe it’s an age and stage thing? And clichéd I know, but I really do get  satisfaction from the non-paid things I do. So, I do more of them and so it goes on…

I’m now proudly a member of Good Bitches Baking. This is a collective of women who have come together on Facebook to bake for those who could do with a treat. It’s a simple but effective concept that has been realised by Wellington based gals, Nic and Marie.

Husband asked how I feel about being called a bitch. You know, I don’t much like that word – truth be told, I strongly dislike it. But, in this case, it’s not about what’s being said, rather how it’s said. I can live with being called a good bitch. And this isn’t about me.

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My highlight of last week was dropping these little beauties off to Women’s Refuge. I don’t know who got them or how they used them, and I don’t care. What I do know is that they made somebody happy and that’s what this is all about.

Here’s the recipe I used – standard afghans with a little twist.

What you’ll need

200g softened butter

100g brown sugar

1 orange, squeezed for juice

190g plain flour

3 Tbsp cocoa

50g cornflakes (or crushed up weetbix if that’s what you have) – that’s about 2 cups worth

Icing:

Chocolate butter icing with a squeeze of fresh orange juice

How to make them

Turn oven to 180°C. Prepare an oven tray with baking paper.

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Cream butter and sugar and lovely and fluffy. Beat in the orange juice until well combined.

Sift together the flour and cocoa and mix into the creamed mixture.

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Mix through the cornflakes. As you can see, I do the who lot in my trusted Kenny.

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Using a teaspoon, shape large spoonfuls into a rustic looking ball, leaving room between each for slight spreading.

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Lightly press a floured fork on top of each biscuit to flatten slightly.

Bake for 10-13 minutes until they ‘smell’ ready – you need to watch so they don’t burn. Remove from oven and cool on tray for a five-ten minutes before moving to wire racks.

When completely cold, ice with chocolate icing. Traditionally, they are served with a half walnut pressed into the icing. I sometimes will use thread coconut instead or decorate with sprinkles as I’ve done in this case.

These are a brilliant lunch box filler or a tasty gift. They also go down a treat for a work shout. I often make a double batch and will cook at 165°C fanbake if I’m cooking multiple trays in the oven.

If you have some time on your hands and want to give these (or any baking) a go for a good cause, contact the girls at Good Bitches Baking – they’ll find a home for it. And you’ll feel brilliant for having done it.

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