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Baking recipe to impress?

Hi all, I'm after a baked good to knock some socks off! I've got a mid morning meeting next week, at which I'd like to impress with something sweet and amazing. It needs to travel well and since I'm in Australia, where it's mid winter, I sadly can't do any summer fruits. I'm thinking bars or cookies? I'd love to hear any ideas. Thanks in advance!

asked by LouisaA over 4 years ago
16 answers 3097 views
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boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 4 years ago

Perhaps these?
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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added over 4 years ago

These are delicious and pretty: http://www.marthastewart...

I love PB &J and these are fantastic: http://www.foodnetwork...

or what about these: http://smittenkitchen.com...

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Sam1148

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added over 4 years ago

Cheese sausage biscuits. I'm talking the little ball things of 'bisquick' and cup of sausage, and a cup of shredded cheese.

Not sure if "Bisquick" is available in OZ. But you can make a knock off of those. with Google searches.

http://www.food.com/recipe...

That's the basic recipe...but you can sub 'bisquick' for any pre-mixed bisuit mix.
Basically. It's sausage in the mix, with cheese, and garlic and herbs if you want to get fancy.

The result should little balls of sausage/biscuit/cheese goodness. Without all the fuss and mess of having each element in a biscuit 'sandwich' thingie. .

Yes, I know this isn't 'sweet' but it's very good. One thing I've noticed in 'meetings' etc is that women always go for the sweet stuff--and guys like the savory stuff. (yeah, sexist, but true).

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HalfPint

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added over 4 years ago

For a mid morning snack, I recommend pani popo. They are soft sweetish rolls baked in an incredible coconut sauce. King Arthur Flour website has a great recipe that I have tried and just love. They can be baked the night before and warmed for serving or served at room temperature. They can travel right in the pan.

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HalfPint

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added over 4 years ago

Here's the link to the recipe: http://www.kingarthurflour...

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HalfPint

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added over 4 years ago

Sorry, I really should have used the term 'buns', instead of rolls.

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added over 4 years ago

I saw these for the first time at a wedding this weekend, and they impressed me. They're more visually stunning than anything particularly ground-breaking in the flavor department. But the trompe l'oeil decorating is pretty special. Especially for it being mid-winter, it might be neat to be able to bring in what looks like fresh peaches.

http://goo.gl/GtkCx

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added over 4 years ago

Those are beautiful. I've seen similar, but shaped like acorns and dipped in chocolate and nuts for the cap.

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drbabs

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added over 4 years ago

I think you might like this; it won the non-pie Thanksgiving dessert contest. I created it so that it would be pretty and travel well, and I suspect that apples may be in season where you are:
http://food52.com/recipes...

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Reiney

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added over 4 years ago

Actually, speaking of Thanksgiving, a pumpkin pie always went down a treat when I worked in Oz because it was so unfamiliar to see pumpkin in a sweet. So it definitely fulfills the impressive requirement.

You'll find most recipes use "canned pumpkin" which you'd have to replicate with a roasted butternut pumpkin, pureed and strained through a cheesecloth. (David Jones Food Halls sell canned pumping pie filling but it's expensive).

You could also try a pecan pie - when the recipe calls for corn syrup you can get the Karo brand at David Jones or other specialty stores.

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hardlikearmour

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added over 4 years ago

Or substitute Lyle's golden syrup for the Karo - it makes the best pecan pie ever!

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added over 4 years ago

My tangerine shortbread tart was a big hit at my husband's staff meeting. http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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added over 4 years ago

Winter + impress + sweet (to me) = Bûche De Noël. One of my favorite flavor combos is an orange and gran mariner buttercream with a dark chocolate cake and a bittersweet glaze.


http://www.google.com/search...


http://m.epicurious.com...

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added over 4 years ago

In this weather (I'm in Australia as well), it's apple and rhubarb crumble.

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added over 4 years ago

What about a rhubarb and cream cheese galette? Oh! my that is heavenly!

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added over 4 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you for your thoughtful and delicious responses! I don't think I'm going to have any trouble impressing with this list.