I don’t know about you guys, but I find it hard to only have treats on ‘special occasions’. This is because we have special occasions here almost every week! I’ve had a spate of friends getting engaged or getting long sought-after jobs, and relatives having milestone birthdays, not to mention one-off work events. If I let myself eat sugary foods for each special occasion, I might as well go back to my old sugarholic ways.
So that’s why I’m now on the hunt for dextrose desserts, cakes and slices that I can take to special occasions that my friends will want to eat too. But I will have to say ‘no’ to eating some of my own baking from time to time, as I’m afraid of letting those dextrose goodies creep into my diet too much.
I love baking. I’m terrible at just relaxing and doing nothing (why just watch a dvd when you can do the dishes/write an email/plan world domination etc at the same time?). Baking helps me to relax. I guess it’s because for the 20 or 30 minutes I’m making something, I have to concentrate only on that one thing. My poor old brain probably goes ‘aaah’ when ever I bake. Anyway, baking is pretty much my favourite hobby. I sometimes bake just for myself, but usually it’s for other people. It’s one way I show them love. I’m quite well-known for my baking, and more than a few people were disappointed to hear their supply of sweet treats from me was being cut off.
Tomorrow I’m going to make a dextrose cake for a good friend who is leaving on an adventure to India and beyond for a few months. She’s having a dessert party as her farewell. If I take the cake, at least D and I will have something to eat, and hopefully everyone else will like it too.
It’s been a really foul day here – high winds, cold and wet. And it’s only the third day of Autumn! D and I have been super tired and cranky, and generally stayed indoors as much as we could. I decided to make this chocolate slice – partly because I was bored being stuck inside, and partly to see how sweet I would find dextrose baking. It turned out fine. Not super sweet, but sweet enough. I still don’t know if it’s one I’d give out to my friends – I’d have to tweak it a little first. But I was pleased that my first foray into using dextrose turned out ok.