You know the old challenge to “Pay it forward”? Where one good turn deserves/begets another? Well, I am going to challenge you to Bake It Forward. That’s right…BAKE! A few weeks ago, inspired by a Lenten challenge, I made some treats to share with the Mums on the school playground. I didn’t exactly BAKE as I made Chocolate Crispie Nests but I did heat up the ingredients in a saucepan on the hob so I like to classify it as baking. Whatever you decide to do, do it yourself. Going to the nearest supermarket and buying a box of brownies or a tray of fairy cakes is easy and generous but you get far more satisfaction out of making something with your own two hands. Here’s what I did:
- 50g butter
- 250g chocolate (I used a mix of milk and dark chocolate)
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
In a large bowl add 300g Rice Krispie-type cereal (I used gluten-free store brand rice crisp cereal and frostie cereal). Pour melted chocolate/syrup/butter mixture onto cereal and mix thoroughly. Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners and add 1-2 dessert spoons of the Chocolate Crispie mixture. I added enough to fill but not over-fill the paper cases. Get creative with toppings if you like: chocolate buttons, chocolate eggs, sprinkles, coloured sugar, Haribo gummy bears; anything with a bit of fun and colour. Pop the trays into the fridge for 10-15 minutes to help them set.
That was all. It took a grand total of approximately 15 minutes to make the Chocolate Crispie Nests and then I popped them into a box to take on the school run. Oddly (well, oddly to me) some people didn’t want one. I offered them to the Mums waiting outside my daughter’s classroom one afternoon. Most were collecting their children from my daughter’s class, some were just wandering by and got lucky. In the end, a few children got some too as they came out from the classroom. I made approximately 30 nests from the ingredients so there were plenty to go around. I also ensured that my ingredients were gluten and nut free as I was handing it out on the school grounds (and I am Coeliac). The best part was that people were happy! They were happy to get a treat, happy to be surprised, happy that it cost nothing and happy that it was for them! That in turn made me happy. Win win.
Why not, sometime in the next few weeks, consider a Bake It Forward approach? You could bake something for your neighbours and leave them on their doorsteps with a message. You could bring treats to your next coffee morning or your child’s preschool group or to your exercise class (ha!). It’s just a nice gesture, shows your generosity and spreads happiness and tastiness at the same time. What will you bake? Share it with us in the comments or through social media by using the hashtag #embracehappy. Ready? Steady…Bake It Forward!