Nothing says 'I appreciate you' or 'thanks so much for what you have done for me' more than putting on a good old fashioned morning tea.
After a recent electical fire related misadventure in my teaching room at school, we were relocated into a neighbouring classroom; thus displacing some of my colleagues. Now the repairs are done and we are back to normal in our new beautiful Textile Room, it was time to say a really big and heart felt thank you to everyone who gave up their teaching space and generally helped me in my hour, or rather month, of need.
One furious Sunday spent in the kitchen resulted in delicious Chocolate cake with butter cream icing, Mini Citrus Cheesecakes, Carrot Cranberry Cup Cakes with cream cheese icing, gluten free Rice Bubble Cake, Sticky Lemon Slice and Home Smoked Salmon with creamy caper dip.
Everyone was overjoyed with the morning tea. It added a celebratory atmosphere to Teacher Only Day and helped to lighten a long day of professional development.
Here is one of my tried and true recipes. These are an old favourite that always go down well. They can be cooked as a cake - just bake at 160 Deg. C for approx 30-40 minutes.
Carrot and Cranberry Cup Cakes
1 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup oil (flavourless oil like canola or grapeseed)
Beat the sugar and eggs together, then beat in the oil
Add 1 1/2 cups of grated carrot and 3/4 cup dried cranberries
Sift together 1 heaped cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fold all the ingredients together and place into individual cup cake cases
Bake for 10 minutes at 170 degrees C until a cake tester comes out clean.
When cold ice with the following:
250g cream cheese
1 1/4 cups icing sugar
Rind of 1 lemon
Beat the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Use a star nozzle to pipe onto the top of the cooled cup cakes.
There is nothing that quite matches a good old fashioned show of gratitude. Happy Cooking!