Baked goods for good

triangle food blogger bake sale

The first Triangle Food Blogger Bake Sale on Saturday raised $650 for Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger. This in a mere two hours of sweet snacking in Durham, just steps away from the Durham Farmers Market. (Hey, you can’t live on organic bok choy alone.)

Sixteen area food bloggers, including your humble Moose, participated. The first item to sell out, not surprisingly, involved chocolate. Claire Cusick of ThePieDaily brought what she called Brassies: Miniature brownie pies based on pecan tassies. I should have remembered that chocolate will always go first and added some chocolate chips to my Bananaville Muffins, which I have posted on this blog in the past. The original recipe is here in bread form, but they muffin-ized quite nicely. I could point out that Claire claimed prime real estate for her Brassies, next to the ticket desk and free coffee, but that would just look like I’m riding the bitter bus.

I spotted a platter of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, and had flashbacks to seeing my grandmother dump an entire bottle of red food coloring into the batter when she made the cake. But Magie Lanz of MagiesNoms used beet juice to color her cakes, so they didn’t have that glow-in-the-dark look.

matt lardie & johanna kramer (right)

There were whoopie pies, sweet potato cookies with candied orange peel, maple-oatmeal scones, chocolate macaroons and brown butter blondies. Author Nancie MacDermott arrived with caramel cupcakes and two kinds of pie, buttermilk and rhubarb.

In spite of the dedicated eating, we did end up with some goodies left. Organizers Matt Lardie (GreenEats) and Johanna Kramer (DurhamFoodie) arranged for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to pick them up and deliver them to an area shelter.

Food Blogger Bake Sale time

I can’t decide which baked good to offer for the Food Blogger Bake Sale, so I’ll let you hungry people vote. Johanna Kramer (DurhamFoodie) and Matt Lardie (GreenEats) have organized the Food Blogger Bake Sale in Durham, N.C. as part of the Great American Bake Sale, a nationwide effort to raise money for Share Our Strength. Share Our Strength’s simple, yet massive, goal: End childhood hunger in America. Nearly one out of every four children face hunger daily in this country. Simply unacceptable.

Area food bloggers – including moi – plan to participate. The event will be May 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Art Market at Vega Metals, 214 Hunt St., Durham, N.C. Tickets are $3 each or four for $10, and each ticket gets your choice of one item. And we bloggers will be watching to see whose goodies sell out first, for bragging rights. It’s not too late to participate – contact Lardie.

Oh, your choices. Should I make my Spicy Pumpkin Muffins (pumpkin with a ton of cinnamon, mace and cloves) or Bananaville Bread (banana bread made with coconut, pineapple and rum)?