I’ve been away for a few weeks due to a vacation and a computer crash, but it is good to be back.
Last weekend I baked for a local nonprofit, The Community Ballet Program, Inc.
Some of the students from The Community Ballet Program performed at the fundraiser.
Every February we hold a fundraiser called Baking for Ballerinas to raise money to help pay our instructor, for rent and insurance and all the other costs involved in running a nonprofit. The event is held at the home of Keith and Michele Montgomery. Michele was a founding board member for the organization.
I helped to start this program over 15 years ago, and taught classes for several years and then served as the President and Treasurer of the board until I retired 2 years ago.
I do love to bake, so I continue to bake for this event to support the program.
I started with prep work on Thursday; several caramels for a tart and some of the cakes, the tart dough, candied pecans, cannoli dough, and a blood orange reduction.
I had a helper on Friday, Katherine. She’s still in high school but hopes to go to school to become a pastry chef after she graduates. She helped me assemble a tiramisu and Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake (I used Nigella Lawson’s recipes for the Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake from this cookbook). She also made the filling for the cannoli.
Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake
Other bakes from Friday included a Cranberry Cheesecake, which I previously made at Christmastime. Very delicious! Also on the menu was this Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart and Blood Orange and Polenta Shortbread.
The Cranberry Cheesecake
Blood Orange and Polenta Shortbread
Saturday I started baking early! I got a start on Cardamom Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream, from this magazine (I omitted the pears; it was still delicious!) , Gingerbread Cake with Whiskey Caramel, from this cookbook, some tiny chocolate filled cream puffs and Nigella Lawson’s recipe for Pavlova, which I make every year as it seems to be a favorite.
Cardamom Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream
Gingerbread Cake with Whiskey Caramel
The party was fun. I wish I had photos of more of the desserts. You can see the entire spread if you look on my facebook page. We had a wonderful turnout this year, even thought the weather turned snowy later in the evening.
If you would like to donate to the Community Ballet Program you can send a check to P.O Box 1742, Wausau, WI 54402-1742. And if you’d like to be invited to next year’s event, leave a comment with your address or contact me via my email and we’ll add you to our mailing list.