After introducing ourselves, I of course told them about my love for writing as well as baking. With lit-up eyes, they excitedly hinted that I bring goodies for the next meeting, which was earlier today. With a giddy smile (at the thought of baking), I agreed.
Last night, after mulling over my different tested recipes, I decided to bake the basics for the reasons of appealing to everyone's tastebuds by familiarity and chocolate, and also to avoid the inconvenience of having to balance a cake-juggling act on the way there.
So, I slaved over three batches of sweets. One was a recipe for the chewy, chocolate chip cookies. The next one was an alternate with a cocoa batter and white chocolate chips. And the last one, my specialty, a batch of my Dolcezza brownies, but this time, marbled with a Dulce de Leche topping.
Here they are, arranged in a Chinese-influenced setting and made more attractive with little bits of this and that.
I'm glad to report that the feedback's been great. I think I need to improve on the thickness of the chewy cookies though (to have more of a bite) and also, perhaps lengthen the baking time of my brownies by around 2 minutes or experiment on the flour/egg proportion to get more of a structure than just fudginess.
At the end of the day, I am happy though...happy that I shared my struggles with them, and at the same time, the loves of my life.