I never know what to give my brother for his birthday but last year I had what seemed like a really good idea – a voucher for a batch of baking every month for the coming year.
September is his birthday month and I started with one of his favourites – Alison Holst’s cathedral window cake.
In October he got Jamaican lime biscuits and in November I delivered a batch of ginger crunch.
December’s delivery was Christmas cakes – yes, cakes plural. Distraction while baking led me to leaving out the sugar in the cathedral window cake. I thought there’d be enough sugar in the fruit to ensure it still tasted okay but gave him another, with sugar, in case it didn’t.
Then we got to January. I was in Wanaka until the 19th. I don’t know where the rest of the month went but it flew by without a batch of baking being delivered. February went even faster and it was March 1 before I dropped off another fruit cake – though I excused that by reasoning that if it had been a leap year or if February was a proper month with at least 30 days I’d have really only been one month late.
And March? Sometimes you can have one of those fortnights this week, March was one of those years that month and baking was low down the list of priorities. Our daughter did some baking and dropped it off to her uncle. But that doesn’t count as part of my gift so I had good intentions of catching up in April.
I made two separate batches of short bread but the baking didn’t coincide with a trip to town and both went over to the office before I had time to deliver them.
I made some ginger buns last week but they too found their way to the office.
Now it’s May, do you think I could get away with emailing him a photo of the next batch of baking instead?