On a recent Friday at work, we had ourselves a party. It was a party that is probably right up your alley. It was called Bake-toberfest and it was for charity.
For Bake-toberfest, the kitchen-saavy members of my company took to their ovens (and a couple to their cars and the grocery store) and produced some seriously delicious treats. I wish I had pictures of the tables. There were pies, cookies, cakes, bars, cupcakes, tarts and even a jell-o dish, lining over fifteen feet of table. The bakers had really outdone themselves.
You might be asking what we did with all of these treats? Were we baking and sharing just to pig out and drink all of the milk in the lunchroom fridge? No, it was all for charity. For a mere $5, you were allowed to come in the room and enjoy the buffet of sugar. For a scant $10, you could not only enjoy the treats at work, but you could bring as much home and you could carry. It was a brilliant idea, because once someone glanced over the table of treats, there was no way that $10 wasn't making its way into the till.
The Daring Baker's October 2011 challenge was Pivitica, hosted by Jenni of The Gingered-Whisk. Povitica is a traditional Eastern European Dessert Bread that is as lovely to look at as it is to eat! I decided that it was the perfect item to bring in for Bake-toberfest. It was totally different from anything else on the table and quickly disappeared. Even a coworker who tried to stay away from the buffet, couldn't help herself from trying a piece. When I asked her why, she responded "We have this at home, it's a treat we eat during the holidays!" My coworker is originally from Romania, and was very happy with this recipe. She suggests you eat the end pieces, because they are the best!
In the end, Bake-toberfest was able to raise almost $800! Quite the feat for a table full of goodies.