Brunch for Breast Cancer

10/27/2008 09:32:00 PM

Homemade super-mini croissant with Breast Cancer research wristband. Click here if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation towards this great cause!

It seems I've been doing quite a bit of fundraising recently. I relish any opportunity to cook and eat, and raising money for a good cause makes it even better! This brunch was a very relaxed affair, a lot more low-key than my Lunch for Leukaemia. After that other ill-fated lunch some weeks back, I was still not in the mood for an extravagant affair.

Not only did we have a smaller group, but the entire menu could also be made in advance. (Including - gasp! - my own croissants. Detailed post to come at some stage this week). On the day of the brunch, I basically just set everything out on the bench, and let people assemble and eat whatever they felt like.

A Fundraising Brunch for 8

Ham, Cheese & Tomato Toasties
Cranberry, Almond and Honey Granola (Nigella Christmas)
Croissants & Pains au Chocolat (The Roux Brothers on Patisserie)
"You'll Love Coles" Tea and Coffee
OJ & Nudie Juices

If I learnt nothing else from working at a café, it's that people love toasties. I bought a plain white loaf, and a rustic white sourdough, and laid them out with some sliced cheese, tomatoes and ham next to our sandwich press.

Random spreads to go with bread in case toasties didn't appeal.

Pink pink pink! My friend An brought yummy Nudie juices! Behind them is some merchandise for fundraising. The most popular were the pens and big pink nail files. Also check out the free pink paper napkins I got with my brunch pack. We didn't get through them all, not by a long shot. They'll be coming out the next time I have people over, muahaha.

Latte made with You'll Love Coles brand coffee. (Again, free with the brunch pack that the Breast Cancer Foundation sends out). I put my bro on latte-duty, as he is much better with the machine than I am.

Cranberry, Almond and Honey granola - from Nigella Christmas. It is similar to Andy's Fairfield Granola from Feast, but with cranberries instead of sultanas, and far less ingredients. Bizarrely, it tastes no less delicious. I made a double batch (a day in advance), and for some reason, it didn't get crispy in the oven. The recipe says to bake it for 40-50 minutes, until crispy, but even though it got browner, it stayed disconcertingly soggy. I left it in the oven for double the time, and took it out when it almost started burning. It was still soggy, but thankfully, crisped up as it cooled down. Next time I'd take it out of the oven as soon as it's brown enough.
What we didn't get through at the brunch will be my family's breakfast for the next week or so. Yay!

And now the pièce de résistance (or is that pièces de resistance?), my croissants.

I made some regular size, some super-mini (see first photo for proof), and a few pains au chocolat. Miam miam! I was really proud that they turned out decent-looking, and - yay - had lots of layers.

If you would like to sponsor me and support this great cause, click here and then the "Sponsor Me" button.
Big thanks to my friends for coming and supporting me, and for supplying delicious juice and fantastic company!!

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  1. I'm SUPER impressed that you made croissants -- let alone two kind! (applause)
    I see Pinocchio in your bro's cap. Well done.

  2. Sarah - Personally, I'm impressed. You made your own croissants and pains chocolates!? Not an easy affair. Here are some other French pastries, you might like to try for next time: versions on French croissants. A bientot.

  3. Those croissants look fabulous! And I love the sound of that granola. Hope you get lots of sponsors :)

  4. Anonymous5:26 PM

    Hi, I've just found your blog through Duncan, I think it;s great! Very impressed that you can make croissants and loved the post on your Mum's dinner, it looked like everyone had a ball.



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