I HAD NEVER participated in a fund-raiser until I recently started attending my betrothed's church. Suddenly, I was organizing my weekends to include turkey shoots, bull roasts, auctions and, of course, bake sales. And since St. Francis de Sales in Abingdon is building a new church, there are lots of fund-raisers.
This Sunday not only have I promised to supply some treats for the bake sale but John and I have also agreed to supply a basket of homemade chocolate desserts for the main event -- an auction. And we've tried to plan for every contingency. For example, if the weather is warm we'll skip sticky icings and go with unfrosted treats.
To keep our offerings looking their best we bought professional-looking packaging from a cake decorating store. Cake Cottage in Bel Air (301-838-6260) sells a variety of sturdy cardboard boxes with see-through tops for about $1 or so. These boxes are perfect for holding brownies, cookies.
Our basket, an inexpensive one from Pier One, will include a couple of small bottles of chocolate liqueur, as well as a chocolate cookbook.
These incredibly rich bars are definitely going in our basket. The recipe is from "The Great American Bake Sale" by Alison Boteler; Barron's Educational Services Inc. -- $11.95, 1991.
Original Sin Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
2 cups chunky peanut butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate glaze, recipe follows
Melt butter with peanut butter in saucepan or microwave, stiring until smooth. Blend in graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar until thoroughly combined. Pat into ungreased 9x13-inch pan. Spread with glaze. Chill before slicing.
1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
Melt chocolate chips with butter in saucepan or microwave, blending until smooth.
* St. Francis de Sales (301-676-5119) starts its fund-raiser Sunday with an auction preview at noon. Bidding will begin about 1 p.m. The church will also sell pit beef and bake sale items.
* Is your not-for-profit group holding a bake sale? Can you supply a recipe for a goodie that will be sold at the fund-raiser? We will print as many as we can. Send dates and times at least two weeks in advance, plus a phone number, to Sherrie Clinton, food editor, Baltimore Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.