It's Fair Trade Fortnight, and St Martin's Christian Union club held a bake sale to raise awareness and funds. Fair Trade enables farmers and workers to receive a fairer deal. This means more money to feed their families, more money for education, more money to access health services, and the opportunity for a decent future.
We used ingredients carrying the Fair Trade mark such as sugar, cocoa and chocolate. Students baked the goodies together in the food tech room after school, so it was a real collaboration of culinary talent. The following morning, the cupcakes, cookies and brownies went on sale, raising a respectable total of £45.75 for the Fair Trade Foundation. Putting compassion and justice in to action definitely left us with a sweet taste in our mouths.
100g unsalted butter, softened
175g Fair Trade golden caster sugar
2 large eggs beaten
75g Self raising flour
50g Fair Trade cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
100g Fair Trade chocolate cut into small chunks
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 20cm square brownie tin with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk, then add the eggs one by one. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder, and add the milk. Mix everything together, then stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon into the tin and level the top.
Bake for 40 mins, or until the top is set, then cool completely.
Makes 12 Brownies.