Fair Trade Bake-off!

08/28/2009 - 3:48 PM

Hey, bakers! Make your favorite pastime socially responsible by adding Fair Trade Certified ™ ingredients to your baked goods. Many of the products that you regularly buy like chocolate, coffee, honey, and bananas already have Fair Trade standards. With a little ingenuity and skill, you can include these items in any recipe for some truly tasty desserts. So stock up on some pantry staples, and let the bake-off begin!

Not Your Mom’s Traditional Brownies157

If you like a little bit of spice in your desserts (and I don’t mean spicy-hot), then you’ll love the trace of cinnamon in these Mexican Brownies, topped with a brown sugar glaze. True to original brownie form, this variation has a rich, dense consistency that will curb the most compelling chocolate craving. Just be sure to keep a tall glass of milk within reach!

Mexican Brownies with Brown Sugar Glaze

Adapted from Bon Appétit


Brown Sugar Topping:

Banana Bread That Will Floor You160

Banana bread is one of those trademark baked goods that never gets old. It’s slightly sweet and light with a cake-like consistency. This recipe will yield moist, flavorful banana bread that’s best enjoyed with your morning coffee or tea. The trick to delicious banana bread? Make sure to use overripe bananas—the more spots, the better tasting your bread will be!



  • Beat eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and banana on medium speed until creamy.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour with the remaining dry ingredients.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  • Bake at 350º for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown; toothpick should come out crumbly.

Easy-Bake Fool’s Toffee152

Who would have thought that a package of saltine crackers, combined with some chocolate and sugar could be so delectable? I know what you’re thinking—saltines and chocolate? Rest assured, this simple recipe is anything but ordinary. At first bite, the taste is noticeably sweet, followed by a subtle saltiness that perfectly balances the sugar. Fools Toffee never fails to be a crowd pleaser—be sure to set some aside for yourself before it’s devoured.



  • Pre-heat oven to 325º. Line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil.
  • Lay out the saltine crackers in rows (some will overlap).
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and sugar until completely melted. Boil for 5 min.
  • Pour mixture over saltine crackers and smooth evenly with a flat spatula. Bake for 5 min.
  • Immediately pour chocolate chips on top, smoothing evenly until melted.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

08/28/2009 - 3:48 PM
08/28/2009 - 3:48 PM