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#1 Tue 13 Nov 12 9:49pm

pen-y-jen

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Baking for Afghanistan

My fiance is serving in Afghanistan and I've been sending him out a weekly homemade treat for him to share with his team. I have a vacuum-packing machine to help things stay fresh but it still takes 10 days or so to arrive on base.

Has anyone got any suggestions for homemade goodies I can make and sent out? Ideas tried so far:

Standard fruit cake
Biscotti
Chutney
Marmalade loaf (was stale when it arrived)

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#2 Tue 13 Nov 12 10:14pm

mummza

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

Welcome to the forum pen-y-jen

what about something like an oldfashioned gingerbread , they are always best left for a few days before they are eaten to allow the sticky texture to develop.

or .. fruit cakes keep well as the fruit in them helps keep them moist textured.

Fudge would travel well and would not spoil in transit.

or what about some oatcakes and one of those little truckles of waxed chedder cheese

well those are just one or two suggestions I am sure others will give more.

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#3 Tue 13 Nov 12 11:17pm

Grandmadamada

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

what about baklava

there are boxes meant for shipping it like cioccolatini

Last edited by Grand_Ma (Wed 14 Nov 12 12:07am)

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#4 Tue 13 Nov 12 11:52pm

Kye

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

Grand_Ma wrote:

what about baklava

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#5 Wed 14 Nov 12 9:12am

Sandy

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

Any biscuits would keep fresh for quite a while if vacuum packed.

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#6 Wed 21 Nov 12 7:44pm

hippytea

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

Try icing cakes/loaves with fondant icing onto a board or plate. The icing  keeps the moisture in, provided there are no gaps. I know my aunt, who bakes wedding cakes, can bake plain sponge (like pound cake) quite a while in advance and it doesn't go stale because it's covered in fondant. In fact she has to do them in advance, because of the time it takes to decorate.

So it might be worth trying this, even with cakes that wouldn't usually be iced.

I agree with the biscuit comment, as long as we're talking biscuits in the UK sense (US cookies), not US biscuits (like UK scones), which would go stale.

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#7 Thu 22 Nov 12 4:18am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

ANZAC biscuits - they were a war time favourite because they lasted in the post; we've sent them to relatives and friends serving and it can take a month or more

There are many many recipes

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/24550/anzac+biscuits

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#8 Thu 22 Nov 12 6:46pm

pen-y-jen

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

I sent some gingerbread yesterday which should hopefully still be ok when it  arrives - the "taster" batch was pretty tasty!

ANZAC biscuits look delicious so I'll try them next and bear the fondant icing in mind for his birthday cake parcel. thumbsup

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#9 Mon 26 Nov 12 11:00am

TomThurston

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

whatever your going to bake make sure its as fresh as possible as after ten days if it wasnt fresh then this could taste real bad! dont bother with getting produce from the supermarket as it could not be as fresh as it could be, getting it straight from the producer! if you are struggling to find the right person to get in touch with then go to foodbritain.com and they will point you in the correct direction

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#10 Mon 26 Nov 12 3:38pm

hippytea

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Re: Baking for Afghanistan

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