"If I'd known you were coming I would have baked something."
Sound familiar? Random Recipes for April has a baking theme - and I thought it would be just a matter of pulling out a recipe book, letting the pages fall open at a certain spot and getting on with it. But then, I didn't count on my random recipe being the Ginger Kisses from the Edmonds' Classics Cookbook.
Now, I have always had a soft spot for bought ginger kisses - the sort that come in packs of six at the supermarket - and I made some really good ones a few years ago while staying with my in-laws. I must have used some secret West Coast recipe though, because the Edmonds' ones just weren't the same. I made them on a Sunday afternoon just before our neighbours came over for a drink (otherwise known as, 'let's get our children to entertain each other in those shouty hours between 4 and 6pm while we relax with a glass of wine').
Everyone else seemed to enjoy them - well, our neighbours were probably being polite, but the BW thought they were fine - but I thought they were a bit dry. Afterwards, while pondering where I went wrong, I suddenly remembered the ones I'd made so long ago were actually an Alison Holst recipe, which you can find here.
While I don't think the Edmonds' recipe is worth sharing, at least not until I've made it better, I must tell you about the filling I invented to replace the mock cream (ick). This would work well in anything needing a squidge of cream. Just whip about 200ml of cream to soft peaks, then fold through 1/3 cup good marmalade (and perhaps a little whisky, if you feel so inclined). Dollop between ginger kisses, layers of sponge or sit back and eat with a spoon.
What's your go-to 'people have turned up unexpectedly' baking treat? I recommend this one.