If you’re like me then that means you’ve been studying at Stauffer or Douglas Library for far too many days now stressing about all those exams you have to take. Well how about taking a break to eat a delicious LOFT baked good! Tomorrow December 10th Food security campaign at Queen’s will be going around to Douglas and Stauffer Library to offer some delicious baked good all made from fair trade and local products! Check the cards on your baked goods to see ingredients, recipes and more information on the easy ways to go LOFT!
What is LOFT?
Local and fair trade food!
- Fair trade supports small scale farmers and workers who are marginalized from trade in a variety of ways.
- The goal of fair trade movements around the world is to support and help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability and food for all
- It is based on a partnership between you (the consumer) and the producer
- Fair trade terms creates an improvement of trade to then allow opportunity for small scale workers to improve their lives and plan for the future
- Fair trade acts as an easy way for you the consumer to assist in the movement to end poverty and world hunger through your everyday task of shopping
How can you go LOFT?
Simple things in your day can be turned into LOFT food, Oxfam at Queen’s turned their Baked Goods give away into LOFT food by using local products and using fair trade chocolate from the fair trade snack bar on campus instead of using popular brand chocolate! Chocolate chip cookies with fair trade chocolate are simple and delicious!
For more information on Fair Trade worldwide visit the websites:
Additionally here are just a few Fair Trade Recipes we have found that are easy and fun for you to try!! Especially for all that holiday baking coming up…
Fair Trade Banana Bread
225 g (8 oz) self-raising flour 100 g (4 oz) butter 150 g (5 oz) caster sugar 450 g (1 lb) Fair Trade bananas (the gooier the better) ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs 175 g (6 oz) mixed dried fruit
Directions Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Peel and mash the bananas, and then mix all the ingredients except the dried fruit together. You can do this in a food processor, or by hand in a basin. When they’re all thoroughly mixed, add the dried fruit. Spoon the mixture into a 1 kg (2 lb) non-stick loaf tin, spread it out evenly and bake it for 1½ hours. The loaf is done when a skewer pushed into its middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.
Crumbly Banana Squares
175g Fair Trade sugar 175g margarine 225g self raising flour 100g porridge oats 2 medium Fair Trade bananas, mashed 25g sultanas (or similar) Caster sugar
Directions Warm your oven to 200°C. Cream the sugar and margarine together. Cut in the flour and oats to make a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle half into a baking tray (12 by 8 inch) and press down lightly. Spread over the bananas and sprinkle the dried fruit. Sprinkle the rest of the mixture over and again press down lightly. Bake it for 25 to 30 minutes until golden. To finish sprinkle with caster sugar Wait until it cools (if you can) and cut into appropriately-sized chunks
Nutty Chocolate & Coffee Brownies Makes about 12 brownies:
50g dark Fair Trade chocolate, roughly broken up 110g butter 2 eggs, beaten 225g unrefined (golden) Fair Trade sugar 50g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 100g hazelnuts (chopped in half) For the frosting: 100g butter, softened to room temperature 100g icing sugar 100g cream cheese 1 tablespoon strong black Fair Trade coffee
Directions Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Grease a tin measuring approximately 27cm x 18cm and line with baking parchment, allowing paper to rise 3cm obove the tin. Toast hazelnuts in oven for 10 minutes (maximum) until lightly browned. Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Sieve flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Beat in eggs and chocolate mixture until well-mixed. Stir in hazelnuts. Pour mixture into the tin and bake for 30-40 minutes until centre springs back when lightly pressed. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in tin. To make frosting, beat butter and icing sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in cream cheese and coffee. Spread frosting on cooled Brownies. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes, then cut into squares
Mocha Ginger Biscotti Makes about 10 Biscotti:
Biscotti are very hard Italian biscuits which are lovely dipped into coffee for breakfast or a midmorning snack. 100g plain flour 30g Fair Trade cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 120g unrefined (golden) Fair Trade sugar ½ tablespoon Fair Trade ground coffee 30g dark Fair Trade chocolate, roughly broken up 2 eggs, beaten 2 balls of stem ginger, finely chopped
Directions Heat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Sieve flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Add sugar, coffee and chocolate. Process until finely ground. Slowly pour in the beaten eggs and continue to process until mixture binds together into a firm dough. Carefully add milk by the teaspoonful if dough is too dry. Fold in the stem ginger. On a floured surface, roll dough into a log and place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn down to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2. Allow log to cool, then, using a serrated knife, cut into 1cm wide slices. Lie slices flat on baking sheet and return to oven for 15 minutes or until firm. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Hot Chocolate from scratch
1 tbsp. Fair Trade cocoa powder 2 tbsp. Fair Trade white sugar 2 tbsp. water 1 c. milk a bit of vanilla, if desired
Directions Combine cocoa, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Heat it on low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the paste from sticking to the pan. After about 1 to 2 minutes, add milk and vanilla. Mix it all together until it reaches your preferred temperature. OR for real decadence simply add chunks of your favorite Fair Trade Chocolate to warmed up milk and stir thoroughly. Finish with lashings of whipped cream
“What Is Fairtrade?” Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO):. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.