sending baked goods through the mail
I'd like to bake something for my friend, who's feeling rather sad at the moment. The mail should take a day to get to him if I pay extra. What do 'hounds reckon would stand up to a mailing well, both in terms of freshness and packaging? Does anyone have any thoughts in terms of the best way to package it?
I'd like to go for more delicate and subtle rather than hearty and earthy (which interferes with the mailing requirement...I'm willing to think practically, though). SOmething that evokes a lazy Sunday brunch.
Considered doing a gingerbread just because it needs a day or so to develop the flavour. But its summertime, who wants gingerbread? Perhaps something with lots of fruit in it to keep it moist? Ideally I'd love to make him some bread... if there are any breads that will be as tasty the next day I'd be really keen to hear about it (hmmm... mythical bread maybe?) I know he loves lava cakes but I have some concerns about it's next day freshness.
I'm sorry if this question has been asked before. I did a search and couldn't find anything like it, but maybe my search terms were wrong.
I find that recipes containing hydrophilic syrups like molasses or honey, or based on nut flours tend to stay moister. The nut flour cakes I bake tend to be delicate, so I usually leave put them back into in a tinfoil pan for shipping, after having tipped it out to cool. Then I wrap the whole thing in tinfoil, then plastic wrap. Sometimes the cakes will get a little gummy on top, but 10 minutes in a warm oven solves that problem on the reciever's end. I'd think that a spice cake like gingerbread made with honey would go well with some whipped cream and the nectarines and peaches available in the supermarkets right now.
The "reine de saba"/queen of sheba cake in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking ships very well, and you can include a recipe for frosting. (Melt two hershey's bars and two tablespoons of butter in the microwave until just melted, stir until mixed, spread on top of cake.)
Maybe a rye bread made with molasses or honey? Or oatmeal bread with honey or molasses?
Carrot or zucchini cakes and breads also tend to ship well.
I have sent lots of cakes priority mail through the post office, and everything arrived in good shape, from all reports. Good luck!
That's so sweet! My advice is to send something chocolatey, since the chocolate smell/flavor never seems to get old.
Not to mention the mood enhancing effect of chocolate on our body chemistry.
Beats getting caught sending a tab of ecstasy in the mail, anyway ;)
Biscotti or mandelbread, or a sturdy cookie like that ships well - and biscotti with coffee and the Sunday newspaper will put a nice touch on a lazy Sunday morning.
A pound cake or carrot cake will stay moist for a few days if well wrapped. Pound cakes are certainly good for adding fruits or flavors to.