We celebrated Valentines Day here at the Hive this week. No surprise there – the Fun Committee makes sure we celebrate pretty much everything!
Aerohive's 2nd annual Valentine's Day bake-off was once again geared toward all Betty (or Freddy) Crockers who work their enterprise Wi-Fi magic by day, and bake by night.
- Your dessert doesn’t have to be cooked in the oven
- But it does have to be homemade (not store bought!)
- Each baker had to make at least one batch or one dozen
We awarded Cheesecake Factory gift cards for winners of these three categories:
- Best looking dessert
- Most creative dessert
- Tastiest dessert
Michael Arevalo who made a beautiful tiramisu – he won the tastiest dessert award (but was close to winning the best looking award as well!). Michael was a chef in a past life so it’s really not fair to the rest of us. He won last year’s competition also so maybe we’ll have to make the rules a little harder on him next year.
James Forbes’ adorable red velvet cupcakes with bees on top – he won the best looking dessert award. Of course he did ……….. who could resist Aerohive bees!
Amish’s Awesome Apple Bars –he won for most creative dessert. Who can resist a warm mixture of apples and cinnamon and a caramel swirl on top?!
A big thank you goes out to our “New Bee” judges (folks who just started working for Aerohive in February). I know the job was tough, but someone’s gotta do it. Consider yourselves hazed!
The rest of the Hive didn’t hesitate to dive in once the taste testing was over with.
Thank you to all who participated this year, especially all of the Freddy Crockers!
Stay tuned for our next event ...
Amish's Awesome Apple Bars w/caramel topping
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped apple
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup of white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and walnuts.
3. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.
5. After these cooled I drizzled them with caramel.
(Photos by Amish Patel)