Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Where have all the cupcakes gone?

Good question, but I have been busy trawling some of my favourite sites and trying some of the recipes that caught my fancy. But strangely I have been so busy baking and testing and tasting that I didn't take any photos, not one.

For ages now I am been fascinated by the S'mores Cupcakes which have been doing the rounds. Basic wheaten biscuits, baked through tasty cupcake batter, topped with chocolate and marshmallows (homemade if you have time or bought if you don't). Every one's interpretation is slightly different. I eventually got down to it last week and used the wonderful Chockylits recipe, adjusting the butter content as she suggests and forgoing the marshmallow whip as its nowhere to be found in Oz (well when I say nowhere its not in the normal supermarkets), and piked on the homemade marshmallows, when I found that I didn't have any gelatin in the cupboard (could have sworn I did though?) and I couldn't even beg, steal or borrow any from the neighbours. But being winter we always have marshmallows in our cupboard for hot chockys.

The cupcakes themselves were scrummy, I loved the gritty texture, lightly flavoured but so moreish and not too sweet, it was all I could do to not eat all the centres I hollowed out. Popped a marshmallow into said hollowed centres and put them back into the oven to melt. Then topped them with the chocolate and another marshmallow. Unfortunately I don't have a torch so they didn't have that lovely caramelised layer of burnt marshmallow, but they were oh so yum. I do suggest that you let them come to room temp if you have had them in the fridge, they're favour seems to disappear when they are chilled.

White chocolate cupcakes, topped with Vanilla Italian Buttercream, a lovely bride has requested a tower of these beauties for her wedding and I am happy to oblige. I quickly tested two very different recipes on some friends recently, and am please to say I have found a great recipe, details of which I will share at a later date.

Donuts, seriously obsessed by Donuts and it didn't help when I saw Milk & Cookies' recipe and wonderful pictures of Baked Donuts, I was sure it could be done but just needed the inspiration. And like many I hate deep frying but baking . . . no problem. It is o'so easy, but then again I love baking with yeast, and I loved the reaction of my family, they couldn't believe what was in front of them. The recipe makes 30 decent sized donuts (I didn't have a donut cutter so had to improvise with some cutters which didn't make pretty donuts - but who cares), we scoffed the lot. Very naughty.

That same day, since I was kneading and rising already I decided to give not martha's calzones a run for their money. I have made calzones before, but not for a while, and the way she detailed the recipe and her warm pictures made my mouth water. I used her dough recipe and her cheese filling recipe but used fresh silverbeet from our community garden and a chorizo sausage, onion and garlic mix to fill the puppies. Mind you we really weren't too hungry after all those donuts, so some of the calzones made it into our lunch boxes the next day. I found that they reheated perfectly. Oh so tasty, oh so easy.

That's enought for now.

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