Friday, 24 February 2012

Easy cupcakes

A dear friend of mine said to me that because my blog has the word cupcake in it that I should have at least one recipe referring to cupcakes.
I did explain that it's my blog name and an american friend of mine calls everyone cupcake (mainly because he can't remember their name) anyway it's a play on words.
But I thought I would put a recipe in,which is very simple, the batter is a plain sponge mix and for the topping I did chocolate frosting with chocolate beans.

This recipe makes 12 med cupcakes.
Heat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin 

100g of SR flour
100g of ground almonds (optional)
100g of unsalted butter
100g of soft brown sugar
2 large free range eggs (thanks Lottie and Martha)!
2 Tablespoons of cold milk.

1.Sift flour into mixing bowl
2.In another bowl beat together butter and sugar until soft and whippy
3.Add your slightly beaten eggs a bit at a time until butter sugar and eggs are soft and fluffy.
4.Gently fold in the flour to the batter.
5.Finally add the cold milk.
6.Transfer to muffin tray
7.Bake in centre of oven for 15/20 mins until golden and firm to touch.
8.Leave to cool for at least an hour before adding chocolate frosting.

In picture there were 12, but I had a hot cup of tea and couldn't resist doing a food test!!!

To make chocolate frosting

150g of icing sugar
120g unsalted butter
120g of dark chocolate broken into small pieces

1.Place chocolate in bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water,once all the chocolate has melted leave to one side to cool to room temperature.
2.Soften butter and beat until pale and fluffy
3.Add sifted icing sugar a little at a time and work into butter,once all icing sugar is worked into butter you can add your room temperature melted chocolate bit by bit until you end up with a lovely dark frosting.
3.With piping bag pipe your cupcakes and then add your chocolate beans.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Silver Spoon

Well, last week-end my partner and I were in Birmingham visiting his family, which he has not seen since before Xmas, so it was great to catch-up.
Waiting for us at his parents home was a present from his sister and husband,(big food lovers also)  this fabulous cookery book.

Called The Silver Spoon.

I enjoy Italian food, and to cook Italian food ,but my knowledge is small .
I buy in a lot of  different pasta but I do make the effort and make my own pasta sometimes.
And I have a couple of Italian cook books, but this book is fabulous! pages and pages of fantastic simple recipes, well 1503 pages and 2,000 simple and authentic recipes to be precise.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Roast crispy pork belly with egg fried rice

Saturday mornings I love Saturdays Kitchen on BBC1 at 10a.m.
And I was particularly excited this sat as one of my all time favourite chef's Ken Hom was on!!

His recipe was Roast crispy pork belly with egg fried rice, which I cooked last night.
It was so easy but the results were fantastic! great flavours from the egg fried rice and the belly pork gorgeous.
I am not a fan of pork fat unless it's the crackling from a Sunday roast, but this was so tasty.
I think because you need to let the pork dry out for several hours once you have rubbed the warm spices into the skin, it gives an incredible flavour to the end result.

The piece of free range pork I used in the picture was just enough for two people.
It was about  2lbs in weight as you will get some shrinkage.
This recipe can be found on the BBC's food website, and I can highly recommend this simple but delicious meal.