Monday, May 10, 2010
Baked on Monday
Hope all you had a great weekend!
I'm off to a late start today, as I have a surprise guest - my 11 year old nephew Jake! He's going to hang out with me today, so I thought he should help me bake. Then I will get him to clean the toilets ;)
Apple Cupcakes - makes about 24
(I think this is a Donna Hay recipe)
250g butter, melted
1 1/4 cups superfine (called berry sugar in Canada) sugar
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon for dusting
for caramelised apples:
1/3 cup superfine sugar
3 granny smith apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced
whipped cinnamon icing:
500g butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
To make the caramelised apples, place the butter and sugar in a large pan over low-medium heat and stir until dissolved. Add the apples and cook for 10 minutes or until caramelised. Remove apples from pan and cool completely.
Preheat oven to 320F/160C. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift over the flour and baking powder and beat until combined. Don't over do it. Fold in the milk and spoon mixture into two 12-hole cupcake tins lined with paper cups. Top with apples and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a bamboo skewer comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.
To make the whipped cinnamon icing, place the butter in the bowl of a mixer and beat for 5 minutes. Add the sugar and cinnamon and beat for another 10 minutes or until light and creamy. Ice cupcakes with a palette knife and dust with cinnamon. Now eat immediately!!!
Try to wait until they cool, even just a bit, to avoid injury....it's hard to do.
I know, I shouldn't have let him have two, but I'm the Auntie. We can do that.
Have to start thinking about the next Baked On Monday....what to bake? Hmm.
Check out Poppytalk for a fun "day in the country" story I shot with Heather at Missing Goat and Jan of poppytalk. Lots of fun!
Have a lovely day!