Monday, August 2, 2010

Marble Cupcakes July 22nd 2010

I went back to baking cupcakes... I looked through my recipe books and decided to make Marble cupcakes because I did not want to make frosting. First I mixed the flour, baking powder, and salt and put aside. Then I combined the heavy cream and milk.

As always.. I had to cream together the butter and sugar. ( FYI do not microwave the butter because you forgot to leave it out... Just remove it from the fridge like 30mins to an hour before.)

I then added the eggs one by one.

Meanwhile I boiled water to make the chocolate batter. I then added the flour mix into the butter/sugar. I did this by adding 1/3 of the flour mix and then adding half the milk mix. I did this until it was all gone.

Once it was all combined I took out 1 cup of the batter and added the cocoa powder along with the boiling water until mixed. I then alternated the between batters starting with the vanilla mix and then the chocolate mix. I filled the cups up until it was 3/4 fill. Using a knife I made a figure-eight motion to make swirls.

I baked for about 20 minutes.

Once it was completely cool I added powder sugar on top.

It tasted pretty good but I think I would add brown sugar to the chocolate mix to take away the tart taste to it. YUM!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Brazo de Reina

So I decided to make brazo de reina... which is a Chilean traditional dessert.... My aunt makes it and it always tastes delicious.... I looked online for different recipes and made it... I wish my aunt was at my house to show me how she makes it! But let me tell you what I did

The first thing I needed to do is carmelize the Condensed Milk ( Dulce de leche)... I looked online to see how people did it... My mom use to always just put the can into boiling water but apparently the can could explode and I really didn't want that to happen... So can either microwave it... put it in the oven.. or put it in a double boiler... I didn't want to microwave it because it seemed like a lot of work... so I decided to make my own double boiler by using two pots and a cooling rack.. haha I know I am crazy..

So I put two cans of condensed milk in the top pot and it was suppose to take like 1 and half hour to two... WRONG! it was on the stove for like 3 hours and I decided to put it in the oven... needless to say I dont think I cooked it for as long as I should have.. There must be another way to do this... maybe the can trick is the best idea... If you have any suggestions please leave me comments.. because I will attempt to do this again!!!

Mean while I made the actual cake... I first beated eggs until it was very bubbly... little by little I add salt ( 1/2 a teaspoon) and 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda... Then I slowly added 3/4 cup of sugar... and beated it until it was a light yellow... takes a long time!

Then I added the flour.. I slowly folded it into the egg... its hard because you do not want to disturb the air in he egg... so do it slowly!

Once I was done with that I lined a cookie sheet with parchement paper and poured the batter into the the cookie sheet...

I baked it in the oven for like 7 minutes... ( 400 degrees)

Once it was done.. somewhat golden.. I would make sure that you keep an eye on it because the recipe told me 13 minutes and it was done in 7 minutes! yikes

I let it cool for like 5 minutes ... in the meantime I grabbed a towel and layed it on the counter with confectionist sugar... I carefully put the cake on to that... and rolled it up with the towel.. I put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes took it out and put it on the cooling rack until it was fully cool...

Once fully cooled I unrolled it and added the Dulce de leche... (which I now know needed more time! ) I spread it out... and then rolled it up again ( not with the towel) then as a finish touch I added the confectionist sugar on top.. It tasted good but I still need a lot of practice with this recipe! If you have made this before please leave comments in how to make this better!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

So I began looking for a cookie recipe for our fourth of July camping trip and I decided to make Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. There are so many recipes for this online!!! So I combined some recipes and tried to make it my own! Little did I know it was going to be an amazing recipe!

First I mixed up the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar until it was fluffy. Then I added two eggs... one at a time. Then I added the regular sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda, and light corn syrup. I then added the flour to the mix.

Once that was combined I added chocolate chips.

Then I used a spoon to put it on the baking sheet.

I preheated the oven to 375 degrees and baked the cookies for 12-13 minutes. I've already made one more time since the first time I baked this. They were a hit both times! Let me know if you want some!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mocha Cupcakes

Yesterday I decided to try a new recipe from the Martha Stewart book I have. It looked really good so I decided to try it. The first thing I did was the mix cocoa and flour and set it aside.

Then I used a hand mixer ( medium speed) to mix a butter ( that was a at room temperature) until it was creamy. Once that was ready I added light brown sugar and 2 eggs. I mixed it until it was fluffy. I then added vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda.

Once everything was blended together I added the flour mix at low speed. I didn't add it all at once. I put a third first. Once it was blended I added the part of the Sour Cream. Then continue alternating between the flour and sour cream. Once if was all completely blended I put them mix into tins.

Then I baked the cupcakes for 22 minutes in the oven.

Once I was able to stick a cake tester inside the cupcakes and only a few crumbs came out I took them out of the oven.

They looked so yummy! But I was not done yet! I had to make the frosting that was suppose to take 7 minutes! Unfortunately I do not have standing electric mixer so it took longer because I had to whisk with my hand. The first thing I had to do was mix sugar, water, and light corn syrup in a small pot and let it boil until it reached 230 degrees. Make sure you use a candy thermometer.

While that was boiling I had to whisk six egg whites by hand until I could see small peaks. Hector helped whisk because my arm was getting tired! Once the sugar mix was done I added that slowly to the egg white. Then I had to wait until it was completely cool. Did I mention I do have a standing electric mixer! Well while it was cooling I had to continue to whisk, which took another 7-10 minutes. It was not too fun! I had to wait until it was completely cool and stiff. In the end I added the frosting with a spoon onto the cupcakes. For decoration purpose I added a bean of espresso bean on top. Yum! I would definitely recommend making these cupcakes! Hopefully you have a standing electric mixer!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

While my brother was here last week I decided to make some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I used a baking book I received for my bridal shower. The cookies were very different from previous ones I've made. They had Cocoa powder which I had not used for this recipe. They were not as sweet as before but they were mighty tasty!