25 June 2010

Working on the Icing/Frosting thing...

I have been cooking these days, but I have not been as proud of my recipes to publish them. Both were very good in taste but the exact measures of every ingredient should be checked again, as I was deciding it while I was cooking. So, I will let you know when I have the final recipe!. Lately I have kind an obsession with the icing in cakes and cookies. Here in Catalonia there is not a tradition in that, so, I have been checking different recipes in the web, but I have not find the one I like enough. I have found different interesting webs, like Karen´s cookies, that helped a lot though. But I did not have all the ingredients for it...what a pity!
Any suggestions will be appreciated!

04 June 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes (Magdalenes de Carbassa)

The truth is that I don´t really know it you will call that a muffin, a cupcake or a fairy cake...We will call that "magdalena" for sure. The truth is that we don´t have these differences here. I decided to do them because my sister is getting married and we are going to celebrate it with some friends this weekend, 2 weeks before the wedding day. We are just going to eat, relax and go to the beach. We are going to have a good time for sure!. I think I need it, it has been a weird and tough week.

I have adapted the recipe from another blog, Mil y una recetas, and done some small changes.

You will need for 40 cupcakes (if they are not big) (we are 12 people for breakfast):

750 gr flour
450 gr sugar
40 gr baking powder
5 eggs
25 gr butter
200 ml oil
300 ml milk
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 chocolate bar (or a little bit more if you want to put some inside too)
1 orange
1 teaspoon of salt

Let´s start
First preheat the oven, 180ºC (360F)and cut the pumkin in small pieces. Put it with just a little bit of water in the oven. It will take at least 30 minutes. You should be able to smash it with a fork after it. It should look like this.

Once the pumpkin is in the oven, prepare the mix. 
In a bowl add the flour, sugar, cinnamon. Mix it.
Then add the baking powder, salt, and the grated orange rind. Mix it
Then add the eggs, butter melted, oil, milk and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix it
Here we´ll need the pumpkin. So smash it the way I showed you and add it here. Mix it well.

Divide it into different recipients and add a small piece of chocolate bar inside if you feel like. 
Put it in the oven for about 20 minutes, 180ºC (360F)
Use the grill for 2 minutes at the end.

Add some chocolate at the top (you can melt it easily at the microwave, just add a little bit of water or butter).  Paint each cupcake. Then add the coconut.

Enjoy! Bon Profit!