Sunday, 22 January 2012

Cupcakes & Biscuits

Last Sunday Mark felt like homemade burgers for lunch, but on big round burger rolls. We had to go shopping for groceries, but Hypermarket just had normal round rolls, so we decided to go to Fournos bakery to see what they had. I know I said in this post over here that we don't have bakeries anymore, just Home Industries. Well we do, I just forgot about them. There are very few bakeries and not everywhere. Mark actually looks after a bakery's delivery fleet, but they don't open on Sunday afternoons, so we went to Fournos. As we walked in, there were just rows and rows of cakes and biscuits and muffins and petit fours. I have not seen petit fours for years and absolutely love them. I was about to buy some, when I saw this huge ugly green fly crawling all over them. I told the woman that was about to serve us that there were flies walking over the cakes and she gave me this look as if I was mad and did not say a word. That was the end of me buying from them. as we walked out I saw flies all over the stuff laid out on the tables. I am sorry to say, but I will not buy anything covered in flies, especially from a store that does nothing about the flies. Yes flies are everywhere, but cover the food for goodness sake. It made me think that we probably unknowingly eat food all the time that have had flies crapping all over it. Laying out freshly baked goods might look appetizing and tempting to buy, but certainly not with flies all over it. I will never go near that bakery again. When we got home I decided to bake our own cakes and biscuits. They might not look as attractive, but at least they don't have fly crap all over them.

I also tried out my other Christmas present from Mark and Chad, a Russel Hobbs biscuit maker and used the recipe that came with the biscuit maker, but ended up just using normal cookie cutters for the biscuits. It was much easier and I think the present will now just add to the collection of unused things. I also made cup cakes from a recipe that I have always had. As always they tasted good, but did not look that good.

Cupcakes

  • Ingredients
1/2 Cup Of Butter
13/4 Sifted All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Sugar
21/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Method
Pre-Heat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius
Put butter in mixing bowl and cream
Sift dry Ingredients in a separate bowl
Then mix with butter
Add 1/2 cup of milk and egg, beat till flour fully moistened
Add remaining milk and vanilla and beat for 1 minute
Place paper liners in muffin pan
Fill half full with batter
Bake at 180 C for 15 to 20 minutes
Check with toothpick if baked 
Allow to cool then ice

I made chocolate ganache for icing, but it was a bit messy, but tasted divine. I also used normal Dairy Maid chocolate instead of bitter sweet chocolate, so it was really sweet, but tasted so deliciously chocolate. 

Chocolate Kiss Biscuits/Cookies
  • Ingredients
1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons Milk
2 Cups Cake Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Milk chocolate Chips, melted and cooled
Coloured sugar crystals or powdered sugar
  • Method
Preheat oven to 180c
Use an electric mixer to cream the butter until fluffy, gradually beat in the sugar
Add egg and milk and mix well
Sift the cake flour and salt together
Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend until smooth
Repeat with the rest of the flour mixture
Mix in the cooled chocolate
*Fill the biscuit maker with dough and select disc 9 or any other disc
Form the biscuits on an un-greased cookie sheet
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes 
Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire racks
Decorate with coloured sugar crystals or dust with powered sugar

* I used heart shaped cookie cutters and iced them, because I didn't have coloured sugar or powered sugar, that was not the best decision, but they tasted good.






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