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Sweet treat saturday-Irish liqueur cupcakes

Ingredients

  • For the cupcakes:

  • 310g flour
  • 8 tbsp vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 300g sugar
  • 85g sour cream
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 30ml coffee liqueur
  • 1 tbsp mocha paste
  • Small chocolate pearls
  • Chocolate cigarettes
  • Edible gold dust
  • Vodka
  • For the Irish cream filling:

  • 148ml double cream
  • 118ml Irish liqueur
  • For the Irish buttercream:

  • butter, softened
  • 227g high ratio shortening
  • 880 Technique: IcingAdding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, pleaseicing sugar, sifted
  • 4 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp lemon essence
  • 1 tbsp mocha paste
  • 4 tbsp cherry liqueur
  • 60ml Irish liqueur
  • 50ml coffee liqueur
  • 1 tbsp vodka

Method

How to make White Russian cupcake

1) Preheat the oven to 150C/Gas 2. Line the cupscups of a cupcake tin with 24 paper baking cases.

2) Combine the cake flour, pudding mix, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in 1 medium bowl. Crack the eggs into a second bowl and add the vanilla essence. Measure the milk and gold top milk into a third bowl. In a 5L mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the Tip: Use Stork with ButterTry using Stork with Butter for perfect cakes which are light and fluffy with a buttery taste and rich creamy icing.stork.png I know this Visit Storkbutter until fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides with a spatula. Turn the mixer on first speed, add the sugar, and mix until fluffy.

3) Add the eggs 1 at a time. Scrape down the bowl. Add the sour cream and mayonnaise and incorporate completely. Scrape down the bowl. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the wet, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix the coffee liqueur and mocha paste into the batter until smooth and no lumps are present.

4) Using a 50g ice cream scoop, scoop 50g of batter into each paper case. Bake for 18 minutes. Insert a skewer into the cupcake, if it comes out clean they are ready to be removed from the oven. Leave to cool for 20 minutes.

5) Scoop out the centre of the cooled cupcakes with a melon baller. Fill a plastic bag with Irish cream filling and cut a small hole at one corner to allow the filling to be piped. Fill all the cupcakes with about 10g of filling.

To assemble the cupcakes:
1) Place a round tip #809 into a large Technique: PipingAdding icing to a cake or cupcake using a piping bag for more precise decorations and designs. I know this Teach me, pleasepiping bag. Fill the Technique: PipingAdding icing to a cake or cupcake using a piping bag for more precise decorations and designs. I know this Teach me, pleasepiping bag with Irish buttercream and generously Technique: PipingAdding icing to a cake or cupcake using a piping bag for more precise decorations and designs. I know this Teach me, pleasepipe about 25g of buttercream onto each cupcake. Garnish each cupcake with 4 or 5 small chocolate pearls and a chocolate cigarette.

2) Mix equal parts gold dust with vodka to make an edible gold paint. Using a small round brush, paint the ends of the chocolate cigarettes. The edible paint will dry leaving behind the gold dust.

For the Irish cream filling:
1) In a 5L mixer with the paddle attachment, add the double cream and Technique: WhippingA vigorous stirring motion to thicken cream or eggs with either a hand or electric whisk. I know this Teach me, pleasewhip to full volume.

2) Add the Irish liqueur and, on first speed, fold in the liqueur until completely incorporated.

For the Irish buttercream:
1) In a 5L mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the Tip: Use Stork with ButterTry using Stork with Butter for perfect cakes which are light and fluffy with a buttery taste and rich creamy icing.stork.png I know this Visit Storkbutter and shortening together. On first speed, add the sifted Technique: IcingAdding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, pleaseicing sugar to the bowl in 3 parts. Let each part incorporate into the Tip: Use Stork with ButterTry using Stork with Butter for perfect cakes which are light and fluffy with a buttery taste and rich creamy icing.stork.png I know this Visit Storkbutter mixture before adding the next. After adding all the sugar, put the mixer on the fourth (highest) speed and mix for 8 to 10 minutes. The buttercream will begin to gain volume and look white and fluffy. The longer you let it mix, the more volume you will have. If the buttercream is airy and shows a lot of holes, add a small amount of warm water and mix well.

2) Once you bring the buttercream to full volume, add the essences and the mocha paste. Lastly, add the liqueurs and vodka and incorporate completely

Saw our nutritionist

Well, I did it. I went to see Karen. I didnt cancel. I’m very proud of myself. And the best news is I lost 2 pounds…woop woop.

We talked about my lack of motivation to do exercise. We brainstormed and I decided that I am going to try and go for five days this week, with 10 minutes o walking on the treadmill, and then 5 minutes of doing exercises standing still, like lunges, stretches, etc. I think that will work.
I decided I’m going to do things like play zombie run or listen to a book, watch a tv programme or listen to music while I exercise. Then it wont seem like I’m exercising. The goal is to aim for five days this coming week. If I do it I’ll be so proud of me. Baby steps, right?

We also did a habits audit. Thats where she had a sheet with different things on it and I had to say whether I did them now, or whether they were things I could work on for the future. They were things like keeping a journal identifying my food triggers, working on not eating when your bored, not eating in front of the TV, reducing portion sizes, things like that. It was interesting. I found I had a lot of bad habits. Now its to try and break them for good.

I’m thrilled with the 2 pounds weight loss. I know its not much but to me thats huge. And although I havent been exercising nearly as much as I should have been, I worked real hard on my food and eating healthy and its paying off now, which is great news for me.

Karen gave me some ideas for recipes and she said maybe I could try one this week. I thought that was a good idea and it will be fun to. I think I’m going to make cinamon pancakes for a treat this weekend. Th littles will love doing that. We’ll all enjoy eating them 🙂

Carol Anne

Buttermilk smashed potatos

Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes

2 pounds baby red creamer potatoes
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tbs salted butter
1/4 cup chopped chives

In saucepan, bring potatoes and enough salted water to cover to a boil. Cook 15 minutes or until
potatoes are tender. Drain.

In saucepan, cook buttermilk and butter 2 min. or until heated. Mash potatoes. Stir buttermilk mixture and
chives into mashed potatoes until combined. Season with salt, if desired.

Recipe time…3 pumpkin dishes

Pumpkin pie dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
15 ounce can pumpkin
1+1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Instructions

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar until creamy.
Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. Beat until well blended.
Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Serve with gingerbread cookies, graham sticks, gingersnaps, or apple slices.
Delicious!

Pumpkin pie rice pudding

1 1/2 cups Minute Rice, uncooked
1 12-fl oz can evaporated milk
1 cup fresh puree pumpkin or canned pumpkin
1 cup water 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients, except vanilla, in a medium saucepan.
Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
Serve granished with a dusting of pumpkin-pie spice, graham crackers,
whipped cream or pecans or a combination, if desired.

Serves 4.

Pumpkin soup

1/4 cup chopped green peppers
1 bay leaf, optional
2 Tbsp. butter or oleo
2 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp butter
2 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 diced tomato
2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin or squash
2 cups milk
1/8 tsp black pepper

Sauté peppers, onions, parsley, and bay leaf in butter until tender. Do Not Brown.
Add tomatoes, pumpkin or squash, water and bouillon, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In small bowl combine flour and milk; blend well.
Stir into soup mixture.
Add salt and pepper.

Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture boils.