A selection of my latest bakes

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Carrot cake cupcakes

These are so delicious, when I first made them last week, I took the smallest bite just to taste and then like a starving teenager rammed the rest in my mouth.
Leave out the nuts if you wish, but I think adding the sultanas is a must. They go so well with the sweetness of the carrot.

2 cups S.R. Flour.

1/2 teaspoon of Salt.
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon.
4 large Eggs.
1 cup white Sugar (or Raw sugar)
1 cup Rice Bran Oil. (or Canola)
2 cups raw Carrots (finely grated)
1 cup Granny Smith's Apple (finely grated)
1 cup Walnuts (chopped, saving some for the top)
1 cup Sultanas.

For the Cream cheese icing..
1/2 cup Butter (room temperature)
1 pack of Cream Cheese (room temperature)
3 cups of Icing Sugar (sifted)
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract.

Preheat oven to 180c and use the middle rack in the oven. Put papers in 24 muffin cups.
In one bowl sift the flour, salt and cinnamon together, then set aside.
In another bowl whisk together the eggs,sugar and oil until slightly thickened. Fold in the flour mix into the egg mix, then fold in grated carrots, grated apple, chopped nuts and sultanas. Divide mix between the 24 cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, make the cream cheese icing.
Mix the butter and cheese together with a hand held mixer until combined. Add the vanilla extract and mix again. Slowly add the icing sugar mixing the whole time so it stays smooth.
When cakes have cooled, top each one with the cream cheese icing, decorate with the left over walnuts and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if you desire.
Now see if you can fit a whole one in your mouth!!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My new oven

My new oven went in a week ago now and it's fabulous. I adore it, going to do a lot more baking and cooking with this oven, far more than with the old one.
It's an EMILIA, made in Italy. The top or hob has a fish burner, wok burner and three other burners.
The oven is gas, as the top is too. But the grill inside the oven is electric (handy) There is also a fan in the oven, so no more hot or cold spots. You can fit two 12 cup muffin trays on each shelf, now that is large! Love it, no more waiting for first batch to cook before putting in the next.
Under the oven is a warming drawer, now that will be handy when the weather is cold (yes it does get cold here in Australia)
My last oven was a white one, yes, this is stainless steel and will take a bit to get used to. But so far I am enjoying the cleaning and polishing of it.

Friday, September 10, 2010

More cupcakes

Same recipe used here as before (see labels) but with cocoa and/or coffee added.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nigella Forum

For those of you that no longer want to be part of the NEW NIGELLA page, there is another option.
Violet's Pantry.
Mention on the application that you were on Nigella's forum or that you saw this on my blog as we don't want spammers. We are a friendly forum and welcome like minded people. You can also post your foodie photographs if you wish.
Come and meet new friends or catch up with old ones. Look forward to meeting you there.