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4/20/2014

HAPPY EASTER!



I just wanna quickly wish you all a very happy, calm and relaxing time during the holidays!
I hope you'll all bake away and come out with some delicious treats that will bring happiness and a lot of smiles to both your and your loved ones faces :)
Now go and spend some time with them!
I'm gonna do just the same
xx

Annie

4/06/2014

BASIC: chocolate cupcakes

I've baked amazing cupcakes today! Although I didn't decorate them with frosting today, I've made them so many times before and they are definitely my favorite recipe for the chocolate cupcakes batter. The frosting is up to you, you can decorate it with whatever your little heart desires. I'm just gonna give you the BASE today.
Another recipe to my BASIC series.
(first one was this one, if you haven't checked it out yet, go!)


  CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES


ingredients:

(makes 12 muffins)
  • 1,5 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling hot water
  • 1 1/3 cup (175g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) room temperature butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (you can substitute with white, yet it, in my opinion, tastes better with brown)
  • 2 large eggs
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

What to do?


    1. Preheat oven to 190C and line muffin tins with paper liners.
    2. In a small bowl stir until smooth water and cocoa.
    3. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder & cocoa.
    4. In a big bowl beat together butter with sugar with an electric mixer. When nice and fluffy start adding the eggs, one at a time, and beat that together Add vanilla extract.
    5. Mix in (with a spatula) flour mixture. Then add the cocoa and stir it all just until incorporated. 
    6. Fill muffin tins til about 2/3 and bake for 16-20 minutes .
    7. Let them cool down and DECORATE.







    And this oldie was my frosted basic chocolate cupcake ;)


    The recipe is adapted from joyofbaking.com recipe :) 

    Have a great week! 
    xx Annie



    3/14/2014

    Talk TART to me!

    Hi,
    Soo...
    Ahh, the awkward moment after you (YET AGAIN) have not posted anything on your blog for a couple of months.
    I don't really think I'm good at it. Am I?
    Good then that I post recipes, at least it doesn't get old and you can always visit that even if there's nothing else interesting in here. Or new. Interesting as in new. I hope.
    Anyywayy, how have you all been?  Baking a lot? No? Oh well... Oh, you have? That's awesome!

    What I've been wanting to do today is talk to you about something that became a little love of mine some time ago that still has not been expressed here. And that is (as you may have guesses by the title, you sneaky people)

    TARTS!

    So basically all you need to know is that they're amazing.
    I'm done.
    Goodbye!

    haha No.
    Tarts are amazing but that's 'cause they're super versitile and like you can make them sweet or salty. Tarts and little tartlets. I mean they're just so different from cookies or cakes or cupcakes, they hava the crispy dough and that's topped with some more goodness. I mean, there's no way there's a single person who doesn't like tarts, 'cause there's always a way to prepare them in a way that you'd enjoy them.
    Me and my mom found our favorite way to make the dough with a normal all purpose (wheat) flour as well as  whole wheat flour, which makes it healthier yet doesn't compromise it with the taste.

    I'd love to show you a couple of pictures I took of my tarts, but unfortunately I'm unable to. My laptop where I stored all of the pictures that I could maybe use someday had it's hard drive broken and therefore changed. So it's all GONE. PUFF. DISAPPEARED.
    Soo to make your mouth water I'll use a couple of pictures I found in the internet. GET READY. It's gonna be intense.
    #foodporn


    lemon tart anyone?

    Chocolate & chocolate and salted caramel! 


    fruity blueberry?

    These I absolutely need to make! Their "case" is made of digestive biscuits (which are my fave) and the filling is creme pattisiere!! And the rasberries! A GREAT COMBO! 

    And let's move on to salty more "serious" tarts ;)

    Spinach and onion sounds good?


    That one looks interesting! Sweet potatoes, feta, swiss chard, could be amazing!


    Tomatoes and Chanterelle rye tart!


    Basil, pea and pancetta (bacon) tart? YUM!

    SKY'S THE LIMIT. GO CRAZY. GO BAKING TARTS.
    With love,
    xx
    Annie

    P.S. You should be able to click the pictures and they'll take you to the sites with recipes ;)



    11/11/2013

    PUMPKIN MUFFINS

    Ohhh yes! This time of the year is awesome not only because you get to wear those cute coats and sweaters, but it's also the PUMPKIN SEASON.
    Okay, point taken, you can't wear pumpkins, but they're delicious. And healthy. And you have to eat SOMETHING.
    So what I think you should try is....




      PUMPKIN MUFFINS


    ingredients:

    (makes about 18 muffins)
    • 1,5 cup flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp cinnamon (I love cinnamon so I put a bit more!)
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger 
    • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 113g (1/2c) butter
    • 1c white sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • a few drops of vanilla extract
    • 3/4c pumpkin puree (as it's not really available in Poland, or at least I've never seen it around here, I                              make one myself, if you want to know how I make the pumpkin puree let me know)

    What to do?


      1. Preheat oven to 175C and line muffin tins with paper muffin cases.
      2. In a small bowl sift together the flour, soda, spices and salt
      3. In a big bowl beat butter with sugar. When nice and fluffy start adding the eggs, one at a time, and beat that well together. Add vanilla extract.
      4. Incorporate half of the dry ingredients and half of the pumpkin puree to the big bowl (butter, sugar, eggs mixture).
      5. Add the remaining halves of dry ingredients and pumpkin puree.
      6. Pour the batter into muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes.


      Yummm! They're soo good! This time I decorated them with little panda heads made from fondant and for halloween as little spiders and with worms going through them! Ugh! Nasty! 
      Take a look!




      Oh, by the way, just wanted to share my enthusiasm, they opened a store with everything you need for baking close to my house! I could not be more happy! I mean, there was one I'd buy everything in but it was soo far away! So now, no worries! :) Ahhh!

      BAKE THEM!
      NOW!
      haha 
      xx 
      Annie

      11/08/2013

      The Great (Britain) Adventure!


      Soo I was gone for a long time. I know. 
      But there's been a lot of crazy stuff going on! Crazy in a very good way though!


      One of the things was me going to live in London for 2 months. Fun? YES!
      And I thought I'd share some pictures from my trip with you. 

      They're all obviously CUPCAKE/BAKING/FOOD related! And oh my goodness, you can find cupcakes EVERYWHERE there. And every freaking store has a well stocked baking section! You can buy pretty much everything you'd need! 
      Okay, but let's go ahead and look at the pictures!


      That's the view from my balcony. It was TRULY AMAZING. The view and the cupcake make this picture I think my favorite picture of the whole trip.

      Did you ever try them? YUM. I definitely recommend these little guys! And obviously they're the best warm!


      Cupcakes I made for my brother's birthday over there :) Chocolate with lemon frosting!

      Standard and soo british.Tea and digestive cookies. Ahhh my favorite ones! 

      Ohh and the Reese's - chocolate cups that are filled with PEANUT BUTTER! <3 p="">

       Window shopping? More like window eating!

      CUTE british cupcakes baking? ;)
      Ben & Jerry's ice cream machine? HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

      Adorable little cupcake store


      And even in stupid Tesco or Sainsbury's you can find a variety of these little things!

      That's all, you guys, of my baking-related GB pictures!
      I hope you liked this post! :)
      So I'll end it with Mr. Ben. Big Ben.


      I love you, London.
      xx
      Annie

      7/15/2013

      Banana Bread

      It's time, you guys. It's time for you to get to know this AMAZING recipe. It's SUPER SIMPLE, I mean it, everybody can do it! Even if baking doesn't come easy to you, try this banana bread.
      It's so tasty, really sweet and quick and simple to do. What else could you want from a recipe?
      I foumd it at this blog and gonna translate and give you my tips.
      I just have to share this one, I can't keep it a secret anymore.





        BANANA BREAD


      ingredients:


      • 4 really ripe bananas (their ripeness is important, it is the best with those bananas that you have left                                        laying around for too long, they don't look too good and therefore no one is                                        eager to eat them. It's pretty much like making use of something that could be                                                     thrown out and wasted)
      • 150g brown sugar (3/4 cup)
      • an egg
      • 75g soft butter
      • few drops of vanilla extract
      • a cup of plain flour
      • pinch of salt
      • tsp baking powder

      What to do?


        1. Preheat oven to 180C and line long loaf pan with parchment paper.
        2. Mash bananas with fork (or blender)
        3. Mix together mashed bananas, sugar,egg, butter and vanilla extract
        4. Add flour, salt and baking powder to the mixture and combine it all.
        5. Transfer the dough into the loaf pan and bake for around 45-60minutes
          (depends on the oven, so you have to check on it. Bear in mind that the bread IS supposed to be rather wet, so when there's a nice golden skin and the insides aren't flowy anymore, it may be ready)



        Just don't think I stopped at that ;)


        I reaalllyyy hope you'll try this recipe as it absolutely is one of my faves, especially for summer as it's easy, you don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen and are free to chill in the garden while it's baking :)
        Hope y'all are having a PHENOMENAL vacay and if you're working and not having such great time, make the banana bread, it will improve them.
        CAUTION! You may become addicted to the banana bread and bake it all the time. 


        xx
        Annie


        7/10/2013

        Oreo Cupcakes!

        Long awaited there it is, you wanted it, you got it!
        Although I have not made them in quite a while, I found the site I got the recipe from and translated it for you, my loves and added my personal tips ;) Hope you'll enjoy it!




          OREO CUPCAKES 


        ingredients:

        cupcakes:
        • 2 eggs
        • 175g white sugar 
        • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
        • 5 tbsp butter (~70g)
        • 1/3 cup hot water
        • 200g plain flour
        • 75g ground coconut (or nuts) - I used coconut and although I'm not a big fan, I really enjoyed how                                                                 they taste in those cupcakes :)
        • 1/2 tsp baking powder
        • pinch of baking soda
        • pinch of salt
        • 100g plain (natural) yogurt
        • 12 oreos
        frosting:
        • 250-300ml COLD whipping cream (30%)
        • ~125g mascarpone
        • 8-10 oreos
        • 2-3 tbsp icing (/powdered/confectioners') sugar 


        What to do?

        1. Preheat your oven to 180C and line muffin tins with paper liners. Put an oreo on the bottom of every paper liner.
        2. In a pan melt butter with hot water and cocoa.
        3. Beat eggs with sugar until mixture has thickened and turned a very pale yellow.
        4. In a seprate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and coconut (or nuts).
        5. Turn the mixer on low speed and start adding to egg mixture: a spoon of yogurt, a spoon of cocoa mixture, a spoon of flour mixture and keep doing this untill you're incorporated all of the ingredients. Be careful not to overmix though! Turn the mixer off as soon as you mixed everything!
        6. Pour the dough evenly to 12 paper liners you've put oreos in (put the dough on top of the cookie)
        7. Bake for 15minutes :) And while cupcakes are in the oven start making frosting.
        8. Crush oreos - you can do this in blender, food processor or simply by putting oreos in a plastic bag and using rolling pin or  meat tenderizer ( be careful and don't hurt yourself or anyone else, please!)
        9. Beat whipping cream with icing sugar (remember to keep the whipping cream in the fridge till the last moment, it needs to be really chilled or it will start running and you won't be able to make whipped cream!)
        10. At the end of whipping (when it's pretty thick) add mascarpone.
        11. Really slowly mix in oreos and rather leave it not too corporated than go crazy with mixing.
        12. Wrap the bowl with cling foil and leave in a frigde to chill, while the cupcakes are cooling. 
        13. When cupcakes are ready and cooled decorate them with frosting!
        And voila! There you have the delicious oreo cupcakes :) You can also decorate them with oreo cookies cut in half on top of the frosting