I think this week has just been one of “those weeks”. Benedict and I have been ill with a cold/fluey thing, which has made B pretty hard to deal with at times, and Eoin has had to work really late each night this week. So after a day of quite a lot of tantrums, it was really nice to lose myself in a bit of baking. They were so good too… I might have had two in one sitting… crazy!
It’s the hummingbird bakery recipe, and then I added a cheeky spoon of Nutella to each one.
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1½tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120ml whole milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3.
Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract together in a jug, then slowly pour about half into the flour mixture, beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed to get rid of any lumps.
Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and slowly pour in the remaining milk mixture (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Frost as desired.
Eoin has started to take cooking pretty seriously lately. He loves it and loves doing it “properly”. I love cooking too, but usually a weekday meal consists of putting things together that are already in the cupboard with some semi-thought-of idea I’ve had beforehand.
But if Eoin makes something, it will be a well thought out three course meal – no cutting corners and definitely no cutting out ingredients. It’s a real treat. Our children in the future will probably ask why dad doesn’t cook every mealtime. The answer will probably be time, money, and… I still like to cook!
He’s managed to get us both hooked on Masterchef – we watched the last series religiously; to the point where we started presenting our own meals the way the voice-over does with chip stacks and tomato-ketchup jus… yes, sad I know!
He made this seriously scrummy cheesecake when some friends came over the other week. It was so good!
I think it went down really well…
It really doesn’t seem to matter where I celebrate the Easter Triduum, it always manages to blow me away. When the Gloria is sung at the Vigil and the bells start ringing, I can’t help but be so happy and thankful! So much waiting and anticipation, and it’s always so much better than what I remember from the year before.
For Good Friday, Eoin spent Maundy Thursday in the kitchen making some home-made hot cross buns – they were delicious! And what better way to teach children about the Triduum than through baking. I know Benedict really isn’t old enough to understand yet, but we’ve been singing lots of nursery rhymes with him, including ‘one a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns’, and thought it would be fun to make them this year. Here’s the recipe.
Anyone who knows Benedict will know his love for food; he could easily challenge his dad with eating as many easter eggs as you can in one go. So passing on the faith with food is probably the way forward!