Thursday, December 20, 2012

Halloween Cup Cakes

I made these cute looking cupcakes for my son's school halloween party.On my 1 st attempt they turned out really great.Its a vanilla cupcake and I used buttercream frosting for decoration. P.S: Couldn't capture a good pic as I was in real hurry to deliver these cuties..

for Vanilla cupcake:

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups milk

1 lb confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, two teaspoons vanilla, salt and baking powder. Add flour and milk in batches, starting and ending with flour. Stir until batter is smooth and satiny.
Fill paper-lined muffin tins with batter. Bake at 375° for 18- 20 minutes.
Allow cupcakes to cool about 45 minutes and frost.
For frosting, whip together the box of confectioners' sugar, half-and-half, and one teaspoon vanilla until smooth and fluffy.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lobster Rolls


1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped scallions
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and black pepper
1 tbsp tarragon
1 pound cooked lobster meat
Bread rolls or hot dog buns


Mix the yogurt,mayonnaise, celery, green onions, tarragon, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.
Add the lobster pieces, stirring to combine.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Butter both sides of the rolls and place the filling .serve immediately.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Creme Puffs

Cream puffs tastes so delicious and is so easy to make which is served during christmas holidays.creme puff or choux à la crème is a choux pastry ball filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, or ice cream. The puffs may be decorated or left plain or garnished with chocolate sauce, caramel, or a dusting of powdered sugar.The choux paste is piped through a pastry bag or dropped with a pair of spoons into small balls and baked to form largely hollow puffs. After cooling these are injected with filling using a pastry bag and narrow piping tip, or slicing off the top, filling, and reassembling.

Choux Pastry:
1/2 cup (65 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 -tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup water
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 large egg
Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream (35-40% butterfat)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar, or to taste
Powdered (Confectioners or icing) sugar

Choux Pastry:

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees F , place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly butter or spray the pan with a non stick cooking spray.
-In a bowl sift or whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
- Place the butter and water in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. (Make sure that the butter melts before the water boils to reduce the amount of evaporation.)
- Remove from heat and, with a wooden spoon, add the flour mixture, all at once, and stir until combined.
- Return saucepan to the heat and stir constantly until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball (about 1-2 minutes).
- Transfer the dough to your electric mixer, or use a hand mixer, and beat on low speed to release the steam from the dough (about a minute).
- Once the dough is lukewarm start adding the lightly beaten eggs (dough will separate and then come together) and continue to mix until you have a smooth thick paste (dough will fall from a spoon in a thick ribbon).
- Spoon or pipe 12 small mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. With a pastry brush, gently brush the tops of the dough with a lightly beaten egg.
- Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- Continue to bake for a further 30 to 35 minutes or until the shells are a nice amber color and when split, are almost dry inside.
- Turn the oven off, poke a couple of holes in each puff and, with the oven door slightly open, let the shells completely cool (and dry out).

Whipped Cream:
In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. Cover and chill the bowl and whisk in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. When chilled, whip the cream just until stiff peaks form.

To Assemble: Split the pastry shells in half and fill (or pipe) with whipped cream. Place the top half of the pastry shell on the whipped cream and dust with powdered sugar. leftovers can be refrigerated. Makes 12 cream puffs.