Baked Goods

Skip to the end for my White Chocolate and Strawberry Muffin recipe!

For the better part of the year, my over has been broken. This has led to me mastering all things stove top, grill, slow cooker and microwave oven (A gem of a cookbook I found in my mum’s house, “Microwave for Health” was great for a laugh in its over the top 90’s fashion).

The one thing I really missed was baking. Whipping up the classic chocolate mug cake really isn’t the same, as delicious as it is. As someone who had once wowed everyone at Christmas with my individual mini croquembouches with spun sugar, I missed the more challenging and technical aspect of baking.

Passion-fruit Microwave Sponge

Passion-fruit Microwave Sponge

Trying to get it fixed turned out to be harder than I thought. I called the repairman, and he visited within a week and said that a par needed replacing, but he should have it within a few days and he would call.

It was 2 weeks later and I hadn’t heard anything, so I phoned him. He had the part and wanted to come over to fix the oven right at that moment. I told him that since I was at work, I’d be unable to leave, but was available every morning until 11am. He, once again, said he’d call. After a few weeks, I phoned back, only to be given the “I’ll call you back” line.

After nearly 4 months, I was more than a little bit fed up, and told my partner to phone the repairman. The repairman said he could be over at our house in 30 minutes. He turns up, part in hand, and tells us there’s another part that needs replacing. It took 3 days to come in, and he came back that same day he received it and fitted it.

I didn’t care so much that it took my partner to call to get anything done, I was just so glad to have my oven back!

Over the weekend, I decided to make a few batches of cupcakes and muffins for an event I was going to.

BAKED GOODS!

BAKED GOODS!

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Marbled Chocolate Cupcakes

Pictured above is my Marbled Chocolate Cupcakes (of which I am making a few batches of tonight).

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Pictured above is my Cookies and Cream Cupcakes, complete with mini Oreo.

And, as requested on the night; My recipe for my White Chocolate and Strawberry Muffins:

White Chocolate and Strawberry Muffins

White Chocolate and Strawberry Muffins

Ingredients:
375g Self Raising Flour
1 1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda
150g Caster Sugar
250g White Chocolate, roughly chopped
Pinch of Salt
3 Eggs, lightly beaten
150g Unsalted Butter, melted.
200g Natural Yoghurt
2 tbs Milk
12 Strawberries, washed and hulled
Raw Sugar, to sprinkle

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 200 °C and line a 12 hole muffin pan with paper cases
2. Mix flour, bicarb soda, sugar and chocolate in a large bowl with the pinch of salt.
3. Beat together the eggs, butter, yoghurt and milk and then stir briskly into the dry ingredients. Do not overmix! This will make the muffins tough. The mixture will be lumpy.

4.Divide mixture amongst paper cases and insert a strawberry into centre of each cake, making sure that each berry is completely covered in batter.
5. Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden and skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.
6. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

7. ENJOY!

New hair cut

Well, I have been back at work for a week now and boy has it been busy with silly changes,  which I won’t get into here. Lets just say that as a member of the local repertory club, I have enough scripted conversations in my day without having to have them at work.

My week off involved a lot of nothing. It. Was. Great. First off, I chopped my hair off

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Then I got a pet guinea pig.

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I haven’t had one since I was 15, and I am glad to be back in the ranks of guinea pig ownership.

I got my eyes tested and it turns out a job that requires you to spend 95% of your time staring at a computer screen isn’t very good for your eyes. So I am getting glasses. I must say though, I think I pull them off. They should arrive next week.

Other things that I got up to was doodling in my visual diary. I wasn’t all that inspired creatively. I did cook up a storm though. I made jars of fig jam, tomato relish, a batch of butter chicken and some baby cakes for my friend’s baby shower.

It was my first baby shower that I’d been to and it set a really high standard. We all brought a bead to the shower and made a necklace for my friend. The idea was that she would be able to draw on the positive energy of her friends during labour. There were cards to decorate and write positive messages to mum to be and baby, a belly cast to decorate and squares of canvas that we could paint on. These would be turned into bunting for the baby’s room.

It was such a cute day.

My pigeon appreciated all of the extra attention during my week off, too.

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