Friday, May 14, 2010

Banana Cupcakes

I know I say this about many of the recipes I share on this blog: simple, super easy, quick and easy bla bla bla. But that's because it's true. I truly don't try over complicated recipes or super hard ones. I'm just lazy like that. So without further ado I bring you these light and fluffy banana cupcakes. Which are ..yes you guessed it super simple.

Makes 12

What you need:
125g butter
175g sugar
2 eggs
2 large mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp baking powder
225g plain flour - sifted

What to do:

Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy

Add eggs in one at a time.

Mix in mashed bananas.

Add baking soda that has been dissolved in hot milk. (I just zapped the milk in the microwave to get it heated)

Mix in sifted flour and baking powder. Don't over beat the batter.

Bake cupcakes in 170C pre-heated oven for about 15 mins or till they are light golden brown on top. If you want to test if cooked, insert a toothpick in the centre to see if it comes out clean.

Don't over-mash the bananas to mulch. I did it before when trying this. Not recommended. You want some lumpiness in there.
As for the batter - same thing. Don't overbeat. Mine was slightly lumpy.
Use ripe ripe bananas. (I used Cavendish bananas)

I really was pleasantly surprised with this recipe. The preparation time was short and not much fuss overall. The cupcakes are not dense but light. The banana taste is not overpowering and just right.
Makes an excellent tea-time treat. Super simple.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

How to make hard-boiled eggs

The Sudden Cook's way to make perfect hard-boiled eggs are super easy. I would love to know the different methods used by different people. I stuck to this method cause it worked all the time!
1) Remove eggs from fridge at least 10 minutes before.
2) Place in saucepan and fill with cold water. Be sure the water covers the eggs surface
3) Place saucepan over heat (don't cover) and bring it to a boil

4) Once it starts to boil, place the cover over saucepan, turn off heat and leave for 15minutes.
5) About 8 mins in between, remove cover and use a chopstick/spoon to move eggs around. Replace cover and leave for rest of required time.
6) Remove eggs, run over cold water to cool and proceed to peel.

Mashing them eggs makes great egg sandwiches or these egg and bacon puffs

On a totally unrelated note, this blog is sporting a spanking (new) banner created by my very talented blogger friend Red Ruby On Fire. I went to high school with RROF and can attest to the fact that this girl is super creative! Thanks GS! The spoons are a welcome change to the otherwise dreary look the blog was made of in the past. One batch of brownies coming your way when you're down next. Make sure you give me a holler!

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