Monday, March 30, 2009

Frosting Filled Cupcakes

I was recently asked to provide a snack for my daughter's church children's choir rehearsal. I decided to make mini cupcakes with a filling inside.

This idea came from my friend, Judy.

I used the DeMarle mini muffin to bake these cake mix cupcakes. I then used a cake decorator tip to inject the inside of the muffin with homemade icing. I will share the icing recipe I used, but any filling can be used.

After injecting the cupcakes, I changed the decorator tip to a flower, and decorated the tops with a single flower. Because of the Easter season approaching, I used pastel colored icing.

Frosting recipe:

¼ c. meringue powder (dried egg whites)

· 2/3 cups water

· 12 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approx. 3 lb.)

· 1¼ cup solid vegetable shortening

· 1 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract

· 1 teaspoon Clear Butter Flavor

· ½ teaspoon Clear Almond Extract

· ¼ to ½ cup milk

In large bowl, whisk meringue powder and water until peaks form. Add about 4 cups of the powdered sugar; whisk into meringue.

Add about half of the shortening and cream in electric mixer. Add vanilla, butter flavor and almond flavor.

Add another 4 cups of powdered sugar; mix, beating well on medium speed. Add remaining shortening; mix.

Add final 4 cups powdered sugar and ¼ cup milk; mix.

Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. To reach desired consistency, add remaining milk gradually and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using. YIELD: Makes about 8 cups

My thanks to Kelley for the frosting recipe!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Potato Rolls

This favorite bread recipe was given to me by my friend, Lynn. She is a frequent bread maker, and I was honored when she gave me a handmade booklet of all her bread recipes. I recently made this roll for supper co-op and was very pleased with the results.

This is a bread machine recipe. You will need to follow your machine's instructions about what order to add ingredients.

1/2 c. mashed potatoes
1/4 c. potato water
1/4 c. canola oil
1 c. warm milk
1 egg
1/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 t. salt
4 c. bread flour*
2 1/4 t. yeast

*I modified the amount of flour: 3 1/2 c. bread flour and 1/2 c. whole wheat flour*

I place all these ingredients in bread maker and use the dough cycle. Then shape into rolls, cover in a warm place and allow to rise until double in size. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.


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