Sunday, June 1, 2008

Quatre-heure a Midi! Teatime/ snacktime for Lunch

Today Sunday everybody is sick except me. For Lunch I want to do something that everybody will like and enjoy. Furthermore I want my kids do someting different that watching their new videos. Baking! Yes they love baking especially Muffins.
But in our home we bake it from scratch, not from boxes or mix.
When you ask my kids what do you need to bake a cake they know: eggs, flour, sugar... today we add Lemon Zests, Lemon Juice and even fresh Strawberries!
The dough was very good. Usually my husband is the dough taster. And even sick he loved it.
It was fun to do, it was lovely to present and my God it was delicious and light.

Lemon strawberries muffins
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
3 teaspoons finely grated Organic lemon peel
2 organic large eggs
1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
¼ tsp Baking Powder
½ cup Icing Sugar
½ cup Homemade Strawberries Jam
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup whole milk
1 fresh lemon juice + 2 tablespoons
10 small fresh strawberries diced into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Using electric mixer, beat butter, powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon1 lemon peel in large bowl until blended, then beat until fluffy and pale yellow. Add 2 eggs . Beat in half of flour. Add milk and 1 fresh lemon juice; beat to blend. Beat in remaining flour. Add the diced strawberries.
Bake cupcakes until tester inserted halfway into centers comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan on rack. Whisk Icing sugar with powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Whisk the Strawberry jam into remaining icing. Spoon over remaining cupcakes. Let stand until icing sets, about 30 minutes. Garnish with 1 strawberry.

I rarely find Muffins with fresh Strawberries, usually they are made with orange, pineaple, bluberrie....Actually Strawberries in Baking are more used " uncooked" that cooked. And this is too bad because the strawberries' flavor is wonderful once cooked. You find Strawberries Tarts, the fruits standing beautifully on the top of the pastry puff or pate brisee. But the truth is that cooked strawberries do not look nice as other fruits: they loose their texture, and their beautiful color. They look old and they do not appeal for your appetite! Voila! pourquoi they are used uncooked to be plumbed and rosy, like summer fruits should be!

1 comment:

Laurie said...

These look yummy Celine!