Date Cup Cakes

Date is one of my favourite. I do use dates in my baking a lot. I got so many requests asking for date cup cakes and thought of doing it for them. After baking I had a cup of tea with that so nice and beautiful, fluffy little cakes. its really nice with out any icing or sauces. Just enough sugar for my taste. But if you like your cup cakes to be very sweet try adding a bit more sugar.

Dates are rich in fibre and lots of vitamins and minerals. If you can buy fresh dates thats the best.Its  very nice in cakes and all other sweets.

Mixing bicarbonate of soda make this cake soft and fluffy.  you can add few more grams of extra dates for this recipe too.

Cann leave this cake about a week out side in air tight container or can freeze about 3-6 months.

Ingredients

  • 200g Dates
  • 75ml water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 50g Brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g Self raising flour
  • 50g Butter
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Method

  1. Add the dates in to a pot with water. Bring it to boil. Add bicarbonate of soda in to it. Stir and leave aside.
  2. Next add sugar and butter and mix well.
  3. Add eggs and whisk well.
  4. Add flour on a low speed and mix well.
  5. After add vanilla and dates and whisk until it breaks the dates.
  6. Pour in to muffin holes.
  7. Bake on 170c about 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Breakfast Muffins (Simple & Easy Breakfast)

When you want to serve bacon and eggs for breakfast try this way one day. Its really easy to make  in several minutes.

You can do them a day before for reheating too. Instead of  adding bacon try adding chicken meat, beef, or seafood. The other way is grating some vegetables or add some cooked vegetable in to that.

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Ingredients

  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Finely chopped Spring
  • 1 Cup Of Bacon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 60ml Milk
  • Green chillies (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Cheese

Method

  1. Break the Eggs , Salt and Pepper in to a mixing  bowl .  Whisk well.
  2. Add the spring onions, Milk, bacon , green chillies and cheese and mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture in to a greased muffin tray and bake on 180c about 15-20 min.
  4. Serve Hot.

 

Greek Style Sweet Bread Muffins

Not only Greeks enjoy talking about their history they really enjoy the food too. They have so many beautiful breads and cakes. I love lots of different styles of baking and I thought of sharing this after a friend suggested this to me.

For a more authentically Greek Easter bread, season it with Mahlab and mastic. You can buy online or from Arabian or Greek food stores. This is a very different style of bread with a hot sugar syrup. This syrup absorbs to the bread like a magic.

If you do not like the muffins very sweet you can always omit the sugar syrup. You can half this recipe with out a problem.

Always when you have left overs freeze them and use them when you need.

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Ingredients

  • 70g Butter
  • 75ml Milk
  • 100g Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 440g Bread flour
  • Zest of one Orange
  • 12 g Instant dry Yeast
  • 50ml Warm Water
  • 100g Sugar
  • Vanilla (Few Drops)
  • Pinch Cinnamon
  • Any kind of a nut chopped for topping

For the Syrup

  • 50ml Water
  • 150g or 1 cup Sugar

Method

  1. Add bread flour, orange zest, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, milk and water in to a mixing bowl and knead until its smooth and elastic. About 20 min.
  2. Leave in a greased bowl in a warm place to double in size.
  3. Then cut in to pieces and make balls. Put them in muffin trays or disposable foil cases.
  4. Leave to double in a warm place.
  5. After brush the tops with eggs sprinkle some nuts and bake on 180c about 15-20 min.
  6. Before taking the bread out boil sugar and water and pour over top of buns when they come out from oven.
  7. Cool on wire a rack.

Cafe Style Blueberry Muffins with a streusel topping.

When I am free or catching up with a friend I like to visit different cafes around Melbourne. Another thing I enjoy is looking at all the sweets and copying all in my head. So I select different tastes all the time. When I start nibbling I know the way they have made and what the ingredients are. My friends think that I am more keen about the ingredients than the conversation.

Blueberries are a popular fruit, easily added to cereals, salads and desserts or eaten as a sweet treat in their own right. They are also known by some as a “superfood,” containing a wide variety of nutrients that offer protection against conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

 

Ingredients

  • 270g Self Raising Flour
  • 125ml oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 125ml Milk
  • 150g Sugar
  • 2 punnet Blueberries

For the topping

  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Sugar
  • 75g Oats
  • 75g Flour
  • A bit of salt

Method

  1. Add Milk, oil, Eggs, Lemon Juice,Vanilla & lemon Zest in to a bowl  Mix well.
  2. Next sugar and flour mix Well.
  3. Next add the washed blueberries.
  4. Pour in to patty pans
  5. Add oats, flour, sugar, salt & butter in a bowl and mix well.
  6. Add the prepared oat topping on the batter.
  7. Bake 15-20 min on 180c.
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