Thursday, April 23, 2015

Viennese Whirl Biscuits



After missing here for several weeks, i do find it hard to start writing a post. I just came back not too long ago from my holidays and have not baked anything for many many weeks. Well, i did cooked a little and took pictures of those and hopefully post it up as well , to keep my blog a little more active. I would also like to share some of my holiday pictures with you all later if i can.

...And so these cookies were baked just few days ago. After some absence from  baking for quite a while, i was a little afraid that whatever i know about baking has deteriorated . Ask me now to bake a chiffon cake, i would be in anxiety..true. Luckily this shortbread recipe isnt a too difficult one to master and i am happy and relieved at the same time that they turned out great. The cookie itself is buttery and light. I believe that  it must be the work of the cornflour that makes it light. It is crumbly but i have no issue with that. Perhaps it is also the combination of the cream and jam thats sandwiched together, i find it so delicious..!


Now i do have to highlight that i have added quite a bit of milk to the batter, i probably would not have done that if it wasnt for the piping. The batter was quite stiff to be piped out , so i have to return the batter to the mixer again and beat in some milk. As a result, i have lost a bit of batter in between, otherwise i would have more number of cookies here. I have piped them at 2 inches in diameter, to me a little smaller than 2 inches would be nicer :)

Next on our bake along list will be cheesecake for our bake along 4th anniversary theme. Steam, bake or non baked cheesecakes, all are welcomed to join JoyceZoe and myself here. Bye!


Recipe ( from bbc.co.uk ) with some changes
makes around 13 sandwich cookies
Ingredients
250gm very soft butter
50gm icing sugar, sifted
250gm plain flour, sifted
50gm cornflour, sifted
1/2tsp pure vanilla extract
4-5 tbsp milk ( my addition )

Filling
50gm soft butter
100gm icing sugar
1/2tsp vanilla extract
jam of your choice

Directions
Mix the icing sugar, flour and cornflour together. Using electric mixer, beat the butter till smooth and add in the vanilla extract. Put in half of the  sifted dry ingredients and continue beating on low speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl of the mixer if necessary. Put in the remaining half of the dry ingredients and beat till well incorporated. Add in milk if necessary to achieve a softer consistency for easier piping.

Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe in 2 inch rosettes or smaller and space them apart.Bake in a preheated oven at 170c fan forced or 190C for 13-15 minutes or until pale golden brown and firm. ( i used 2 trays and baked them at 170C on fan for 15 minutes, switch the trays in between baking time )

For filling, beat the butter, icing sugar, add in the vanilla extract and beat till very smooth. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag. Put a little jam on one piece of the cookie and pipe some buttercream on another piece of cookie and sandwich them together. Repeat the same for all the cookies.

* the original recipe uses food processor to blend in everything. You can refer the link above for the original recipe and method.



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Salted Caramel Apple Pie


Today is the last day of Chinese New Year. Happy Chap Goh Mei to all my chinese friends and readers!  Sorry that i have not been dropping by at any of your blogs, i will try to catch up whenever i can.

JoyceZoe  and myself are making apple pie this week but this is no ordinary apple pie. The ingredient that makes it not so ordinary is the salted caramel and it's homemade!Ya, i sound excited because i never knew that making salted caramel is rather quite simple. Before this, i thought making salted caramel would require a candy thermometer and is a complicated process., i am so wrong and ignorant. The recipe here is using fleur del sel for making the salted caramel and i hv read that using maldon salt is also another alternative. I have some fleur del sel at home which is kept in a precious container and i have been keeping it for 3-4 years! I think it's alright cos i guess salt doest have any expiry date...err..do they? They are still in good form, not in clumps and i have tasted them...yes, they are salt...hehe..


Putting the salted caramel into the apple pie filling, you will get some sweetness, sourness and saltiness altogether. Hmm..i dont know if you like that ..and while baking these individual pies which have been baked using a non stick muffin pan, some of the caramel oozed out from my small pies, otherwise the taste of the salted caramel would have been richer. But hey, we can still drizzle the caramel all over the pies upon serving, i actually like it this way more!






I wished i could bake a little more longer than i had here, but at the same time the caramel was flowing out so i had stopped baking after 35 mins. This is bcos i find that my crust turned a little flabby the next day.  The actual whole recipe actually indicates baking for a total of 80 minutes for baking the whole large pie.

Recipe ( from the book, Back in the Day Bakery ) with some changes
this is half of the recipe which makes a dozen muffin sized pies.
Ingredients for Pie Crust
125gm  plain flour
63gm cake flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 egg ( take 1 egg, lightly beaten and take half of it )
40m ice water, plus more if necessary
1/2 tsp white vinegar
113gm cold butter, cut into cubes*

Put the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of the food processor. In a large measuring cup,  beat the egg with water and vinegar. Turn on the food processor and blend together the flour, sugar and salt. Put in the butter cubes and blend them using pulse mode till the butter resembles small peas. Add in the egg mixture slowly until the dough comes together. ( i did not use all of the egg mixture ). If the dough seems dry, add a little more ice water, a little at a time as necessary.

Gather the dough together on a lightly floured surface and shape into ball. Flatten it with the palms of your hand into a disk . Chill for at least 1 hour and store in refrigerator up to 4 days. Let the dough comes to slightly soft or soft enough to roll out.

* the book has indicated to use half shortening and half butter to create more flakiness in the tart but i have used all butter. 

For the Salted Caramel
there's probably 1/3 cup left after making these individual pies
1/2 cup/125gm sugar
1/2 tsp fleur del sel
85gm unsalted butter, at room temp
1tbsp heavy cream

Method: Combine sugar, fleur del sel and add 1/4 cup of water in a medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Wash down any crystals from the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Turn the heat down to medium and cook without stirring, until the syrup becomes a medium dark amber caramel, about 15 minutes, we can carefully swirl the pan around to check the colour.

Remove the pan from heat and immediately stir in the butter and heavy cream.Do not worry if the butter starts to separate, it will come together once the caramel is cooled. Using a hand whisk, whisk the caramel until it comes together. Set aside.

For the Apple Filling
1tsp lemon zest
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
2 large Granny Smith ( or you can use a combination, cored, peeled and sliced, i hv cut them into cubes )
1/8 cup plain flour
1/8 tsp ground cardamon ( skipped )
1/8tsp ground allspice ( skipped )
1/8 tsp freshly grated nuteg ( i used nutmeg powder )
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup turbinado sugar, for sprinkling ( i did not sprinkle any sugar )

some beaten egg for egg wash
fleur del sel for sprinkling
ice cream for serving ( optional )

Put the lemon zest and lemon juice in a small bowl, add the apples and all the spices in and toss gently.

Method :
Dust the rolling pin with some flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a thickness abt 1mm. Cut the dough using cookie cutter ( here , i have used a 3" round cutter for the bottom crust and 2.5" for the top crust) Place the dough for the bottom into the base of a muffin pan
, poke a few holes in the dough and spoon some filling in the crust , followed by a dollop of the salted caramel and cover it with the dough for top crust. Pinch both the crust together to seal them and cut a cross across the top crust. Reserve the remaining caramel for serving. Brush the crust with some egg wash and sprinkle lightly with some turbinado sugar and a pinch of fleur del sel. ( i hv put the pies into the fridge for about 15mins before baking them ). Preheat oven to 205C

Turn the oven down to 190C and bake them for about 30-35 mins till the crust turns golden.(  Note that there may be some caramel ooze out from the pie itself while baking them). Remove from oven and remove completely from muffin pan after several minutes.



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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Grissini ( Italian Breadsticks )




Grissini, also known as Italian breadsticks is our present bake along theme. I have tried grissini once at a buffet breakfast and they were crunchy type, just like crackers. I am not exactly sure if there are also the soft types of grissini because i do see some soft grissini recipes out there. The ones that i made here are the crunchy ones. Before i had my first grissini, apart from its unusual cute long sticks, i had the impression that they might be a little bland to eat, they were just plain looking sticks to me, ..i mean the ones that i had at the buffet. But it wasnt, somehow they had the kind of fragrant aroma of some herbs and also accompanied with some soft cheese which were nice to eat!


Here in this recipe, i have incorporated some italian herbs into the dough, if you want a stronger taste, you can add another half tablespoon more. No cheese but i have made a dip to go with these breadsticks, almost similar dip that i have made last time , Smoked Salmon Avocado Spread  but without the smoked salmon! Just as good!!


On the other hand, even wihout any dips or spread, i do think that these breadsticks are still much enjoyable to eat. Apart from the light flavour of the italian herbs which we get to taste in the sticks, there is also a good aroma of sesame seeds, i would think this is something fun to snack too!

Recipe ( from kingarthurflour.com )
makes around 20 sticks
Ingredients
1 tsp instant yeast
1tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp milk powder
1/2 tbsp pizza dough flavour ( i used italian herbs )
95g bread flour
95gm OO flour*
95ml lukewarmwater ( i needed about 130ml water )
1tbsp olive oil

egg whites ( just little, less than 1 )
black and white sesame seeds

* can use all bread flour


Directions
In the bowl of an electric mixer, put in all flour, sugar, salt, milk powder, italian herbs, instant yeast and mix them using a fork or dough hook. On low speed, pour in half the water, then the olive oil and slowly add in the rest of the water till a dough is formed. Run the machine to knead the dough into a soft dough, approx 5-6 mins. Remove the dough onto a lightly oiled bowl, cover with kitchen towel and let it proof for an hour.

Lightly knead the dough and shape into a rectangle about 9in x 13 in. If you find it difficult to roll, you may rest the dough for a few minutes before proceeding. After shaping into rectangle, brush the surface with some egg whites and sprinkle the sesame seeds all over. Using a pizza roller, cut into about 1cm ( or thinner ) width strips. Twist the strip or roll ( both ends in opposite direction) and lay them on the prepared baking tray, do the same for all strips  and let it proof for about 40 mins. Bake them in a preheated oven at  215C for about 12-14 mins till they are brown ( i used 2 trays, upper and lower rack, rotate the trays half way between the baking time and i hv baked them on 190C fan forced )






Cream Cheese Avocado Spread
1/2 piece of small ripe avocado
110g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 small onion, chopped
juice from 1/2 lemon
some chopped parsley or spring onions
some salt to taste

Blend them all together using a food processor.




Feel free to join me, Joyce and Zoe making these Italian Breadsticks from today up till Feb14, 2015. Happy Baking!





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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hot Milk Cake with Peaches and Cream


The cake gets its name as hot milk is one of the ingredients for making this. Heating up the milk and butter together is the key step that what makes it called a hot milk cake. There are also different, but quite similar recipes which we can find in the internet on hot milk cakes and in this bake along, me, Joyce and Zoe are trying out the recipe from the book, Bon Appetit. Infact, last year i had made Tish Boyle's Hot Milk Sponge Cake so i was expecting the cake to be the same, sort of.



This recipe has suggested us to bake them in custard cups, i have used my muffin pan instead and
instead of serving them in cups with cream and strawberries, i just left it as it is and filled with sliced peaches and cream. The little cakes turned out fine but less fluffier if compared to the hot milk sponge cake which i had made last year. Both are quite similar recipes but then again, at times we might not know there might be something we have not done good enough such as creaming or beating of the eggs and so on. Anyway, the peaches and cream made up for it :D

Recipe ( from the book , Bon Appetit )
makes 9
Ingredients
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tbsp self raising flour
2/3 cup whole milk
70gm unsalted butter
3-4 peach halves, from the can, sliced
1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
1 tbsp icing sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 210C. Using electric mixer, beat eggs in medium bowl at high speed until thick, about 3 minutes. Gradually add 2/3 cup sugar, beating until thick and pale yellow, about 1 min longer. Beat in 1/2 tsp vanilla. Add flour and beat 30 seconds. Bring milk and butter just to boil in small saucepan, stirring until butter melts. Beta hot milk mixture into batter. Continue to beat for 30seconds and pour the batter into a non stick muffin tin.

Bake cakes until firm to touch and pale golden, and tops form rounded peak in center, about 16mins. Let cool before filling in the cream. Cakes can be made 8 hours ahead , cover and let stand at room temperature.

For filling, just combined the chilled whipping cream and icing sugar and whisk till soft peak . Cut the cake into half, put in 2-3 slices of peach and a dollop of whipping cream and cover with the cake top.



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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mille Feuille ( with custard cream )




Happy New Year 2015!

I had made this simple mille feuille or also known as Napoleon on the 2nd day of new year and by the way, i have no idea how to actually pronounce " mille feuille " :) ..and so it says mille feuille is made up of 3 layers of pastry which is filled with pastry cream, whipped cream or any filling that we like in between the layers . I have made the same custard cream that i made for my Swan Cream Puffs, only that this time i cooked it so that it becomes a little thicker.There are some napoleons i see that comes with a thicker pastry layer and some with a thinner layer. I personally like mine with a thinner layer and if you have not tried making this and like it thin, the key thing is to a put a baking tray on top of the puff pastry while baking it so that it wont puff up so much.

Start by putting a parchment paper on the tray and then lay down the puff pastry onto the paper.


Then put another piece of parchment paper on top of the pastry and followed by another baking tray and this is how it looks like when it goes into the oven . Bake at 200C on middle rack for 25minutes.


After 25 minutes, remove the tray and the parchment paper( the one which is on top of the pastry ) and continue to bake for another 5 minutes.


after baking ..
Cut the pastry sheet into 3 equal strips and spread one layer of cream onto the first layer, top with a second layer and another layer of cream and finally the 3rd layer. So 2 layers of cream in between the layers.






Use a very sharp knife to cut into pieces as this gets quite messy..




Dust with icing sugar to cover up imperfections...:D




Recipe for custard cream filling
enough to use for 3 puff pastry sheets
1 cup milk
1 egg, well beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of half an orange

Directions
Mix together the egg, sugar, flour and salt and using a hand whisk, beat well. In a small pot, bring the milk to just boiling and slowly pour in a thin stream to the egg mixture and stir vigorously as to not to cook the eggs mixture. Return the mixture to the pot and cook on low heat till it thickens , keep stirring all the time. Please watch this carefully as it gets thick rather fast, less than a minute. Remove from heat and let cool down. Cover with cling wrap and stick it directly to the custard. Can keep in the fridge after it has cooled down .



Joyce, Zoe  and myself welcome everyone who wish to join us in our first bake along for the year! You can use any of your favourite cream or filling and fruits. Also here wishing everyone who dropping by here a healthy and a wonderful 2015!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gingerbread Cake



I havent really been cooking and baking much this holidays season but i thought i wanted to make a spiced cake for this christmas week.... It always seem to me a spiced cake sounds kinda like a classic christmas flavour ..and so gingerbread cake comes to mind ...afterall i have not tried it myself.  I thought i have ground cloves in my house but none and i have substituted it with ground nutmeg, In fact many of the recipes i see online have both .


For a first attempt in making a gingerbread cake,  i would say i am happy with how the flavour turned out. I am not sure if most people would love a heavily or deeply spiced cake. In this recipe, the spices are not overpowering, we can still find the flavour with much presence here. Nicely moist cake too! Joy of Baking has included a lemon icing to go with the cake but i have opted to use a simple cream cheese icing cos that block of cream cheese has been sitting in my fridge for.. i dont know how long! Anyway, Merry Christmas to all !



Recipe ( from Joy of Baking )
makes one 8" cake
Ingredients
250gm all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1/4tsp ground cloves ( i used ground nutmeg )
zest of 1 lemon ( omitted )
1tbsp finely chopped ginger or 1/4 finely chopped crystallised ginger ( optional)
115gm butter, slightly softened
120gm brown sugar
50gm white sugar ( omitted )
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup milk

Directions
Preheat oven to 180C and place rack in center of oven. Line and butter a 8"by 8" baking pan.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves or nutmeg, lemon zest and grated ginger ( if using )

In the bowl of an electric mixer ( or with a hand mixer ), beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy ( takes abt 2-3 mins). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the molasses and beat to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the dry ingredients ( in 3 additions ) and milk ( in 2 additions ) alternately, begining and ending with the dry ingredients and beat just until incorporated.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 mins or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a wiring rack. Let cool completely before frosting the cake.( i baked mine for about 50mins in total, covering the top of the cake with foil after 30 mins )

Cream cheese icing
1 block /225 g cream cheese, at room teperature
1.5 to 2 cup of icing sugar
a little milk

Beat the cream cheese and icing sugar together till smooth. Add milk by tablespoon until desired consistency for frosting.



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cranberry Orange Biscotti




Although biscottis are enjoyed all year round, i tend to associate them with Christmas. It gives me kind of festive feel, they are like christmas cookies to me! and so i was quite excited when Zoe has made her choice of baking biscottis for our bake along christmas theme. Our biscotti christmas theme will run up till Dec22, 2014, so if you have a biscotti recipe to share, come join me, Joyce and Zoe!


Originated from Italy, biscottis are 'twice baked cookies' meaning the dough is cooked twice till dry in order to have a longer shelf life. Initial baking is almost like in a flat log or cakeform and then after that, it is sliced into pieces for second baking which determines how dry and hard the biscottis are going to be. I have chosen to make mine with some dried cranberries which i also believe it is a popular ingredient in making biscottis, added some dried apricots( well, just for some colour ) and flaked almonds. This recipe also contains some orange zest and orange juice which i find it fabulous. It adds flavour to them ,refreshing flavour and you can already catch the aroma when you take them out from the oven! The only one thing i would do next time making these will be bake them a little longer more so that they stay more crunchier :D

after the 1st baking, slice and bake them again




Recipe ( adapted from laura in the kitchen )
makes just a dozen, recipe can easily be tripled
Ingredients
110gm all purpose/ plain flour
80gm sugar ( reduced )
1/4tsp salt
1/2tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract ( omitted )
zest of 1 orange
1/3 cup flaked almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 pieces of dried apricots, cut into small pieces ( i added this )
1.5 tbsp orange juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
1.5 tbsp vegetable oil

Directions
Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. In another separate small bowl, put in 1 tbsp of plain flour and mix in the orange zest so that the zest dont clump together. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment,  pour in the orange juice, egg and oil and mix to combine well. Add in the flour mixture and also the zest flour mixture. Mix well. Throw in the dried cranberries, almonds and also the dried apricots if using. Mix well . Do not over mix.

Remove from the bowl onto a floured surface . The dough will be quite sticky. Shape the dough into a log, about 12 inches in length and transfer it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Using your fingers or scrapper, pat the dough flat about 2 inches in width . Bake in a preheated oven at 177C for 25 minutes.

Let it cool down for a few minutes and using a serrated knife, slice them diagonally about 1/2inch thick. Arrange the slices on the baking sheet and bake for 7minutes. Flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until golden and lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wu Pao-Chun Champion Toast 吴宝春金牌土司



After seeing all the excitement and the wonderful reviews among my blogger friends who have baked this popular bread recipe that originally comes from Master Wu Pao-Chun, his Champion Toast Bread, now i'm finally trying it. I cant agree more that this is indeed a very good white bread recipe, the soft type of bread that many of us will like. I do not know how long will it keep soft , on the second day it is still as good and on the third day i have to keep in the fridge as i have to be away from home. The best thing about baking this bread is of course you dont need any bread starters that needs extra time to make it and yet it yields a very tender loaf of bread, that's brilliant.

The crust turned out to be lighter than usual which i realised i hv baked in the lowest rack of the oven.
Guess that's the reason why.



I cant remember where exactly did i first come across this bread recipe but here i am referring to ccm's blog for the original recipe , you can proportion it out if you want to bake a bigger or smaller loaf or rolls. If you like this kind of white bread, this would be ideal for a everyday bread. Thanks to everyone who have shared this recipe.


Here is the original full recipe taken from ccm2poco.blogspot.com 

hi protein flour 1000gm
sugar 80gm
salt 18gm
butter 50gm
instant yeast 10gm
milk 230gm

my scaled down recipe baked in a pullman tin 20cmx 10cm x10 cm
hi protein flour 330gm
sugar 2 tbsps
salt 2 tsps
butter 15gm
water 148gm
yeast 3gm
milk 75gm

Direction
Using a fork, mix flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast in the bowl of an electric mixer. Attach dough hook and gradually add in milk and water. Beat till it becomes a rough dough. Add in the butter and continue to beat for about 15mins till the dough is smooth. ( mine on speed 2 KA mixer )

Remove the dough and shape into ball . Let it proof in a large bowl, covered with kitchen towel or cling wrap and let proof till its double its size. Once it has doubled its size, remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead the dough. Shape into a ball and let it rest for 10 mins.

Using a roller pin, flatten the dough and roll out to a rectangle with its shorter length almost matching the length of the pullman tin but shorter ( as it needs space to expand further ). Roll it up and let it proof in the pullman tin till it fills up almost 90% of the tin, about 50 mins. Bake in a preheated oven at 170C for about 25-30mins. ( I baked mine at 190c for 30mins )

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jam Doughnut Muffins




Taste like doughnuts, shape like muffins?

okay, be it a half doughnut or half muffin , i find this recipe from Nigella Lawson is incredibly good. Each doughnut muffin here is filled with some jam and once the baking it's done while it's still warm, roll them over some melted butter and some sugar. Delicious! There is no need to take your piping bag and tip out to pipe in the jam on the cooked muffin, here we fill  the muffin case with some batter, follow by the jam and again top with more batter and bake .


I have baked kind of similar muffins couple of months back, Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins , a different recipe. I would think this Nigella's doughnut muffins are fluffier and tender in texture compared to the those cinnamon sugar muffins. Yes, they are quite like doughnuts but so much easier to make !

As i was typing this,post,  i just received a message from Joyce reminding of today's post. Gosh! I thought it's tomorrow! Sorry if some of you have followed the date written on the side bar of the blog. My mistake, sorry! So here it is, my bake along post with Joyce and Zoe!




Recipe ( from How to be a Domestic Goddess )
made about 20 mini muffin
1/2 cup milk
scant 7 tbsp corn/ vegetable oil, plus more for greasing ( i used 5 )
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract ( omitted )
11/3 cups/ 160gm  self raising flour
12tsps strawberry jam
1/3 cup superfine sugar
scant 1/2 cup unsalted butter ( i reduced to 50gm)
1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

With a fork, beat together milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract. Stir this into the flour and 1/3 cup sugar
until just combined ( can use hand whisk) .  The lumps dont matter and if you overbeat the muffins will be tough. Spoon th emixture into eacah muffin cup so that it's just under a third full. Then with a teaspoon add a dollop of strawberry jam, then top with more muffin mix so that the cases are just about full.

Put them in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 mins or until the tops feel springy and have puffed up into little toadstools. ( I baked mine for 16 mins )Meanwhile, melt the butter slowly in a thick bottomed pan and lay tge remaining sugar out in a wide shallow bowl or plate. As soon as the muffins are ready, remove the from the pan, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar. Eat warm.




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