Pear, Almond and Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

36th BDay Cupcakes CollageHello Lovelies,

Today I bring you the recipe for pear, almond and chocolate cupcakes. I made these for my Mr’s birthday. I asked him to pick three flavours and then I would turn them into a cupcake for him. This is what I came up with…36 BDay Cupcakes 01

You will need:

For the sponge:

275g self raising flour

175g soft brown sugar

100ml vegetable oil

200ml non dairy milk (soy or oat tend to work best)

1 tsp baking powder

1tps almond extract

30g ground almonds

1 pear, peeled and chopped

100g dark chocolate chips

For the frosting:

250g icing sugar

100g non-dairy spread

30g cocoa powder

Edible shimmer and chocolate decorations (optional)

What to do:

Pre-heat the oven to 200’c and line a 12 hole muffin pan with muffin cases.

1) sieve the flour and baking powder together into a large bowl. Add the ground almonds and sugar, mix together.36 BDay Cupcakes 02

2) InĀ  a jug, whisk together the oil, non dairy milk and almond extract. Add to the dry ingredients.36 BDay Cupcakes 05

3) Add in the chopped pear and chocolate chips and stir the whole mixture until just mixed.36 BDay Cupcakes 06

4) Divide the mixture between the muffin cases (I use an ice-cream scoop to ensure my cupcakes are roughly the same size).36 BDay Cupcakes 07

5) Put onto the middle shelf in the oven for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick/cake tester comes out clean.36 BDay Cupcakes 09

6) Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. In the meantime, combine all the frosting ingredient in a bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Put in the fridge until the cakes are cooled.36 BDay Cupcakes 08

7) Pipe a swirl of the frosting onto each cake. Finish off with a little edible lustre and a chocolate decoration if you like.36 BDay Cupcakes 11

8) Stuff them in your face.36 BDay Cupcakes 10

 

Homemade XMas: Red Onion Chutney

Hello Lovelies,

As I mentioned previously, I’m making hampers for a few people this Christmas. One of the things I’ve made for them is red onion chutney. The recipe is from the Super Jam cookbook, so it’s not my own but I thought I’d share it as it’s really yummy and so quick and easy to make.

Ingredients:

8 red onions
1 red chilli
2 bay leaves
25ml olive oil
200g brown sugar
150ml balsamic vinegar
150ml red wine vinegar

What to do:

I got 5 small jars (around 200g) out of this recipe.

!) Slice the onions and the chilli into thin slices. The recipe states to cut them into thin, short slices but I left my slices long as I wanted a more ‘rustic’ chutney. You can add the chilli seeds to the recipe too if you like a real kick (I left them out of my one as not everyone I’m giving it to is as keen on hot spice as I am).

2) In a large, wide bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the onions, chilli and bay leaves. Cook gently on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3) The onions should be translucent and really soft. Add the sugar, red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

4) Simmer the onions for 30 minutes until dark and sticky. Take off the heat and transfer to hot, sterilised jars (boil in water to sanitise the jars and their lids). Seal and leave to cool. You’re done!

The recipe states that the chutney is best left to mature for about a month for the flavour to really develop. Refrigerate after opening and eat within 6 weeks or so. I kept a jar aside for myself, I’m planning to eat it as part of my vegan cheese board! NOM.

Well, that’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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