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Instagram Live Recipes – Apple Oat Muffins

 

APPLE OAT MUFFINS

240mL milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar (apple cider/white/malt/something fruity)
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
2 eggs
1/2 cup veg oil

1+1/2 cups oats (rolled or otherwise)
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Mix the lemon juice/vinegar together with the milk

2. Combine oats, applesauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil and soured milk in step 1, mix together until homogeneous (these are the WET ingredients)

3. Mix up eggs until yolks and whites are homogeneous, leave aside

4. Combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix together with a whisk or fork until homogeneous (these are the DRY ingredients)

5. Mix eggs into wet ingredients and then immediately add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, important not to overmix!

6. Leave to sit for 2-3 hours in the fridge if you can! Overnight is even better 🙂

7. Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit, portion muffins (with or without muffin liners) and mix-in fruit/seeds etc as you wish (optional) and decorate tops with sugar/apple slices/fruit/seeds etc as you wish (optional). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into middle of a muffin comes out clean.

8. Enjoy!

 

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Instagram Live Recipes – CARROT CAKE / MUFFINS

 

CARROT CAKE (makes 1 Loaf / 12 Muffins)
1 egg
1/4 scant cup of soured milk (using 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to sour)
3/4 cups white sugar (or 1/2 cup white, 1/4 cup brown)
1/2 cup veg oil
2 cups loose packed coarse grated carrots1+1/4 cups AP flour (or 3/4 cups AP and 1/2 wholewheat)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (3/8 teaspoon if including brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ginger (optional)
pinch salt (optional)

 

 

CREAM CHEESE SWIRL (optional)

4oz (half standard 8oz block) cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
3 Tablespoons AP flour
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (optional)

Instructions for Carrot Cake

1. Mix the lemon juice/vinegar together with the milk
2. Combine sugar, vegetable oil and soured milk in step 1, mix together until homogeneous (these are the WET ingredients)
3. Mix up eggs until yolks and whites are homogeneous, leave aside
4. Combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt, mix together with a whisk or fork until homogeneous (these are the DRY ingredients)
5. Mix eggs into wet ingredients and then immediately add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, important not to overmix!
6. Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit, portion loaf or muffins (with or without muffin liners) and swirl in cream cheese swirl if using. Bake for ~15-20 minutes (for muffins), ~50-60 mins (for loaf) or until a skewer inserted into middle of the cake comes out clean
8. Enjoy!

Instructions for Cream Cheese Swirl

1. Mix the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth
2. Add egg, mix together until homogeneous
3. Add flour (sifted), zest and fold in until just combined

 

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Instagram Live Recipes – Buttercream 101

 

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

600g sugar
450g egg whites (pasteurized)
675g butter (soft and unsalted)
vanilla (to taste)

Method:

  1. In a large bowl over a ban-Marie combine egg whites and sugar and cook occasionally whisking to allow for even cooking.
  2. Mixture is ready when its warm to the touch and sugar is dissolved completely (rub the mixture between your fingers, continue to cook if you feel any gritty texture.)
  3. Transfer to a bowl of an electric mixer fitter with a whisk attachment and whisk till cool to the touch, around 25 min
  4. Add softened butter gradually and whip till incorporated, then add vanilla or the flavours of your liking.
  5. Flavor the buttercream however you like, whip in extract, melted chocolate, fruit purees or even oreo crumbs, let your creativity shine!!!

 

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Instagram Live Recipes – Pouring Custard / Creme Anglaise with Bonus Chocolate Mousse

Creme Anglaise

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup 35% cream
2 egg yolks
2 TBSP sugar

Chocolate Mousse (with half of creme anglaise)

3/4 cup dark chocolate (chopped)
2/3 cup soft whipped cream (35%)

Instructions for Creme Anglaise:
1. Mix egg yolks vigorously with sugar until pale yellow in colour.
2. Combine milk and cream in a pot. Bring to a rolling boil but do not leave the pot to overboil!
3. Temper hot liquid into egg mixture, adding a small amount of liquid and then whisky vigorously, multiple times. Do not cook the eggs!

4. Return whole mixture to pot and continuously whisk until the viscosity of creme anglaise is such that it clings to the back of a spoon and a line can be drawn through the cream on the back of the spoon.
5. Pass the mixture through a sieve and into container for fridge storage and cover liquid directly with parchment or plastic.
6. Serve cold alongside jello, chocolate cake…

Instructions for Chocolate Mousse  :

1. Whip cream until soft peaks form.
2. Pour hot creme anglaise over chocolate. Leave to sit for ~30 seconds and then whisk until homogeneous.
3. Fold in whipped cream into chocolate/creme anglaise mixture, a third at a time.
4. Transfer to cups/dessert bowls and leave to set in the fridge, ~2-3 hours.

 

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Things We Love: Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley Hotel London!

If tea is nothing short of sacred in England, then afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel in London is the ultimate spiritual experience! This fashion forward activity at the Berkeley Hotel offers tourists and Londoners the chance to sample this season’s latest Prêt-à-Portea delicacies with a choice of loose or herbal tea.

Burberry trench coats, adorable Louboutin shoes, Miu Miu frocks and Lanvin duds are tastier than you can imagine! So listen up fashionistas and chic foodies, next time you’re in London book a reservation at the Caramel Room for an afternoon of delicious fashion and tea! Here at Le Dolci we love fashion and all things couture and so do our fantastic designer-cupcake students, but today we’re dreaming of afternoon tea at the Berkeley Hotel in home town of London!

We have a special date there in March (yipee!) and will send you updates via Twitter from our special table.

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Real Snow Cupcakes

The lack of snow in Toronto this year has left us dreaming of white fluffy snow-flakes and snow covered rooftops. Where’s old man winter!? We miss our annual dose of fresh Canadian snow! After all, what’s Canada without a healthy helping of snow? So call this our official snow-dance: WE WANT SOME SNOW! Everything from snow covered tree tops to snow-ball fights! Send us some of the white-stuff Mother Nature!

In the mean time, check out some of our favourite pictures of cupcakes made from real snow! We can’t wait to get our hands on some snow to try making our very own Le Dolci snow cupcake!