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Sunday, December 28, 2008

PINK LEMONADE CUPCAKES

Ingredients:

CUPCAKES
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 egg whites
1/3 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup buttermilk
3 drops red food coloring


FROSTING
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted to remove lumps (or more as needed)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 drops red food coloring


Directions:
1. Pre heat oven to 350°F.
2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg whites and lemonade concentrate until smooth.
4. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating just until smooth.
5. Add enough food colouring to turn batter light pink.
6. Scoop batter into paper lined muffin pans.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
8. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes.
9. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely on rack.
10. To make the frosting: In a bowl, using and electric mixer on low speed, beat together sugar, butter and salt until creamy.
11. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.
12. Add lemonade concentrate, lemon extract, beat 1 minute.
13. Add cream, beat until frosting is smooth and fluffy. If you would like stiffer or sweeter frosting you can add more sugar at this stage 1/4 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
14. Pipe or spoon frosting onto completely cooled cupcakes.


Makes 10 cupcakes.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ORANGE-GINGER BABY CHEESECAKES


Ingredients:
3/4 cup finely crushed gingersnap cookies (about fourteen, 1 3/4-inch cookies)
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For crust, in a small mixing bowl, combine crushed cookies, brown sugar, and melted butter. Divide crumb mixture evenly among sixteen 1-3/4-inch muffin cups. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides of each cup. Bake in a preheated oven for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup of the marmalade, the egg yolk, and flour. Divide cheese mixture evenly among the muffin cups. Bake about 15 minutes more or until a knife inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool cheesecakes in tins on a wire rack (centers will dip slightly). Remove from muffin tins. Top each cheesecake with about 1/2 teaspoon marmalade. Serve at once or cover and chill up to 24 hours.

Makes 16 servings

To make ahead: Bake cheesecakes as directed, but do not top with additional marmalade. Place cheesecakes in a freezer container. Cover, label, and freeze up to 3 months. Before serving, thaw overnight in refrigerator. Top with marmalade before serving.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 127, Total Fat (g) 8, Saturated Fat (g) 5, Cholesterol (mg) 34, Sodium (mg) 104, Carbohydrate (g) 13, Fiber (g) 0, Protein (g) 2, Vitamin C (DV%) 1, Calcium (DV%) 2, Iron (DV%) 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet