An Irish Dessert


So today I am all about the Irish…Hey now my last name is Green lol…

This one is courtesy of another great site I love http://www.chow.com

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

 

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Adapted from Dave Lieberman

I love cooking with beer, and that’s no exception when it comes to desserts. Of all beers, Guinness is the perfect one for desserts because of its distinct chocolate and coffee notes. Pairing it with actual chocolate is the obvious choice. These cupcakes are light in texture but heavy in the chocolate department. The white cream cheese icing reminds me of the creamy white head that Guinness is famous for.

This dish was featured as part of ourSt. Patty’s Day Recipes photo gallery.

TIME/SERVINGS
Total Time: 50 mins
Active Time: 25 mins
Makes: 24 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS
For the cupcakes:
Unsalted butter, melted, for coating the muffin pans (optional)
1 (11.2-ounce) bottle Guinness stout
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

For the frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
Pinch fine salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 pound powdered sugar
Natural unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

INSTRUCTIONS

For the cupcakes:

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place cupcake liners in two (12-well) muffin pans; alternatively, coat the wells with melted butter. Set the pans aside.
  2. Whisk together the Guinness, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla in a large bowl until combined. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until completely incorporated. Whisk in the sour cream.
  3. Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a second large bowl to aerate and combine. Gradually fold this mixture into the wet Guinness mixture. Divide the batter among the muffin wells.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Set the pans on a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool completely before removing from the pans.

For the frosting:

  1. Place the cream cheese and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, gradually beat in the heavy cream until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. With the mixer on medium speed, gradually mix in the powdered sugar until completely incorporated and smooth, about 3 minutes.
  2. Top each cupcake with a heap of frosting and dust with cocoa powder.

Happy Baking and preparing for your festivities… hope this helps

Tammye Honey

Advertisement

Crabmeat Bisque Made Easy of course…


Old Bay Seasoning

Old Bay Seasoning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I make a recipe I always try to make it as simple as I can with as few steps as possible.

Since I have to share it on YouTube so that a few of my friends in Upstate New York who used to be non-cooks can continue their cooking lessons and impress their new hubby’s with their great cooking it makes it necessary to add the listed recipe and video.

I try to either use ingredients that you normally have on hand or offer items that can be traded out for a substitute and will suggest on the spot what you can do.

I can totally see them panicking when they are making it that they do not have heavy cream or something in the list of ingredients and my phone is ringing lol…

So here we go world… 🙂

Crab Meat Bisque

4  (More lol) Servings

Crab Meat Bisque

3 tbsp butter (margarine)

4tbsp rice flour (reg flour is fine)

1/4 tsp Kosher salt (To taste)

1/2 cup diced celery

1/4 cup minced onion

1/8 tsp white pepper

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1/2 tsp paprika (I am fortunate to have paprika paste from Hungary)

1 cup seafood stock (Chicken or Vegetable is fine) (I used Chicken and 1 box or 32 oz)

1/2 cup milk (I omitted)

1/2 cup half & half (I used 1 pint)

1 1/2 cup heavy cream (I used 1 pint)

2 cups real crab meat (Imitation really is different taste and mushier) (Shrimp or Lobster could be substituted)

(As an option potatoes could be added)

Melt butter in a sprayed pot over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, celery and spices, to saute the veggies but not brown.  Slowly add flour stirring to make sure lumps do not form.  Gradually add stock then other liquids.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes to allow to thicken.  Add crab meat and simmer for about 5 additional minutes prior to serving.  Serve hot.

This recipe is for 4 servings so just double if you have a larger family… I made larger with intention of freezing half then had company lol…

I would have added red or butter potatoes diced if I had not been serving the Spinach Basil Pasta Salad with this dish.

Hope you enjoy and please feel free to view the video if necessary so you can start and stop at any time as you feel necessary.  Leave a comment after you make for any changes you would make to the recipe please.

PS watch the lid as my hubby came in and turned stove up a bit to make it cook a little faster and placed lid down so that it was not partially ajar.  Luckily I heard it click and went out to correct it.  He had tasted it early and was suddenly anxious to eat…had I known that I would have steamed the carrots prior to adding we usually do not eat for another few hours from now lol…thought it would be fine…now I have to watch to be sure it does not scorch… 🙂

He is supposed to be working lol

Thank you as always for viewing and commenting…

Here is the video location in a pop out window so it does not interfere with the recipe for you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHVH3ZVBXFo

Also check out my new friend’s recipe from here on Word Press Pimlco for another variation on this great recipe…follow their kitchen also…

http://astrochef.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/potted-crab-our-best-ever/

***** I find myself now having to make this for hubby every week and his birthday dinner this was also requested as his meal of choice this year…

Tammye Honey