Towards the end of the week, I was starting to feel better. And my daughter was going nuts. She'd watched a lot of tv. She'd played every computer girl-game known to man. She'd painted and drawn so many pictures that the kitchen and living room walls were covered. She had pearled and beaded, built sculptures with Lego, played with her dolls and gone outside to take pictures with her camera (we'll chat about that later) until she just could not do these things any more.
Finally, she was bored.
So I asked her if she wanted to make cup cakes from scratch. Not from a package.
I didn't need to ask her twice.
Before going further, do realize that this is NOT a food blog. You will NOT find professionally taken pictures here. If you want that, why not visit two of my favorite food blogs:
The Pioneerwoman Cooks: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/
Everybody Likes Sandwiches: http://everybodylikessandwiches.blogspot.com/
In the meantime, this is the story of my day with my daughter.
First, I don't normally use recipes when I cook food. I'm more of what you would call an intuitive chef. However, I do know where my boundaries lie.... usually anything that comes after dinner and involves dessert. This would include cupcakes.
My recipe came from a Norwegian recipe book pictured below. spis drikk lev, which translates as eat drink liv.
Oh yes, and before I get sued, I should say that this book was created and put together by Fran Ward, to whom I am eternally grateful for. Her hard, industrious work will be an inspiration to me for many years to come.
The recipe chose is called SPICED CUPCAKES, found on page 32, as seen below.
Unlike most North American recipes, the ingredients are measured out in weight.
First, 250 grams of flour are tossed into a bowl of your choice.
Next, 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
And then 175 grams of brown sugar. Mine was quite hard since I had not used it for quite some time (perhaps close to a year?) and I needed to spend a lot of time breaking it apart with a fork.
In the meantime, my daughter needed a job to do, so that she could rightfully say that she made the cupcakes with a little help from me. Thus I gave her the most important job: chopping up two bananas into tiny pieces.
We just won't tell anyone that after 4 minutes she thought that this was not fun any more and wanted me to finish the job she started.
I chopped up the apple needed.
As for the liquid ingredients, one needs to whip together: 1 deciliter (100 ml) of milk, one egg and 3 tablespoons of peanut oil (I only had raps oil).
Then you pour the mixture into your dry ingredients:
And mix it together until it is nice and thick like this:
Then you put in all the chopped up fruit:
And mix these until the batter looks like this:
Then you fill up the cup cake tins.....
And give the bowl to your daughter who is eternally grateful because she has NOT had ANY fun this week.
And ignore her when she's still working on it 15 minutes later.
Now, as the cup cakes were baking, the house filled with a wonderful smell that reminded me of autumn: apples, spices, thick breads.... Mmmmmm......