Recipe Testing: Puff Pastry Cushions with Almond Flakes from “Lisbeths”

_DSC6912blog.jpgSometimes, I feel like I want to start baking at once and have my dessert 20 minutes later. No long shopping list, no complicated techniques, no fuss. Just plain good stuff. I want it, I get it.

That exactly what it was like yesterday afternoon when I saw a blog post by Lisbeths suggesting these wonderfully crisp and fluffy Puff Pastry Cushions.

I ran to the fridge to check whether I still had some puff pastry – and started baking only shortly afterwards. All you need is: puff pastry, 1 egg white, a bit of jam, coarse sugar (I used Muscovado sugar, as it is my favourite) and almond flakes.

_DSC6879blog.jpgYou cut rectangles, brush them with the egg white (I mixed it with a bit of quince jam, which I can only recommend) and cover them with almond flakes and sugar. Try not to put anything on the edges in oder to allow the cushions their perfect rise.

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_DSC6899blog.jpgIf you need more detailed instructions check out Lisbeth’s recipe right here.

I wish happy and speedy baking!

Love,
Bettina.

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Valentine’s Day Owl Cupcakes with Lime and Persimmon

DSC00695blogIt’s exactly two weeks until Valentine’s day – and here’s my suggestion for the Valentine’s Day’s Dessert: Owl Cupcakes with Lime and Persimmon!DSC00700blogWhen I think of Valentine’s Day, I have to think of Gilderoy Lockhart’s Valentine’s Day “surprise” which annoyed probably every single creature living at Hogwarts.

‘Happy Valentine’s Day!’ Lockhart shouted. ‘And may I thank the forty-six people who have so far sent me cards! Yes, I have taken the liberty of arranging this little surprise for you all – and it doesn’t end here!’

Lockhart clapped his hands and through the doors to the Entrance Hall marched a dozen surly-looking dwarfs. Not just any dwarfs, however. Lockhart had them all wearing golden wings and carrying harps.

‘My friendly, card-carying cupids!’ beamed Lockhart.

– Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 176.

Lockhart hired dwarfs to deliver the Valentines – I suggest some perfectly cute little owls instead. With a lovely messangers such as the owl on my cupcakes even Ginny’s embarrassing poem for Harry (“His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad…”) might have been more successful – who knows? 😉DSC00696blogOf course, these cupcakes are not just about the fondant owls. I simply love the lime and persimmon combination! The fruity and moist texture makes you long for spring and summer, it’s so refreshing.DSC00702blogI hope you like this recipe – don’t hesitate to show me your results either here or on Instagram using the hashtag #bettythebakingprincess.
I am looking forward to it!

All the best,
Bettina.

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Valentine’s Day Owl Cupcakes with Lime and Persimmon

yield: about 8 cupcakes

preparation time: 50 min

baking time: 18-20 min

Ingredients:

for the muffins:

  • ­       2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • ­       75g butter, softened
  • ­       1 small pinch of salt
  • ­       90g muscovado sugar
  • ­       40g white sugar
  • ­       80g Greek yoghurt
  • ­       125g flour
  • ­       1 tsp. baking powder
  • ­       juice and zest of ½ lime
  • ­       75g persimmon (finely chopped)
for the decoration:

  • ­       white, green, red and black fondant
  • ­       a bit of jam
  • ­       sugar hearts
  • ­       toothpicks

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Prepare a muffin tin with 8 paper liners.
  2. Lightly beat the eggs. Add the sugar, then the warm butter and salt. Mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the yoghurt, then sift the flour and baking powder on top.
  4. Add lime (juice and zest) and persimmon.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly between the cake cases. Bake for 18-20 minutes until risen and firm to touch.
  6. Let the muffins cool down completely. In the meantime, prepare the fondant owl.
  7. Cut an owl shape using the white (or green) fondant, then another half one in the other colour. “Glue” it on top of the first owl using a bit of jam. Decorate with eyes, eyebrows, sugar hearts as mouths, buttons, feet and more. Be creative!DSC00665blogDSC00672blogDSC00674blog
  8. Put a bit of jam on the lower side of the owl and put it onto the cupcake. Decorate with fondant heart in on a toothpick and give it to someone you love! ❤

(muffin recipe inspired by a recipe from “Cupcakes” by Marianne Hudson)

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Valentine’s Day Owl Cupcakes with Lime and Persimmon

Valentinstags-Eulen-Cupcakes mit Limette und Kaki

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