I’m feeling like being pretty diligent about posting for a while, so I’m back again.
First, I’ll tell you about the pumpkin cupcakes.
My cousin eloped a few weeks ago, and I’ve been asked to cater the desserts that will feed 90 people. I decided that we’d need about 5 different things: vanilla cupcakes (my super fancy ones), pumpkin cupcakes, brownies, peanut butter cups, and cheesecake bites. The only thing I haven’t made before is pumpkin cupcakes so I did a bit of recipe testing. I’ve landed on the recipe by the Neely’s from the FoodNetwork.
The batter was ok, but it was really dense. I added 1/2 cup of milk to lighten it up (but made two cupcakes without to see the difference). The milk made a big difference. Without milk, it is a very dense texture and doesn’t crumble the way a cupcake should crumble. Enjoy the photo-demo:
I thought for a while about what to do with the topping. For my vanilla cupcakes, I usually use whipped cream, and so for these cupcakes I thought I’d try that out and garnish with crumbled graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon sprinkles.
So…how did the topping come out? I’m debating. I like the lightness of the whipped cream, but I think a pumpkin cupcake might need something a little sweeter and denser to stand up to it, so I might go with just a vanilla icing and add more crumbs and sprinkles. OR. I might just make a thicker, sweeter whipped cream. I’ll let you know.
And we move on to Halloween and our super spooky night…FIRST…we went to IKEA (screams and shrieks) and THEN…we locked the doors and made dinner (spookyspookyspooky!)…
Ok, so it was a low-key night. But tonight we’re going to a Harry Potter themed party and we’re going as Harry and Ginny…so…yeah..you just be jealous.
Anyway. The chicken. We found the recipe in this handy dandy book called Herbs and Spices.
We got a four pound chicken (mom and dad joined us for our spooky Halloween night) and brought it home, cleaned it up, and got it ready to marinade for about 4 hours.
First you will need some garam masala (or make your own) and 2 TBS softened butter:
You’ll want to mix it up with fresh garlic and ginger.
You’ll want to truss the chicken by making a slit in the the skin of one leg, and then tucking the other leg into the slit.
Cover it up, put it in the refrigerator.
And then go to IKEA for curtain rods and stools to spruce up your digs.
And then try not to die of starvation in bumper to bumper traffic.Then come home and preheat your oven to 375 and on the stove heat up 3 TBS of ghee (clarified butter) or sunflower oil. Now, this will seem a little weird, but put the chicken in the pan on it’s side.
Carve and serve with rice, gravy, and greens! Mmm, good.
Whew! You made it through what was possibly my longest post EVER. Congratulations! Now, please enjoy the photos of our day in preparation for the Harry Potter party.
Have an awesome night, kids! Thanks for stopping by!