Happy Sunday Everyone!!!
I am enjoying this hot summer so much…. Last week was CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW , I had so much fun shooting the unobstructed views from Oak street beach. What was happening in your home town last past two weeks ? Any shows , concerts , …. ?
On a hot summer day I can't believe I am thinking about soup. What soups are good for summer? I am thinking about Tom kha soup with chicken ( ต้มข่าไก่ ). This soup gives you a refreshing after taste from galangal and cabbage.
Tom Kha is the second most famous Thai soup right next to tom yum soup. They both have similar ingredients: mushroom,meat,galangal,kaffir lime leaves,fish sauce and lemon grass-accept tom kha add coconut in it. In Thailand, tom kha is always made with chicken and tom yum make with shrimp........Read more
Some good options to bring for Birthday Parties.
"Cupcakes, mini cupcakes, Cake, cookies, bottle of wine, booze, appetizer " ?
While I was thinking what to pick from my list, I got a call from the Birthday girl "Leeann". She said bring mini cupcakes. Alright then, I love when people tell me what they want. And this is what kind of girl she is, she knows what she wants! Leeann is smart, funny, sharp and a great cook. A birthday present and mini-cupcakes are a simple way to say thank you for a great friendship. Thank you for being with me when I have had rough days and cheering me up :)
The plan was to go to a beach party by Oak Street Beach in Chicago. The party started around bunch time and lasted until to sunset………
Brunch combined with Mini cupcakes-I am thinking about bagels, cream cheese and coffee. Then Coffee Mini-Cupcakes with Espresso cream cheese frosting idea was born. This recipe comes from one of my favorite baking books, Baking Illustrated. I like this recipe book because it is accurate.
As I say it is "Bagel, cream cheese and coffee". I picked yellow cake recipe from this book, adding more espresso- Makes you feel like you have all in one with those mini bites. I have some leftover espresso pastry cream, which gives a little surprise inside those goodie mini cupcakes.
Happy Sunday Everyone
Here are the recipes:
Mini-Cupcake makes 41
Cupcake makes 14
1 1/2 cups all-purpose-flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 tablespoons (1stick ) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg plus 2 large egg yolks,room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Kaluah
1 teaspoonespresso powder
1 teaspoon brew coffee liquid
1/4 cup roasted pecans, chopped ( for garnish )
1 tablespoon cocoa powder ( for garnish )
Espresso pastry cream filling recipe
Espresso cream cheese frosting *
*Espresso Cream cheese frosting recipe
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened or at room temperature
1 package or 8 ounces cream cheese, chilled
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon brew coffee liquid
1 teaspoon Kaluah
1 teaspoon Espresso powder
You can make this Cream cheese frosting ahead for 2-3 days in an airtight container. Make sure to take the buttercream out of the fridge 1 hour before use.
Hi, I am Natty! And Thank you for stopping by!! I am a foodie girl who has a passion for cooking, exercise and photography. There are so many favorite recipes from my family and friends I have tried throughout my journey that balances out and makes a healthy meal. I would like to take you on a journey to a different pantry around the world to share my favorite stories and recipes. My hope is that they inspire and benefit you.
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