Posts Tagged ‘vanilla’

We are having one of hottest summer on record this year, every other day there’s heat advisory. With that, my popsicle obsession also continues, only thing I want to eat is these pretty pops. In my opinion slurping on these beauties is best way to beat the scorching heat.

I have three-four different flavors of popsicle sitting in my freezer right now. This time I have experimented with some whole milk yogurt and strawberries.

Again this recipe is super simple to execute, it just blend and freeze..here’s what I did..

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of salt

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the strawberries, 2 tbsp of honey , lime juice and salt. Process until well blended and smooth.
  • Whisk honey, vanilla essence and yogurt together and keep it aside.
  • Layer the mixture of strawberry and yogurt in a popsicle molds until the molds are full.
  • Dip a knife into each mold and swirl slightly to combine the flavors together. Insert sticks when partially frozen and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  • To remove the popsicle from the mold, just run warm water around the mold and pull on the sticks to remove the pops. OR else Let the mold stand at room temperature for about 2-3 minutes and pull the sticks to unmold.

Recipe Yields: 12 muffins

I was just going through my recipe index and saw  this chocolate chip muffins and to be honest that was the best muffin recipe I have ever tried. The recipe is so simple and easy to put together. Looking at the pics, I started craving some muffins with some chocolate.

And then I decided to bake this simple vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache..yummm..sounds heavenly, correct..it was..

The cupcakes were soft, buttery and has melt-in-mouth kinda of taste with a chocolate ganache on top. These cupcakes are simple but the chocolate ganache on top take it to the level of deliciousness which you will know only after taking a bite of it..as I am writing this I can’t stop visualizing the flavor of those yummy cupcakes in my mouth. I hope you try this recipe and see how easy and delicious this cupcake are.

Ingredients:

  • 1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/4  cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounce good semi sweet chocolate chips ( I have used Ghirardelli)
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Method:

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Line muffin pans with 12 paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar until blended completely.
  • Add one eggs at a time and mix well. Now add vanilla extract, yogurt and mix well.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combine together. You will have to add dry ingredients in batches. Do not over mix the batter.
  • Spoon the batter in the prepared muffins tins with liners and bake .
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes on 350 deg fahrenheit or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool it on wire rack before putting the ganache on cupcakes.
  • Meanwhile, On top of a double boiler, cook the heavy cream, chocolate chips, oil and instant coffee until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  • Dip the top of each cupcake in the ganache and cool the same before serving.