Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"From 7 to 77 year-old people" cupcakes

Message from January, 7th :
One of the first cookbooks I ever bought was Gâteaux simplissimes (Over-simple cakes) by Marabout. This is probably the one I used most. The damage of its binding can prove it. That day I prepared a small snack before I went to the cinema with my family, I found the idea in one of the recipes I had marked with a big heart. It was one of my options for Christmas, but in the end it seemed best for teatime rather than with champagne. These muffins are stuffed with apples and custard. The combination may seem surprising, but the result is very sweet and nice to see as much as to chew and swallow... Fortunately, there were a few people at home to eat them straightaway.

Ingredients for a dozen muffins :
90g butter, melted
450g flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
165g sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
250ml milk
60ml custard (I have done more to spread on the muffins)
2 big apples, cooked with a few spoons of water
2 tablespoon brown sugar and cinnamon to brown

Preheat oven to 200 ° C.

Mix coarsely butter, flour, cinnamon, sugar, egg and milk in large bowl. It's always better not to over mix muffins' batter, that's how they rise better and lighter.

Spread a tablespoon of batter into each buttered ramequin or paper cups. Make a well - this step is somewhat tiresome - and pour 1 teaspoon of custard and 2 teaspoons of apples. Then cover with dough. Before placing in oven, combine the brown sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the uncooked muffins. Let's cover it all on top, because it's better!

Bake 20 minutes. Allow to cool to unmold. And if you have some custard left, use it! Nothing is lost!

Detail from T. F. Simon's painting, Portrait of the family of the artist in a mirror, 1910.

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