While on a mission to save some pennies and bring afternoon tea to my living room, I’ve become quite a whizz in the kitchen of late. While I have steadily increased my recipe repetoire since my days of being a student, living solo is teaching me the joys of not only cooking for meal time purposes, but also of Sunday afternoon baking. While it may be a bit premature to be a housewife familiar with self-raising flour and vanilla extract, the satisfaction of making tasty treats from scratch make for a rather quaint and indulgent weekend in.
In the past few weeks I have been on a cupcake mission. One recipe book told me to use oil as the fat instead of the usual butter. I tried it a few times and have discovered that creamed butter and sugar definitely give a better finish – nice and light and fluffy. I’ve done Easter vanilla cupcakes, classic fairy buns, chocolate fondant, strawberry-iced treats and banana and cinnamon ones too (courtesy of some browned bananas I nabbed from the office).
Here are just some of my creations, all lip licking good and made with love.