Thursday, February 24, 2011

English Muffins and Cupcakes - A Birthday Spectacular

Last Month was the Spectacular Jocey's birthday. She spent it at the cottage with her family, but as soon as she got back, we knew that we had to do something special.
So we had a sleepover. 
And let me tell you, it was awesome! We spent almost the entire time cooking and baking. gossiping and drinking! 
The first thing we did was make english muffins. We had spent quite a bit of time the week before going over recipes and trying to find one that sounded good. This one involved a griddle, and since Jocey has one, we decided to give it a shot.

1 cup milk
2 tbsp white sugar
1 pkg dry active yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cups melted shortning
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt

Warm milk until it bubbles, remove from heat (185'). Mix in sugar until disolves. Let cool until luke warm.

In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. (adding a pinch of sugar and flour really helps this along) Let stand for 10 mins.

In a large bowl combine milk, yeast, shortening and 3 cups of  flour. Beat until smooth.

Add salt and the rest of the flour or enough to make the dough soft. 

Place in a greased bowl and let it rise.

Punch down, then roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out biscuits.
Sprinkle wax paper with cornmeal and set rounds on the paper to rise. Dust the tops with cornmeal.
Heat griddle. Cook 10 mins. on each side.

They didn't cook quite as well as we hoped, so we ended up leaving them on for much longer than 10 mins.
The texture inside was not nice and airy as we had hoped. The taste was amazing, but the texture was kind of weird.

While this was going on, we also made spaghetti sauce and really great raspberry martinis (I'll have to grab the recipe off of her and blog about them. They were so good)

The next day we continued on with our cooking and baking. We finished up the sauce and made lasagna (with 6 types of cheese!) made some kick-ass garlic bread, some strawberry frozen yogurt and of course, strawberry cupcakes.
I learned how to make Butter-cream Icing finally!

2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 1/3 cups butter

Beat until smooth, add food colouring, decorate to your liking.

Don't they look delicious? They were!
We had a lovely dinner party that night and it all went off without a hitch!