of last nights chocolate mousse I felt it was time to go back to the gym after several weeks (well months actually) off. Not just because of the vast amount of chocolate mousse I ate last night but there is a rumour of a re-run of the charity bike ride that I completed last year and I will need to be fitter just to be able to think about it.
Its the pleasure/pain (first the pleasure, then the pain) principle followed by the ‘no pain, no gain’ principle. So, down to the gym for a half hour session (always start slow, you can always do more another time!!) and then home to bake and knit!!
I wanted to make mini cupcakes but had no mini cupcake cases so had to make big ones! Thinking along the lines of Black Forest Gateau I’ve made dark chocolate sponge cupcakes with a cherry popped inside. I’ve not topped them yet but I’m thinking either a simple piped whipped cream with a sprinkle of chocolate on the top or a piped cream cheese frosting…….will decide on this tomorrow.
This is them before the oven.
250g unsalted butter (room temperature)
250g caster sugar
250g self raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
Whisk together the butter and sugar
Add 2 eggs and mix again
Add half the flour and mix again
Add 2 more eggs and beat well together (electric whisk used for all of this)
Add the rest of the flour and mix well again
Mix the cocoa powder with a few desert spoons of water to create a paste-add water until you have a smooth paste
Add the chocolate paste to the cake batter and add the final egg
Pipe the mix into cup cake/muffin cases but only fill to about one third
Cut glacé cherries in half and pop on the top and gently push halfway into the mix
Fan oven: 160-cupcakes 12 minutes, muffins 15 minutes
Remove from oven, cool and top (see above for topping comments!)
Well, I’ve now made 3 knitted beanie hats for the man who keeps complaining that he cant find a hat big enough in the shops, so he has NO excuse for a cold head!!
So, what to knit next…….
Having had a glass or two of wine last night (another reason for the gym) I decided to K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) so, after some internet search decided on egg cosies. Well, how difficult can this be????
Ok, so it’s only one so far but I reckon by the end of the week I will have a family of egg cosies……if only I ate boiled eggs!!!!
For those who want to knit; it was a cast on of 15 stitches, very simple garter (knit) stitch, knit for about 18 cm (sorry, I lost count of the rows). Cast off and stitch up 2 sides, and there you have it; an egg cozy! Very simple and strangely satisfying.