Friday, September 21, 2012

Moist Mini Chocolate Cup Cakes, an Easy Kids Dinner and a Cook Book Wrap

Hello Beach Dwellers
The cook book is in the can and the team was celebrating that until late last night, in a beautiful Walter Barda beach house.  We were all so happy it was over. And actually just so happy to have produced such a thing of beauty.  Believe me you are going to want this book. It is absolutely stunning.  I'll be posting links to how you can order online (Australia only) as soon as I have them.  I get a free copy, but I am going to order about 5 more as well.

So much of it ended up on the cutting room floor due to cost and size constraints, we are now thinking of doing an 'out takes' version.  We just ran out of of room and some gorgeous stuff didn't make it in.  We were all saying things at the wrap party like, "Where's that gorgeously delicious Chocolate Crunch recipe?" and asking the graphic designers to forward us a copy of it anyway.  There will be some disappointment in the community, but what has made it in, is absolutely gorgeous.  You really feel like licking every page and the lifestyle shots are going to send real estate prices down here through the roof.  I am thrilled to have some recipes in there and even more of my styling. 

So on the subject of food, today we are talking easy kiddo recipes, cause we all need more of those right?  You know the ones where the kids go 'yum' as you lay it before them on the table.  This one is about the simplest way to cook chicken for kids (or adults) ever.

Honey Soy Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

As many drumsticks as you need per person
Soy Sauce
Sweet Potato or a roasting vegetable of your choice
Oil spray and salt for vegetables
Basmati rice

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F
Line a baking tray with baking paper
Lay out drumsticks with space between them
Drizzle honey (about 1  tablespoon ) over each chicken drumstick
Drizzle soy sauce (about 1 tablespoon) over each chicken drumstick
Scatter sweet potato on the tray and spray with cooking oil and salt. If the tray becomes too crowded use another baking tray. If it's all too close it wont crisp up.
Roast for 40 minutes or until golden brown
Turn the drumsticks in the sauce at the end of cooking, so they are well coated and shiny.
Serve with Basmati Rice

And as we are talking easy kids food, I thought I'd add these mini chocolate cupcakes as well.  The big Beach House Brat has been involved in the Week of Tastes Program for 4th graders here in Australia, which encourages them to try new things in food.  They had a cake stall in honour of their studies and I made these little babies for him to contribute.  I think  kids get way too much sugar theses days, so the smaller the better. That's why I went mini.

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

1.5 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa 
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vinegar.  I used red wine vinegar as it's all I had , but apple cider vinegar or white vinegar would be better.

Preheat oven to 180C/350F

Line mini muffin tray with 48 patty pans.  You may need to cook this in batches if you don't have 4 mini muffin trays.  The batter can stand out a while, just don't over mix it, as the vinegar and baking powder combo makes these cakes light and fluffy, as it bubbles up a bit and you don't want to mess with that too much.

In a bowl sift in the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa,  baking powder and baking soda.
Add the sugar and salt and mix well.

In another bowl whisk, the milk, olive oil, vanilla extract, vinegar and eggs.
Combine with the dry ingredients and hand mix with a wooden spoon, until just combined.
Spoon into patty pans to about 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
You will need a knife to gently pop out each cake from the muffin pan, as they rise and form a little dome on top. 
Cool on a wire rack and ice with Betty Crocker's Frosting 
( I don't normally use this stuff, but I had some left over from the birthday party and it's actually very nice and of course, easy.)
If you want to make a frosting of your choice go ahead.
Decorate to taste.

The Beach House Brat told me that for the first 3 minutes of the cake stall his cakes didn't sell.  He said he thought it was because they were small.  Then some cute first grader bought one and shouted "These ones are delicious". So there was a big queue to buy these babies.  He sold out in minutes and made a cool $24 for the Childrens' Food Education Foundation, an Australian charity creating and delivering innovative food experiences for children at a disadvantage.

So there you go, another culinary hit.  Love it.

Have a great weekend guys!!

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  1. They look delicious!
    Glad the cookbook is here, can't wait to get my hands on one!

  2. Hi Carolyn,
    I can't wait to see it all......;o)
    Tania xx

  3. the cook book will be great! honey soy chicken is a favourite around here too.

  4. Can't wait to see the book Carolyn. My little boy loves chicken legs but the girl? That's a different story. We're at least onto 2 mouthfuls of real crumbed chicken breast. Maybe in 5 years I'll try her on a leg. We can't rush these things. It's only been 6 years to get her to TRY real chicken. LOL

    Anne xx

  5. The chicken looks so mouth-watering good!

  6. So lovely to see you today and I am soooo looking forward to getting myself a copy of this cookbook! xx

  7. The cookbook looks tantalisingly amazing. Can't wait to see grab a copy! Thanks for the cupcake recipe....always handy to try something new for yet another school cupcake day fundraiser. M xo

  8. Oh Carolyn, can't wait to get my mitts on a copy of the book, your recipes always look amazing :)
    Cas x

  9. Congratulations Carolyn - that sounds all very exciting - I can never go past a cookbook! Today's post has made me very hungry!

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  11. I am so excited about your cookbook. Make sure you let me know when it is available. I love love love cookbooks. Thanks for linking up.

  12. Well done with the cook book sounds super exciting. Thanks for these great recipes as well

  13. That chicken sounds delicious!! I think I would like it just as much as my kiddo!! Pinning :)
    Stopping by from Craft-O-Maniac Mondays!

  14. I dunno what I would enjoy more mint Mini Chocolate Cupcakes or soy sauce chicken drumsticks. I think I'd enjoy eating them both. I find that just looking at the picture of the chicken drumstick makes my month water. It looks really good.

  15. Hey Carolyn, I tried the mini cupcakes today, not as moist as yours look, more muffin like, but they taste awesome! Thanks for the recipe


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