Whiskey cupcakes -Viski-suklaa kuppikakut

ImageHello everyone and sorry for a long pause between the posts. We were travelling last weekend. We did an amazing trip to Hamburg to see my dear friends and their two and half month old daughter, who is so adorable by the way!!! Our flight there was a disaster though, our little daughter decided to be a devil instead of a sweet smiley girl. She literally cried all flight, had massive tantrums as she was not allowed to crawl and walk on the aisle..the first night in the hotel was also a bit crazy. The dietician that we saw the day before told us not give any milk during the night time as our daughter should start eating more and not just drink 1l of formula each day. SO we tried. AND we will never try again. It was horrific. Crying all night long. We thought that as much as she should eat more solids we need our sleep. I want to believe she will start eating when it is a right time for her and if she does not I can see myself as a failed mother whose 15 year old teenager girl still drinks milk to replace her meals  -I don’t thinks so 🙂 … So I have given up, she eats if she eats and she can drink milk as much as she wants so that she grows. Despite the crazy flight out and first horror night in, we had a great long weekend in Hamburg. The flight back was super easy and our daughter smiled all the time even though it was an evening flight. In the cab she got a bit car sick so I was covered in her spew from head  to toes when we finally got home. Well, I guess this is what it will be like for the following 18 years.. Travelling chaos. We will still do it as we love travelling. Our baby can cry and spew, I just have to remember not to wear nice clothes on until we are steadily on the land again.

To cheer up your Monday I want to share this amazing cupcake recipe with you. My dear friend who lives in Hamburg is also a super well known of her baking delights. I once shared the whiskey cheesecake recipe with you that I got from her -still my guaranteed dessert- and here you are whiskey cupcakes this time. Boozy and groovy! The cupcakes were so good that I ate two huge ones without breathing in between!

Whiskey cupcakes:

100g dark chocolate

90g butter

1 1/4dl (a bit over 1/2 cup) caster sugar

1-2 eggs

2 1/2dl (1 1/4 cup) white flour

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 dl (1/2 cup) dark coffee

1/2dl (1/4 cup) whiskey

1. Melt chocolate.

2. Whisk butter and sugar.

3. Add eggs one at the time and whisk.

4. Mix the dry ingredients together.

5. Add melted chocolate into the butter mix.

6. Add coffee and dry ingredients to the dough.

7. Pour dough to the cupcake tins and bake in 175 celsius degrees for 15-20min.

8. Tap some whiskey on cupcakes and let them get moist. Leave to the fridge for 2 days to get the full flavour.

Icing:

50g butter

150g dark chocolate

150g soft cheese

1. Melt the butter and chocolate. Let it cool.

2. Mix it with soft cheese and add the icing on cupcakes.

ENJOY! THEY ARE SUPER GOOD!

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Hei ja pahoittelut postauksen kestämisestä. Olimme viikonloppumatkalla Hampurissa tapaamassa ystviämme ja heidän kaksi ja puolikuukautista tytärtään. Menolento oli kaoottinen. Tyttäremme kiljui ja itki koko lennon ja sai itkupotkuraivareita sillä ei voinut ryömiä ja kävellä käytävällä. Ensimmäinen hotelli yö oli myös hirveä. Ravintoterapeutti, jolla kävimme muutamaa päivää ennen kielsi antamasta maitoa enää yöaikaan, jotta tyttäremme alkaisi syömään ruokaa eikä vain lipittäisi 1l korviketta päivässä. Oli sitten viimeinen kerta kun kyseisen kokeilun teemme. Hotellihuoneessa eikä varmaan koko hotellissa nukkunut kukaan sinä yönä. Päätimme yhteistuumin, että tytär saa juoda tasan niin paljon korviketta kuin haluaa kunhan me saamme vain nukkua. Kun olimme toenneet kamalasta lennosta ja yöstä meillä oli aivan ihana reissu Hampurissa! Paluulento meni täydellisesti ja tyttäremme hymyili ja leikki koko ajan. Harmi kyllä hän alkoi voimaan taksissa pahoin -autopahoinvointia- ja oksensi kaikkialle. Olin siis yltä päältä oksennuksessa kun pääsimme vihdoin kotiin. No, vauvamme saa oksentaa ja buutaa mutta me matkustamme. Täytynee vain muistaa laittaa kauhtuneimmat vaatteet päälle matkustaessa ja vaihtaa sitten tyylikkäämpiin kun olemme turvallisesti maan kamaralla.

Hampurissa asuva ystäväni on tunnettu leipomistaidoistaan Siellä ollessa hän tarjosi meille viskisuklaa kuppikakkuja. Söinkin niitä yhdeltä istumalta kaksi valtavan kokoista, hyvä kun hengitin välissä, niin herkullisia ne olivat. Tässä siis maanantai päiväänne piristämään kyseisten kuppikakkujen ohje. JAM!

Viski kuppikakkujen ohje:

100 g tummaa suklaata

90 g voita

1 1/4 dl sokeria

1-2 munaa

2 1/2 dl vehnäjauhoja

1tl vaniljasokeria

1/2 tl leivinjauhetta

½ tl soodaa

1 dl vahvaa kahvia

1/2 dl viskiä

Sulata suklaa. Vatkaa voi ja sokeri vaahdoksi. Lisää munat yksitellen vatkaten. Sekoita kuivat aineet keskenään. Lisää sulatettu suklaa rasvaseokseen. Lisää kahvi ja jauhoseos vuorotellen taikinaan. Kaada taikina muffinssivuokiin (tai rengasvuokaan). Paista 175 asteessa noin 15-20 minuuttia (kokonaista kakkua 55 minuuttia). Kostuta kakku viskillä ja anna maustua 1-2 vuorokautta jääkaapissa.

Kuorrutus:

50g voi

150g tumma suklaa

150g tuorejuusto

Sulata kattilassa voi ja tumma suklaa. Anna jäähtyä huoneenlämpöiseksi ja sekoita joukkoon tuorejuustoa. Levitä kuppikakkujen päälle.

Mainokset

Slow cooker Chicken -Slow Cooker Kanaa

I promised I would post a recipe for you if my whole chicken slow cooker dish was even a decent one. In fact it was super tasty even though I threw all the ingredients in without any recipe. You can obviously apply the recipe depending what suits for you and whatever you happen to have in your pantry at the moment. The whole point of using a slow cooker is just leave the ingredients cooking for hours and hours.

Lupailin reseptiä slow cooker kanastani, siis kokonaisesta kanasta, jonka valmistin lauantaina. Minulla ei ollut lainkaan reseptia vaan heittelin sekaan ainesosia sitä mukaan kuin mieleeni juolahti ja kuinka ollakaan, kanasta tuli varsin herkullista. Luulen tosin, että syynä tähän lienee pikemminkin ihanainen slow cooker kuin kokkailutaitoni! Voitte soveltaa reseptiä oman mielihalunne mukaan. Onhan koko slow cookerin idea harras ja pitkä kypsentäminen. Voitte valita esimerkiksi yhden yrtin, jota suositte ja rakentaa aterian sen ympärille. Minulle tämä yrtti oli timjami.

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For 4-5 people:

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

500ml chicken stock

100ml dry white wine

700g parsnips

1 whole free range chicken

2-3 tbs chopped thyme

3 tbs BBQ sauce

3-4 tbs jerk chicken spice

1 tsp onion granules

1 tsp black pepper

1. Cut the parsnips and slice the onion.

2. Rub the BBQ sauce on the chicken skin and cover it with the jerk chicken spice.

3. Put the parsnips and the onion slices in the bottom of the slow cooker, pour the chicken stock and wine on top, add the spices.

4. Set the chicken on the top of the parsnips. Crush the garlic on top and into the sauce.

5. Cook in the slow cooker at least 5 hours.

Remember to reuse the chicken stock that you have left after this meal. The stock will be perfect for risottos, soups or paellas.

Enjoy!

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Neljälle tai viidelle hengelle:

1 sipuli

3 valkosipulin kynttä

500ml kanalientä

100ml kuivaa valkoviiniä

700g palsternakkaa

1 kokonainen vapaa kana

2-3 rkl timjamia

3 rkl BBQ-kastiketta/grillikastiketta

3-4 rkl jerk chicken maustetta (tai jotakin tulista maustemixiä!)

1tl sipulijauhetta

1 tl mustapippuria

1. Pilko palsternakka ja sipuli.

2. Hiero grillikastike kanan nahan päälle ja ripottele paksu kerros jerk chicken maustejauhetta.

3. Laita palsternakka, sipuli, valkoviini, kanaliemi ja mausteet slow cookeriin.

4. Asettele kana palsternakkojen päälle ja musrkaa valkosipulin kynnet kanan päälle ja liemen joukkoon.

5. Anna kypsyä vähintään viisi tuntia, mitä pidempään sen parempi!!

Muista uudelleenkäyttää kanaliemi, joka jää yli tästä ateriasta. Liemi on ideaalia juuri risottoihin, keittoihin tai paellaan!

Nauti!

Another pampering day -Toinen hemmottelupäivä

I had another pampering day today. My dad is in town which is amazing by the way as I have spare two hands helping me with the baby! Whilst my dad went to have a day out shopping and my dear Aussie husband was looking after our sweet baby girl I went to hairdresser, to my absolute favourite and trusted one called Jojo&Flo. I always book the salon director to do my hair and she is just amazing. She told me already last time that I should go for bob style cut and darker highlights, I hesitated. Now I was I totally ready for the change. I thought the suggestion of salon director would suit me as my dear Aussie husband told me last summer that ”darling you are turning to thirty it would be maybe time to look a bit more elegant rather than girly”.  He meant it in a nice way and I totally agreed. Time to change my look to more classic chic, like Parisian street style rather than have my long blonde hair flowing whilst wearing something pink :)! So today I took darker highlights, in fact mix of three: dark brown, golden brown and blonde.

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Tänään sain nauttia toisesta hemmottelupäivää tässä kuussa. Luksusta! Isäni on Lontoossa käymässä, mikä on ihanaa, minulla on kaksi muuta kättä auttamassa vauvan kanssa. Kun isäni suuntasi shoppailemaan keskustaan ja rakas aussimieheni toimi lastenvahtina suuntasin luottokampaajalleni muodonmuutokseen. Varaan aina ajan niin kutsutulta ”salon directorilta”, mikä täällä on korkein kampaajan arvo salongeissa (täällä siis usein titteli etenee graduate, stylist, senior stylist ja salon director). Hän jo viime kerralla ehdotti trendikästa polkkaa ja tummempia raitoja. Silloin emmin. Nyt olin valmis muutokseen. Viime kesänä nimittäin aviomieheni hyvään sävyyn tokaisi ”rakas täytät kolmekymmentä, ehkä olisi aika pukeutua elegantimmin pikemminkin kuin tyttömäisesti”. Olin samaa mieltä. On aika tavoitella pariisilaista klassista katutyylia pitkien blondien hiusten ja pinkkien vaatteiden sijaan. Tänään siis leikkasin trendikkaan polkan ja otin kolmen sävyn raidat: tumman ruskeaa, kullan ruskeaa ja blondia. Olen uskomattoman tyytyväinen. Lopputulos oli juuri sitä mitä toivoinkin. Kiitos ihanaisen luottokampaajani!

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For tonight I have a whole free range chicken in white wine simmering in a slow cooker for dinner.  I will post you the recipe if it is successful. This is in the end my first whole chicken that I am cooking. I love slow cookers by the way, they are the dream of any housewife as you just put things in for 8-10 hours and you get an amazing meat that falls off the bone -yummy! I better go now to enjoy my evening as I just got my baby to sleep. I hope you have had a lovely weekend so far. Have a relaxing Saturday night!

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Illalliseksi minulla on tulossa kokonainen kana valkoviinissä. Toivottavasti se onnistuu. Jos kokkaan ensimmäisen kokonaisen kanani onnistuneesti, resepti seuraa perässä tähän blogiin. Kokkaan kanaa siis niin kutsutussa ”slow cookerissa” (uunimme on siis yhä hajalla kiitos British Gasin huonon palvelun). Rakastan muuten ”slow cookeria”, se on jokaisen kotirouvan unelma. Ei tarvitse kuin laittaa mausteet, lihat ja liemet ”slow cookeriin” ja jättää hiljakseen poreilemaan 8-10 tunniksi. Liha suorastaan putoaa luusta, niin meheväksi se tulee. Lähden nyt nauttimaan lauantai-illasta sillä sain juuri vauvamme nukkumaan. Toivottavasti teillä on ollut onnistunut viikonloppu. Ihanaista lauantai-iltaa kaikille!

Rum Zucchini Breakfast Loaf – Rommikesäkurpitsainen aamiaisleipä

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I am totally in love with using zucchini in baking. I hope you don’t get bored with my zucchini recipes. This one is my own invention based on the various recipes I have tried. I wanted to combine things I love in cake baking which are dark rum, oats, dark sugar, golden syrup and zucchini. I tried to keep this loaf less sweeter than cakes or muffins but sweeter than regular bread. I promise you will enjoy this recipe, I have almost eaten the whole loaf myself that I baked the other day!

One loaf:

150ml rice milk (or regular milk)

2 tbsp cranberries

8 prunes chopped (or 4tbs raisins)

3 dl self-raising gluten free flour (or regular flour+ 1 tsp baking powder)

1 dl dark rice flour (or oat, millet or quinoa flour)

1 dl rolled oats

50g dairy free margarin (or butter)

125 pear puree

2 tbsp dark rum

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

1/2 dl dark soft sugar

1 1/2 dl grated zucchini

1-2 tbsp golden syrup

11/2 tsp cardamom or all spice

(you can add 1 tsp no-egg to get the dough stick together a bit more firmly but this is not necessary)

1.  Soak the cranberries and prunes in rice milk.

2. Combine flour, rolled oats, baking powder and bicarbonate soda and pinch the butter in such as the mix turns to breadcrumb like.

3. Stir in cardamom, sugar, pear puree, rice milk mix and rum.  Mix well. Finalise the mix by adding the golden syrup.

4. Bake in 180 celsius degrees for 40-45 minutes. Check the loaf with a stick to make sure it is fully cooked.

French Onion Soup

It has taken ages for me to add any recipes on my blog. This time I cannot blame for myself, but one particular British Internet provider that wasn’t able to connect our internet after my dear Aussie man and I moved from our old place to this lovely new apartment near Oxford street.

Why I originally got an idea to try to cook some onion soup was when I went to this amazing French brasserie in Covent Garden in London. I couldn’t remember when I last time had had some onion soup so I ordered the soup and I remembered how mouthwatering it could be. When I searched for a recipe I ended up on a webpage that had an onion soup recipe from Julia Child’s cook book. I knew this would be the one worth trying, I cooked it one weekend for my dear Aussie man who ate two bowls and was craving for more. The soup is healthy but tasty. I tried the soup with Emmental cheese too, but French do know which cheese goes well with what. Onion soup with Emmental cannot be compared to one with some Gruyère on top. If you can find some very aged Gruyère you will get the best result. I believe the right cheese gives the magical touch for this soup!

Ingredients:

1 tbs olive oil

1tbs butter

750g onions

1 garlic clove

2,5dl (1 cup) dry white wine

7,5 dl (3 cups) beef stock (Knorr jelly one is really good)

1/2-1tsp black pepper

hint of salt

Topping:

Gruyère cheese

small cubes of white bread

1. Cut the onions into nice slices. Cook the onions and a pressed garlic clove in a frying pan until they turn into golden brown.

2. Add wine and let it simmer so that alcohol boils away.

3. Add the beef stock, salt and black pepper.

4. Let it cook without a lid at very low temperature for 90 minutes.

5. Heat up the oven into 180 celsius degrees. Pour the soup into small oven proof bowls, add some white bread  cubes on top and grate some Gruyère on the top of the bread. Let the soup cook in the oven for 10 minutes so that the cheese melts nicely.

Enjoy! This recipe is Julia Child’s and I can guarantee it is one of the best soups I have ever cooked, served or tasted.

Päivi’s Brilliant Whisky Cheesecake

I could name my dear friend Päivi as the cheesecake chef of all. Like one of my chocolate cheesecake recipes, I also owe this whisky cheesecake recipe to Päivi. Last August Päivi and her husband invited me and my Aussieman for an amazing three course dinner. As a dessert she served this breathtaking cheesecake. I asked the recipe immediately, but for some reason I forgot to add it on my site.

My Aussieman loved this cake. He adores all the cheesecakes, but what could be better from man’s point of view than a cheesecake combined with some tasty whisky. I baked this cake for our party last autumn and guests ate it all..nothing was left (even though I secretly hoped I could have eaten some for brekkie).

I know that in Finland there have been wondering cheesecake recipes made of Bailey’s liqueur. By chance, a few days later after I tasted this delicous whisky cake for the first time my mum called and said that their family friends served them heavenly Bailey’s cheesecake the other day. I told her to wait a moment and I promised to bake the whisky cheesecake she wouldn’t ever forget. I baked it next time I visited Finland. My mum absolutely loved this cake and so did my dad (who is not that big fan of sweet desserts). The secret and weapon of this whisky cheesecake is that it is not actually very sweet. The taste of the cake is so unbelievably smooth and balanced. This cake suits also for people who do not like whisky as the flavour of whisky is very nicely combined with some cream cheese.

Base:

150 g crushed cookies (Digestive,McVitie’s)

50 g melted butter

Filling:

2 egg yolk
¾ dl whisky
1 tl vanilla sugar
100 g caster sugar
250 g cream cheese
5 leaves gelatine
1 dl hot coffee
2,5 dl whipped cream
2 egg whites
50 g sugar

Crush the biscuits and mix with the melted butter. Shape the base for the cake by using the cake tin with the removable edges. Soak the leaves of gelatin in the cold water (according to the packet’s instructions) and dissolve them into the coffee. Mix the egg yolks, cream cheese, whisky and sugars together. Add the gelatin-coffee mixture and whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Whisk the  two egg whites and 50g of sugar together until the mixture is foamy. Add the foam into the cream cheese mixture.  Pour the filling on the top of the base. Leave it to sit in the fridge for 4-5 hours or overnight. (I found 5 hours enough). If the guests come in the evening the cake is good to make in the morning.

Enjoy with a cup of coffee or by itself!

Vol Au Vent -Feuilletés Aux Fruits De Mer

Vol au vents are one of my specialities. If I know that someone who really appreciates good food is coming for a visit, these vol au vents are what I serve. I experienced these lovely seafood treasures during my time in France. One can modify the recipe by using different fillings and sauces. In Strasbourg where I did my student exchange, these seafood vol au vents were served as starters at the STUDENT RESTAURANT! Believe it or not but these kind of delicious treats were only considered starters in there then came the main course and dessert too…by only 3,5 euros. A little bit different from Finland if I’d say so.

The first time I promised to cook for my dear Aussie man, I made these seafood vol au vents. He said that I tricked him by serving these kinds of delicious small gourmet snacks. I reckon one could say that the pleasant and delectable flavour of vol au vents really does put a spell on its eater. My dear Aussie man keeps on asking me to cook this starter again and again. They are one of his favourite of all (even though he has many many other favourites). The nice texture of puff pastry goes so well with seafood that it surprises me every time. These are best served as starters or nice snacks with drinks. They also look fancier than they actually are, but this is the thing that you never tell your friends and guests!

VOL AU VENTS

Cut puff pastry into squares. Take half of them and cut a round circle in the middle of the squares. You can use for example small espresso cup to make the round hole in the middle of the squares. Set the squares with the holes as hats on the rest of the squares. Seal them by squeezing them well together. Brush them with egg to make them shiny in the oven. Cook them for 20 min in 175-200 degrees.

SEAFOOD SAUCE for vol au vent

2 onions

2 1/2 dl chicken/fish stock

2 dl white wine

200g seafood mixture (mussels, prawns, squids, surimi=crab sticks)

1-2 dl cream (depending on how creamy flavour you want)

1-2 tbs lemon zest

2-4 tbs white flour or Maizena

salt and black pepper

1. Cook the onions at first.

2. Add the chicken stock and white wine and bring it to boil.

3.Add seafood mixture, then cream and lemon.

4. Don’t cook the sauce for too long otherwise seafood comes chewy. Add salt and pepper in the end and if you want the sauce to become thicker add a few spoonfull of flour or Maizena to get it thicker. Pour the sauce in the middle of vol au vents! ENJOY! White wine is the bomb with this dish!