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Sunday, 15 February 2015
GF Jelly Bean Flower Cupcakes, Tim Tam Grubs, and the Zoo
sausage rolls and some grubs using Tim Tams. The sausage rolls were excellent as always. I heated them up in the morning before heading out so they were nice and fresh. (I also took the opportunity to update my photos on the original post in 2008 when my photography was a few steps behind where I am at today.)
Love SWAH. It had to be tried. For those who don't know, Tim Tams are an iconic Aussie biscuit made of two crisp chocolate biscuits with a chocolate cream filling that are then covered in chocolate. (You can also read elsewhere on the blog about my love of my favourite childhood treat, which we called grubs.)
Lately there have been lots of different versions of Tim Tams and I used mostly caramel Tim Tams but also a few red velvet Tim Tams. The caramel didn't blend up too well which meant there were some gooey pockets in the grubs. Caramel aside, the Tim Tams didn't make a huge impact on the taste. I am glad I tried it. I am not sure it will replace my usual use of Marie biscuits in the grubs.
The resulting cupcakes were quite dense in the way of a British Victoria sponge rather than light and fluffy like an Australian sponge. I was happy with that. The recipe I followed didn't call for xanthum gum but I had it so I used it. I am curious about how and if the cupcakes texture would change without it.
Sylvia and I had fun doing jelly bean cupcakes. It was a bit of a rush but even so we were the first to arrive at the zoo. I guess that is joy of going somewhere near home. The rest of my family were travelling there from Geelong.
The new enclosure is impressive and modern and gave much better views of the lions. There is a lot more information and buttons to push to hear lion noises. I still miss the old enclosure.
While no one had much room for the grubs straight after lunch, I didn't have so many to take home. I offered them around after we walked through the butterfly house. My brothers, always a bit suspicious of my cooking, asked if they really had Tim Tams in them. When I confirmed it, their eyes lit up as they sampled them.
I am sending this slice to Caroline (and Ros) for Alphabakes, the challenge to bake with ingredients or dishes starting with different letters of the alphabet each month. This month the letter is V - which here is V for Vanilla.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Ultimate chocolate cake with green ombre frosting
Two years ago: Auckland B&B: Braemar on Parliament
Three years ago: NCR couscous salad with chermoula
Four years ago: Samosa Pie
Five years ago: Valentine Scones - raspberry and white chocolate
Six years ago: Tofu Burgers and Tennis
Seven years ago: PPN #52 Gyoza and Salad
Tim Tam grubs
Adapted from Love SWAH and Green Gourmet Giraffe
200g Tim Tams (we used caramel)
1 cup coconut
1 tbsp cocoa
3/4 cup condensed milk
extra coconut for rolling
Put the Tim Tams in the blender and process until the biscuits are pulverised to crumbs. Mix Tim Tam crumbs with coconut, cocoa and condensed milk. Roll into balls the size of a walnut and toss in coconut to coat.
Gluten free vanilla cupcakes
Adapted from Gluten Free Gigi and Gluten Free Palate
Makes 24 mini muffin sized cupcakes
3/4 cup caster sugar*
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp vanilla essence
9 tbsp besan (chickpea flour)
6 tbsp tapioca
3 tbsp sorghum flour
6 tbsp corn flour (starch)
3/4 tsp xanthum gum
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk*
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. (I used a spoon up to this point but you could use electric beaters here.) Stir in flours, gum and salt and milk to make a thin batter. Spoon into 2 x 12 hole mini muffin pans. Bake at 180 C for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
NOTES: I used a leftover 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp of condensed milk, so instead of the 3/4 cup caster sugar I used 1/4 cup, and instead of 1/2 cup milk I used 2 tbsp. I used soy milk which is our household milk of choice. I also used Nuttalex margarine instead of butter.
On the stereo:
fratellis new album