Monday, June 1, 2009

Recipes to Rival Beans, Beans the magical fruit...

When I saw the recipes we had to try for this month's challenge I was really happy as we all love chick peas in every form. I didn't imagine I was going to prepare them on the last possible day though !!
Anyway to make chickpeas the stars of the day we had pasta e ceci for lunch and I prepared the dough for the fritters as well as the felafel

and something very tipical of Liguria and Nice : Farinata di ceci (Socca in french).
But the felafel and the Farinata will be ready for dinner so I will add more photos later !!

I think I put too much water in the fritters dough so when I tried to fry it it spread everywhere and , even if the kids really enjoied the paper thin fritters, when I couldn't anymore fish the tiny bits of fritters in the panI decided to bake them. And they liked them as well....

SSB Lemon Curd Muffins

And here is another very nice and simple recipe from Maria and Rosie of Sweet and Simple Bakes. The recipes they choose are always a hit at our house. My muffins didn't rise much but nobody complained !! I made the lemon curd in the microwave so I must say it took me less than an hour to bake and (almost) enjoy these muffins !!
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Lemon Curd Muffins

Makes 12 Muffins

200g/7oz self-raising flour
100g/3 ½ oz golden caster sugar
1 large egg
75ml/3fl oz sunflower oil
150ml/5fl oz milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
60ml/12 tsp lemon curd

For the sugar coating:
60ml/4 tbsp lemon curd
50g/2oz golden caster sugar

Heat the oven to 190oC/375oF/gas 5. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

Sieve the flour into a bowl and stir in the sugar. In a large jug mix together the egg, sunflower oil, milk and vanilla extract using a fork. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir gently together until just combined. Put a teaspoon of mixture in the base of each paper case. Top with 1 tsp lemon curd. Top with the rest of the muffin mixture.

Bake for 10-15 minutes until risen and firm.

For the sugar coating, microwave the lemon curd on high for 1 minute until melted. Put the sugar into a shallow bowl. Brush on top of each muffin and dip the tops of each one in sugar to coat the tops.