Monthly Archives: June 2012

Zucchini Tots

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I found this recipe at The Curious Country Cook (blogspot).

Zucchini Bites
Recipe adapted: The Naptime Chef
yields: 12 mini muffins

1 cups zucchini, grated
1 egg
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup cheese (cheddar or Parmesan work the best)
1/4 cup bread crumbs – I used Italian style
Salt and Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray, set aside.
2. Grate the zucchini and then place in a dish towel to squeeze out the excess water- like when using frozen spinach; if you skip this part, the middle of the zucchini tots will bereally soggy while the outside gets crispy and no one wants that.
3. In a bowl combine, the egg, onion, cheese, bread crumbs, zucchini, salt and pepper.
4. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, fill the muffin cups to the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the top is browned and set.

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

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I decided to experiment with some chocolate strawberry cupcakes. These have been a hit!

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

Super fudgy chocolate cake mix (prepared cupcakes according to directions then cooled) ….And no, “super fudge” is not a type! 😉 Just choose a chocolately cupcake recipe of your choice

2 pints of strawberries, processed in the food processor and then boiled down for approximately 20 minutes. This creates a super-rich strawberry flavor

1 bar of dark chocolate, melted

Strawberry frosting, prepared

After the cupcakes and chocolate have cooled, mix in some of the strawberry puree into the chocolate mixture. (Mix the strawberry and chocolate at a ratio to your liking….unfortunately this requires a taste test….so sorry to commit you to it!!) 😉

Use a Wilton bag with the #230 to fill each cupcake with the chocolate/strawberry mixture.

Pipe on the frosting with the 1M and you have an unbelievably good cupcake!

I used Wilton 230 for filling the cupcakes and 1M for frosting them.

STRAWBERRY FROSTING RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted,
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DIRECTIONS:
1. Place strawberries in a blender; puree until smooth.
2. Transfer strawberry puree to a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring often, until puree is reduced by at least half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
3. Beat butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy.
4. Beat 1 cup confectioners’ sugar into butter until just blended.
5. Beat 2 tablespoons strawberry puree and vanilla extract into butter mixture until just blended.
6. Repeat with 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, followed by 2 tablespoons strawberry puree two more times.
7. Beat last 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar into mixture until just blended.

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Key Lime Cupcakes

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These might use cake mix, but they were a huge hit at my house. I made them for my friend’s birthday after dinner at our home, and I sent her home with 1/2 dozen. This recipe makes 24, so we had some left at our home as well. My husband didn’t share these with my typical guinea pigs…he kept them at home. That demonstrated what he told me…that they were right up there with the white chocolate raspberry cupcakes I’ve made in the past.
I used fresh key limes, but you can substitute the bottled juice if you prefer.
Cupcakes
1 box lemon cake mix
1 box (4-serving size) lime-flavored gelatin
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup Key lime juice
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 or 3 drops green food color, if desired
Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons Key lime juice
Frosting
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Grated lime peel, if desired
 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
Bake 19 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. With toothpick or wooden skewer, pierce tops of cupcakes in several places.
In small bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and enough of the 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice until glaze is smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle and spread glaze over cupcakes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in vanilla and 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar until mixed; beat on medium speed until fluffy. Frost cupcakes, mounding and swirling frosting in center. Garnish with lime peel. Store covered in refrigerator.
Makes 24 cupcakes

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You can use fresh or bottled Key lime juice. If Key lime juice is not available, use regular fresh or bottled lime juice.
Garnish each cupcake with a small piece of jellied lime candy slice instead of the lime peel.
If you have only one pan and a recipe calls for more cupcakes than your pan will make, cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter while baking the first batch. Cool the pan about 15 minutes, then bake the rest of the batter, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.

Nutrition Information:

Serving (1 Cupcake)
Calories 260 (Calories from Fat 90), Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 40mg; Sodium 200mg; Total Carbohydrate 41g(Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 33g), Protein 2g