30.5.12

Flower Cupcakes





I usually like to buy some flowers to my home. It is amazing how they transform the ambiance and bring beauty to the daily life.




This week I chose a bouquet with the purpose of reproducing it in sugar flowers. The flower that caught my attention was the red and white gerbera. I have never seen this flower before and I knew that I should try to make it. Beyond it I also made a lily, a rose and some mums.





Finally I used them to embellish some vanilla cupcakes. I used apricot compote to fill the cupcakes and white brigadeiro as frosting. I think they will make any dessert table beautiful and cheerful.

I hope you are having a wonderful week.








15.5.12

Artichoke Risotto



It wasn't in my plans publish a salty recipe anymore since I have discovered my passion for baking and cake decorating. Then last week I made this amazing artichoke risotto from the book Escoffianas Brasileiras by the famous Brazilian chef Alex Atala. Recently his restaurant, D.O.M., was rated the 4th best restaurant in the world by the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants


This risotto recipe was so good that I felt an obligation to share with you. I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book.


Hope you have a wonderful week!


Artichoke Risotto
(from the book Escoffianas Brasileiras, Alex Atala)

Artichoke 
Ingredients:
4 large artichokes
50 ml white wine vinegar
5 l water
20 g salt

Preparation:
Cook the artichokes in water with salt and vinegar.
Remove the petals from the center (enough to open and remove the fibers).
Cool in ice bath and set aside.
Strain the cooking liquid and reserve.

Risotto
Ingredients:
20 g butter
20 g onion, chopped
200 g Arborio rice
200 ml dry white wine
200 ml vegetable stock
500 ml of artichoke cooking liquid
100 g artichoke hearts preserved in olive oil, chopped
100 g of unsalted butter
100 g parmesan
Salt
Black pepper
Artichoke oil

Preparation:
In a saucepan, melt butter.
Sauté the onion over low heat until translucent.
Add rice and sauté for three minutes.
Place the wine and let evaporate.
Add the warmed vegetable stock. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly.
When almost all the liquid has been absorbed, add more. Repeat the process until the rice is al dente.
Add artichokes hearts.
Remove from heat and add butter and parmesan. Stir well.
Season with salt, pepper and artichoke oil.
Warm the artichokes on the remaining cooking liquid. Drain well. Place each artichoke on a plate. Fill them with the risotto and serve with a lot of olive oil.





13.5.12

Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother’s day to my beloved mom and all the moms over the world!




I baked this cake with a lot of love and gratitude.  





Mom I love you! You are my inspiration and mean everything to me! I wish you a wonderful day!





10.5.12

My New Passion: Painting Fondant



Hi my Dear friends! Today I will share with you my newest passion: painting fondant. These cookies were made inspired by some blossoms trees that I photographed weeks ago.




I have painted since I was around 10 years old. As soon my mom noticed my interest for art, she enrolled me in a painting class. I started painting fabrics and years late I initiated to work on oil in canvas, which I became passionate about it.






Recently I felt an overwhelming desire to paint. I thought that fondant, food decorating pens and gel food coloring could be a good option, and I was right. I loved it! I think I discovered a new way to use my passion.

I hope you like it too!







Tip Junkie handmade projects

8.5.12

Yellow Cupcakes with Brigadeiro Frosting




Last weekend a friend of mine ask me to prepare some cupcakes for her daughter's birthday. The theme was karaoke so I decided to decorate them with some little microphones, stars and music notes, all made with Satin Icing fondant. I painted the music notes using gel food coloring and I sprinkled some edible black glitter for finishing. To make the microphones I used food decorating pens, and edible glue and glitter for the stars.





For many occasions I have used brigadeiro as filling and also for covering cakes. But this was my first time that I have used it as frosting.  I liked very much the final result. I got a beautiful swirl using the Ateco tip 847. The cupcake recipe is the "Yellow Cupcake" from the book Miette. I slightly adapted the recipe by adding one vanilla bean and using cake flour instead all-purpose flour. These light and fluffy cupcakes were a perfect pair for the brigadeiro frosting.




Yellow Cupcakes with Brigadeiro Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes

The recipe is available on this link, page 75.
Notes: I used cake flour and also add one vanilla bean to the step 4.

Brigadeiro Frosting

2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
200g chocolate (I used Callebaut Belgian Chocolate, 54.5% Cocoa)
120ml heavy cream
1 tablespoon honey 

Place all the ingredients into a medium saucepan. Over low heat, stir the mixture until it starts to show the bottom of the pan while you scrape it with a spoon. The mixture should be thick enough to show the bottom of the pan for a few seconds before the mixture back again. Transfer to a greased bowl. Decorate the cupcakes when the brigadeiro mixture is at room temperature.
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