February 19, 2009

I can't help but wonder...

Hot chocolate, everybody! Who's up for some recomforting hot chocolate and some extremely moist pear and cardamom cupcakes? I do!
We are still having some summer breeze but from time to time we can't help wonder what the weather will be like for the next few weeks. It seems like we are going to have a cold long winter, so I decided to move ahead, forget summer and feel the comfort of a good heart healer: HOT CHOCOLATE! This time it's not for your stomach, it's for your soul! so I hope you can enjoy it as well as the cupcakes.

The recipe:
1 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1 Tsp vanilla extract
Ganache made of 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream.
First make the ganache:
1. chop the chocolate into very small pices and place it into a bowl.
2.Heat the cream until it comes to a boil.
3. Pour the hot milk into the chopped chocolate. let it sit for 1 minute.
4. With circular motion, mix the cream with the chocolate until it all comes together.
5. Set aside.

On the other hand:

1. Heat the milk with the cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
2. Add the cocoa and mix until it's dissolved.
3. Turn off the heat and and the ganache you made previously and the vanilla extract.

To drink with caution!
It last up for a week in the refrigerator.

For the Cupcakes:

100g butter
100g sugar
100g all purpose flour
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 small ripe pears

Preheat oven to 180 C
1.Cream butter and sugar together.
2.Add one egg at a time mixing well after each addition.
3.In another bowl sift together flour, baking powder and cardamom.
4.Fold the dry ingredients to the wet mixture until fully combined.
5.Fold in the pears.
6.Pour into muffin cups and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.



Abby said...

It's so cold here today - this would be the perfect snack!

Nazarina A said...

Wow just beautiful pictures of delicious treats

Nirmala said...

Yummo! I love your blog. Thanks for sharing this recipe.