Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tres Leches Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my husband's post-birthday, men's fellowship dinner.  In my mix I started out with my water,
The oil.
And mixed in everything with the exception of my fluffy egg whites.

And then I folded the egg whites in.

Until my batter was nice and creamy; with a smooth consistency.
Filled up my cupcake pans and we're ready to bake.
I let my cupcakes cool, until they were cool to the touch (past room temperature).
Poked some holes in them to get air.
And then started with my milk mixture.

Mix equal parts, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and half & half.  That's my recipe ;-)

Took the tops & centers out of each one of my cupcakes.
Then filled each one with my mixture. 
Put the wisk attachment on my stand-mixer and put in six egg whites to one & a half cups of fine granulated sugar.  Wisked the egg white mixture first over the attachment.

Bring it until it's nice, shiny & fluffy.
Get out your ice cream scooper and you're ready to go.
Top your cupcakes.
Finish it with a cherry on top.  And there you have your tres leches cupcakes.
Happy Birthday Don!

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sweet Peas & Onion Salad

I've made this salad several times in the last week.  It's not only quick and easy but tasty too! This pea salad is the perfect accompaniment to a summer picnic or barbecue.  Start with one cup of frozen small sweet peas.

Next add two cups of fresh leafy mixed lettuced leaves...

Add about 1/3 of a thinly sliced sweet vidalia onion, cut into strips, and then quarters.

Add your onions to the bowl with the frozen peas.

Next, in a separate bowl combine 1/2 cup of mayonaisse, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper and toss in with lettuce leaves, onions and frozen peas.  Once your salad is completely blended, sprinkle generously with sea salt and then give it another stir.  *Note: It's important that you started out with frozen peas and not thawed peas because as this salad sits and waits to be eaten, the flavors will begin to meld together.

Let your bowl sit in the fridge or out on the table for about 30 mins to an hour & enjoy!  Bon Appetit & Happy Picnicing!!