I started this blog out of the need to write more, but without a direction in mind, it was difficult to keep it up. But finally common sense and practicality have come to the fore. Instead of tearing pages from magazines and trying to remember which of my books contains the required recipe, I’ve decided to start adding them here. It will also be convenient when people ask me for recipes (this is for you, Laura), to just send them a link.
Here we go. Enjoy and good luck!
Guinness and chocolate muffin/cupcakes:
This recipe is my baking version of Spancil Hill, I’m sick of making them, yet I know they won’t fail me. They last for days. I once left one in the fridge for a full week and it was perfect when tasted. I’ve tried to make them last for longer, but they are usually demolished before I have time to experiment.
250ml Guinness (bottles and cans usually come in 330mls, so don’t be afraid to lash the rest in)
250g unsalted butter, cut in pieces
400g caster sugar
142ml sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla
275g plain flour
2.5 tsp bicarbonate
For the topping:
300g Philadelphia cream cheese
150g icing sugar
150ml double/whipping cream
Pre-heat oven to 180 degree Celsius (fan oven 160 degrees)
Line muffin/cupcake cases
Pour Guinness into a large wide saucepan and add butter
Heat until butter is melted
Whisk in cocoa and sugar
Beat the sour cream with eggs and vanilla
Pour into pan of beer mix
Whisk in flour and bicarbonate
Fill muffin cases 3/4 of the way (it will be quite runny and full of bubbles from the Guinness)
Bake for 18-20 minutes
Cool in tins for 20 minutes before setting out on a wire tray
For the topping:
Lightly whip cream cheese until smooth
Sieve over icing sugar
Add cream and beat further
Spread on top of the cakes, so they look like a pint.