Christmas pudding cupcakes from Eat me! (Xanthe Milton)
Eat me! is a fantastic collection of cupcakes and cookies which was recommended to me by Joan Hunter Dunn from Flowers and Stripes. When I saw that the Book People had it for only £5, I couldn't resist ordering myself a copy, and what a good buy it has proved to be. The recipes are divided into four seasons - so winter contains bakes for Valentines Day and Christmas, Autumn for Halloween, and so on, as well as based on seasonal ingredients - e.g strawberries in the summer. I don't think I have come across a recipe book where I wanted to make so many of the bakes immediately. Of course, with my baking challenge limits imposed upon me I am restricted in what I can try immediately, but there are actually a number of possibilities. As we're still reasonably close to Christmas, I began by making the Christmas pudding cupcakes with brandy buttercream. A spiced cupcake filled with soaked dates, raisins (should have been sultanas but didn't have any) and currents topped with a buttercream made from butter, icing sugar, ground almonds and brandy. The icing was so moreish! I didn't think I'd have enough to ice all of the cupcakes so initially piped icing just in the centre, but there was plenty left over so I did the little dots around the edge which I think looks quite attractive - only my second time piping icing so I was quite pleased with that.
I love books, baking and my boyfriend, and love to write about the first two. I particular love "forgotten" books, books brought out of obscurity by republication and those still languishing in obscurity. I'm currently reading my way through all of the Virago Modern Classics, but taking in other books along the way.