Friday 3 December 2010

Alternative Blogging Week - The Cooking Blog

Hello everyone, and welcome to Friday, the last day of Alternative Blogging Week! Apart from tomorrow! Today, Musings will become a cooking blog. I know a few of you have said you were looking forward to this, and I was looking forward to this too! And today's the day! Let's get started!

Today, I made Blueberry and Almond Muffins, and Bread and Butter Pudding. Unfortunately I couldn't get pictures of the end results, and I apologise profusely. These don't look as good as mine were, but there you are.

I got the recipes from Rachel's Food For Living by Rachel Allen and Smart Cooking by Marita Mcgeady & Martina Cribben respectively.

Blueberry and Almond Muffins

200g (7oz) plain flour
1 generous teaspoon of baking powder
1 level teaspoon ground mixed spice
50g (2oz) ground almonds
175g (6oz) sugar
200ml buttermilk
1 egg
50g (2oz) melted butter
100g (4oz) or so of blueberries
2 tablspoons of almonds as topping (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200C, Gas Mark 6. Line a muffin tray with 10 paper muffin cases.
Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a large bowl, add the ground almonds and sugar.
Place the buttermilk, egg and melted butter into another medium-sized bowl and mix together.
Add to the dry ingredients and mix to make a smooth batter.
Fold in the blueberries.
Divide the mixture between the bun cases, filling them three-quarters full.
Scatter the remaining almonds, if you are using them.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack.

Bread and Butter Pudding

8 slices bread
raisins or sultanas
350 ml milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons caster sugar

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5.
Remove the crusts from the bread and lightly butter the bread, then cut each slice into fingers.
Line the bottom of an ovenproof dish, buttered side facing downwards. Sprinkle with raisins or sultanas.
Repeat until all the bread is used finishing with a layer of bread, buttered side facing upwards.
Heat milk and sugar in saucepan until quite hot but do not allow to boil.
Beat eggs, stir in the milk. Pour over the bread.
Glaze with beaten egg yolk, sprinkle with sugar, bake for 25-30 minutes.

Both turned out perfectly, and if you try any of these recipes, please tell me how it went. We'll be... the Musings of an Undiscovered Genius Betty Rocker Club! Yay!

And this, I am sad to say, marks the end of Alternative Blogging Week! It's been great, I have to say. Tomorrow I will be evaluating the week. God, I'm tired.

Eleanor Roscuro

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