Monday, October 29, 2007

I can start to cook again

Microwave and Stove are in. No sink yet but P can wash dishes in the bathtub. Soon to come some simple dishes as I don't want to do to many dishes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cabinets are Done

They just need to be filled, which will take longer than it took to install them.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Things are starting to come together

Floors are done and cabinets are half in. Its starting to get exciting.

Friday, October 19, 2007

More Kitchen Remodel Pictures

We are slowly making headway. I will be taking more pictures tonight of the new floor that is being installed.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Kitchen Remodel

My Blog will be on a slight hiatus and has been because of our kitchen remodel it starts this week but we had to clear out the entire kitchen which took us almost all week and most of today. Here are some pictures from before and I'll post the after later.

My First Challenge

Bananas Foster Cupcakes

I love Bananas Foster so when I saw the cupcake challenge over at Cupcake Bakeshop and Vanilla Garlic for reinvention it just came to me. So here goes on my very first challenge. I will post all the recipes and then how to assemble.

Banana Cupcakes

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons sour cream
1 1/2 cup banana, mashed
1 1/2 cups AP Flour
1 table spoon vanilla

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and when they are incorporated add the sour cream.
Beat well, then add bananas, flour, baking soda and vanilla.
Bake in a 350 degree oven. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way. Use the foil cupcake liners so that it can hold the rum syrup.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until it is lightly golden brown. Cool in the muffin pan.
This will probably make 18 cupcakes. I only had time to make 12 so Im not sure exactly how many it will make.

Rum Syrup

1/2 cup of sugar
1/8 a cup of water
2 table spoons of butter
1 table spoon of rum

Combine the sugar, water and butter in a sauce pan and let it start to bubble at the edges. Take it off the heat and add the rum. Put it back on the heat and let it come back up to a simmer.

Cinnamon Caramel Frosting adapted from Double Caramel Cake

3 cups of brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of half and half
4 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Mix the sugar and half and half in a sauce pan and cook over low heat until it reaches the soft ball stage or 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat stir in the butter and then let the syrup cool. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and beat the frosting until it reaches a consistency you like. You may need to add more half and half.

Ok now that all of the recipe is out of the way time to assemble.

Take your almost cool muffin pan of cupcakes and put about 1 table spoon of rum syrup over each cupcake. Let it soak in for 15 -20 minutes or until the cupcakes are completely cool. Take a heaping amount of frosting and put it on top of the cupcake. Now if you are good at frosting go for it but I'm not, so what you see is what you get. Then top with a banana chip or if you are serving right away a slice of banana.

These went like hotcakes at P's office. So I think that means that they are good.