Recipe – Mojito Cupcakes

Mojito cupcakes are a great addition to any party dessert menu. You just need about 30 minutes to prepare the ingredients and 20 minutes to bake them. The ingredient quantities mentioned in this recipe will be sufficient to make approximately 24 mojito cupcakes.

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Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

Soft, unsalted butter – 250 grams

Caster sugar – 250 grams

Eggs – 4

Self-raising flour – 250 grams

For the frosting

Soft, unsalted butter – 250 grams

Icing sugar – 550 grams

For Flavoring the Mojito

White rum – 75 milliliters

Soft, light brown sugar – 2 tablespoons

Juice of 2 limes

Mint leaves for decoration

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, 160 degrees Fahrenheit or Gas Mark 4. Mix butter and sugar in a mixer till it becomes fluffy and then add the four eggs, one at a time. Now, add the flour and thoroughly mix it with the other ingredients. The cake mix can now be poured into the cupcake cases. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes till the cupcakes become firm and springy to touch. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave them to cool down.

After the cupcakes have cooled down, use a pastry brush to apply white rum on the top surface of each cupcake. Do it twice so that the rum soaks into the cakes. Now, brush the top surface of the cakes with fresh lime. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the cupcakes.

To prepare the frosting, thoroughly mix 500 grams of icing sugar with butter. Add the remaining lime juice and rum. Blend for about 3 minutes. If the mixture is very runny, add 50 grams of icing sugar. The frosting can be poured on top of the cold sponges using a spoon or piped with a piping bag and nozzle. Decorate with a sprig of mint and a slice of lime.

Recipe – Panna Cotta With Fruits or Berries

Panna cotta is a dessert recipe which is very healthy as it contains only lesser amount of sugar as well as calories when compared with its typical creamy version. It takes just 5 minutes to prepare the mix for panna cotta. The cooking time is about 20 minutes, but you need give about three hours for it to set properly. The ingredient quantities mentioned for this will be sufficient for serving four people.   

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Ingredients

For making the panna cotta

Skimmed milk – 180 milliliters

Low-fat buttermilk – 180 milliliters

Powdered gelatine – one-and-a-quarter teaspoon

Calorie-free sweetener (For example, Truvia) – 15 grams

For the fresh berry medley

Quarter vanilla pods – seeds scraped out and split open

Calorie-free sweetener (For example, Truvia) – 9 grams

Raspberries – 65 grams

Blueberries – 75 grams

Quartered Strawberries – 75 grams

Instead of berries, you can also use seasonal fruits or a fruit that you like best.

Preparation

Take a small pot and pour the milk into it. Sprinkle gelatin over the milk, whisk and then leave it for about 3 minutes so that the gelatin becomes soft. Whisk once again with the sweetener. Warm up the mixture at medium heat on a stove till the gelatin melts. Take care not to boil the mixture. Take the pot off the stove and whisk it again with butter milk. Now, pour the mixture into four numbers of small ramekins. Place the ramekins in the refrigerator and leave them for about three hours.

Transfer the vanilla seeds and sweetener on to a small bowl and rub them between your fingers till they are properly blended. Now pour the mixture on to the berries and mix together for about a minute so that the berries are coated with the mixture and they start releasing their juices. Use a spoon to transfer equal portions of the berries along with their juice on top of the four panna cotta and serve.

Recipe – Smoked Haddock With Greens And Gnocchi

haddockSmoked haddock that is baked with greens and gnocchi delivers a great deal of flavors. It is easy to make and can be cooked fast like the modern fish pie.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Serves: 3 to 4 persons

Ingredients

Fresh gnocchi – 500 grams

2 small courgettes cut down the middle into two and chopped into crescents

Asparagus cut into lengths of 2 centimeters each – 200 grams

Full fat creme fraiche – 200 milliliters

Finely chopped dill – 1 tablespoon

Smoked haddock, skinned as well as cut into pieces of 2.5 centimeters size – 350 grams

Freshly grated parmesan – 4 tablespoons

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/180 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 6. Take a large heatproof pan and fill it with water. Place the pan on the stove at high heat so that the water boils quickly. Add gnocchi, asparagus and courgettes. Cook them for about 3 minutes and then drain the water.

Transfer the cooked vegetables and gnocchi to a pot and add dill and crème fraîche. Also, add the smoked haddock. Gently mix them till all of the ingredients are distributed evenly. Season with a little bit of salt and black pepper.

Sprinkle the parmesan and cook in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, keeping the pot covered. The vegetables should soften, but they should retain a little bit of bite.

Here are a few suggestions and tips that you can keep in mind when preparing this dish:

Keep everything ready and easily accessible prior to starting to cook this dish. This is because the dish is to be prepared quickly. For this recipe, avoid using reduced fat creme fraiche as it may split. If asparagus is not available, you can use broccoli in its place.

Recipe – Tomato And Basil Spaghettini

This is a very delicious vegetarian dish. It is not only easy to make this dish, but can also be done in a matter of minutes. It takes only 5 minutes to prepare the ingredients and the cooking time is just 15 minutes. The quantity of ingredients mentioned in this recipe will be sufficient to serve only one person. This vegetarian dish can be prepared in a jiffy with sweet cherry tomatoes. For garnishing, you can use the shredded basil leaves.

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Tomato and Basil Spaghettini – What Ingredients to Use

Vermicelli pasta or spaghettini – 100 grams

Olive oil – 2 tablespoons

1 garlic clove peeled and crushed

Chopped cherry tomatoes – 100 grams

5 basil leaves (shredded)

Ingredients For serving

5 basil leaves (shredded)

Olive oil (extra virgin) – 1 tablespoon

Tomato and Basil Spaghettini – How to Prepare

The first step is to fill up a large-sized saucepan with clean water and add salt to it. Cook the pasta in boiling water for about 5 to 6 minutes or until al dente. Then drain off the water. In the mean time, heat the olive oil in a separate saucepan that is small in size. Fry the garlic clove for about two minutes till it becomes soft. Take care to see that it does not become brown.

Add all the tomatoes and add a little bit of salt. Cook the tomatoes for a few minutes. Then, add a little amount of water and cook the tomatoes for a little more time. Continue cooking the tomatoes till they become soft and come to a saucy consistency. The next step is to add all the chopped basil.

Before serving the dish, stir the pasta with the sauce. Serve the tomato and basil spaghettini drizzling a little of the extra virgin olive oil and with a sprig of basil.