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White Chocolate, Apricot and Almond Cupcakes

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Whenever I go home, I head straight to the kitchen and spend a good ten minutes stood swinging on cupboard doors and gazing at the array of ingredients within. Its much more exciting to conjure up a delicious treat from what you can find than to go out and buy specific ingredients for a recipe. On this particular occasion, I unearthed some dried apricots, white chocolate chips and flaked almonds – a match made in… well a small tin in my kitchen cupboard. I added a crumble topping for extra texture.

Cupcakes are the first thing I ever learned to bake and the recipe for the perfect sponge has ever since been engrained in my brain thanks to ‘baker extroadinaire’ – my mum. The beauty of cupcakes is that you can add anything to their batter and create a charming little treat.

Ingredients:

cake mixture
6oz caster sugar
6oz butter (I usually use ‘Stork’)
3 eggs
6oz self-raising flour (or plain flour + 1tsp baking soda)
1tsp almond extract
dried apricots
white chocolate chips
flaked almonds (lightly toasted)
apricot jam

crumble topping
20g melted butter
20g brown granulated sugar
35g plain flour

Method:

(preheat the over to 180*c and prepare a cupcake tray with cupcake cases)

– for the crumble mix, roughly combine the butter, sugar and flour with a fork until it comes together to form a coarse mixture

– cream together the sugar and butter
– add the eggs one at a time and beat until mixture is smooth
– add the almond essence, apricots, flaked almonds and chocolate chips (add as much as you want according to your preference)
– with a metal spoon, gently fold in the flour
– spoon 2 big spoonfuls of the mixture into each paper case and dollop in a small tsp of jam before covering with a little mixture (keep the jam near to the top of the cake as it will sink when in the oven)
– sprinkle over some crumble mix

– bake the cupcakes for around 15 minutes until risen (to check if they are done, stick a clean toothpick through the centre

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This entry was posted on February 14, 2013 by in Baking, Cupcakes and tagged , , , , , .
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