I am hosting a pot luck party for some close girlfriends. Tonight's party might be my last for 2010. After tonight, I don't think I will have time to host another one till next year.
We have been talking about a gathering since last year and it never happened. Or should I say we did try but our busy schedules kept having us to reschedule and reschedule till we decided to stay firm to it.
With H going for a second baby real soon, I guess this is the perfect timing for a gathering.
As usual, my contribution is dessert. I didn't have time to plan what I wanted to bake or prepare yesterday as I had a sudden dinner appointment then a girl friend came over and stayed late into the night. This morning is the usual Saturday routine for the kids. Thus I didn't get to think about it till while waiting for the kids and browsing a recipe book for idea.
When my son heard that it is a pot luck dinner, he too said he wanted to contribute an item and that will be his by now famous Baked Rice. It gotten lots of praises from the aunties, even fussy eater Baby S was eating it happily.
Son, good job!
As for me, decided to just make a peach tart and some chocolate cupcakes.
I only get to go about it after all my "duties" are done for the kids. At 4pm, I was still weighing out my ingredients when H came. I was trying so hard to focus and not to miss an item while talking her.
I had fun preparing this lovely Peach Tart. It was well liked by my friends and kids.
I didn't have time to do a chocolate butter cream for the Supreme Chocolate cupcake.
The reason why I attempted this recipe was the uniqueness of the recipe and I was eager to find out the texture of the cake. It would have been nice if I had the time to prepare the buttercream.
Overall texture is soft, fluffy and very chocolaty which I like. Next round, I will pair it off buttercream.
The evening ended just so beautifully. As usual, lots of laughter and fun time talking about the “been there done that”.
We promised each other that we will have to do this more often.
H, have a safe delivery for the new baby.
S, enjoy your Japan trip.
L, hope to hear good news from you, hopefully by next year.
Cheers to friendship!
Adapted from Sweetness by Sarah Levy
What you need:
57g cocoa powder
1/3 cup boiling water
106g cake flour
250g castor sugar (I reduce this to 200g)
2 1/8 tsp baking powder
167g unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 F
Combine cocoa powder and boiling water to form a paste. Set aside.
Sift together all the dry ingredients. Set aside.
Whisk eggs and vanilla extract together. Add a third of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture. Whisk till all incorporated.
Add the remaining cocoa mixture and the butter to the dry ingredients mixture and mix together for 1.5 mins.
Add the cocoa egg mixture to the cocoa dry ingredients mixture in 2 separate addition. Mixing for 30 seconds between each addtiion. Ensure all the cocoa egg mixture is well blended.
Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 min.