We don't drink buttermilk, but I sometimes buy it for a recipe. I have already forgotten what I bought the buttermilk for, but I really hate to waste food, so I looked through my recipe file to find something I could bake today to use it up. I decided on cupcakes--these are rich and chocolately -- sort of between a brownie and a cupcake.
3/4 cup water
1 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 sticks of butter, cut up (I know it sounds like a lot, but it makes a lot of cupcakes and you use no butter for frosting)
3 cups flour
3 1/4 cups brown sugar (light or dark--does not matter--I used light)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line your muffin tins with paper liners. I used 27 large liners and 14 small.
1. Put the 3/4 cup water, butter and Hershey's cocoa in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put in microwave for one minute.
Stir. Microwave about one minute more, or just until the butter is melted.
2. Slowly pour the mixture into a mixer bowl and beat slowly until combined.
3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pour this slowly into the cocoa mixture and mix on low until just combined.
4. In another bowl, mix the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix this into the flour cocoa mixture -- again do it slowly and don't over mix. Just get it all combined.
6. I put my small cupcakes on the top shelf of the oven and baked them for about 16 minutes.
The full size cupcakes baked for 26 minutes.
7. I did not think these needed any frosting. I just sprinkled powdered sugar over the tops before serving.
I froze half of them as I always feel that when I cook or bake, I should enjoy the fruits of my labor for at least three meals.
Yesterday I made Pepperoni Pasta for dinner
I did a lot of cooking and sewing this weekend. What else is a girl to do when it's 8 below zero? Thank goodness it is not a work day and I did not have to go outside!
Instead of scrubbing the floors(as I should have done), I spent most of the day sewing. I fininshed the second nutcracker block today and some tree blocks that go with the snowman blocks I finished last week. Here are all the Christmas blocks for next year that I've completed in January:
I actually made 4 more tree blocks than what you see here. I decided that I needed to make them today before I used up all the blue background fabric for something else (that is why I did not get the floors done). It felt good to get them all finished and now I will pack them away until I decide what to do with them.
Now I need to go check on my chicken that is roasting in the oven. It's no wonder DH felt like buying me flowers yesterday--he's been eating like a KING for the past few weeks.