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July 13, 2011

The Baking Baker

Living in the city during a heat wave really causes a great deal of melting all over the place. It seems like the usually pleasant 5 minute walk to the subway morphs into a dazed trek through an asphalt dessert, all the while your sandals stick to the syrupy black top. All this confused wandering really makes one want to sit next to the refrigerator with the freezer door open and a bag of ice on your forehead.

Not in this apartment today my friends! This freezer is moy occupado with a beautiful, tangy, frozen Key Lime pie to trick my overheated mind into thinking I’m on a breezy beach somewhere.

Key Lime pie
That 3 PM heat can be a real bother, but the fusion I stirred up today was delightfully frosty.

What to pair with this glacial goodness? At first a stiff G+T popped into my head, however it was a rather too good  an idea and I had some stuff to get done.

So, I was thinking something lighter, perhaps a Mimosa? Eh, kind of over it.

I asked my friend who suggested pomegranate juice instead of the OJ, you know to rock the boat a little. And boy howdy, a unique and surprisingly congenial pair they made.

WARNING! This pie and these Prosecco bubbles deplete quickly on a sultry day. Enjoy serenely but with some degree of haste.

Slice

This may be a bold statement, and I may change my mind, but I’ve made this pie a bunch of times and it really might just be my favorite pie of all time! What?! Can I really say that?

I did have 2 of those Pomegranate Prosecco’s so, maybe I can.

Anyway, I always use the recipe from Ina Garten. Which you can find here:

Ina Garten Key Lime Pie

It is a snap to make and the oven is only on for 10 minutes, perfect for this mid-July fever you may be suffering from.

The only things I have ever changed is adding lime zest to the plain whipped cream. I’ve also played around with the crust, adding nuts and honey to the simple graham cracker recipe.

Make this, close your eyes, and get through your sweltering Sahara.

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May 5, 2011

Jose and Me

Cinco De Mayo! Typically, I spend this day drinking a few Tecate Cervezas and enjoying a big bowl of guacamole. So, this year to spice things up, I took some help from some clever family members and… Voila!

Margarita cupcakes and Tequila Butter Cream frosting were born!

Cupcakes

White cakes always give me a little bit of a scare, but after making sure the Tequila was of the top most quality, I had full confidence in my abilities. I made a few changes to the recipe I found, and decided to use a traditional butter cream frosting and just add some lime zest and a splash or two of the tequila.

AND WOW! Not only was the cake moist, tangy, and fluffy, but the butter cream added a bitter element that balanced the whole cupcake out. A beautiful symphony of flavors.

Plus, this happened:

Tequila and Salt

Margarita Cupcakes
Adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 jumbo eggs (they really make baking better)
3 limes
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
Tequila for brushing

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another the bowl, use an electric mixer and cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy
Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.Mix vanilla in lime zest and juice
With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk — starting and ending with flour.
Mix until just incorporated.Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full and bake for 25 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean
When cupcakes are finished baking, brush the tequila onto the top of each cupcake.Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. ( really, just preoccupy yourself for 20 minutes, it makes a difference!)

Tipsy  Butter Cream

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 or 5 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk
Zest from 1 lime
1-2 Tbsp. tequila
Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer on medium speed.
Add powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed until the sugar has been incorporated.
Increase mixer speed to medium and add 2 tablespoons of milk and beat.Add the zest and the tequila
At this point my frosting was a little runny so I wet ahead and added more confectioners sugar in 1/2 cup increments until it reached the stiffness I was looking for. Then, it was a little too stiff, so I just juiced the lime I used for the zest…perfection!!!!
More cupcakes
Honestly, I still need guacamole and maybe a taco or two on Cinco de Mayo, but  this was the perfect dessert.

Enjoy

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