I was given a baking recipe book for my recent birthday by one of best friends for my recent birthday in return for the recipe book I gave her on hers. (I included a joke in there about her adding it into a collection of books that will help her once married, so this was her way of repaying the, urm, gesture!)
Obviously when you flip through these books all you want to do is either start baking immediately, or immediately start eating everything.
I did the former, (so I could do the latter!) and had the excuse of visiting my cousin over the weekend to bake something nice for her and her family.
Now, my cousin has five kids. Yes, you read that right, five. So I tried looking for a recipe that would appeal to a range of different tastes and I found
Strawberry Fairy Cakes.
To make twelve.
Ingredients in order you'll need them:
125g Caster sugar
100g Unsalted butter
150g Self raising flour
1tsp Vanilla extract
2tbsp Natural yoghurt
50g strawberry jam (the best quality you can afford.)
Strawberries to decorate.
To Prep: Turn the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade, and place your muffins cases into the muffin tin.
Firstly, the butter and sugar needs to be creamed to a fluffy consistency.
Eggs to be added once this is done; one at a time mixing well after each addition.
Sift the flour into the mix and mix well.
The yoghurt, vanilla extract and the jam needs to be added and folded in until just blended in.
Ladle the mixture into the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until brown.
*Tip: Try not to open the oven door when baking, or if you have to try to wait until near the very end of the baking time. Stick a knife in and if it comes out clean/dry the cakes should be done, if there is mixture left on the knife, it means it needs a little more cooking.