Posts Tagged ‘nuts’

  1. Nuts!

    I made the caramelized almonds and hazelnuts last night, eating a fair few of them in the process I’ll be honest… Then I tested my recipes for Almond cupcakes and Hazelnut cupcakes, and I was really torn about whether they worked or not. Neither looked very interesting, and I made the almond ones too small I think, plus the decoration was pretty simple with just a few caramelized nuts perched on top of the nut-flavoured buttercream. I also think I need to increase the amount of Frangelico to give the hazelnut ones more oomph.

    Hazelnut cupcake

    Squirrel!

    So I went to bed, half-resigned to ditching them from the menu; after all, there’s the Bakewell Tart stunner for almond aficionadoes, and the Chocolate Hazelnut variety for the Nutella-lovers, so why do the single nut versions at all? But this morning, I tried one of the hazelnut ones, you know, forced it down with a cup of coffee as you do, and it was surprisingly good. The sponge was light and nutty, and the light chocolate-hazelnut buttercream had softened the crispy top slightly. Some of the caramel has dribbled off the nuts into the frosting but there was still crunchy caramel and toasted nuts remaining and it was all-in-all a very elegant cupcake (hate using that word about cake but it was that or ‘sophisticated’).

    Almond cupcake

    Simple but delicious

    If the almond one also eats well, then I could change the almond buttercream topping to a marzipan cut-out topping which will reduce the caramelized nuts ‘weeping’, and also ring the changes in terms of how all the nut cupcakes look (the pistachio version also has a buttercream topping with chopped nuts – coming soon!).

    All comments welcome!