Just a little set that has me thinking about summer. I’m over these April showers – bring on the steamy nights and strawberry cocktails!
Hope everyone had a fun holiday! I’m going to share this recipe for a fruit torte with vanilla whipped cream still, because it’s great with any fruit, and not just in the shape of a flag. I’d love to try it with some farmer’s market peaches and blackberries. It’s sure to be a summer party hit!
Beat 8 oz whipped cream with a tiny bit of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Serve in a mason jar. Cause, you know, that’s so American.
4 ingredients. All from the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market. That’s all you need for a perfect summer lunch – just a baguette, ricotta cheese, tomatoes and strawberries (oh, and a little sprinkle of salt or sugar). This has become one of my favorite Sunday traditions. So simple, so fresh, SO delicious.
Om nom nom…
Strawberries are here!
For a couple weeks now, I’ve been ignoring my kitchen. I ate out a lot, kept the lights off and only ventured in to fill up my glass of water. I lost that comforting relationship I had with my kitchen. I forgot I loved its black and white tiled floors, the giant stove top, my collection of bottle openers, the smell of coffee in the morning. So to say the least, my kitchen needed some love. This weekend I was ready to get back in the kitchen and thankfully, it showed me some love back….
in the form of perfect strawberry cupcakes.
I’ve been wanting to make cupcakes with real strawberries in them every since I tried Baked and Wired’s excellent version. On Sunday the Dupont Farmer’s Market looked like a strawberry field, as the first batch of the season were finally ready. I couldn’t pass up the chance to try to make them and get back to baking.
Let me tell you, these cupcakes did not disappoint. It’s very difficult to get me excited about an all-fruit dessert (what? no chocolate?!) but these have such incredible flavors of fresh strawberries and sweet vanilla. Also, the strawberries (and probably the whole milk too) make the cake very moist.
I’ve never had good luck with butter cream, but I tried a different method and Martha Stewart’s recipe (halved) this time. I never got the “stiff, glossy peaks” but it still came out great. It’s super sweet but balanced by the fresh and tart strawberries. It also reminds me a lot of strawberry ice cream….looks like it too!
Show your kitchen (and your taste buds) a little love and make these cupcakes. Seriously. Happiness. Joy. Sugar.