Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas Trees

Ahhh, my favourite muffin dough in one of its creations... :) I bake them only once a year, for Christmas cause of that smell and taste... mmmm! :) entire house smells of cinammon while baking them :) that increases the Christmas atmosphere ;) So - this time - Christmas trees :) They're perfect once baked, wonderful while still hot/warm and still perfect after a day or two ;) Soft, quite wet, mouth-watering :) match a lot of additional ingredients :) Must try ;)
Recipe for the dough comes from this website.
Recipe for the butter-cream comes from this website.

Ingredients (all of them have to be in a room teperature):
  • 3 glasses of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 230g of butter or margarine
  • 1,5 glass of white sugar
  • 4 big eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 glass of milk (3,2%)

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 glass of white sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 300g of butter, in a room temperature, chopped into small cubes
  • vanilla extract
  • green food colouring (in a gel or powder, not in a liquid)

  • Sprinkles

Preparing muffins:
  1. Prepare muffin tins, or any other desired tin (but if it is a metal tin, where you can't put paper muffin cases, it needs to be greased)
  2. Take a bowl, put flour, baking powder, cinammon and salt inside.
  3. Take a mixer and its bowl, put butter and sugar inside, start mixing to get a fluffy, bright mixture.
  4. Add eggs, one after another, mixing after every single egg.
  5. Add vanilla extract and mix again.
  6. By turns: add some 'dry' ingredients (flour with baking powder, salt and cinnamon), mix, add some milk, mix and again, dry ingredients, milk... till all of them are mixed in a bowl.
  7. Put in previously prepared tins (not full, 1/2-3/4 of its height).
  8. Put in the oven and bake in 180C for around 20 minutes (check, by using a toothpick).
  9. Cool down (at least before putting the cream ;) )

Preparing buttercream:

  1. Take egg whites, mix with sugar. Prepare a 'bath' for them.* Keep stiring and heating the mixture over boiling water till the sugar completely melts.
  2. Cool down the mixture if it got hot. 
  3. Put in the mixer's bowl and beat, around 10 minutes to get white, shiny, stiff a meringue.
  4. Start adding the butter, one piece after another, mixing after adding every piece. While adding it may look like it is curdled, but don't panic, it's perfectly fine :) (although I did panic, so you are justified if you did panic as well ;)
  5. When the mixture is stiff and all the butter is mixed, add vanilla extract and food colouring, mix.

Preparing Christmas Trees:
  1. Take a pastry bag with a star-like tin nozzle, put the buttercream inside and start distributing on the muffin.
  2. Start from the middle of the muffin and making circles go it its edge.
  3. Decorate with additionals.
  4. Bon Appetit! ;)

*A bath is simply boiling the ingredients, but not boiling them in a water, but keeping them in a bowl over a steam.

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