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.
- 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)
- 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)
- Take a bowl, put flour, baking powder, cinammon and salt inside.
- Take a mixer and its bowl, put butter and sugar inside, start mixing to get a fluffy, bright mixture.
- Add eggs, one after another, mixing after every single egg.
- Add vanilla extract and mix again.
- 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.
- Put in previously prepared tins (not full, 1/2-3/4 of its height).
- Put in the oven and bake in 180C for around 20 minutes (check, by using a toothpick).
- Cool down (at least before putting the cream ;) )
- 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.
- Cool down the mixture if it got hot.
- Put in the mixer's bowl and beat, around 10 minutes to get white, shiny, stiff a meringue.
- 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 ;)
- When the mixture is stiff and all the butter is mixed, add vanilla extract and food colouring, mix.
Preparing Christmas Trees:
- Take a pastry bag with a star-like tin nozzle, put the buttercream inside and start distributing on the muffin.
- Start from the middle of the muffin and making circles go it its edge.
- Decorate with additionals.
- Bon Appetit! ;)