Mini Hummingbird Cakes

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Hummingbird Cake. Don’t write it off until you’ve tried it. The first time I heard about hummingbird cake, I was very much in opposition of it. Bananas, pineapple and crushed pecans? Why would anyone put those ingredients in cake… all at once? It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago I over heard some friends talking about its scrumdiddlyumptiousness, that I became curious and concluded that trying it was the only way to be sure it is all that they say it is.

Sit back, pull out your recipe book and start scribbling the awesome that is hummingbird cake.  

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!: This recipe calls for self-rising flour. Don’t do like me and use regular all purpose flour, only to realise the dim-witted mistake you made 5 minutes after putting your batter into the oven.

After an effortless search, I found a recipe to make your own self-rising flour here. Then my cakes were perfection.

What you need:

For the cake

Butter & flour for greasing & flouring ramekins

1 ½ c. self-rising flour

1 c. granulated sugar

¼ & 1/8 c. vegetable oil

¼ c. finely chopped pecans

1 very large ripe banana, mashed

4-ounces crushed pineapple, with juice

½ tsp pure vanilla extract

½ tsp group cinnamon

2 large eggs, beaten

For the frosting

¼ c. shortening

¼ c. (half stick) unsalted butter @ room temperature

4 oz. cream cheese @ room temperature

½ tbls white vanilla extract

4 c. powder sugar

¼ tsp salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour eight-5oz. ramekin, tapping out excess flour; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir to combine self-rising flour, sugar, oil, pecans, bananas, pineapple, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs.
  3. Divide batter evenly between prepared ramekins. Bake for 28 – 30 minutes.
  4. After removal from oven, let cool in ramekins for 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. While cakes are cooling, prepare frosting. Cream together shortening, butter and cream cheese until nice and smooth. Add vanilla into mixture and combine. Sift together sugar and salt and slowly add to shortening, butter and cream cheese mixture. Make sure all sugar is incorporated.
  6. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to make level. Spread frosting on top of first mini cake, and then place your second mini cake on top of first. Spread frosting on both cakes and set aside. Repeat for remaining 6 cakes until you have 4 mini cakes with two layers, fully frosted. Optional: Sprinkle tops with crushed pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 Bon Appétit.

            Makes 8 mini Hummingbird Cakes. Cake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

I used some flowers from my V-day arrangement to decorate the cakes. I figured the decor should represent some aspect of a hummingbird and flowers did the trick! Aren’t they cute? And the cakes taste just as good as they look too! If you’re concerned about what type of flowers to use these links here & here helped me. 

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Strawberry Mini Pies

Happy Tuesday yal! Today’s February 4th which means two of many things! Some of you are probably eagerly looking at your calendars counting down the days, hours & minutes till Valentine’s Day. While… others are probably wishing the universe would magically do away with February 14th altogether.

With that being said, note that this post is in favour of the upcoming “pink & red” day. I want to share a sweet and easy dessert for you and your lover punch. It’s perfect for V-day or any other day for that matter, which ever you prefer.

Strawberry Mini Pies

This recipe has been adapted from two sources: A cookbook we got as a wedding present: Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook and a food blog It Bakes Me Happy.

First things first: Let’s make some dough!

 

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Your needs:

1 ½ c bleached all-purpose flour {I used unbleached}

1 tbls sugar

1 tsp kosher salt {I used regular}

5 tbls cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼ -inch pieces

4 tbls cold solid vegetable shortening, such as Crisco

3 ½ to 4 ½ tbls ice water

Your Method:

Put the flour, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly to mix. Scatter the butter over the flour mixture and using a spoon, toss lightly to coat. Pulse 5 times at 1-second intervals. Add the shortening in small pieces and pulse about 4 more times at 1-second intervals. The texture should resemble course meal, with the butter and shortening bits no bigger than peas. Sprinkle 3 ½  tbls of water over the mixture and pulse until the dough begins to hold together, about 6 times. Pinch a small amount of dough and if it doesn’t hold together, add ½ tbls of water and pulse 3 times. Pinch the dough again, if necessary adding the remaining ½ tbls water and pulse 3 more times. When the dough holds together when pinched, it is ready. Do not allow it to form a ball in the processor. Transfer dough to a large sheet of plastic wrap, pressing gently, form the dough into a 5-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45mins, preferably overnight. (The dough maybe refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen up to 3 months.)

Next: Let’s make some strawberry filling!

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Your needs:

1 c strawberries, sliced

2 tbls sugar

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp lemon juice

1 egg, beaten

Your Method:

In a medium sized saucepan add the strawberries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice and cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Set aside to cool {or not}.

Lastly: Let’s make a pie.

Let the chilled dough soften at room temperature for 10 – 15 minutes (longer if frozen). Using the rolling pin, tap the dough firmly to flatten it. Divide dough in half, placing each half between two large pieces of plastic wrap and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Place a 5 ounce ramekin directly on the pastry. Using a knife cut two 1-inch circles wider than the bottom of the ramekin. Now you should have two circles from each half of dough. Roll out one piece of dough for each half. This is then draped over the ramekin and fitted until snug inside the ramekin, so it serves as your piecrust. You may or may not have dough draped over your ramekin. If you do, please cut off excess and put aside. Repeat with remaining ramekin/s. Scoop your strawberry filling into your crusted ramekins. Once filled, drape the pastry (your second circle), over the ramekins and seal by pressing gently on the sides of the ramekins. Cut pastry scraps into your lover-punch’s initials, into hearts, or other decorate shapes. Place on top of the extra pastry circle and brush with the beaten egg. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown, remove from the oven and cool; serve warm. And if you’re feeling a little daring, add a scoop of vanilla/chocolate ice cream to the side. Bon Appétit.

Yields 4 mini pies.

 

 

April Photo Challenge 2013: Day Three

Day 3

 

Day Three: Health

{I’ve got health on my mind a lot these days and decided to share about it from my hair’s pov. Since cutting my hair and growing it back natural, I’ve been talking to a couple friends who have done the same and discussed the different ways and benefits of keeping our hair healthy. Here are a couple things that I’m currently using on my hair, plus some of my favourite accessories}

Farm Animals.Fried Food.Fun Rides

Our visit to the Houston Rodeo.

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{That “H” in Houston sure does look ready for some action – haha}

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{We saw some beef… err… I man cows}

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{Cute little lambs}

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{Chicks feeding and chicks hatching}

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{ Bees making honey}

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{Our friends played Speed of Light}

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{Petting of calfs, Buying of hats and Squirming from puppet iguanas -hehe}

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{Then we ate a lot. Turkey legs, deep fried cookie dough, deep fried frog legs and fries, deep fried cheese cake and grilled beef and veggies}


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{We decided that food was more important than rides that day and we didn’t regret it! Ha! Soon the afternoon came to an end and it was time to go home and sleep off all that food we ate}

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{Rodeo Buddies}