My Sunday has been busy baking in the kitchen. Made loads of handmade baked gifts for my son’s teachers. I have baked spiced mixed fruit cupcakes and gingerbread biscuits and few more Ma’amouls. My lunch was a quick moong idlis’ with sambar and the dinner packed with prawn curry, rotis’, rice and the left over sambar..quite a busy churning in the kitchen it has been. Even though it has been busy for me today, what I love is a lovely smile on my sunshine’s(my son) face! He likes giving lovely gifts to his teachers…and likes prawns a lot.
I will be icing the cupcakes and the gingerbread biscuits tomorrow. Here is the recipe for the spiced mixed fruit cupcakes…
75 g mixed fruit
150g chopped pitted dates
1 tsp soda bicarbonate
1 tea bag
200g self raising flour
200g soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1.5 tsp mixed spices
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Arrange the cupcake cases in the cupcake pan.
Soak the fruits in boiling water. Add in the soda bicarbonate and the tea bag in it. Cover and keep aside.Tea adds more colour to the cupcakes.
Boiling water plumps up the fruits.
Sieve the self raising flour and mixed spices. Keep aside.
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix.
Fold in the flour to make a batter. Drain the fruits and add to the batter and fold.
Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake for 15–20 minutes (the tops should spring back when pressed with a finger). Remove and leave to cool.