January 12, 2015

Double chocolate banana muffins with mascarpone frosting and bourbon caramel sauce



So, this is my first post of the new year. I know, I know, it's already the 12th , but I felt like I had to mention it. 2014 sure had its ups and downs. My trip to Iceland and the release of my new book Sweet food & photography are two of my favorite things from last year.

I have been baking like never before these past weeks, something that hasn't been very noticeable on the blog. Finally I had some time to bake for the blog.
I had two very sad looking bananas lying in my kitchen that I didn't want to throw them away, so I figured I'd make something easy with them. Chocolate muffins maybe? Then I remembered I still had the jar of dry ingredients from my last blogpost! So I used that and added the bananas. I didn't think these muffins could get any better, but boy was I wrong. They came out even more moist than before. So, when in doubt, add a banana or two. Well, maybe they don't go with everything.. These muffins are absolutely perfect without the frosting, but I have a thing for this particular one. Mascarpone frosting.  It's not very sweet, it just adds that extra creaminess. And the bourbon caramel sauce. Don't even get me started the bourbon caramel sauce. Honestly, I don't even particularly like drinking beverages with alcohol (and especially not bourbon) but in baked goods, it just works so well.








Double chocolate BANANA muffins WITH 
MASCARPONE FROSTING AND BOURBON CARAMEL SAUCE

If you don't have buttermilk at home, you can make your own by adding 1 tbsp lemon juice to just under 1 cup of milk. I actually mixed a little sour cream, milk and lemon juice and it worked like a charm!

Double chocolate banana muffins

makes 20-22 medium sized muffins or about 15-17 normal sized

INGREDIENTS
2 cups (300 g) all purpose flour
¾ cup + 1 ½ tbsp (80 g) cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder (yes, tablespoon!)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup + 2 tbsp (250 g) granulated sugar
100 g butter (1 scant stick), melted
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 very ripe bananas
150 g dark chocolate (70%), coarsely chopped (or chocolate chips)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Heat oven to 200°c (392°F). Prepare a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners (or if you have two pans and can fit them both in the oven, prepare both of them with liners).
2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl. Set aside.
3. Mix sugar, butter, buttermilk, eggs and mashed banana in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
4. Stir in chocolate, but save 1/4 of it to put on top of muffins. Divide batter between 20-22 medium sized liners, filling them almost to the very top. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate pieces.
5. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out almost clean.


Bourbon caramel sauce
INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 tbsp bourbon (rum would work too)
2 tbsp milk
3 ½ tbsp heavy cream
1/3 cup (70 g) granulated sugar
25 g butter
pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Carefully heat bourbon, milk and cream in a saucepan. It should be hot but not boiling.
2. Meanwhile, put the sugar in another sauce pan and heat until it starts to melt. Carefully stir sugar with a spoon until all sugar has melted and has become a golden brown color.
3. Add the butter and stir until melted. Very carefully (it will bubble up!) add the heated cream mixture. Stir until smooth, add the salt and pour into a jar to cool. Put in the frige to become completely cold.


Mascarpone frosting
Makes enough frosting for about 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS
250 g mascarpone
1-2 tbsp powdered sugar (or to taste)
½ cup heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Beat the mascarpone and sugar until smooth. Add cream and beat until firm.
2. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star tip (I used Ateco 869)  and pipe ”blobs” of frosting on top of the muffins. Pour some caramel sauce on top of each muffin.

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December 16, 2014

DIY - Edible gifts in jars



First, I have to tell you that I'm beyond excited about this post! I don't think I've ever put so much time and effort into making one blogpost (in 5 1/2 years people!). Totally worth it though. I loved every second of it and I've been so excited to share this with you so you can go ahead and make your own gifts. I read somewhere that DIY gifts like these were for "lazy" people but I'm of a different opinion. To me, making a gift really shows that you care. That you put time and effort into making something unique for that special someone.

I made labels using photoshop, printed them on thick white paper which I then used double-sided-tape to stick to the jars. Instructions can be put on the back of each jar, or you can just print them on paper and hand them over to the person who receives the gift.




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December 10, 2014

Four hot drinks for the holidays



There is nothing more comforting than a hot cup of cocoa during the holidays. In fact, I don't think I drink hot cocoa any other time of the year than December. Maybe January if it's cold and snowy (and it always is, and February, and March..). December is never as cold and snowy as I wish it was. Right now I'm sitting in front of my computer (obviously) and the rain is pouring down and it looks like it's not gonna stop for a while. Make that days. And I'm drinking cardamom coffee. Now there's another tip for you, just put some freshly ground cardamom with your coffee grinds and you have cardamom coffee. Ta-da!
Here are a few of my favorite hot drinks which I seem to come back to every year. Enjoy!

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December 5, 2014

How to pipe a rose cupcake



Now this post has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but hey, why not make these into Christmas cupcakes?! I just LOVE piping cupcakes like this so I thought I'd show you how I do it. The recipe for these white chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream is in my new book, Sweet food & photography, which you can get for a really good price at Bokus right now. The perfect Christmas gift I think!
Note that this book is in Swedish, but it will be out in English in spring 2016, but while you're waiting for it you can always have a look in my cake book, Lomelino's cakes, which is finally available in English! Get it here!

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November 26, 2014

Gingerbread bundt cake with lingonberries

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Bundt cakes make me nervous.
The cake doesn't, but the unfolding part does. That freaks me out every time. I can feel my heart beating faster every time I'm about to do it. I think it's because I've baked in some seriously bad bundt pans before. But this one is just awesome and the cakes come out perfect every time.
More than anything though, bundt cakes make me happy. There is just something so... simple about them that makes me love them. Simple and beautiful.



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November 3, 2014

Kladdkaka - Swedish chocolate cake



This cake is one of those cakes I take for granted somehow. I love it so much but I rarely bake it. Before I started baking like crazy, about 5 years ago, I used to bake two times a year, tops. Two times a year, that's it. And when I did, it was always "kladdkaka" (roughly translated "sticky cake" or "gooey cake" but I'll just call it Swedish chocolate cake). Why kladdkaka then? Well, first of all, it was the only recipe I knew how to make. Second, it's probably the easiest thing you could possibly make, and it's just so darn delicious.You simply have to make this one! And don't forget to serve it with whipped cream (vanilla ice cream is ok as well)!

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October 24, 2014

Iceland + iambear


I made a video for up-and-coming artist Iambear while I was in Iceland. Such perfect scenery for this song (which is called 16:40 by the way) I think. Listen to more awesome music from Iambear on Soundcloud. Note to self, next time, bring a working tripod to windy Iceland.

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October 18, 2014

Iceland part II


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As I mentioned in my last Iceland post, we were in Reykjavik the first day and for a few hours the last day. I was so tired the first day that I had to go to bed early so I didn't get to see much. I was able to snap some photos the last day though.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian options in the restaurants we went to! The first day I had vegan toast, not something you would find in my hometown exactly. Then in the evening I can't even remember what I ate because I was so tired. The second day I had a "bygotto" (risotto but with barley instead of rice). Even in the lobster restaurant they had a vegetarian option. I was pretty impressed. It's not often that I eat this good food whilst traveling. And in Sweden I'm used to having goat cheese and mushrooms in most dishes (ok, that might be an exaggeration but I hate goat cheese with a passion).


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October 12, 2014

Iceland part I


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I've seen mountains. I've seen northern lights, waterfalls, beaches with black sand and pink sunsets. I've seen long empty roads. I've seen more sheep than I could ever count. I've bathed in hot springs (and a jacuzzi!).
We drove in the highlands through water and gravel without seeing a single soul for hours. In the dark and through the thickest fog I've ever seen. For a few minutes I was quite worried, but we kept our spirits up in the car. I've seen some unreal things that I never thought I would see. And in very good company. It has been a remarkable journey in so many ways and I will never forget it.
The beauty of Iceland has blown me away. It's a place of magic.


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October 2, 2014

Exhibition opening



Just nu förbereder jag för min allra första utställning. Otroligt spännande, och extra roligt att kunna ha den i min hemstad! Galleriet ligger i en anslutning till en tyg- och inredningsbutik så det kommer bli intimt och mysigt, precis som jag vill ha det. Om någon är sugen på att titta förbi på vernissagen finns all information i Facebookeventet. Utställningen kommer hänga kvar till 31 januari. Hoppas att vi ses där!



In English:
Right now I'm preparing for my very first exhibition. It's super exciting, and the fact that it's in my hometown makes it even better. Feel free to come by if you're in the area! For more info, check out the Facebook event.

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