Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Here's how I did it....
Yield: 24 cupcakes
For the Guinness chocolate cupcakes:
1 cup stout (Guinness)
16 tbsp. unsalted butter
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
For the Bailey’s ganache filling:
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. Bailey’s Irish cream
For the Bailey’s buttercream frosting:
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
6 tbsp. Bailey’s Irish cream
BEFORE YOU START, TAKE OUT THE 2 TBSP BUTTER FOR THE GANACHE AND THE 8 TBSP BUTTER FOR THE FROSTING AND LET THEM SIT OUT TO GET TO ROOM TEMPERATURE!
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. Combine the stout and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sour cream to blend. Add the stout-butter mixture and beat just to combine. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed just until incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 to ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the ganache filling, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until simmering, then pour it over the chocolate. Let sit for one minute and then whisk until smooth. If the chocolate is not completely melted, place the bowl over a double boiler or give it a very short burst in the microwave (15-20 seconds). Add the butter and Bailey’s and stir until combined.
Set aside to let the ganache cool until it is thick enough to be piped. (You can use the refrigerator to speed the cooling process, but be sure to stir every 10 minutes or so to ensure even cooling.) Meanwhile, cut out a portion from the center of the cupcake using the cone method (a small paring knife works best for this). Once the ganache has reached the correct consistency, transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a wide tip and pipe it into the cupcakes.
To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. Mix in the Bailey’s until smooth. Add more if necessary until the frosting has reached a good consistency for piping or spreading. Frost the cupcakes as desired.
Here are a few pictures along the way!
When they come out of the oven, they smelled so good (and like I said, I don't really like chocolate!)
And after I cut the holes for the ganache
Filled with the ganache (ps, this was my 1st time making a ganache and it was SO EASY!)
The final product...SO YUMMY!!!
I love all the rich colors
Thank you so much to my partner Marisa, I absolutely love it! I never would have picked it out myself, but I absolutely love it (that was what I was hoping for out of this swap, and you exceeded my expectations!) I am so glad I participated and found your blog in the process!
Back to that promotion I mentioned, Jason's BFF took over Company Command today and I'm so grateful that Jason and I were able to attend (mostly so I know what to expect when it's Jason's turn!)
We're super proud of you Chris!
Congratulations to Chris and his wife Jessica!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
1 green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
1 onion (thinly sliced)
3 small chicken breasts (sliced into strips)
1 package fajita seasoning
cheese & lettuce for toppings (I don't like sour cream or hot sauce or any of that stuff, but if you do, by all means add it!)
In a large sauce pan or wok, heat about 1TBSP EVOO and add veggies and about 1/4 of the seasoning. Cook until slightly tender.
Remove the veggies from the pan. Season the chicken strips with the rest of the seasoning then add to the same pan (you may need a little more EVOO) and cook until the internal temp of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
Combine chicken with the veggies and serve on a tortilla with the toppings of your choice!
Roll up and enjoy!
I will definitely be making these again!
For the fajita seasoning substitute, I used:
* 1 1/2 teaspoon Cumin ground
* 1/2 teaspoon Oregano dried, crushed
* 1/4 teaspoon Salt
* 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper ground
* 1/8 teaspoon Garlic powder
* 1/8 teaspoon Onion powder
* 1/8 teaspoon Red pepper ground (I actually used a little less b/c I don't like food spicy hot!)
Oh, and as I was setting this yummy dinner on the table, I looked out our back window and saw this
It was just through our backyard and across the street. Way too close for comfort! Thank God, I don't think it touched anybody or any houses!
There was a bit of drama with this lady
who thought she was the field police. She seemed to think that we were not allowed to have our cute little puppy at the field.
So she called the MWR (Moral, Welfare and Recreation) on us, who came and told us "you can come to my boss's office on Monday and he'll show you the regulation", to which Jason told him he would not leave until he saw something in writing. The MWR guy told us if we didn't leave he was going to call the MP's (Military Police) to have us escorted off the field. The MP showed up and basically told us that there is no sign posted so they can't enforce the "rule" and told the lady to stop bossing people around...Jason was thrilled to have "won" the battle! (at one point, she was trying to get people to agree with her and we were standing there with about 5-8 of our friends and I really thought a West Side Story type turf war was going to break out. Luckily for them, it didn't!)
Oh, and back to rugby, OUR TEAM WON the tournament!
Unfortunately, we had other obligations that evening and we weren't able to attend the after party (if you've never attended a rugby party after one of their matches, GO DO IT! They are total mayhem but so much fun!).
We went to dinner with our awesome friends Mike & Kristi, then went to see the Harlem Globetrotter Legends at the gym on post.
Today we were on our way to watch the Bengals beat the Ravens when we found this guy in my tire:
This makes the 2nd screw I've had in my tires in as many months =( and this one isn't repairable so we have to buy a new tire =( =(
At least the Bengals won, which made me feel a little better about the afternoon.
I'll be back in a bit to post the awesome fajita recipe I made for dinner tonight!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Thank you Jesus for another day on this planet!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
This was too yummy and too easy not to share! I didn't take any pictures, but here is the one from Annie's Eats, which is where I adapted the recipe from!
4 small chicken breasts
8oz Orzo, uncooked
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
herbes de Provence (I couldn't find this at the commissary, so I used McCormick's Roasting Rub/French Herb)
Cook orzo according to package. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt, pepper and the French herbs on both sides(I used about 2 TBSP of the herbs for all the chicken). In a large skillet cook chicken in EVOO, about 3 minutes on each side until cooked through. Remove Chicken from skillet. Add the shallot and green pepper to the skillet (you may need more EVOO), cook about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes with the juice and the broccoli. Bring to a boil and cook about 10 minutes or until the broccoli is tender. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and cook to combine and melt the cheese. Serve with the chicken on top....YUM!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
We had to take Buster to the vet today and they're going to keep him for a while. They are taking an x-ray and a urine sample because his belly is tender and we don't know why. I hope they call soon with good news! I'll keep everyone posted!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
1. I'm not as out of shape as I thought, I made it through the whole class w/o passing out!
2. I could never be a dancer! Those steps were so confusing!
3. I shouldn't have waited this long to go to my 1st class. I didn't feel judged like I expected to.
4. I can't wait to go again! (this one may change when I can't get out of bed in the morning!)
Thank you so much to Ashley for inviting me to come along, I'm so glad I did! I can't wait for the "aerobathon" on Saturday! I get to try all the other classes for 15 minutes to see if I like them and want to take the whole hour long class (plus we get food and a t-shirt!)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Since Jason won't hand over the remote and I'll go ahead with that Q/A post..
B–bed size: queen
C–chore you hate: DISHES!!! I'll let them pile up until I have enough to run the dishwasher
D–dog’s name: Buster
E–essential start-your-day item: OJ
F–favorite color: right now, it's purple
G–gold or silver or platinum: platinum but I'm starting to like gold more and more
I–instruments you play: none :-/ I'd like to learn guitar at some point...
J–job title: army wife? I wish there were somewhere to work out here...hopefully at the next duty station I'll be able to work again
K–kid(s): not yet...
L–living arrangements: just bought our 1st house
M–mom’s name: Theresa
N–nickname(s): Gumby, Jes
O–overnight hospital stay other than birth: nope
P–pet peeve: ha...do I have to pick one? people who drive under the speed limit in the left lane might be number 1
Q–quote from a movie: "champagne, perfume going in, sewage coming out" Cocktails
R–righty or lefty: righty
S–siblings: 2 brothers, 1 sister, all younger
T–time you wake up: 9:30
U–underwear: Victoria’s Secret. nothing else
V–vegetable you dislike: brussel sprouts
W–ways you run late: I don't. Unless I'm waiting on the husband
X–x-rays you’ve had: knee and teeth
Y–yummy food you make: right now, it's homemade soft pretzels
Z–zoo favorite: monkeys
Hope this helps!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
For now, I'm off to make these =)