22 February 2016

Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes

                 True foodies love to be inspired by others' culinary creations. I recall the time when exchanging recipes on paper, scouring through magazines and proudly possessing that neatly catalogued recipe book was a delight in those good ol' days. 
                 Now that everyone has access to almost every information they seek, the recipe book might have been literally 'shelved', but the trend of being inspired will continue forever. For our 28th bloghop theme, we chose to be inspired by recipes from each other's blogs, and give it a twist if we want too!!
                 I was spoilt for choice in selecting from my Bloghop mate, Preethi's blog I chose a simple Eggless red velvet cupcake recipe as I have been looking to try it for quite sometime now. I liked that fact that this recipe used wheat flour & no fat and looked so simple to make. Baking always makes me nervous, so I found it especially comforting !!!
Only change, I used strawberry compote (happy that they are in season!!) instead of the food colour. 
Red velvet cupcake
150 ml Wheat flour
50 ml Refined flour
6 tbsps + 1 tbsp Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup finely chopped strawberries (if in season, else use red food grade colour)
100ml Milk
Whipped cream, Chopped strawberries for garnishing

1. Heat a non-stick pan, add 1 cup strawberries and 1 tbsp sugar to it and let caramelise. If the strawberries are medium sweet, then use 2 tbsps sugar instead. Stir occasionally and mash lightly till the strawberries are soft. I wanted a bite to them, so did not cook till too soft. This should take about 10 mins or so. Remove and let cool.

2. Sieve together the flours, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Since using wheat flour I sieved them at least thrice. 

3. Add in the milk and mix well. Finally add the cooled strawberry compote and mix again. Pour the batter into greased cupcake moulds. I use a combination microwave oven. I baked at 200 deg C for about 5 minutes followed by 4 more minutes at 170 deg C, or till the knife came out clean. 
Remove and let cool to room temperature. Decorate with whipped cream and strawberries or jam. Serve.


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