Friday, April 20, 2012

It's been a lazy week, and in truly lazy style I'm now posting two days late. There are days sometimes when you can't manage to do anything, where laziness prevails and chores get put on the long finger. I have had a week like that. It is true that these days, or weeks, often coincide with times when there is a big job coming up, particularly one that is intimidating. It can feel like this is a bad thing, it can feel like everyone else is out achieving things and you're not.... but actually I think lazy days exist solely to create some equilibrium in life. It's your subconscious saying rest now, work better later. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that it's ok to sit around in pyjamas every single day and watch television. However when it does happen on a rare day off, why isn't that ok?
This is gonna sound all lifetime, daytime tv special but I think lazy should be appreciated for what it is when it can happen, because the rest of the time we are all running around like there is no tomorrow, doing a million things at once and getting insufficient appreciation for those efforts. This is my appreciation of my hard work!



And what's a lazy afternoon without a snack? Preferably one that you would (perhaps should) feel bad about but in the spirit of the day is the perfect treat, whoopie pies!
I'll be honest this was my first real attempt at whoopie pies and there may have been a few unexpected aspects that, how do I say this, detracted from the perfection that I had aimed for. Either way they taste delicious and although the aesthetics need work, they really work for the day that's in it. So in light of the trial and error process these are called whoopsie pies! Also they match my bootie slippers, so that's a bonus =)

Whoopsie Pies!
Red Velvet Whoopsie Pies with cream-cheese frosting

300g Flour
25g Good Cocao Powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda (I accidentally used only one)
175g white sugar
125g room temperature butter
1 egg white and 2 egg yolks
250ml Buttermilk (or ordinary milk with 2tsp lemon juice)
1 tsp distilled vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
16ml Red food colouring


Cream-cheese frosting

200g Cream Cheese
200g Mascarpone Cheese
250g Icing Sugar
1.5 tsp Vanilla essence (NOT FLAVOUR)

Preheat oven to 190C then beat together your butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and beat until light. Add the eggs and mix only until incorporated. Add the red food colouring and vinegar to the buttermilk  and then whisk together the dry ingredients. Add in batches of thirds, alternating between the milk mix and the dry ingredients. Again beat only enough to incorporate everything.

Line a baking sheet and drop tablespoon sized amounts onto it spaced well apart (mistake I made). Bake for 10-15minutes, remove and cool.

Beat together your cream and mascarpone cheese, add the vanilla and then slowly whisk in the icing sugar. Whisk until completely smooth. The icing should be quite thick.

Pipe the icing onto the bottom of one little cake and then sandwich with another one. All you have left to do is relax and bite into the deliciousness.


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