little treats for the weekend

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You guys already know that I like to bake for friends and family and would take (almost) every opportunity to try a new recipe (or an old one that is almost forgotten). And when it is friday afternoon and a friend is coming over after a week full of stressfull work, it is even more fun to treat that friend with some sweets. Like yesterday 🙂

A few weeks ago I was strolling through some stores (mostly home and decorating stuff ;)) and I found those adorable little cups… on sale 🙂 YEY! Seriously, could I possibly have turned my back on these little cups when they were actually begging me with their little red price tags to take them home?? Of course, I had to adopt them and they found a new home in my cupboard waiting for their first mission.. which happened to be yesterday 🙂

I am not a big fan of greasy food and so I never use butter or oil for my pans, but waxed paper. With these cups it is a little tricky, but I still insisted on not making them greasy, so I cut little squares and put them inside before starting with the batter. It actually looked really nice with the paper ( you don’t see it on the picture, cause I took it out after baking.. next time I might let it in. It adds a decorative touch to it).

And here is the recipe for the cakes in the cups:
2 eggs
160ml milk
75g melted butter
225g flour
175g sugar
1Tbs baking powder
1/2Tsp salt
8Tbs jam

1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 390°F
2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Add milk and butter. Whisk until well blended.
3. Add sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until dry ingredients are moist.
4. Put one Tbs batter in each cup.
5. Put one Tsp jam on top.
6. Cover the jam with rest of batter.
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
8. Let cool completely.
9. For topping use.. whatever you like – frosting, melted chocolate, nothing… I used powdered sugar and lemon juice..for me the best topping on a cake like this 🙂

I usually don’t eat all the stuff I am baking.. but I try once in a while and I can say that these are good 🙂 Try them and let me know!
Btw. I think my little cups did a great job on their first try 😉
Oh, of course you can use this recipe for standard cupcake pans as well 🙂

A weekend treat wouldn’t be a real weekend treat with only one cake.. where is the choice? 😉 The second treat you see on the picture are great and delicious meringues. Yummy 🙂 Like I said, I usually don’t eat all I am baking…but here I have to say (blush) ….. they are almost all gone. I love the chewy center..and how they melt inside my mouth…I didn’t have those for such a long time that I forgot how good they are! And SO easy to make! I should stop writing about them, cause I am about to go to the kitchen and eat the rest of them 😉 If you don’t like (basically) pure sugar with egg white.. don’t even try. But if you do….

100g sugar
2 egg whites
salt
a few drops lemon juice or vanilla

1. Beat the egg whites approx. 1min
2. Add sugar and mix until the mixture is stiff and a little glossy
3. With an icing bag put small “roses” on a baking tray (don’t forget the waxed paper 😉 )
4. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at 100°C / 215°F to 150°C /300°F (it depends a lot on your oven and how you like them. I left them in the oven for 1 1/2 hours at 125°C. They are a little golden and chewy in the middle, just the way I like them. You might need to adjust it a little for your own taste.. Just try it 🙂 )

So, my stomach is happy and full of sugar 😉 I think this is a good start of a weekend.

I hope you guys enjoy your weekend.. wherever you are. Have some tasty days 🙂