Monday, February 4, 2013

Notes from the field: Apple Cake and the Greatest Man I Know

"I am not ashamed to say 
that no man I ever met was my father's equal,
 and I never loved any other man as much."
- Hedy Lamarr 

Happy happy birthday, to the greatest man I know.

Apple Cupcakes

1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
1 egg
2-3 apples, minced
1 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts), chopped finely

1. Set the oven at 350
º and line a one-dozen cupcake pan, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
2. Cream the sugar and butter together in a bowl until combined and fluffy, roughly 3 minutes.
3. Add the egg and mix until combined.
4. Blend in the apples. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts until combined and fold in the nuts.
5. Fill the cupcake pan and bake 20-22 minutes, cupcakes will be dark brown.

Bourbon Vanilla-Bean Buttercream
1 c. butter
2-3 tsp. bourbon

1 vanilla bean, scraped
4-5 cups confectioner's sugar

1. Combine the butter and cream cheese with a mixer on a medium speed, 3 minutes.
2. Mix in the vanilla bean
3. Gradually blend in the confectioner's sugar. If it becomes to dense, cut with 1-2 tsp. bourbon at a time.
4. Frost cupcakes generously, and enjoy with fond thoughts of autumn.

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