Look what fell into my shopping trolley this weekend.
It was a completely necessary purchase, since all my cookbooks are still in storage together with our other possessions awaiting our new home (another thing I’m feeling grumpy about) and I really do need to practice using my Christmas Kitchen Aid. Also the pictures are divinely beautiful and the recipes looked fab.
But mostly I was rather jealous of Helen’s new book.
Today I made the Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip cupcakes.
I ended up having to cook them 10 minutes more than the stated amount of time and I’m not sure they’ve risen enough. Are American cupcakes generally flat on top like this? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a American cupcake ‘naked’ before and I’m used to the more domed appearance of an English fairy cake. I’ve subsequently read the customer comments on Amazon and it seems that people are having problems with some of the other recipes, so I’m now a bit wary of this book. Serves me right for buying on impulse.
Nevertheless these cakes did taste really good, though they did contain an obscene amount of chocolate chips – next time I think I’ll cut that back. And how anyone can actually eat them with frosting and not immediately die of a massive coronary is beyond me.
By the way, how sad am I to be desperately in love with a spatula?