Monday, April 06, 2009

Strawberry Mousse and Brownie Cupcakes

I'm in desperate need of motivation to get myself back into the kitchen. Don't know what's gotten into me these days, but cooking/baking just seems like the last thing i want to do. I've been on my elongated Easter break for a while now and the only produce that came out of the oven were these Strawberry Mousse and Brownie Cupcakes. Sigh, i was actually looking forward to trying out some of my highly anticipated recipes during my break... i guess that's not happening anytime soon :( DANG IT. And to make myself sound even more lazy, these cupcakes are actually made from a combination of 2 of my past recipes: brownies + strawberry mousse XD. Lalalala~ So anyways, JLo and I only had one cupcake each this time (as a taste test), and the rest were packaged and specially delivered to JLo's classmate, Anders. We promised him a home-cooked meal about a month ago but our plans were never carried out due to my *)%($ FREAKIN' PHARMACOLOGY (*@&%*@ finals. And since my brain is still recuperating from that traumatic experience, I made the dessert first to carry out the 1st part of our promised dinner. Gahhhh... i feel bad for being so lazy... sorry, Anders! But your chili casserole will come soon :) Hopefully posting this up will motivate me to finish what I've started.

Strawberry Mousse and Brownie Cupcakes
makes 7 - 8 cupcakes
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • Strawberry mousse [see recipe below]

  • BROWNIES:
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (i used less)
  • 1 cup sugar (i used less)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:

BROWNIES:
  1. Stir butter, sugar, and vanilla together [picture 1].
  2. Add eggs and beat well[picture 3].
  3. Separately, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt together[picture 2].
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir well [picture 4, 5].
  5. Fill cupcake cups with brownie batter (they should be 2/3 - 3/4 full) [picture 6].
  6. Bake 30 minutes until knife comes out clean [picture 7].
  7. After the cupcakes have cooled, use a knife and cut a hole into the cupcakes. Fill each hole with chopped strawberries [picture 8].
  8. Spoon enough strawberry mousse to cover each cupcake hole [picture 9], refrigerate.
  9. Reserve remaining mousse in a piping bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes until it has slightly solidified. Using the piping bag, decorate the cupcake in any way you'd like, be creative! Don't forget to add a berry on top ;) [picture 10].
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Strawberry Mousse

This recipe makes only a small amount of mousse that should be enough to fill and decorate the cupcakes.
INGREDIENTS:
  • 100g fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50 mL milk
  • 1.5 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend and puree 100g of fresh strawberries. [picture 1]
  2. In a saucepan, mix the sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla. [picture 2]
  3. Pour the strawberry puree (around 75 mL) into the egg mixture. Mix well. [picture 3]
  4. In another saucepan, add the gelatin and milk and heat until gelatin has dissolved. Pour it into the strawberry mixture and continue heating until everything comes together. [picture 4]
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and place the saucepan in cold water until it reaches room temperature.
  6. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Pour it into the strawberry mixture. [picture 5]
  7. Fold until blended thoroughly. [picture 6]

Special Delivery:
Strawberry Mousse and Brownie Cupcakes

17 comments:

  1. Oh my, those brownies look so good! And as usual the instructions and photos are right on!

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  2. Your strawberry mousse and brownie cupcakes look incredible! Hopefully the sugar in them will give you motivation, or a rush of energy anyway, to get back into the kitchen. It's always nice when you have someone to cook for! Enjoy your long break -- it sounds like you needed it after that %*&#@ exam.

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  3. @Desmone007: Thanks! I'm glad you find them helpful XD

    @Sapuche: A long break and a sugar rush was definitely needed! Although i think i've went overboard and got food poisoning over easter :( but i have only myself to blame for that, haha.

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  4. Oh no, food poisoning? Hope you feel better soon. I enjoy reading your posts!

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  5. oh no, what did u eat??

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  6. Your instructions are phenomenal! And don't get down on yourself, everyone goes through cycles in the kitchen :)

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  7. @Desmone007: Thanks! it took me a full day to recover but I'm healthy like an ox now :D

    @Annonymous: I'm not quite sure what made me sick... but i'm guessing its the mixture of barbecue and 4 different desserts, eeek!

    @Sterling: Thanks! this cycle has been exceptionally long compared to others but i'm glad i've stepped out of it :D Thanks for visiting!

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  8. OMG these cupcakes look fab! i'm going to try and make these next weekend, hopefully i can make them look as good as you did ;o)

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  9. @Grace: Thanks grace... i can't help but feel a little guilty after reading your comment. I'm afraid my cupcakes only looked the way it was because of the strong lighting and specific angles..... they weren't that impressive in real life :P

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  10. I was looking for something creative like this. Then tried this awesome recipe. This recipe does not disappoint. It's a snap to prepare and really tasty.

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  11. Thanks Dazy! glad you gave it a try :D

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