Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Kitchen gadgets create cream filled cupcakes

20160618_085923 (2)Bake your favorite chocolate cupcakes using LeKue’s silicone reusable cupcake forms. To get perfect cupcakes every time use Tovolo’s Cupcake Filler. Just dip, scrape the back edge on your bowl, and push the plunger to drop the batter into the silicone molds.

Cupcake Corer by Oxo
Cupcake Corer by Oxo

Core your cupcakes using Oxo’s Cupcake Corer. Gently push the edge into the cupcake. Twist and pull out. Push core out by pressing down on the corer (in this case the red cap).

Cream Filling                                                                       1/4 C butter, softened

!4 C Shortening

2 C confectioners’ sugar (try organic, it makes a difference)

3 TBS 2% milk

1 tps vanilla extract

Pinch of salt (optional)

In a small bowl beat the butter, shortening, confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth and fluffy – about 5 minutes. Makes enough to fill 2 batches of cupcakes.. or cut this recipe in half for one batch of 48 cupcakes.

Filled and capped cupcakes
Filled and capped cupcakes

Using a pastry bag, or teaspoon,fill each cupcake center with about a half teaspoon of the filling. This filling is soft and will slide down into the hole. Cap each cream filled hole with the top of one center … you and the kids get eat the bottom half of the holes!

Ready for a treat?
Ready for a treat?

Frost with your favorite frosting…

Great activity for kids on a summer day – summer get-together or picnic.

 

 

Microwave Dehydrating

My herbal pot gardens are producing extravagantly this year.  Rather than pull out the dehydrator I’m drying herbs in the microwave – it’s easy and quick.

Dried Parsely
Dried Parsely

Spread your herbs on a flat surface – one that allows the water to escape below. I use my LeKue steam case tray.

Heat at full power (800 W)* uncovered at intervals of 3 to 5 minutes, until they are fully dried. For best results turn the herbs over at each interval.

  • see post: Powering down to 800 w

 

 

Espro French Coffee Presses

New Espro Products at Inner Oasis

Stainless Steel Coffee Presses in 32 oz, 18 oz and 8 oz
Stainless Steel Coffee Presses in 32 oz, 18 oz and 8 oz

Espro, from our neighbors in Canada, make an outstanding coffee (or tea) press – now carried by Inner Oasis – Mind, Body, Spirit.

The double filter
The double filter

 

 

 

Espro Stainless Steel Presses are double walled to keep the heat in.All presses have double baskets… no more floaters!

Espro's Glass Coffee Press
Espro’s Glass Coffee Press

Espro has just come out with a new glass version of their superior press; a stainless steel frame holds the glass container. The best news: this glass is 40% stronger than normal glass. No more breakage!

And for travelers….                               Espro’s new travel press.

It’s easy. Place 3 to 4 Tbsp. coffee in the bottom of your press.                                     Add hot water to “max” line.                                                                    Cover with filters (optional).

Black Mat Travel  Black Mat Travel Press
Black Mat Travel Press

Twist on the lid.                                            Wait 4 minutes.                                              Press down slowly.

Enjoy your freshly brewed hot coffee (or tea).

Stainless Steel Travel Press
Stainless Steel Travel Press

 

The Microwave – My Best Friend

Defrosting tips

microwave ovenUntil LeKue came into my life my microwave was a limited tool used for reheating a cup of tea or bowl of soup. Now I’m learning to use my microwave to great advantage and my 15 year old microwave is my best friend providing me with tasty, beautiful and very nutritious meals.  

Today’s tip – Defrosting food in the microwave                                 from Lekue’s SHORTCUTS

Lekue Steamer
Lekue Steamer

Freezing is one of the best methods  for long term food preservation; it stops all biological processes. Frozen foods, once cooked and stored properly, have organoleptic and nutritional properties that are very similar to those held prior to freezing.

To defrost in the microwave, it is recommended that you do so in different phases, mixing the ingredients of the dish from time to time to ensure the dish is defrosted evenly.

Defrost in a covered container to prevent food from drying out; the retention of the steam will help homogenize the inner temperature.

One trick for defrosting individual pieces (one piece of raw salmon? slices of bread?): add 2 to 3 Tbsp of water to the steam case (under the tray), the food on top of the tray will defrost nicely.

Use a glass of water to aid in defrosting
Use a glass of water to aid in defrosting

OR.. place the food to be defrosted on a dish and cover with a microwave-proofed lid. Set a glass of water beside the dish. Defrost time will be slightly longer with this method, but it will keep the food from partially cooking. Reason?  It is the water temperature that will rise  – not the temperature of the food.

Defrosting food in the microwave is safe and fast. Bacteria do not have time to multiply – but the food must be eaten immediately after defrosting.

Always use microwave safe utensils and cookware and follow the directions of your microwave.

A New Use for an Old Friend

Using Lekyue’s Minute Cake Pans as Prep Bowls

Lekfue's Minute Cake Pans
Lekfue’s Minute Cake Pans

Thanks to one of today’s customers, we’ve found a new use for Lekue Minute Cake Pans.

They make great one-serving deserts.

I use them for cereal bowls carrying them through the house as I ready for the day.

Add a silicone lid and they become a containers for left overs.

Great children’s dishes.

 

Summer Vegetable Rice Medley

A light nutritious main dish for summer

1/2 zucchini, diced                                                                                         1/4 yellow summer squash, diced                                                                   3 baby bella or white mushrooms, sliced                                                     1/2 C long grain rice                                                                                         1 C water                                                                                                           1 tbsp olive oil                                                                                             Salt and Pepper

Summer Vegetable Rice Medley
Summer Vegetable Rice Medley

Dice the zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms. Place all ingredients in LeKue Rice Cooker with pinch of salt and pepper. Cook in microwave for 16 minutes at 800 watts. Remove from the microwave and let sit for 1 minute. Enjoy!

Did you know. . .

A new use for your microwave

Your microwave can help you peel certain ingredients faster and easier. Put the ingredients in a LeKue Steam Case and cover with water. Heat in the microwave at full power (800 watts) as follows:

Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people
Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people

Chestnuts   1 – 1:30 minutes                                                                     Garlic 30-45 seconds                                                                                 Tomato 1 minute

And try using those chestnuts in this soup recipe:

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a saute pot.  Lightly saute 3/4 oz mushrooms, 2 peeled and quartered chestnuts,
    Chestnuts
    Chestnuts

    half a clove of peeled and sliced garlic. Salt to taste.

  2. Add 1 1/4 pt of vegetable stock, 2 tbsp rice. Cook at med. heat.

GreenPan’s Ceramic Non-stick Cookware

GreenPan excels at low heats and steams well with a silicone lid
GreenPan excells at low heats and steams well with a silicone lid

GreenPan launched a cookware revolution when it introduced its PTFE-free non-stick cookware in 2007. Made with Thermolon non-stick coating, GreenPan products offer many benefits:

  • GreenPan recommends using olive oil for better results and ease in shifting from pan to plate
    GreenPan recommends using olive oil for better results and ease in shifting from pan to plate

    Excellent conductivity allowing perfect frying while using a low heat setting

  • 100% PTFE-Free non-stick
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Very hard durable surface
  • Resistant to thermal shocks
  • More resistant to salt (dishwashing detergents)
  • Made from natural minerals

    GreenPan's easy to manage Wok
    GreenPan’s easy to manage Wok
  • Never releases harmful chemicals or fumes
  • Never blisters, peels or flakes
  • Contains no PTFE or Silicon oil
  • Manufactured without PFAS or PFOA
  • Proven to conduct heat 10 times better than traditional non-stick coatings
  • Cook with low to medium temps

    Saute Pan
    Saute Pan 

Thermolon is made to last and fun to use!