Mini orange cakes with dark chocolate core

Hi everyone!

February went so fast! LV (my oldest daughter) had her Winter break last week so we took the opportunity to visit my sister-in-law on a long delicious weekend. It was really nice to meet my SIL´s family! My girls enjoyed playing with their sweet cousin a lot.

Now it is March and we are back to the routines… this week has been exceptionally busy and I added one more thing to get annoyed with… by falling on the sidewalk when picking the kiddo from pre school. Gosh! The weather is so inconsistent, one day is cold and snowy and the next, temperatures goes over 0°C. I was pulling my daughter´s sled downhill and to avoid her to slide away I might have stepped wrong and slipped on the ice. Yep, a twisted split for the amuse of my daughter :D. Hahaha, a clumsy grand ecárt landing on my right hip. Go figure… my thigh is so sore I walk like a zombie. >_<

Ok! Now back to what this blog is about :D (I´ll do fine, no worries ;)

Because of our trip I somehow missed the Twitter Food Party this month… sort of. It was last Monday and the theme was Oranges! (If you have twitter, check the hashtag #twitterorangeparty) . Gladly I have the timezones on my side and I baked something on Tuesday to contribute for the potluck (cheating…)! I posted some pictures already via instagram and now I share the recipe!

Check also my friends´ Orange dishes on the #twitterfoodparty Flickr pool !!

Mini orange cakes with dark chocolate core

Mini orange cakes with dark chocolate core

Recipe adapted from the Finnish magazine Glorian Ruoka & Viini n°40 7/2006

Yields 24 mini cakes (plus 5 normal sized)

  • 100g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 dl caster sugar
  • 1 dl demerara sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 dl wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 200g natural yoghurt (6% fat) . I used Bulgarian yogurt.
  • 1 orange (juice and zest)
  • dark chocolate (about 50g, cut into cubes) – optional

Preheat oven to 200 °C and line a 24-hole mini muffin tin with paper cases. Prepare to get some extra cases if necessary.

Place the butter, sugars and orange zest into the bowl of your mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Remove the bowl from your mixer and start adding alternately the flour mixture and yogurt, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. At last, fold carefully the orange juice.

Spoon the mixture into the cases, place one piece of dark chocolate into the middle of each cup. Using a teaspoon, move a bit of the mixture to cover totally the chocolate piece.

Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Mini orange cakes with dark chocolate core

If you want to eat your cake with a slightly melted chocolate core, microwave the ready ones for a few seconds before serving. Delicious with a cup of tea!!

 

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OH! And I almost forgot!! Days ago my messy blog was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the lovely Ana from I love tortilla de Patatas! Thank you Ana!! So sweet of you :)! Check her beautiful blog, she is a darling Spanish girl who, after living in many places, ended up in the Netherlands ^_^.  It is recent that I started following her (via twitter first) but I am totally hypnotized by her photography and delicious recipes! And YES, I also love tortilla de patatas!! Who doesn’t?

 

 

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Christmas tree bento

December 1, 2011

Christmas tree bento

A bento to celebrate the Christmas season!

It was so good to return making bentos again… but it is weird to get back to the habit :/. I am totally needing some practice… not only on making the meals, but also… taking pictures of them! Gosh… I was so used to my previous settings in the old apartment I found challenging to take photos in my new kitchen. I will get better, I hope :P!

And yes, I confess I stole the idea of using the star picks for the Christmas trees from Sheri, the lovely owner of Happy Little Bento Blog. Her use of picks is brilliant, she will always be my bento-heroine inspiration of all times :).

AH! And before I forget!!! New bento boxes in this post! I got them before our moving from a sweet bento friend of mine. Thank you ^^, my girls loved the HK ♥!

Christmas tree bento

Contents: rice with furikake, grilled chicken breast pieces, steamed broccoli, cucumber slices, pearl tomatoes, purple carrots, orange wedges, red grapes and Christmas shaped pasta. The tree is a mini onigiri wrapped with wilted spinach decorated with carrots “balls”.

Must say they enjoy eating spinach nowadays! Wohoo!!!

:)

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Update on 27.04.2011: The box has been sold for $107,50! I am so happy it reached such price :). Thank you very much for everyone who got interested about it and specially, to the auction winner! The set is already on its way to WA ^_^!

Bento box food play set

As I posted here before, a group of bento lovers across the globe got together to raise funds for Japan. My fabulous fellow bento bloggers have been working hard keeping the Bento4Japan alive and at full steam.

The charity auctions on eBay have been terrific! Lots of bento boxes and gear had found new owners and I can only thank to the beautiful people´s generosity.

Everyone knows that I wanted to offer something to be auctioned for the cause. The problem is that I really can’t find anything suitable for the theme where I live.  Bento gear is rare, most of my personal purchases were made online.

It is true I selected stuff from my own collection to offer in the Bento4Japan raffle (by the way! The winners had been picked already, just give us a little more time and we will announce them :). My contribution is already traveling to the lucky one!).

So I thought… would it be bad to offer something handmade? Inspired by my friends who always support and keep me going ahead, I decided to craft my offering for Bento4Japan ^__^.

Bento box food play set – eBay auction

I handcrafted this lovely take away style bento box meal, perfect for pretended play or for display. The items are about life-sized and hand stitched with love and care for details.

I really try my best to make things in a way they last but felt and yarn creations are not as plastic ones, they won´t probably last as much as they would have been made from another “long lasting” material.

This set will be a joy for your little one to serve you obento anytime! (And you can also sneak to the play and practice making your bento too ;))

Most of the items which belong to the box were featured in my previous post , with addition of these little ones:

Felt food edamame and cherry tomato

So… without further ado, what is inside the box!

  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • 2 onigiris (rice balls)
  • 1 shiozake piece (salted salmon)
  • 1 lotus root (renkon) slice
  • 1 kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) wedge
  • 1 broccoli floret
  • 1 shiitake mushroom
  • 2 tamagoyaki (omelet) slices: spinach and traditional
  • 1 carrot flower
  • 1 edamame pod
  • 1 cherry tomato with wooden pick
  • 1 usagi ringo (apple bunny)
  • 2 grapes
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 orange slice
  • 2 food cups (paper and felt polka dot)
  • 1 pair of bamboo chopsticks – not disposable type
  • 1 origami chopstick “envelope”

Bento box food set

The full description of the materials and other important information can be read in the auction page for the bento box.

I hope this can raise some money. Remember, 100% of the proceeds will go to to GlobalGiving’s Japan Relief fund. If you win, be sure you are getting something made from the heart.

Please take a look, this is the auction page! Check out the other Bento4Japan auctions too ;).

 

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Heart onigiri bento

Today´s simple bentos were an attempt to encourage my daughters to eat a bit better. With this flu, their appetite have been quite poor… oldest daughter practically stopped eating since weekend and just drank juices and tea.

I also decided to spend more time with them today (instead of staring the computer for news). Dedicating time to the girls, cuddling them and making these meals affected me positively. I need to get well too so I can be a good mother for them.

Contents of the boxes: “Hinomaru” onigiri with an umeboshi portion (I didn’t have smaller umeboshi), spinach tamagoyaki, chicken meatballs, steamed broccoli, romanesco and cauliflower, carrot flowers, mini plum tomato, orange and grapes.

Although the portions were tiny (the onigiri is quite small), Luonnonvoima left quite a lot untouched. She ate the fruits and the omelet but couldn’t eat all the rice. I think it was enough for now ^^.

I made the onigiri in this shape on purpose. I took the idea from the “Hinomaru bento”, a very simple bento consisted of plain white rice with an umeboshi in the centre.  “Hinomaru” is the Japanese flag.

 

Heart onigiri bento

 

My friends in the bento community all over the world have come together to establish a fundraising event for the Japanese quake victims, what we call “Bento4Japan“.

There are auctions in this theme already listed on eBay. All the proceeds go to GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief effort.  Use the search term “Bento4Japan”  to find the auctions for bento boxes, incredible books, accessories and bento kits.

Encourage your friends and family to bid to help raise money! You satisfy your bento shopping and help a good cause at the same time ^_^!

 

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