So yes, I'm starting to get a reputation.
Bring a dish? I always end up bringing cupcakes. They're so easy to make, they come in easy individual packaging, and I love the way you can tailor them with different decorations or flavours for every occasion.
After variations that included black sesame, Coca Cola and chocolate bacon, I decided to continue my current salty obsession with popcorn cupcakes, inspired both by Adriano Zumbo's salted butter popcorn macarons and a popcorn-swirled ice cream eaten recently at Gelatissimo.
These are a simple vanilla cupcake topped with a slightly salty buttercream icing, a swipe of butter and a couple of popcorn pieces pressed into the top. A good sprinkle of salt flakes to finish is essential.
125g salted butter softened
125g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 Tbsp milk
125g + 2Tbsp salted butter, softened
250g pure icing sugar
salt flakes (I used Murray River salt flakes)
buttered popcorn (I used microwave popcorn)
Preheat oven to 170C or 150C if using fan-forced.
Combine the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla essence and eggs in a food processor and blitz until well combined. If you do not have a food processor, cream the butter and sugar first and then add the flour, baking powder, vanilla essence and eggs and beat until well combined.
Add one tablespoon of milk and blitz/beat. Add the second tablespoon if the mixture still looks a little thick.
Distribute the batter evenly across twelve patty pans in a muffin tin. I usually dollop out a generous tablespoon in each.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
When the cupcakes are cool, spread with a thin layer of salted icing. Use a knife to dab on extra butter on top, then press in popped corn kernels. Sprinkle with extra salt flakes, to taste.
Using an electric mixer, cream 125g unsalted butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the icing sugar, beating until well combined. Continue adding the icing sugar until you reach a spreadable edible consistency. If the mixture is a little thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk. Season with salt flakes to personal preference.
Where were these cupcakes heading? To a weekend lunch hosted by the lovely Ellie from Almost Bourdain. Fourteen female food bloggers descended on her home, a group that included Belle, Betty, Jen, Karen, Leona, Linda, Minh & Teresa, Lisa, Steph, Suze, Trish and Trissa.
Ellie cooked up a Malaysian feast, and almost everyone ending up bringing a plate - mostly dessert! It was an afternoon of endless food - my favourite kind of gathering!
Barley water drink
Michael Jackson - a black-and-white drink of soy milk with grass jelly cubes
Chicken kapitan and coconut rice
Ikan bilis fried peanuts and silver fish
Pineapple with fish sauce and chilli
Minh's clever transport carrier for her pasta salad
Minh's risoni and bean salad with fetta cheese
Betty's fig sourdough bread from Bourke St Bakery
Trissa's panfried chorizo and roasted peppers
Trissa's chicken wings
My cupcakes in my nifty new Snapware cupcake carrier
Linda helps transform Karen's profiteroles into a croquembouche
Ellie's brownies with Reese's peanut butter cups
Linda's rectangular lemon tart (Thomas Keller recipe)
and Lisa's round pastry tart
Leona's mini cupcakes from Ghermez
Trish's pandan jelly
Betty's tarts from Bourke Street Bakery
Jen's baklava bought from Bankstown
My popcorn cupcakes
Trissa's hazelnut mousse tart
Ben & Jerry's ice cream tastetesting (scored for free by Ellie)
Belle's chewy salted caramels
Teresa's chocolate-dipped strawberries
Suze's chocolate bowls with brownies, berries and cream
(made using a balloon dipped in chocolate)
a joint effort with help from Linda
Thanks Ellie for being such a generous host, and everyone for their fabulous company.
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