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Chestnutting

So I went out to the woods today and collected some chestnuts. It’s a particularly good year this year, but a forager never reveals their best spots, except possibly to their immediate family, so suffice to say that it was somewhere in south west England…

This was what two people managed to collect in about an hour – 2.6kg!

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Cherry and Coconut Cupcakes

I made because my boyfriend’s parents were visiting. The dessicated coconut adds an unusual texture to the cupcakes, with the glace cherries giving a welcome burst of sweetness every so often.

IMG_20131102_055249 Ingredients (makes about 12): 

  • 115g stork margarine
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 85g self raising flour
  • 1sp baking powder
  • 85g dessicated coconut + more to decorate
  • 115g glace cherries, rinsed, dried and quartered
  • 12 glace cherry halves, to decorate (in practice, a 200g tub is about right to do everything in this recipe)
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Method: 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4.
  • Beat the stork, caster sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder until smooth
  • Add the milk
  • Fold in the dessicated coconut
  • Add the glace cherries and integrate gently
  • Divide between the cupcake cases and cook for 20-25 minutes
  • Whilst it’s cooking, make up the buttercream – beat together the softened butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until you are left with a smooth mixture.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool, then decorate with the buttercream, a sprinkling of dessicated coconut and a cherry on top.
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