Survival Cooking – level: Zombie Apocalypse

zombie2OK so I know the title is a little over the top (I just couldn’t help myself) but our situation did take for drastic measures!  Living outside a suburb on a small-holding has its ups and downs. One of those downs that caused me to write this entry was the occasional black outs leaving us powerless (literally) from minutes to hours on end.  Thank goodness for our gas stove or else everything would have ended like a zombie apocalypse!

This evening my brother and I decided to bake a fast food (as directly translated from the Afrikaans word ‘kitskos’) cake.  This ‘fast food’ cake is basically a traditional vanilla cake that can be completed in just a few steps without separate creaming of the butter or whisking of eggs and so forth.  We finished mixing the batter and transferred it into cupcake holders thinking the power would return in no time (seeing as it always is so unpredictable) but low and behold karma struck again.  Not being able to bake our cupcakes got me thinking, what if we were to steam the cupcakes?  Ok ok no need for judgmental thoughts.  I’ve actually made buns this way so I talk from experience.

Turns out steaming the cupcakes wasn’t that bad at all.  They came out fluffy and moist which made me overjoyed, but everyone knows new ideas come with a lot of faults.  Firstly I used silicone and paper cupcake molds.  The silicone ones worked wonders but as for the paper ones.  Well they were very much deformed and difficult to work with.  Secondly seeing as this was the first time I tried this, some of the cupcakes came out raw at the bottom while the top was perfectly cooked and the cupcakes did pass the ‘clean knife test’ so don’t rely on it for checking these bad boys.  After topping them with our homemade strawberry sauce the cupcakes made my families tummies smile.  We ate them while my mother showed us our old story books bringing back a flood of childhood memories.  At the end of the day everything turned out OK and the blackout wasn’t that bad after all.  Now we have new memories that we can look back at. Don’t you just love happy endings?

Happy baking

Love,

Lara

 

Method 1 (cake) :

kitskoek (‘fast food cake’)

6-8 portions

710 kJ per portion

preparation time: 45 min

baking time: 20 min

 

Ingredients:

225 g self raising flour

170 g fine sugar

110 g butter or margarine, melted

3 eggs

45 ml – 65 m Luke warm milk

5 ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla essence

2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt

 

Instructions:

1. Set oven to 175 degrees C.

2. Sift the self raising flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.

2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients with a spoon etc. or  mix for one minute with an electrical mixer. If the batter is too stiff add 20 ml more milk.

4. Prep cake tin with non-stick spray or butter.

5.  Pour batter into 200 mm cake tin.

6.  Place in oven for 20 min.

Serve with fresh strawberry sauce, ice cream or any frosting of your choice.

 

Method 2 (oven cupcakes) :

10 cupcakes

preparation time: 45 min

baking time: 20 min

 

Ingredients:

225 g self raising flour

170 g fine sugar

110 g butter or margarine, melted

3 eggs

65 ml Luke warm milk

5 ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla essence

2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt

 

Instructions:

1.Set oven to 175 degrees C.

2. Sift the self raising flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.

2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients with a spoon etc. or  mix for one minute with an electrical mixer.

4. With a spoon fill the cupcake molds 3/4 the way full and place them in a cupcake tin.

5.  Place in oven for 20 min.

Serve with fresh strawberry sauce, ice cream or any frosting of your choice.

 

Method 3 (steamed cupcakes):

10 cupcakes

preparation time: 45 min

baking time: 20 min

 

Ingredients:

225 g self raising flour

200 g fine sugar

110 g butter or margarine, melted

3 eggs

65 ml Luke warm milk

5 ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla essence

2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt

 

Instructions:

1. Fill the bottom level of your steam pot 3/4 full with water. place next level with hole above the first level and light stove.

2. Sift the self raising flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.

2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients with a spoon etc. or  mix for one minute with an electrical mixer.

4. When the water is boiling and steam is coming out of the hole, with a spoon fill silicon cupcake molds 3/4 the way full and place them in a cupcake tin. 4-5 cupcakes can be placed in steam pot each 30 min.

5.  Wait 30 min and then remove and replace cupcakes.

Serve with fresh strawberry sauce, ice cream or any frosting of your choice.

 

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