Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Easter Baking with Rachel's

Vanilla Easter Cup Cakes

Simple cup cakes, decorated with a delicious swirl of butter icing and decorated with chocolate mini eggs.

220g butter or margarine, room temperature 
220g caster sugar 
2 large eggs, beaten 
220g self raising flour, sifted
2 tbsp Rachel’s low fat vanilla yogurt

80g unsalted butter, room temperature
250g icing sugar  
25g Rachel’s low fat vanilla yogurt 

Serves: 12 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20-25 minutes


1.Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 5.
2.Line a cup cake or muffin tray with paper cases.
3.Beat together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time.
4.Fold in the flour and yogurt.
5.Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until half full.
6.Bake in the oven until golden brown and springy to touch or test using a skewer, if it comes away clean the cakes are ready. Leave  them to cool on a wire rack.
7.Meanwhile prepare the icing. Begin by beating the butter and icing sugar until pale and well mixed, ideally using  an electric mixer.  Add the yogurt and continue to beat on medium to high speed until the icing is fluffy. The longer you beat the lighter the icing.
8.Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a star piping nozzle. In a circular motion swirl the icing around each cake.
9.Decorate with mini eggs.

PER SERVING: 345kcal, Protein 2.6g, Carbs 43.4g, Fat 17.7g, Sat Fat 10.9g, Fibre 1.2g, Sugar 33.5g, Salt 0.4g

We will be baking these when we get back from holiday over the Easter weekend!  Rachel's sent me some of their delicious yogurts to get creative in the kitchen with.  I love using their thick and creamy yogurt as an ingredient in both sweet and savoury dishes.  

Pasta Bake Topping

The Rachel's Organic Natural Yogurt makes a healthy alternative to cheese sauce to use on Pasta Bakes.  Simply mix with an egg and a sprinkle of herbs.  Pour over pasta mixed with a Quorn Bolognese sauce. Top with grated cheese and bake in the oven at GM 6 until golden brown.  It is delicious, quick and easy.



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