Dhingra says, “Since strawberries are fresh this season, nothing beats giving your Valentine a jar of fresh Strawberries & Cream. This classic combination is always a winner. The second dish, Vanilla Cupcakes, is a do-it-yourself cupcake that will not fail to impress your Valentine.”  



Strawberries & Cream


Ingredients
>> 150 g fresh strawberries
>> 150 g cream, whipped
Method
>> After rinsing the strawberries, cut off the tops. Then cut each strawberry in half
>> Layer a few strawberries at the bottom of a bowl or a jar and then spread some whipped cream on top
>> Repeat till all the strawberries and whipped cream are used up
>> Let it set in the fridge for two hours and then serve

Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients
>> 110 g butter
>> 200 g castor sugar
>> 1 tsp vanilla essence
>> 2 eggs
>> 150 g flour
>> 1tsp baking powder
>> 80 ml milk
Method
>> Preheat the oven to 175C
>> In a bowl, beat the butter, castor sugar and vanilla essence till light and fluffy
>> Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition until mixed well
>> Sift together the flour and baking powder
>> Add the milk and mix with a spatula. Then fold in the flour
>> Line a cupcake mould with liners and pipe the batter in them till 3/4th full
>> Bake for 15 minutes or till a skewer, when inserted in the centre of the cake, comes out clean
>> Pipe the frosting on top of the cakes

Vanilla buttercream frosting

Ingredients
>> 100 g butter
>> 1 tsp vanilla essence
>> 225 g icing or powdered sugar
>> 1 tablespoon milk
>> A few drops of liquid food colouring of your choice
Method
>> In a bowl, whisk together the butter and vanilla essence until smooth
>> Gradually add in the icing sugar and whisk till mixed
>> Add the milk and beat to combine
>> Keep whisking till the frosting is light and fluffy. It should take you around five minutes if using a hand whisk. If not using right away, cover it with cling wrap and refrigerate to prevent it from drying out.

Courtesy: Mid-Day

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