I love cup cakes. They're so innocent. begging me to eat them. I especially love mini cup cakes, mini anything actually. To me mini = guilt free. I know in the "reality based community", this is a bunch of horse pucky, but one can dream.
The last time I made Gujarati steamed chickpea bread I wondered since it's so good savory, how would it be sweetened? I fantasized about little gram flour cupcakes studded with sultana raisins, an icing of sirkhand and a bit of finely chopped pistachios.
So a couple of days ago with Alan on the road to recovery eye wise, I decided to invite some friends over for an Indian lunch and try my little dessert experiment on them.
I started the night before, as the batter for this steamed bread/cake needs to mellow overnight. The actual baking process only takes about 12 minutes. As to turning it sweet, I was winging it and we were all happy with the results, a not too sweet raisin spice cupcake. I
The biggest problem was finding a steaming vessel that would hold my mini muffin pan. Next time I try this I think I'll steam them in the oven where I can use a large baking dish as a bain marie.
So here's what I did:
The night before baking mix:
1 and 1/2 cups of sifted gram flour
3/4 tsp of salt
About 1/4 cup of brown sugar
3 Tbs of vegetable oil
2/3 cup of plain yogurt
A fist full of golden raisins (I did say I was winging this)
1 Tsp of cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
Cover the bowl with a cloth and set it in a warm protected place to ferment overnight. I always store mine in the oven. Just don't forget and turn the oven on in the morning or you've got a problem.
When ready to bake add:
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 Tbs of warm water and stir these in, only whisking in one direction
The batter will start to turn bubbly and frothy. When it does, spoon it into lightly oiled muffin cups.
Place the muffin tin on a trivet in a pan of boiling water. Cover with a cloth and then a snug lid on top of that.
Steam the cupcakes for about 8 to 10 minutes. When a toothpick poked into them comes out clean, you're done.
Take the muffin pan out and cover it with the cloth for about 10 minutes. As you can see, I overfilled my muffin cups .
But once they were unmolded, I was able to trim them into proper mini cupcake shape.
I loved these little mini bites. Everybody got three of them. I think I'll fiddle with the recipe a bit and see what else I can do with them. They're not super duper sweet, just pleasantly spicy sweet which is more to my taste, and they're so tiny they're hardly calories.