Souper Sweet Potato Potage!

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Let’s start off with the major player in the creation of Soup Stock Tokyo’s Sweet Potato Potage: Google Translate. Yes, here’s the short story: Ken wanted to buy a Japanese cookbook when we were travelling in Japan back in November. Well, he bought one from Soup Stock Tokyo after we tried one of their soups and…did we mention we don’t speak or read Japanese?

Anyway, we decided on the Sweet Potato Potage purely based out of the visuals since we had no idea what the title of the recipe was. After that selection, that’s when the power of Google Translate came into play. We translated the ingredients required, and as we were cooking along, it translated each step as we needed. I know this sounds like we’re selling Google here, but trust us, we were not paid.

Back to the actual recipe, we never made soup with sweet potato before so it was interesting to make and to taste. It was creamy and smooth, but the recipe called for milk. All in all, an easy recipe to replicate if you have mushrooms, sweet potato, onion, garlic and milk.

-Robyn

P.S: we’re not afraid to tackle other recipes in foreign languages :)

Just give me the frosting!

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Happy Valentine's Day!  What more fitting than to bake red velvet cupcakes and we're giving Toronto some love again because the recipe is from Bobbette and Belle.  Our friend has been giving non-stop raving reviews of Bobbette and Belle's red velvet cupcakes and generously lent us her cookbook and encouraged us to bake it.  

Baking the red velvet cake was a piece of cake...except it did turn out a bit dry.  It may be due to the fact that we were intensely focused on the frosting, which we also made an error with.  We were supposed to follow the cooked cream cheese frosting, but unknowingly followed the cream cheese frosting recipe.  But, with good intentions, the latter turned out amazing.  We found ourselves sneaking the frosting and wanting more each time.  Luckily, there was a lot leftover and we have it stocked in our freezer, waiting to pair it with whatever we can imagine: toast, fruit - you name it!

Another difficulty that we definitely need practice on is piping.  Using ziplock to hold the frosting, we practiced and practiced and settled with the top five best looking cupcakes.  The added red sprinkles really takes away from the amateur pipe work.  

The cake was dry, but the frosting makes it a 10/10.  

- Robyn 



Bobbette & Belle's
SOUTHERN RED VELVET CUPCAKES
{12 Cupcakes}

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1 stp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup buttermilk (room temperature)

1 tsp red food colouring

1 tsp white vinegar

1tsp pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs (room temperature)

 

    Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, food colouring, vinegar and vanilla. 

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the oil and sugar on medium speed until will combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

    With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Blend after each addition until just combined. Do not overmix the batter. Using a spoon, divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling approximately two-thirds full.

    Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. For even baking, rotate the pan front to back halfway through. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

    Ice the cooled cupcakes using a spoon, a small offset spatula or a piping bag and tip. Because of the cream cheese in the buttercream, the iced cupcakes may be kept at room temperature for up to 3 hours; after that, they should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Bring the cupcakes to room temperature before serving. The cupcake can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


    Bobbette & Belle's
    CREAM CHEESE BUTTERCREAM
    {12 cupcakes}

    Instructions

    In a medium saucepan, bring an inch of water to a simmer.

    In a large heat proof bowl, combined the egg whites and sugar. Place over the simmering water and whisk gently until it reaches 140F. Immediately pour the egg white mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. 

    Whisk on medium-high speed until the egg whites have cooled to room temperature, doubled in volume and hold medium peaks, 8 to 10 mins.

    Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and add the butter a few cubes at a time, and beat until the butter is fully incorporated before adding more. Once all the butter has been added, continue to beat until the buttercream is light and fluffy, 1 - 2 min.

    Add the vanilla and return the mixer to medium speed. Begin adding the cream cheese a cube at a time, beating until the cream cheese is fully incorporated before adding more. Once all the cream cheese has been added, increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 2 more min.

    Use immediately or store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. Bring buttercream to room temperature before using. 

    Ingredients

    4 large egg whites (1/2 cup)

    1 cup granulated sugar

    1 pound unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, room temperature

    1 tsp pure vanilla extract

    1/4 cup cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes, room temperature