Spinach Catalan style

Everyone says that all kids hate spinach, well I actually loved them! Specially when my parents prepared Espinacs a la Catalana.

Ingredients: 1 kg Spinach, 300 g bacon, 1-2 garlic cloves, pine nuts and raisins (to taste) *You can substitute the pine nuts by almonds if you prefer.

Put the raisins in a bowl with hot water, leave them to soak.

Meantime boil the spinach until soft and drain well.

Fry the bacon with little olive oil until golden.

Drain the raisins and add them to the pan with the pine nuts, fry until toasted.

Add the spinach and stir-fry all together for a couple of minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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There’s far too much bacon here! 😛

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Beer cupcakes with caramelized bacon

I was looking for a manly cupcake recipe. My other half is not the typical man who likes sports and cars, but he does love beer, I wanted to make something to make him share my passion for cupcakes and I came across this recipe: Beer cupcakes with beer butter cream and sprinkled with caramelized bacon. I know this can sound horrendous but it works!

The original recipe is from the US so I had to work out the amounts using online conversion pages.

Ingredients

Cupcakes: 1 ½ cups flour (200g), 2 eggs, 3 tblsp butter (45g), a dash of salt, 1 cup light brown sugar (128g), 1 teasp baking powder, 1 bottle or can of beer* (330ml) ½ teasp baking soda

*You can use any beer but light ones work better. The first time I used Hobgoblin which is quite flavourful and the cake mix got a but too heavy so the cupcakes didn’t rise too much. I recommend any lager or soft ales more than dark ales or stouts.

Butter cream: 1 cup butter (240g) 5 cups icing sugar (640g), 6 tbls beer (90ml)*

*Have extra sugar and beer on hand. Depending on the type of beer and the humidity, you may need to add more sugar or beer depending on how wet or dry it comes out.

Caramelized bacon1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar (160g), 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 pound sliced bacon (453g)

Procedure

Mix the softened butter and brown sugar in a mixer. Add eggs one at a time, until well mixed.

Mix dry ingredients together. Pour in ¼ of the dry ingredients and mix. Then, pour in some of the beer and mix.

Continue alternating until all ingredients are mixed in.

Pour mixture in cup cake liners

Bake at 180°C for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While you allow cakes to cool prepare your frosting ingredients. If you don’t let them cool, they will be too wet on the inside.

Cream the butter and about a quarter of your sugar.

Then, just as you did with the cake, alternatively add some beer and then sugar. If it seems to wet, then add more powdered sugar. If it is too dry, then add more beer. 

Directions for caramelized bacon:

Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminium foil, then place an oven-safe wire rack on top of the pan.

In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, the cinnamon. Toss them together until the spices are well-distributed.

Take the strips of bacon and dip them it in the mix on both sides one by one, lay the bacon on the oven rack and bake until golden and crisp.

Turn the trips over so they will go crispy on the other side too.

Let the bacon cool, meantime you can put the butter cream on your cupcakes.

When the bacon is cold crash the stripes into little pieces and sprinkle them over the cupcakes

There, you now have a sweet and bitter treat for the man of the house.

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