The weather is still continuing its gloomy self – the sun tucked away behind the grey clouds and raindrops pitar – pattered down the windowpanes. Indoors, you can look at the raindrops and even spin up a verse about it’s beauty, but when you step outside and the wind lashes the rain against your face, the umbrella turned upwards, the verses go out of the head, especially when you have an important appointment to keep. The weather lady has promised a brighter tomorrow, we shall have to wait and see, fingers and toes crossed!
The following orange, cornmeal and poppy seeds cupcakes were made a couple of days ago.
Although I have used poppy seeds quite a few times in my cooking, it has always been the whiter variety. This time when I found some darker ones in the local whole foods shop, I picked up a small pack without anything particular in mind and when I got down to making the cupcakes, I threw a couple of tablespoons to the batter. And i must say, we did enjoy the bite they gave the cupcakes.
Grated zest of one orange
1/2 C of whole wheat flour (atta)
1/2 C of coarse cornmeal
1 and 3/4 tsp baking powder
2 and 1/2 tblsp of black poppy seeds
6-7 tblsp of sunflower/vegetable oil
5 tblsp of honey
- Preheat the oven at 180 deg C and line a cupcake tray.
- Place the zest, flour, cornmeal, baking powder and poppy seeds in a bowl. Rub together the ingredients with fingertips till everything is mixed well together.
- In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and honey.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the egg mixture. Fold in with a rubber spatula till everything is moistened.
- Fill the cupcake liners 2/3rds of the way ( I got . Place the tray in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for about 17-19 minutes or till the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted through the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean.
- Cool in the tray for a minute and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
We loved these mildly sweet cupcakes with the crackle of the seeds.
The orange flavour was quite subtle, I might add just a little more zest next time.