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Did you say basil?

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I wanted to think of something to do with all the beautiful strawberries that I had and I am getting bored with strawberry rhubarb pies so I thought this would be a nice change. I first started with about 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves and steeped them in 1 cup milk for about 15 minutes (until it reduced to 3/4 cup) and then whirled it up in a blender.

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Then I took 2 cups of berries and added 3 tablespoons of sugar,simmered them together gently for about 10 minutes, pureed and strained the mixture to get out most of the seedsIMG_3024

STRAWBERRY BASIL CUPCAKES WITH LEMON SOUR CREAM FROSTING
Here is the recipe: Preheat your oven to 350
1/ 1/4 c flour
3/4 c dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c basil infused milk
1 c strawberry puree
1 large egg
1 tbls butter
1 tbls oil
1 tsp vanilla

Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Fill your muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done.

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For the frosting:
2 tbls soft unsalted butter
1/2 c sour cream
zest of 1 lemon
1/8 tsp lemon oil
2 cups confectioners sugar

blend until smooth and slather on cupcakes!
Enjoy every bite

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Hello world!

IMG_0784WELCOME! I have decided to enter the modern world and start (yet another) a blog dedicated to the  love of food. Hopefully some other people might stumble across it and enjoy the baking ride with me.iI really enjoy food blogs and hope that someone out there might like mine…This is my first attempt at a blog and really have no idea what I am doing so please be patient- I promise to post some really good recipes! Wish me luck!!!!!!
P.S.-The picture here is a wedding cake I did last summer- coconut cake with a coconut buttercream, covered in marzipan and then fondant. All of the flowers are made out of gumpaste. It was truly delicious….

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