Brown Butter and Jam Tea Cakes

Somewhat a cross between a muffin & a cupcake. A tea cake! And of course I changed the regular butter to brown butter. The nuttiness, the little specks it gives, the depth of flavor that absolutely changes the taste. I know I have said that many times about brown butter, but it is so true. Making these tea cakes, I knew that they were my new perfect little snack. Appropriate for dessert but even better for breakfast when I say it's a 'muffin.'

So many cakes lately. Well I work at a cupcake shop as you most know. And I did a shoot for the shop this past weekend, baby shower theme, so their was an abundance of cupcakes left over after the photos. I swear it seems like all I have been eating lately. So many... 

I think I need to make some cheese or bread, something savory. Some real food.

Exactly one week till I turn 24! I really don't know why that statement needed an exclamation point, I really don't like my birthday. It just has the tendency to be disappointing. Most people are busy , & since the holidays were just a month ago many don't remember, I completely understand. Thats fine with me, I really don't like to be the center of attention. It just makes me uncomfortable. I never know what to say. I just generally get nervous for no reason and my mind goes blank, then people think I am being mean to them or something. So I will probably just end up making a cake (or perhaps a pie) for myself, because that is one thing that I do like about my birthday. I can bake myself whatever I want, no consideration for all the flavors my family members don't like; a special little cake just for me. And then hopefully have time to blog about it! That will make me happy.

After making these little treats, I really liked the recipe but looking at the little screen on my camera, I thought the photos were horrible. It was my first time using my new lens, & it sometimes takes me a minute to get the swing of things. So I uploaded the photos to my computer & didn't look at them for a week. Completely forgetting that I even took them. I saw them again on my computer. On the big screen, they were not as bad as I thought. Sometimes I need to give myself a few days before I look at the photos. Right after I take them, I will be too critical & just want to start re-shooting them to get something better. Has this ever happened to you? Maybe you do need to re-shoot, but maybe you just need to just give yourself a break. Look at them in a few days, I bet you will like them better than you did at first.

Aghh probably somewhat delirious writing. I have gotten a few comments about my writing and often improper use of grammar/spelling. But I just got my ear pierced so I am a bit out of sorts. That is my excuse today...

Recipe from Martha Stewart

1 cup (228g) butter, browned & resolidified 
to room temperature
1 1/2 cups (300g) sugar
3 cups (375g) flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup (118ml) milk
1 cup (240g) apricot jam 
(or flavor of your choice)

2 cups (250g) powdered sugar
a few tablespoons of milk

Oven 350. Butter & flour one muffin tin.

Cream butter & sugar until pale & fluffy.
Add yolks one at a time. Whisk together 
flour, baking powder & salt in a 
separate bowl. Gradually add in flour
mixture & milk to creamed butter, 
alternating. In a separate bowl, beat 
egg whites until soft peaks. Lightly fold 
into batter. 

Spoon 2 tbsp batter into muffin tins.
Fill with 1 tbsp jam, then top with 2 more
tbsp batter. Make sure you cover the jam.

Bake until set, about 30 minutes.
Take out of oven & let cool completely.

Whisk together powdered sugar with milk, 
1 tbsp at a time. Add milk until you reach 
a pourable but thick glaze.

Drizzle atop & eat.

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