Friday Fun – Parsnip Spice Cupcakes
Last week I went grocery shopping without ANY kids. Not one! This is an occasion that is infrequent enough to be noted, but not so rare as to mark it with a national holiday. No – a day in my life to be marked with a national holiday is the day when I can finally use the bathroom and know I will not be interrupted.
But I digress…
The point is, I went shopping alone and thus had time to browse and really look at things. I wasn’t maniacally tearing through the aisles grabbing at random packages wondering how long the kids would be good. With my kid blinders off, I spied something in the produce department. Parsnips. And I thought to myself, I have never bought parsnips. In fact, they have never even been on my vegetable radar. I must try them. So I grabbed a bag and decided I would figure out what to do with them later on.
Today I was
working scrolling through Facebook and noticed that my friend’s dessert cookbook (Wintersweet – Seasonal desserts to warm the home – you may have heard of it before on this blog) had been given another great review (yay Tammy!). The product of the recipe featured in the article was PARSNIP Spice Cupcakes with MAPLE Frosting!
Don’t make me fall off my horse again!
This recipe was made for me. Not only did I have parsnips, something that I have never had in my house before, but I also have a secret stash of freshly made maple syrup. It was like someone was peeking through my kitchen cupboards and speaking to me.
Like all good baking projects, I started later in the evening and the kids were supposed to be getting ready for bed. But at least 3 of them wandered in while I was grating the parsnips and all said the same thing. “What are those?” “They are parsnips!” I said excitedly. “No, they are yellow carrots,” and they wandered away again.
The cupcakes smelled amazing while they were cooking and tasted equally good (at least to us adults). The true test came with the kids. The 2 oldest, with more mature palettes, loved them – they even took them to school in their lunches. The 3 younger ones didn’t like them – but that’s ok, because it left more for the rest of us. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of them before they were eaten.
And thanks to Tammy’s clever use of vegetables in desserts, I no longer hide the fact that there might be veggies in something before the kids try it. The words vegetables and dessert no longer result in an instantaneous YUCK!
And that is a miracle!