School re-opens. A brand new year. New teacher. Fresh clean books. Sharpened pencils. And amongst all this – new classmates. Her class gets shuffled every year, and this grade none of her friends are with her. She returns home dejected and sullen.
Slow at makin friends and adapting to new people, the little girl takes her own sweet time in settling down and getting companionable. Once she does though is another story altogether! But for now, she is bitter. Full of complaints on the first day – that girl pushed me, this boy pulled my hair, teacher was rude… the list is endless. It takes mammoth patience and understanding to explain that the whole world is not there to bite her. They have other work too. A task really. But her stubborn mind is not so yielding.
When the hostile mind slowly dies down, out rises the receptiveness. Her desires for amity make way for innumerable possibilities. Topping the list was Food 🙂
One smart girl I have. Food brings people closer, breaks barriers, warms the heart.
Someone so rightly said “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house, EAT with Him….. the people who give you their food, will give you their heart”
So I bake for her camaraderie. And I bake for her zest and spirit.
For the Vanilla Butter Cupcakes –
- 1 cup maida/all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Baking powder 1 tsp
- Baking soda 1/4 tsp
- Warm Milk 1/3 cup
- Curd 1/2 cup, whisk it before using
- melted butter, 1/4 cup
- Vanilla essence 1/4 tsp
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, white or dark or a bit of both
Preheat oven to 150 C.
In a big mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips. Mix well. Now, make a well in the center of the dry mixture. Add the curd, vanilla, vinegar and butter.
Using a hand whisk, gently mix the ingredients until well combined. Make sure the wet ingredients are incorporated into the dry ingredients. Don’t over mix. Gently fold in the choco chips.
Now line your cupcake tray with liners or grease them of required. Spoon the batter till the moulds are 3/4th full. If you like, you can top the cupcakes with more chocolate chips.
Bake the little muffins at 150 C for about 8-10 minutes or until they are done. Remove. Cool.
For the chocolate cupcakes, follow the above method and add 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa to the dry ingredients and add a bit of milk accordingly.
Note: Chopped nuts or any dried fruit can also be added in place of chocolate chips.
Note: Do not over bake the cupcake, around 8-10 minutes should be apt, else they turn hard and chewy.
She wanted the entire box, which is SO not allowed in school. Gently coaxing her to take a few to share with her immediate neighbors was met with instant disapproval.
Friendship takes time, I cajoled.
Yes, but I need some for my old friends too…. left me with no more words.