Sometimes a rest is required, a break from the ever so fast running world. We all need to replenish our energy levels and creative notions every now and then. We are not robots, or we wouldn’t be able to create out of inspiration. Luckily, we are just humans, or the world and especially the internet would be just a dead boring place for us all. Imagine, if there were no Artists and Designers in the world, no Painters, no Authors, no cupcake Bakers. What a liveless and joyless, empty world. Just imagine!
My life is fine as long as I take a pause every week once. I have tried to work everyday before, in fact I have done that until recently, but then I realized I was loosing my personal creative touch in my work. I was turning into a robot. So, I have decided to always take some time to allow my creative juice to flow. That might be in my painting, writing or even cooking and baking, because if you look at it closer, any type of doing can involve a creative process, depending on how you as an individual take it.
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A book, I read a couple of years back explained that well. The book was one of the Osho teachings that were published into words, it is called creativity. Whatever is written in the book is actually common sense, just that we tend to forget certain things in our daily life. One of the chapters explains, that even a person sweeping a floor can be a creative being. What he meant was, that you don’t have to perceive it as a chore (whatever you do), but that in fact you might even enjoy it, if you do it in your way with a inner peace, allowing the godly energy to come through, to flow through you.
His words helped me to develop my creativity more over the years. Yet, sometimes I fall back into my habits and tend to forget those wise words in the time when I need them the most. That’s why time, to take a break and to collect my wits, is required in my life! It’s useless to try to keep up with the ever so faster running world. I mean, I tried it and I realized the quality of my work decreased immensely, resulting in me getting frustrated over some pity issues. For sure I am not the only one who experiences life as such!
So, keeping all this in mind, I “floated” into the weekend. My creative juices started to work and I took all the time in the world I needed, to present you those semi healthy Apple Flax seed cupcakes with a cute Lemon glaze.
Flax seeds are actually meant to be consumed raw for the omega essential oils to take full effect in our bodies. Flax seeds are rich in Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, thus they are heat sensitive (explained here before). This time I told myself “What the heck! We cook fish, don’t we?!”, two seconds later the freshly ground seeds landed in my pastry… I have no idea if the essential fats survived, but I can tell you the cupcakes tasted great with the Flax seeds and together with the chopped apples and the Lemon Icing. I made them even look a bit pretty, however I had some trouble in the process with the icing. The humidity and heat is always a problem when working with this type of sugars, so try to work in a cool room or keep the cupcakes in the fridge after adding the decorative icing (if you live in the tropics as I do).
- 3 Tbs whole Flax Seeds
- 200 gm White flour
- 8 gm Baking powder
- 110 gm Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 50 gm Butter
- 200 ml Milk
- 2 Apples
- 100 g Icing Sugar
- Juice of 1 small Lemon
- 3 drops of food coloring of your choice. (I used orange)
- 1 small piping bag or small plastic bag
- First of all grind your Flax seeds if they are not ground yet. I like to use freshly ground flax seeds.
- In a bowl combine the dry ingredients, the white flour, the ground flax seeds, baking powder and the Sugar. Combine and mix the ingredients.
- Make a well and pour in the Eggs, cooled melted Butter and some of the milk first. Mix that smooth first so that no bits are left and the sugar is well dissolved in the mix, then add the remaining Milk, incorporating the ingredients to a smooth cake mix.
- Now, peel your apples, quarter, decore and discard the core, chop the apple to small bits. I like to have little pieces in my cupcakes. Add the Apple to the cake mixture and incorporate it well by mixing the whole cake mix for some time.
- Now your cake mix should look like that before filling it into the molds.
- Preheat your oven and prepare your cupcake forms by placing in the paper molds into the main molds, as seen.
- Fill the batter half in. We want cupcakes not muffins. Place it carefully into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes at 180 C. until the cupcakes have come up. Test if its properly baked by poking into the center of the cakes with a fork or something. If some dough is left sticking on the fork, then your cupcakes need a couple of more minutes to bake. Do that with the remaing batter mix as well.
- For the Lemon Icing, add a 100 g into a bowl and pour in the lemon juice. Mix the content well! The icing should be a bit thicker and not too liquid.
- Take a freshly baked warm cupcake into your hand and add some of the icing with a spoon on the top surface and spread it well. When you do this, see that you are working in a cool room, so that the icing stays hard. (I had a bit of trouble with the humidity, that's why I am saying that). Do that with the remaining cupcakes as well and allow them to rest for a couple of minutes.
- Take a small piping bag to hand or simply grab a small clean plastic bag (the latter is easier to handle with the sugar) and fill a few spoons of the remaining icing into the bag. Add a couple of food color drops and mix it all in the bag. (that's the easiest and quickest way to do that). You should have now some colored icing as shown.
- If you use the plastic bag, cut a tiny whole (2 mm thick) into one of the plastic bag corners and start piping carefully and slowly a design on your cupcake. I made some apple like shapes, you can choose whatever design you wish.
- Voila, finished! Enjoy your cupcakes. =)
Tell me dear reader,
do you ever tend to loose your creative juices?
What do you do in those times?