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HAPPY PI DAY

I'm actually attempting squash cupcakes today (no joke - carrots are still a no, so I'm subbing in acorn squash), so wish me luck. If you're curious about my culinary adventures, here is the original recipes. Below the cut is what I'm actually making.


Ingredients
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup agave nectar
1.5 tbspn flaxseeds + 4.5 tpsn water
2 cup finely grated acorn squash
1/2 cup currants or chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups quinoa and millet/other flour
2tsp arrowroot flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp -1/2 ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

I don't love millet flour because it absorbs water poorly, but as the secondary flour in the mix, it might do okay, and the gluten-free thing really needs a flour mix. I'm low on options without rice! That's on the soon-to-be-reintroduced list.

Roommates will be getting cream cheese frosting to top it all off, probably store bought. (I know, I know, but SPOONS. I DON'T HAVE THEM.)

I have no idea how the chemistry is going to fall out, but it should be exciting!

Date: 2010-03-14 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercuries.livejournal.com
YAY FOR PI DAY. XD Squash cupcakes actually sound really delicious. Mmmmm, squash. Recipes with more than five ingredients kind of scare me, though...

Date: 2010-03-15 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akeyoftime.livejournal.com
More ingredients just means following the instructions more closely. And being prepared for a bigger mess in the kitchen - holy cow did I go through bowls and utensils yesterday!

I would have forgotten about Pi Day if it weren't for your post <3

Date: 2010-03-15 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercuries.livejournal.com
The clean-up is the worst part! It honestly keeps me from cooking or even making coffee sometimes. *is super lazy*

Pi Day is my favorite minor holiday. :D When I was in college, the math majors used to write it out to the 500th digit or so on the pavement on campus.

Date: 2010-03-22 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akeyoftime.livejournal.com
I got lucky and my suitemate actually did the lion's share of the clean-up. I wish I could keep her, but she's moving out in a few weeks!

A friend of mine throw a huge Pi Day party and they ended up with about thirteen leftover pies :P They'd only bought four or five themselves, but it was evidently a participatory crowd! (The chocolate strawberry one looked like something to try making, down the road. Nom nom nom.)

Date: 2010-03-14 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scintilla10.livejournal.com
Oh wow, that sounds delicious! At first I thought you were going to bake the squash first (as I've done when making pumpkin muffins in the past), but grating sounds intriguing! I hope you tell us how they turn out. :)

Date: 2010-03-15 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akeyoftime.livejournal.com
I'll be making a post; I took pictures and everything!

I take it your pureed the pumpkins before putting them into the batter? This recipe might have worked just as well if I'd done it that way, but it might also have unbalanced the liquid-to-solid ratio.

Date: 2010-03-16 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scintilla10.livejournal.com
Hee! Yay!

Oh no, I just meant I saw your cut-tag advertising (heh) squash cupcakes and that's what I was imagining! I've never tried grating before. But it sounds delicious and is giving me all kinds of ~ideas. *g*

Date: 2010-03-16 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akeyoftime.livejournal.com
I'd recommend less sweetener with things like squash and dates in the cake! It doesn't need it quite as much because they're already so sweet :)

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