Sometimes I have frosting for dinner.
Maybe with a glass of milk.
Sometimes I overdo it. What can I say, my intentions are good, I’m just overly diligent in my taste-testing and when I like something I make, I indulge.
It’s an accident. Or, more like an occupational (hobbyational?) hazard. I mean, don’t you think it’d be irresponsible of me to put gross-tasting frosting on a batch of cupcakes I’m making for someone else? It is necessary to taste-test my product.
Last Friday was one of those accidental over indulgences. I made this simple peanut butter frosting for my Aunt’s banana cupcakes. I wanted it to be light-ish, not too buttery, not too sweet, and very peanut-buttery.
Would you believe I measured stuff and wrote. it. down.??? I did. 😀
Perfect Peanut Butter Frosting.
1 stick of room temperature butter creamed in mixing bowl on medium for about 2 minutes, until light & fluffy;
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Jif) creamed into the butter for one minute or so;
2 cups powdered sugar (I did NOT bother sifting – tsk, tsk – I know) added to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time;
2-3 Tablespoons milk added right after the last installment of sugar, on low speed until no longer splashy, then mixed on medium for about 3 minutes;
Dash of salt added at the end (or two dashes if you use unsalted butter).
AND I should have added some vanilla, but don’t think I did. Next time I will. About a teaspoon.
Drizzled with chocolate ganache, just because. (1/4 cup or so Nestles semi-sweet chocolate chips + tablespoon milk, slowly melted in microwave & wisked til shiny & smooth).
SO, because I had frosting for dinner (WAY too much of it, too, with chocolate ganache on the side) and still had to feed the husband (who ALSO ate way too much frosting & ganache but was still hungry), I made this lovely creation:
Inspired by several Greek colleagues, I added some dried oregano, coarse black pepper and garlic powder to the butter I melted in the microwave whilst popping the popcorn (on the stove in Omega-3 vegetable oil in a giant pot – not air-popped). I poured on the savory butter then sprinkled on some giant parmesan cheese flakes and a little salt. Mmmm…. this was spectacular.
The accompanying cocktail (Bacardi white rum, lime & tonic with fresh mint) was serendipitous.
So, frosting for dinner, popcorn & rum for dessert. Balanced meal, maybe not, but it was certainly a fun Friday!