Effort to Deliciousness. She chose the Strawberry-Ruby Grapefruit Preserves. I had originally thought about skipping this week's SMS due to the fact that I have no means of putting these preserves in jars or things like that. But, then I thought about baking. I bake for a reason. I do it not only because I enjoy baking, but I like challenging myself. I joined SMS and Daring Bakers for a reason - this was to challenge my own ability to bake and create something.
So onward with the preserves. I was debating whether or not just to make the preserves or in something else. I was looking through my LONG list of items that I wanted to make and came across one that said "Strawberry Jelly Cupcakes". Jelly, preserves...they're similar, so I made the cupcake similar to the one in the Strawberry Jelly Cupcake. (So number 7 out of 10!)
After slaving away for hours, the cupcakes and the preserves actually turned out really nice. I actually only made 1/4 of the preserves and they fit perfectly into my 24 cupcakes. Topped these off with some colored buttercream [that I used for the harry potter cupcakes].
These actually turned out to be very popular. Apparently this is one of my friend's new favorites. What I have realized is that each one of my friends has a favorite. The ones that have my cupcakes the most definitely know which ones they'll want for their birthdays which reminds me that I need to start finding various things for various people's birthday and special events.
The preserves itself was not as tangy as I thought it would have been, but then again, most people don't really like too much grapefruit, but it was good regardless. I enjoyed it and I'm happy that my friends did too!
Make sure to check out what other SMS's have done with their preserves!
recipe for the cupcakes here [its on the lower half of the post]. recipe for the preserves here.