December 12th, 2007

frozen unpitted cherries

I froze a whole bunch of unpitted cherries. I want to use them up for either cherry preserves or pie filling. Should I thaw them, then pit and cook them? Or would it be okay to cook them up and then remove the pits?

The recipe for the cherry preserves is very basic: some cherries, sugar and orange juice cooked till it reaches the correct consistency. Any ideas on how to make it yummier?

Baking advice

Two questions;

ONE: I received Vegan Cupcakes take Over the World as a gift recently, and am wanting to make some of the delicious little morsels but i live in Australia and as far as i'm aware we do not have vegetable shortening, which they use in most of the frosting recipes. Would i be able to just substitute margarine (which is already supposed to be in the frosting, alongside the shortening)? I have been informed that we do have vege shortening here, we just call it copha, which i'd always though wasn't a vegan product. Thanks for all the help so far guys, i love this community :).

TWO: Am wanting to make some vegan treats to impress someone, but they will probably have to last through a gig (not necessarily in the mosh pit, just sayin' they won't get to the person fresh). Was thinking of making some cupcakes, but my book is at home and i'm not, plus i only have a teeny tiny campervan oven and am not sure how my baking would go, and if anything bigger than mini muffins would fit (I made a loaf of bread in there and it turned out fine but it only just fit in the oven). I could use my neighbours oven but won't have time for a trial run then...So i am considering making carob nut balls - http://franlife.blogspot.com/2007/12/recipe-carob-nut-balls.html with the chocolate coating variation rather than carob.

So advice or suggestions for either situation would be great, thanks in advance :).

Question on how long cupcakes will last

So I usually bake a lot, but eat the baked good relatively quickly (within a day or two-they are usually so yummy they do not last long-plus I like to share with everyone I know :). I am planning a very large holiday get together with my fiends next Friday and am going to make like 7 different kinds of cupcakes from VCTOTW. How long do you think they will last? I want to start baking earlier in the week, and then frost them the night before, but we always eat them so quickly I have no idea how long they will keep! And I want them all to still be good when Friday rolls around. Thanks for any advice!