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Sweet Pea Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Frosting

Total Time: 80 min      Prep: 33 in      Cook: 17 min    Serves: 12
Difficulty: Moderate
 Ingredients
  • 4 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 1 cup(s) white all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, fine variety
  • 2 cup(s) uncooked peas, fresh English variety (or a 10 oz bag frozen English peas)
  • 1/4 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 3 large egg(s), separated
  • 1 cup(s) sugar, divided
  • 2 large egg white(s)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt, fine variety

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a regular-size muffin tin with cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt; set aside.

Place peas in a microwavable container; cook on HIGH until just tender, about 3 minutes (will vary depending on strength of your microwave). Drain peas; rinse under cold running water. Drain again; transfer to the jar of a blender. Add applesauce, lemon zest and egg yolks; puree mixture until completely smooth, about 90 seconds.

In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk three egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Increase speed to medium-high; gradually add 1/2 c sugar, whisking until stiff, glossy peaks form.

Pour pureed pea mixture over whipped whites; fold together as gently as possible with a wooden spoon. Sift reserved flour mixture over pea mixture; mix together as gently as possible. Evenly divide batter among prepared muffin holes. Bake until cupcakes pull away from sides of pan, about 17 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, to make frosting while cupcakes are baking, clean mixing bowl. Place two egg whites, remaining 1/2 c sugar and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer; set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, about 2 minutes.

Transfer bowl with frosting to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5-7 minutes. Add vanilla and pinch salt; mix until combined.

Decorate each cupcake with about 2 Tbsp frosting using an offset spatula or use a piping bag.

Serving size: 1 cupcake

Notes: For a pretty presentation, serve with sliced strawberries and fresh mint. Or topped with pea tendrils.