Friday, December 30, 2011

Bye Bye 2011.. Welcome 2012 - Eggless Dates Cake

What an year.. with so many highs and lows.. and even through I have not blogged as much as I wanted.. I am happy that I could make time to pursue this passion of mine. A big thanks to my family for being there and becoming guinea pigs for all my kitchen disasters. I love you all :)

Here I am back today with another Cake recipe. I told you baking is addictive :)

My brother had got a big box full of dates when he came from Dubai this time. 7 different varieties of dates in one box. I did not even know there were that many different varieties!!

Anyway I started surfing the net in search of a good Dates cake recipe. I was not sure on the proportion of sugar and dates so wanted something fool proof and eggless and landed here.

I made a few modifications to the recipe

You need:
Dates - 18 deseeded
Milk - 0.75 cup
Sugar - 0.5 cup + 2 tbsp
Allpurpose Flour - 1 cup
Curd - 0.25 cup
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Almonds - 1 tbsp sliced thin

Soak the dates in boiling milk til it becomes soft
Grind the dates + milk + sugar into fine paste
Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C
Grease the cake tin
Sift the flour and baking powder
Fold in the paste slowly
Fold in the chopped Almonds
Pour into the greased tin and bake for 30-35 mins or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
Cool it for 15 mins and then remove from the tin
Allow it to cool for another 30 mins

I sprinked powdered sugar on top :)

Here are couple of my favorite recipes that I did this year.

I am sending this to the Virtual Party 2012 hosted by Lora and Sanjeeta KK

Monday, December 26, 2011

Eggless Chocolate Banana Bread

Baking is addicting :) Believe me it is a huge stress buster and when you have appreciative audience ready to finish off and praise what comes out of the oven...

I have fallen in love with the smell of banana bread. The bread came out well, moist in the centre. I did not had any nuts to add to the recipe, after tasting it felt nuts would have made it much better :)

You need:
Dry Ingredients:
All purpose flour - 1.75 cups
Unsweetened Cocco powder - 0.25 cup (I used regular)
Sugar granulated - 0.75 cup
Baking powder - 1.5 tsp
Baking soda - 0.5 tsp
Salt - 0.25 tsp
Unsweetened chocolate chips - 0.25 cup

Wet Ingredients:
Curd - 0.25 cup
Butter unsalted - 0.5 cup (measured, melted and cooled)
Ripe Banana Mashed - 1.75 cup
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp


Preheat oven to 350F/180C
Grease a loaf pan
In a bowl mix in the dry indgredients
In another bowl mix the wet ingredients
Fold in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
Fold in the chocolate chips
The mixture would be very thick and just scrape this into the greased pan
Bake for 50 -55 mins or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
Take the pan out and let it cool on a wire rack for 15 mins

I am sending this to Bake fest 2 hosted by Sangee (initially started by Vardhini), to New Year New Dish hosted by Nupur and Serve - it series by Krithi (& Denny)


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eggless Apple Cake

I wanted to try out the Banana muffins that we did in my baking class after seeing the post from Radhika, followed it and landed at Madhuram's eggless cooking site. Saw the Vegan Cocoa Apple Cake Recipe and A is going through the "I don't want Banana. .I want apple" line decided to make apple cake.

I did not want to use cocoa and have stuck with All Purpose flour so here is my version of it.

You Need:

All Purpose flour - 1.5 cups
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 0.5 tsp
Powdered Sugar - 0.75 cup
Water - 1 cup
Apple Puree - 0.25 cup
Peeled, cored and diced apple - 0.75 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Lemon Juice Freshly squeezed - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp ( used refined cooking oil)

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
Lightly grease and line the cake tin with parchment paper
Sift the flour, soda and salt
Mix in the powdered sugar ensuring there are no lumps
In another bowl, mix the apple puree, water, vanilla extract, lemon juice and oil
Pour this onto the dry ingredients
Mix gently
Fold in the diced apple
Pour into the greased tin
Bake for ~ 40 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean
Take the tin out of the oven and allow it to rest for about 20 mins
Remove the cake from the tin and allow it it rest on the wire rack for another 30 mins

We finished off half of the cake as soon as the waiting period was over. It was soft, moist in the centre and yummmmmm

The other half which we had in the evening tasted better. Lesson Learnt - This cake tastes better if you eat it 4 - 5 hrs after it has been made :)

I am sending this to Bake fest 2 hosted by Sangee (initially started by Vardhini), to New Year New Dish hosted by Nupur and Serve - it series by Krithi (& Denny)


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Braided Aloo Bun

Looks like the "Baking Bug" has bitten everyone :) I saw a vada pav post by Radhika earlier today.. and I am sailing on the same boat as her.. Yippeee I got it right this time :)

The bun turned out soft, masala was on the spot and all in all it got over :)

You Need:
All purpose flour - 3 cups

Vital wheat gluten - 2 tbsp
Dry Yeast - 2.5 tsp
Luke warm water - 1/2 cup
Luke warm Milk - 1/2 cup
Butter - 4 tbsp at room temperature
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Salt - 2 tsp

For the stuffing:
Potato - 2 medium boiled and mashed
Onion - 2 medium finely chopped
Green chillis - 2 (Optional)
Garam Masala Powder, Red chilli powder - 1 tsp each
Mustard for tadka - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp for Tadka
Lemon Juice - 1tsp , Chopped Coriander leaves - finely chopped 1 tbsp for Garnish
Salt for taste

Prepare the stuffing:
Heat oil in a pan
Add mustard, when it starts making sound add in the onion and chopped green chillis.
Fry till onion turn slightly pink.
Add in the dry masala and salt and fry for few seconds
Add 2 tbsp water and mix well
Add in mashed potato and mix well
Cook on low flame till water evaporates (2 - 3 mins)
Remove from flame add in lemon and chopped coriander leaves.
Once the mixture is cold make lemon sized balls and keep aside

Now for the Buns:
In a large bowl add in luke warm water, yeast, sugar and half of the salt
Allow it to froth for about 10 mins. If there is no froth then discard the mixture and start again
In the mean time mix the flour, salt and gluten on the kneading surface
Make a well and add in the yeast mixture, add in the melted butter and milk slowly to make a soft dough
Knead well for 10 - 15 mins  (I used the stand mixer, dumped in the dough and ran for 7 mins)

Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 - 1.5 hrs. The dough needs to double in size
Take the Dough and beat it to remove the air
Make into 12 balls and let it sit covered for another 15 mins.
Roll out the dough into 6" diameter circle, place the potato mixture in the centre (on the diameter)
Make cuts on the circle as shown in the figure below

Place the flaps on the potato mixture as per the numbering shown
Once done, let the bun rest for 15 mins

Preheat the over to 180 deg C
Bake the buns for 25 - 30 mins
Keep an eye on the buns as the time would depend on the size of the buns and the oven you are using
When done, remove from the oven and let it cool on the wire rack for 15 - 20 mins

I also made a batch of simple Potato buns. I brushed the top of the buns with olive oil + milk mixture (equal proportions) before baking the bun in the oven. I got a better shade on this one :) A got her own Jam stuffed bun :)

This is off to Radhika's Baked Goodies, Kriti's Breakfast Club: Because breakfast should be more interesting than tea & toast or coffee & cereal (Helen's Original Eventand to Srav’s Holiday Baking


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Orange Cupcake with chocolate chips

I attended this awesome Basic Baking Workshop last weekend. And what an eye opener it was :) Thanks a lot Madhuri for the tips and tricks and bags full of confidence..

I am in the process of trying out the recipes we did in the class. The tea cakes and the chocolate cake got over before I could get my camera out...hahaha

Today took the picture first before plating the cakes. The plate was empty in 5 mins and my MIL said.. "Hmmm innondu tinbahudithalva" :)))

Paneer Fried Rice

Getting into the recipe without much ado today - here is a quick and easy recipe of Paneer Fried Rice (R's favourite Version)

You need:

Rice - 1 cup
Onion - 1 cup finely chopped
Paneer - cubed into 0.5" pieces
Red chilli flakes - 1 tbsp (I used the ones you get from Pizza Hut)
Chinese 5 spices powder - 1 tbsp
Pepper corns - 5
Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1" piece
Ghee / Oil - 1tbsp

Heat 1/2 tbsp Ghee/ oil in a pan
Add pepper corn, cardamom, cinnamon and onion and fry till onion turns pale pink
Add in the rice and fry for 2-3 mins on medium flame
Add in 2.5 - 3 cups of water and cook for 3 whistles
Once the rice is done and the pressure goes off, spread it out in a pan and leave it till it is completely cold

In a Wok, heat the remaining oil / ghee. Add in the cubes paneer and fry for a couple of mins till the paneer turns golden
Remove the paneer and add in the onions and fry till onions turns slightly brown.
Add in the chilli flakes, salt and chinese powder spices
Fry on medium flame for another min taking care not to burn the spices :)
Add in the paneer and Rice and mix well.
Cook covered on low flame for another 10 mins
Serve Hot