Spiced Apple Muffin

In India, monsoon season is welcomed with something fried and something chatpata accompanied with a hot cup of tea (or like in my case coffee :P) , and .. It’s like a natural instinct for me..whenever the rain starts, my mind starts thinking of having those crispy onion and potato pakodas with chatpati pudhina chutney…Ohh!! my love for the green chutney..!!!

Oh well, before I get engrossed in my thoughts of having pudhina chutney and end up making one.. Let me tell you what this post is all about..

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Well this post is not about pakodas or green pudhina chutney or a cup of coffee, this is about my want to have something different also.. (Though I would never give the chance of having those fried crispy finger food in rainy season).I wanted to bake something that can also go great with the season.

Spiced apple muffins are the perfect choice for the season. It has a little spiciness with clove and dalchini(cinnamon) and the freshness of apple, and on the top of it, the whole wheat flour makes it healthy too 🙂 .It’s one of those food with that I can imagine myself sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and enjoying the rain with this muffin.

Let’s have a little change in the monsoon menu this rainy season with this spiced apple muffin  🙂

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Recipe for Spiced Apple Muffin-

  • Ingredients :
  • ½ tin or 200 gm of condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 crushed cloves
  • ½ cup of oil
  • ½ tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 small apple – chopped in small pieces.

Method :

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F or 180 degree C for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, sift flour with baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder.
  3. Beat condensed milk with sugar. Add vanilla essence and oil and beat again.
  4. Add crushed cloves.
  5. Add the dry ingredients (the flour mixture) and gently fold the mixture with a spatula.
  6. Sprinkle a tbsp of flour on the chopped apple and fold it into the batter.
  7. Grease the muffin tray or you can also use paper cups with the muffin tray.
  8. Fill each cup with about ¾ only.
  9. Bake them for 20-25 minutes. Check a muffin by inserting a toothpick in the center . If toothpick comes out clean then they are ready.

Do try them and share your experience :)

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Eggless Chocolate Cake with whole wheat flour

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It was my parent’s 29 marriage anniversary some months back and I had planned to make a cake to celebrate the occasion. So, this cake is very special to me ,as first it was made as one of my gifts for Mom and Dad and secondly ,it was my first cake with icing.

So, the preparation began on full swing and for the complete week I went through various blogs, YouTube videos to get ideas for icing along with chocolate decorations. After completing my “research”  😛 , I was full on ready to make the cake.

So, after coming from office on Friday, I got all my ingredients for the cake and after the quick mixing set it in the oven for baking. Now came the hard part, the icing. As it was my first attempt I decided on thick chocolate ganache icing along with some chocolate decorations. For chocolate decorations, I made squares of white and dark chocolate designs and cut out some hearts with dark chocolate and wrote 29 on them. As I made all this in hurry on Saturday morning(The D-Day) I couldn’t take the pictures of the making of chocolate decorations, but I will try put the procedure of the same very soon.

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Recipe for the Egg-less Chocolate Cake –

Ingredients for Chocolate cake :

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
  • 2 tbsp of cocco powder.
  • 1 tsp of baking powder.
  • ½ tsp of baking soda.
  • ¾ cup of condensed milk.
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence.
  • ½ cup of water.

Method –

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F or 180 degree C for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Grease a round cake pan well with butter or oil.
  3. Take dry ingredients (Whole wheat flour, cocco powder, baking soda, baking powder) in a bowl.Mix them well till they get incorporated.
  4. In another bowl take melted butter and /add condensed milk. Beat it well.
  5. Add water and vanilla essence  Whisk it well.
  6. Add dry flour mixture to wet mixture.
  7. Whisk well and make sure there are no lumps.
  8. Pour the batter into prepared cake pan.
  9. Bake into pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes. Check the cake by inserting a toothpick in the center . If toothpick comes out clean then cake is ready.
  10. Let the cake cool on the rack. After the cake is cooled , keep it in the fridge overnight. Cake should be completely cooled before icing.

I completed the cake with chocolate ganache icing and some chocolate decorations..

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Any bakes or dishes close to your heart.. ? Please do share .. 😀

 

Eggless Upside Down Pineapple Cake

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Last week was just another one of the many monotonous and tedious weeks that I have been experiencing from the last 3 months.. From the last 3 months, I have been working whole week.. be it a weekday or weekend.. As for most of the people, I love weekends, and not getting my dose of these two free days to forget the tensions of the job, to remove all the fatigue of the week, meet my friends was driving me insane..

One thing that got affected the most during this time is my new blog.. Cooking is one thing I can’t leave , I did make new things every weekends these last months, may be a new drink.. or just helped out mum in the kitchen.. It helped me relieve the stress and get started for the new week.. But I was not able to give time to write the recipes, to share out my experiences..which I am not proud of.. so, today when I got a free day, I promised myself that I will try out a new recipe and post it on the blog. Also, no more neglecting my blog , no matter how busy I am I will try to find time for blogging too.. 🙂

Well , to celebrate my comeback and the promises I made the eggless pineapple upside down cake, hope you all will like it..

Recipe for Eggless Pineapple Upside Down Cake –

  • Flour/maida – 1 ¼ cups
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Butter – ½ cup
  • Milkmaid – ½ tin
  • Fresh pineapple juice – ½ to ¾ cup,as required
  • Fresh pineapple slices – 5-7
  • Raisins – to fill between the circles in the pineapple slices.
  • Sugar – 3-4 tbsps,for making the caramel

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F or 180 degree C for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Grease a round cake pan well with butter or oil.
  3. Add sugar in a pan and stir it continuously on high flame till sugar starts melting.Once , the sugar starts melting reduce the flame and keep stirring till it turns brown. Pour and spread this caramel sauce on the greased cake pan.
  4. Arrange the pineapple slices as shown in the picture or any way you like. I added some raisins in the circles in the slices.IMG_5354
  5. Take dry ingredients (maida, baking soda, baking powder) in a bowl. Mix them well till they get incorporated.
  6. In another bowl take butter at room temperature and beat it, add condensed milk. Beat them well together.
  7. Add pineapple juice. Whisk it well.
  8. Add dry flour mixture to wet mixture.
  9. Mix well and make sure there are no lumps.
  10. Pour the batter into prepared cake pan.IMG_5360
  11. Bake into pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes. Check the cake by inserting a toothpick in the centre. If toothpick comes out clean then cake is ready.

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Enjoy the delicious bake .. 🙂

Note: I have followed the recipe from the blog http://www.divyascookbook.com/. I have made some changes in the recipe.

  • I have used fresh pineapple juice instead of milk and pineapple essence.
  • Instead of cherries, I used dried raisins in my cake.. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Vanilla Checkerboard cake – Republic Day Special :)

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26 January 2015 , India celebrates its 66th Republic Day..Every Indian celebrates the day with great enthusiasm and patriotism .Being brought up in a family of military officers (my grandpa and uncle both served for Army),this day holds a lot of excitement for us..Every year, we all wake up early and have breakfast watching the Republic Day parade.. Till 12 , all of us always remain glued to the TV , feeling a sense of pride with every marching platoon, beautiful jhankis and dances that are performed at Vijay Chowk, New Delhi. 

This year was no different..Around 11 mum served some fried chips with coffee. There was something special about those fried chips that made me want to make this cake.. Guess what?? Well , they were tricolor chips ..

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After having those chips , I decided on making a tricolor checkerboard cake.. with saffron(orange), white(plain)  and green vanilla cakes to celebrate our Republic Day.. 🙂

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For cake:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of maida
  • 1 cup of full cream milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp of oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Food color (orange and green color)

Method:

  1. Sieve maida, baking powder, baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Add the sugar in the milk and mix well.
  3. Add the dry mixture in the milk mixture, combine everything to make sure there are no lumps of any dry ingredient.
  4. Add vanilla extract and oil and again mix well.
  5. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice and mix everything well.
  6. Divide the batter into three parts. Add green food color to one part and orange color to the second.(No color is required for the third)
  7. Grease the microwave safe dish with oil and pour anyone of the batter in it. Keep it in microwave at 720W (80% power setting) for about 4 minutes.
  8. Cool the first cake and put the second one in the microwave. 
  9. After making the three cakes, reassemble the cake.

For the chocolate ganache:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of Heavy cream

Method:

  1. Pour the cream into a small pan and place it over medium-low heat for a few minutes. Keep an eye on the cream , it’s not necessary to boil or simmer it. It just needs to get hot. The cream is ready when you can place a finger in the cream and keep it there for 3 to 4 seconds. 
  2. Chop the chocolate in small pieces and add the chocolate in the cream. Stir the chocolate through the cream and let it sit for a few minutes 
  3. Mix the ganache and keep stirring untill it comes together.
  4. Cool the ganache before using.

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Assembly of cake:

  1. Cut each cake into three circular parts. I used a cookie cutter for the centre part (smallest one) and a small plate for the medium one.
  2. After getting all the three parts for each cake ,start with the assembling. Place the outer circular part(largest part) green color cake first and layer with chocolate ganache in the insides of the cake. Place the second piece of the white color cake and again layer the inside of the white cake with chocolate ganache. Now, place the third and smallest piece of orange color cake in the centre. Layer the whole top of the cake with chocolate ganache.
  3. Swap the cut outs between the layers.Pile the cake one on top of the other, alternating the colors.
  4. Make sure to add frosting between the layer ..
  5. Layer the cake with chocolate ganache in the end.
  6. Slice the cake and serve 🙂

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Granola oats bars

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Waking up at 6 to catch office bus in this cold and chilly weather is like a curse..and what makes it more worse is when you have to leave home without breakfast because empty stomach and sleepy eyes leaves me irritated whole morning.. 😦

So, this weekend I decided to prepare some ready to take, healthy and nutritious breakfast… I was thinking about something that I can easily carry and is also very filling and can help me survive the morning till I have my 11 o’clock coffee.. Granola oats bars are perfect for this, made with oats, dry fruits and honey, they not only make a healthy and tasty breakfast, but also a perfect snack for evening tea time..They also make a really good snack for campers and hikers as they are lightweight and healthy. 🙂

Recipe for granola bars:

Ingredients-

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup sliced cashew nuts
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Method-

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Butter a baking dish and line it with butter paper(I didn’t use butter paper in mine and found it a little difficult to take out the bars, so I would suggest don’t  miss to use butter paper :)).
  2. In the pan, toss the oats, almonds, cashew nuts and coconut together on the medium flame, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned (& a great aroma of coconut fills the kitchen :))aprox for 7-10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.DSC_0446
  3. In another pan, add butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates and mix well.(if you feel that the sauce is little less, add 1 or 2 tbsp. of honey)DSC_0449
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until light golden brown. DSC_0451
  5. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.Store them in a air tight container.

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Since,my brother was on the visit home, I packed some for him too.. 😀

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 Note: You can also add chocolate chips , dried cranberries or any types of dry fruits you like.. 🙂

Baked Donuts..

Another cold and foggy morning & the soft sheets felt soo good and warm compared to the cloudy glass of the window above my head,announcing that a heavy and cold weather was dispersing through the city.. If it would have any other day I would have gone back to sleep till my Dad brings me a hot cup of green tea.. But today is Chirstmas.. a festival that brings joy and happiness.. and most importantly awesome breakfast.. 🙂

Christmas breakfast has to be special..and this time I promised my family that I will make breakfast on this Christmas So,I tried to gear myself up and started my work from 7 am in the morning… and decided to make baked donuts with chocolate glazing..

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Recipe for Donuts with Chocolate glazing-

Ingredients:

For the Donut Dough:

  • 3 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dried yeast
  • 2 tablespoons  butter,
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 1/3 cup  water
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup dark choco chips
  • 1/4 cup milk

For white chocolate glaze:

  • 1/2 cup white choco chips
  • 1/8 cup milk

Method:

  1. For the dough :In a small bowl, add yeast and a tablespoon of sugar and warm water and let it rise to for 10 minutes. After the yeast has risen,Mix the flour ,sugar,yeast mixture together in a standing mixer fitted with dough hook. Add salt and mix well.
  2. In a measuring jug, heat together the milk and butter and heat until luke warm, and the butter is melted. Stir in the vanilla essence.
  3. Keep stirring the flour mixture and slowly add the milk mixture.
  4. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is shiny and smooth, 6-8 minutes. The dough is supposed to be saggy and on the wet side
  5. Rub your mixing bowl with vegetable oil . Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat lightly.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap tight and let the dough rise until doubled, 1 ½ -2 hours.
  7. Once it has risen, turn out the fluffy dough onto a floured work surface.
  8. Roll out to ½ “ thick
  9. Using a round cutter cut of your donuts circles. Dust your cutter in flour so it doesn’t stick to the dough. Then cut out the donut hole with a much smaller cutter.
  10. TIP: You can prepare the donuts to this stage and put in the refrigerator until the next day. When needed, take out and let me come to room temp and rise a little (roughly 30 minutes) and then bake off as instructed below. Fresh donuts for breakfast.
  11. Cover your donuts with cling film and let them rise at room temp for 20-30 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven at 190 degree Celsius
  13. Unwrap the donuts. Brush the very top (not the sides) with melted butter. Sprinkle the tray with 2 tblsp of water.
  14. Bake for 15 minutes.

    Donuts just out of oven, ready for glazing..

    Donuts just out of oven, ready for glazing..

For chocolate glazing:

  1. Add dark choco chips and milk in a bowl and place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds at 540 Watt. Take it out and mix well.Keep it again,if the chocolate is not completely melted.

For White chocolate glazing:

  1. Add white choco chips and milk in a bowl and place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds at 540 Watt. Take it out and mix well.Keep it again,if the chocolate is not completely melted.
  2. Fill the white chocolate mixture in a piping bag to make patterns on the donuts.. 🙂

Glazing the donuts:

  1. Take you donuts straight from the oven and dunk into the chocolate glaze one by one. Dip each in the bowl of glaze with forks. Let the excess glaze drip off before and then place on a wire rack to dry.
  2. Make different types of pattern on the donuts using the white chocolate glazing..or put sprinkles on the chocolate glazing and enjoy.. 🙂

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Have leftovers ? Pop them in the oven and refresh them for a few minutes. the glaze might melt but they will be warm and fresh again…

 

Eggless Tutty-Fruity & Dates Cake.. – Christmas Special..

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh……….. Merry Christmas everyone.. 🙂 I woke up today morning listening to the jingle bells songs.. Christmas,or the Big Day is one of my favourite festival..as not only it comes during the winter breaks but also because Christmas meant baking yum fruit cake.. IMG_20141225_131856 I wanted this Christmas to be both yummy and healthy , so decided on making a cake with whole wheat flour and lots & lots of tutty fruity and chopped dates.. The cake turned out yummy and everyone in my family loved it.. Recipe for Tutty-Fruity Whole wheat cake with chopped dates- Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour (Maida)
  • 3 tablespoons Corn flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick), melted and cooled Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons Sweeten condensed milk
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon White vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup tutty fruity
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates.

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F or 180 degree C for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Grease a round cake pan well with butter or oil.
  3. Take dry ingredients (Whole wheat flour, corn flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, tutty-fruity , dates) in a bowl.Mix them well till they get incorporated.

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    Mix together all dry ingredients

  4. In another bowl take melted butter. (Skip the salt if using salted butter) add condensed milk. Beat it well.

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    Beat Condensed milk and butter together.

  5. Add water, vanilla essence and vinegar. Whisk it well.
  6. Add dry flour mixture to wet mixture.

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    Mix dry mixture into the wet mixture

  7. Whisk well and make sure there are no lumps.
  8. Pour the batter into prepared cake pan.

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    Cake mixture ready to go in oven 🙂

  9. Bake into pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes. Check the cake by inserting a toothpick in the center . If toothpick comes out clean then cake is ready.

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