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Kesari Angoori Rasmalai

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Kesari Angoori Rasmalai
Kesari Angoori Rasmalai

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Look at the gorgeous Golden yellow color
Look at the gorgeous Golden yellow color

Hi Friends,

As I had announced on November 30 regarding my participation in the Food Advent Calendar Event 2017, today I am back with my chosen recipe on my assigned date :). When I got this opportunity for Advent Calendar & I had to choose a spice which I would be using – I immediately chose Saffron aka Kesar & the cuisine as desserts because I love trying different desserts at home.

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Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the “saffron crocus”. The vivid crimson stigmas and styles, called threads, are collected and dried to be used mainly as a seasoning and coloring agent in food. Saffron has a long history of use in traditional medicine. Saffron has also been used as a fabric dye, particularly in China and India, and in perfumery. It is used for religious purposes in India. As a spice, Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. A pinch of the spice can be added to soups, stews, risotto and rice dishes, as well as to any tomato-based sauce. Saffron is considered an especially good addition to seafood dishes, such as paella and bouillabaisse. Saffron is used in dishes ranging from the jeweled rice and khoresh of Iran, the Milanese risotto of Italy, the paella of Spain, the bouillabaisse of France, to the biryani with various meat accompaniments in South Asia. One of the most esteemed uses for saffron is in the preparation of the Golden Ham, a precious dry-cured ham made with saffron from San Gimignano.

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Saffron has a very unique, rich & delicate flavor and it is used extensively in Indian desserts. It lends a beautiful luminous yellow-orange color to the desserts specially the milk based desserts. Saffron is widely used in Persian, Indian, European, and Arab cuisines. I personally love to add saffron in my desserts because it makes even a simple dessert look gorgeous & festive.

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For this Event, I chose one of my favorite Indian desserts – Angoori Rasmalai; and gave it a saffron-y taste and color. Soft and spongy small cottage cheese dumplings dunked in creamy saffron flavored thickened milk, garnished with dry fruit slivers and saffron strands is apt to be included in the Event. For this rasmalai, I used store bought small sized rasgullas instead of homemade ones. These are easily available at any sweets shop in Delhi. This is a super quick method to make homemade rasmalai & enjoy this delicious dessert in no time. This super simple hack procedure was shared on Facebook by a very dear friend and an amazing cook, Renu Kochhar Nagrath of Renu’s Kitchen Delights fame. I adapted her recipe & tweaked it a bit to make the rasmalai creamier & saffron-y in taste.

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See the sponginess.. Yumm..!!
See the sponginess.. Yumm..!!

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Do try this Angoori rasmalai; and for the recipe, you’ll need:

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Preparation Time: 10 mins.

Cooking Time: 30 – 40 mins.

Passive Chilling Time: 6 – 8 hours

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms small sized rasgullas (I used market-bought, available at any sweet shop)
  • 1/2 litre full cream milk
  • 2-3 pieces of saffron/kesar barfi (I used market-bought, available at any sweet shop)
  • A good big pinch of saffron soaked in warm milk
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder
  • A few slivers of almonds
  • A few unsalted pistachios, coarsely shopped

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Preparation Method:

  1. Grate saffron barfi and keep aside. Boil milk in a heavy bottomed pan on medium to low flame for 10 mins.
  2. Once the milk boils, add the grated barfi in milk, mix well and boil further till it reduces to 2/3rd of its quantity. Leave the milk to cool a bit.
  3. When the milk is still warm but not hot, add all the small sized rasgullas in it and leave them covered for at least 10 minutes. During this time, the rasgullas will absorb the milk and become soft.
  4. After 10-15 mins, squeeze the rasgullas and transfer in the serving dish. This step is done to release all the extra sweetness out of them into the milk as we have not added any sugar in the milk.
  5. Do the taste test at this step to check the sweetness in the milk as per your preference. In case you want, you may add a bit of sugar as per your taste preference. I didn’t feel the need to add more sugar as the sugar from barfi & rasgullas were sufficient as per our preference.
  6. Now, add the saffron milk and cardamom powder in the sweetened milk and mix well. The color of the milk will turn golden yellow as soon as you add saffron milk.
  7. Finally, pour the milk into the serving dish in which we have kept the squeezed rasgullas and make sure they soak properly in the milk.
  8. Garnish with a few more saffron strands, almond slivers and chopped pistachios. Chill in the refrigerator for about 6 – 8 hours.
  9. Your perfect Angoori Rasmalai is ready to be served and enjoyed chilled.

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Source of Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron

https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/saffron.html

https://www.livestrong.com/article/402444-common-uses-saffron/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron_(use)

Thanks for reading..!!

Pineapple Upside Down Muffins

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Hi Everyone,

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Diwali is around the corner and festivities are on full swing in this part of of the world. I personally love this festive time as there are so many lights, sweets, delicacies, Diwali parties and brightness all around with just a little bit of cold nip in the air. Weather also favors us in the kitchen to cook all sorts of delicacies and sweets and carry on a few experiments in the kitchen.

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As I stated in the previous post, I had shortlisted Pineapple Upside Down Cake to bake for my hubby’s birthday, but this time since I was making Banoffee pie, he had asked me not to bake any cake for him. But me being me, my mind was stuck on  these cute looking muffins, the recipe of which I had already shortlisted this recipe on Pinterest, so I was finding reasons to try baking these upside down muffins. The original recipe had been tried by a lot of people and they had given amazing reviews for the same along with the picture of their baked muffins and they looked so heavenly for me to try them asap.

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And what better reason to try scrumptious desserts for this festive season. These cute and individual portion of Pineapple Upside Down Muffins are a perfect dessert option for your celebrations and Diwali parties. So, put on your baking cap and bake these yummy muffins with just a few ingredients at hand.

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This recipe would yield around 8-9 normal sized muffins, but since I wanted to bake all the batter in one go, I made 6 muffins and 1 mini teddy bear shaped cake.

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Ingredients:

For the Cake Batter:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup castor sugar
  • 4 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 6 pineapple rings (whole or trimmed to fit into the muffin tin)
  • 6 cherries

Preparation Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, and pineapple juice for 5 minutes
  3. In another small bowl, sieve together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with light hands and mix well till combined.
  5. In a small non-stick pan, melt together butter and brown sugar over low heat. Stir frequently until well combined.
  6. Grease the muffin tin and spoon brown sugar mixture evenly into the bottom of each section.
  7. Place a pineapple ring or pineapple tidbits into each section, pressing gently to fit. Then add a cherry to the center of each ring.
  8. Pour the cake batter into the muffin tin evenly and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then loosen with a butter knife along the edges.
  9. Place a piece of parchment paper or a cookie sheet on the counter, to catch any drips, and then invert the muffin tin onto a wire rack.
  10. Enjoy these delicious muffins.

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Wishing all my readers a very Happy and a Prosperous Diwali..!!

Thanks for reading..!!

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie..!!
Banoffee Pie..!!
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Hi Everyone..!!

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I am back with a very special post dedicated to the most special person in my life – my hubby, Luv. It was his birthday yesterday & I had been waiting for this day to try something new and blog about the same on the blog. Every year, I bake a different cake for him for his birthday celebrations; so as a ritual, I had to decide on the cake I wanted to bake for him. After going through the various saved recipes & browsing Pinterest, I decided on to bake Pineapple Upside Down Cake for him and asked for his approval. He immediately replied saying that this time, he does not want a cake but a Banoffee Pie on his birthday.

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Luv is really fond of Banoffee Pie & had been after me for ages to make one for him, and I was too lazy to try it and always avoided making it. He knew I could not say ‘No’ to him and his wish would be my command on his birthday. So, I geared up to try my hands in unexplored waters & fulfill his wish to have the pie on his special day. After surfing through the various recipes on BetterButter, I picked this one recipe by Plaza Premium Lounge & moved on to gather all the ingredients & was all set to make this beautiful pie for the love of my life. Since I was trying this pie for the first time, I halved the measurements mentioned in the original recipe. On seeing the Banoffee Pie at midnight for his cake cutting celebrations, he was all smiles and that happiness and sense of fulfillment was priceless for me.

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To my surprise, the Banoffee Pie was polished off amongst 5 people only in minutes after being cut; and the smile on my hubby’s face after tasting it was priceless. Banoffee pie looked absolutely stunning and tasted even better as per my hubby’s and family’s feedback. Luckily, 1 slice was left for me to click a picture for a sliced piece of the pie to put up on the blog.

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For making this pie, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • Butter – 50 gms, melted
  • Digestive Biscuits – 125 gms

For the caramel:

  • Butter – 50 gms
  • Brown Sugar – 50 gms
  • Condensed Milk – 200 gms

For assembling:

  • Bananas – 2 small
  • Whipping Cream – 100 ml (I used Silvermark Non-Dairy Whipping Cream)
  • Grated Chocolate for garnish – I used Toblerone Dark Chocolates for a mild bitterness to cut through the sweetness, you can use any.

Method:

  1. Crush the biscuits in a food processor and add melted butter in them and mix well.
  2. In a greased loose-bottomed cake tin or a pie mould, spoon the buttered crumbs into the base and about halfway up the sides of the tin to make a pie shell. Chill for 10 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a non-stick sauce pan on low heat, stirring continuously. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for a minute for a thick golden caramel.
  4. Pour the caramel evenly over the base and chill for about 1 hour, until firm.
  5. After 1 hour, remove the sides of the cake tin, lift the pie from the tin carefully and place on a serving plate.
  6. Slice the bananas thinly and put them onto the caramel layer of the pie.
  7. Whip the cream till stiff peaks and spread the cream over the banana layer of the pie.
  8. Garnish with grated chocolate and serve it chilled.
  9. Keep the pie out of the fridge for just a few minutes before serving to get perfect slices.

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Thanks for reading…!!!

 

Mango Semolina Cake

Hi Everyone,

Eggless Mango Semolina Cake
Eggless Mango Semolina Cake

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As you all know, I promised to share summer recipes over the coming few weeks, so today I am bringing you a recipe using the “King of Fruits” – Mango!!

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Mango can be used in variety of recipes like Mango yoghurt, Mango gelato, Mango phirni, Mango ice cream and many more. But today, I am sharing a unique cake recipe using Mango – “Mango Semolina Cake”. This cake is extremely soft & moist and simply melts in your mouth. Moreover, this cake is healthier as compared to the other cakes as it is made of semolina aka sooji and uses very less oil. Since this cake does not have refined flour, it is very good for kids as well.

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The recipe for this cake is taken from a dear friend Kaveri Obhan’s blog, “Pretty Little Things”. This cake is one of her most tried recipes. She shared this recipe last year on the Chef at Large group on Facebook and received tremendous appreciation. A lot of people tried this cake, including myself and were super happy with the outcome. This year, as the mango season stepped in, I decided to bake this cake again and it was loved by all in the family.

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The cake is extremely easy to make and requires simple ingredients which are readily available in your kitchen at all times, so you should not wait for long to try this cake. Just follow the recipe to the T and you will not be disappointed with the outcome.

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For making this beautiful scrumptious eggless cake, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 20 mins.
Baking Time: 35 – 40 mins.
Serves: 1 Loaf Cake

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of Semolina/Sooji
  • 1 cup Mango pulp
  • ¼ cup Neutral oil
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts of your choice for garnish (optional) (I used almonds & pistachios)
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Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix the semolina with sugar, cardamom and baking powder.
  3. Next, add oil and mix well. Finally add the mango pulp and mix again. Let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes so that sooji absorbs the mango pulp and the batter gets little thick.
  4. Pour the batter in a greased cake tin and garnish with nuts of your choice.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Keep a close watch after 25 minutes, if it starts browning too quickly, lower the temperature a bit or switch off the top element of the cake.
  6. Check with a toothpick in the center of the cake to see if properly baked. If it comes out clean then remove immediately. If it is kept for a longer time, the cake will develop a crust on the top.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then cut and serve.

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Notes:

  • The final color of your cake also depends on the quality of the mangoes used.
  • Ensure that the mango pulp is thick and not too watery, else you will need to keep the batter for a little longer till sooji absorbs the mango pulp and the batter gets little thick.
  • You can adjust the sugar in the cake depending upon the sweetness of the mangoes used.

 

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Thanks for reading…!!

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Luscious Dark Chocolate Ganache..!!
Luscious Dark Chocolate Ganache..!!

Hi Friends..!!

This post is in continuation of my previous post for Vanilla Malai Cake filled with luscious Dark Chocolate Ganache.

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Ganache is a simple concoction of cream and chocolate. The sweetness and bitterness of the ganache will totally be dependent on the chocolate you use and can easily be adapted to one’s own taste buds. Similarly, the consistency of the ganache can also be adjusted as per one’s liking and requirements.

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To make this luscious silky and shiny dark chocolate ganache, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams Amul Fresh Cream
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (I used 57% cocoa, Regal chocolates)
  • 3-4 tsp icing/castor sugar (optional, but I added)
  • 1/2 tbsp butter (optional, but I added)

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Preparation Method for the Ganache:

  1. In a big mixing bowl, chop the dark chocolate into small pieces so that it melts evenly. Add the butter on top.
  2. Heat the cream on the gas. Keep stirring and when it starts to simmer, immediately switch off the gas. Do not let the cream boil. You can heat the cream in microwave also in case you are comfortable. I was sceptical, so used the burner method.
  3. Pour the hot cream evenly over the chopped chocolate and butter and let it sit undisturbed for a few minutes.
  4. Now start mixing the chocolate and cream slowly with a whisk until it gets smooth and no more chocolate pieces are left.
  5. Add sugar and whisk it till smooth. Let the ganache cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  6. Use the ganache as desired. I used it to fill my Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake.

Notes:

  • I have taken 1:1 proportion for cream and chocolate as I did not want the ganache to be runny. In case you want it more thick and bitter, use 1:2 ratio for cream and chocolate; and in case you want it runny to drizzle on cakes, use 2:1 ratio for cream and chocolate.
  • I wanted to fill the cake, so kept the ganache to cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • The dark chocolate I used was a little bitter to our liking, so I added sugar to the ganache to sweeten it a bit. You can adjust the sugar as per your liking or simply avoid it if you like a bitter ganache.

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Ganache filled in between the layers..!!
Ganache filled in between the layers..!!

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Thanks for reading guys…!!

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake covered with luscious Dark CHocolate Ganache
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake covered with luscious Dark Chocolate Ganache
A perfect Flat top cake dusted with castor sugar..
A perfect Flat top cake dusted with castor sugar..
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Sponge Cake
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Sponge Cake
Vanilla Malai Sponge Cake
Vanilla Malai Sponge Cake
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Closer View of the Sponge
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More focused one… How moist it looks..!!
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A perfect cut slice with a thick layer of ganache inside..!
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What was left of the whole cake…!!

Hi friends,

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A perfect tea time sponge cake..!!

I know it has been quite long since I last posted but today, I have come up with my 1st Blogversary post. YES…!! It has already been a year since I started my blogging journey. APRIL 5 – the date on  which I did my first post- marks the first anniversary of my blog. Thank you everyone for all your love and support over the last year, and a heartfelt thank you to all those readers who tried my recipes and shared their feedback. Your support and encouragement is what keeps me motivated to share my tried recipes with you all.

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Now, coming on to the post, I thought a lot about what to post for the first anniversary of my blog and came out finally with this one. As you all know, my first blog post was about my brother’s birthday cake which I baked for him on April 1. So, exactly after a year, I thought what better would be than to share another cake recipe which I baked for him on his birthday this year. Also, you must be thinking: why a cake post again – what better could have I posted to celebrate the first anniversary of my blog as well.

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This year, Karan’s birthday was in auspicious Navratri, so the cake had to be made eggless. I have my share of fears & concerns on eggless cake baking but anyhow I had to bake one for his 12’o clock birthday cake cutting celebrations. This time around, I chose a simple Vanilla Cake loaded with Chocolate Chips with a luscious Dark Chocolate Ganache filling.

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See the thick layer of Ganache in between the layers

However, this Vanilla Cake was different than the usual ones because it was neither made with butter nor oil but it was made with malai or Amul fresh cream. I had seen various recipes for Malai Cake on Chef at Large, but never got the chance to try it. So, finally when I got to try this cake having all the ingredients at hand, I decided to bake one. The cake came out so moist and soft and it didn’t taste like eggless ones too. The cake rose beautifully and was baked to perfection. Addition of chocolate chip made it more heavenly.

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Super moist..!!

Three-fourth of the cake was polished off after it was cut & the remaining cake was finished the next day by my hubby. To make it presentable & look like a birthday cake, I first decided to decorate the entire cake with ganache, but then later changed the idea to layering the cake with ganache & slathering the side of the cake with the sinful ganache & dusting the top of the cake with castor/icing sugar.

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For the Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake, the recipe was adapted from a Chef at Large member, Anita Gupta’s Malai Marble Cake recipe & the recipe for Dark Chocolate Ganache was adapted from another Chef at Large member, Vibha Bhutada. You can skip the ganache part altogether & just enjoy this cake as a tea time sponge cake. The cake tasted awesome when warmed in microwave for 30 secs.

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Yumminess in every bite..!!

Moving on to sharing the recipe, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15 mins.
Baking Time: 30 – 40 mins.
Serves: 8-10 people

Ingredients for the Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake:

  • 1 cup maida/all-purpose flour (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup malai/Amul Fresh Cream (I used Amul Cream)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Ingredients for the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 100 grams Amul Fresh Cream
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (I used 57% cocoa, Regal chocolates)
  • 3-4 tsp icing/castor sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp butter (optional, but I added)

Preparation Method for the Cake:

  1. Sieve the all-purpose flour, baking powder & baking soda together for 3-4 times and keep it aside.
  2. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, and prepare the baking tin by greasing it and lining it with butter paper.
  3. In another mixing bowl, beat cream, sugar, 1/2 cup milk & milk powder together with a hand blender till the sugar dissolves. Do not over-beat the cream mixture.
  4. Now add the sieved dry ingredients in three batches and fold them in using cut and fold method with light hands.
  5. Add vinegar and vanilla essence and mix again.
  6. Add the remaining milk, if required, to adjust the consistency of the batter. The batter should be neither too thick nor too runny, it should just be easily pourable.
  7. Dust the chocolate chips with a little flour and fold them in the batter. Reserve a few of them for sprinkling on the top of the batter.
  8. Pour the prepared batter in the cake tin and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips on the top.
  9. Bake the cake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35-40 mins. till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Keep an eye on the cake after 25 mins., if the top is browning too fast, cover it loosely with aluminium foil or switch off the top element for some time.

Preparation Method for the Ganache:

  1. I have taken 1:1 proportion for cream and chocolate as I did not want the ganache to be runny. I wanted to fill the cake, so kept the ganache to cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes. The dark chocolate I used was a little bitter to our liking, so I added sugar to the ganache to sweeten it a bit. You can adjust the sugar as per your liking or simply avoid it if you like a bitter ganache.
  2. In a big mixing bowl, chop the dark chocolate into small pieces so that it melts evenly. Add the butter on top.
  3. Heat the cream on the gas. Keep stirring and when it starts to simmer, immediately switch off the gas. Do not let the cream boil. You can heat the cream in microwave also in case you are comfortable. I was sceptical, so used the burner method.
  4. Pour the hot cream evenly over the chopped chocolate and butter and let it sit undisturbed for a few minutes.
  5. Now start mixing the chocolate and cream slowly with a whisk until it gets smooth and no more chocolate pieces are left.
  6. Add sugar and whisk it till smooth. Let the ganache cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Assembling the Cake:

  1. Cut the sponge cake horizontally into two halves. Now layer the ganache on the bottom layer and cover it with the top layer to make it a layered cake.
  2. Seal the sides of the cake with the remaining chocolate ganache.
  3. Dust the cake with icing sugar and keep it in the refrigerator to set.
  4. Take the cake out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to bring it to room temperature.
  5. The cake tasted best when served warm or at room temperature.
Filled & sides covered with Ganache..!! Just the final touch of dusting icing sugar left..!!
Filled & sides covered with Ganache..!! Just the final touch of dusting icing sugar left..!!
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A perfect slice with a cup of hot tea..!!

Thanks for reading guys…!!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake/Bread

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Hi Everyone…!!

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Today I am writing a post for all the cake & banana lovers. If you get to eat your favourite fruit in a cake, you can’t ask for anything more. My hubby loves his cakes and one fruit which he can have anytime is banana, so I had to try a combination of both of his favourite things, and trust me you, it resulted in this sumptuous “Banana Chocolate Chip Cake”.

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This cake comes out super moist and soft because of mashed bananas in it & the addition of loads of chocolate chips makes it more heavenly. All sorts of banana cakes are the most baked cakes in my house & this particular cake steals the show every time I bake one. This is the most ordered cake by my clients & it never disappoints them either. This cake gets used up in my house in maximum 2 days no matter how big I make it.

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Look at the crumbs..!!

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This recipe has been adapted from the “Easy Banana Bread” recipe from the website, Taste of Home, and I can very easily say that it is a no fail recipe and has been tried and tested a lot of times now in my kitchen. Just a few days back, I had baked 4 of these cakes – 3 for a client & 1 for my hubby dearest as his Valentine’s treat. The original recipe called for shortening, but since I did not have it, I used oil and I was not disappointed by the results. The cake had a super moist crumb to it and a bread like texture.

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For the recipe of this heavenly yummy cake, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 45-50 minutes
Serves: 4-5 persons
Makes: 1 loaf or about 750 grams round cake

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 large or 4 small/medium bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips dusted with a little bit of flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk

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Preparation Method:

  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, blend oil and sugar well till you get a homogeneous mixture. Add eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt 2-3 times.
  3. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture alternating with mashed bananas, milk and vinegar, beating well until just combined.
  4. Adjust the quantity of milk to get the right consistency of the batter. The batter will be thick yet flowing.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and reserve some to sprinkle on the top.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased and lined baking mould and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let stand in the baking tin for 10 minutes before taking it out. Run a flat knife or spatula around the edges of the cake to loosen it and invert on the wire rack to cool.
  8. Once cooled, slice the cake and enjoy with a hot cup of milk, tea or coffee.

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Thanks for reading…!!

Fruit Bread Pudding Using Condensed Milk

Hello Everyone…!!

Fruit Bread Pudding
Fruit Bread Pudding

This post is in continuation of my previous post about the “Quick Bread Pudding”. As I had mentioned in my earlier post that I will be sharing the two recipe versions of the bread pudding, this post is all about the second version made using the sweet fruit bread. This recipe for Fruit Bread Pudding is of my friend Madhu Dhawn, and uses the condensed milk instead of sugar and uses both cream and milk. This pudding comes out to be richer and creamier than the regular Bread Pudding. I sprinkled some brown sugar and chocolate chips over the pudding just before baking to get a nice crunchy texture in the final dessert.

Fruit Bread Pudding
Fruit Bread Pudding

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Baking Time: 50-55 minutes

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Perfectly Baked

For this version of the “Fruit Bread Pudding”, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 slices of Britannia fruit bread, it has tiny cake like slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream/malai/Amul Cream
  • 1/3 cup milkmaid, increase it if you like it sweeter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • A handful of chocolate chips (optional)

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cut the bread slices into triangles or 1 inch cubes. Keep aside.
  3. Whisk together the milk, cream and milkmaid.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk again.
  5. Grease a baking dish and arrange the cut bread slices in an overlapping pattern till all the slices are used up.
  6. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the bread. Press the bread pieces with a spatula so that the bread is easily soaked in the mixture. Let the mixture soak the bread slices for 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon, brown sugar and chocolate chips over the bread before baking.
  8. Take a large oven-proof pan/tray, pour hot water and then place the baking dish in it.
  9. Bake it at 180 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes or till done. Insert a knife or skewer to check if it’s done. The knife/skewer will come out clean. Let it stand for 10 minutes before digging in.
Perfect Crispy Crust
Perfectly baked Crispy Edges & Crust
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Yummy Creamy Pudding… Crispy Outside and Custard-y inside

 

Notes:

  • The bread pudding will rise beautifully while baking but eventually will sink down upon taking out of oven.
  • You can skip milkmaid in case you want and add sugar according to your taste. You can skip cream also and make it only with milk.
Yummmm.....!!!
Yummmm…..!!!

Thanks for reading..!!

Bread Pudding

Hello Everyone..!! Welcome to the first post of 2017 by thehungrybelly.com..!!

Here’s wishing all the blog readers a very Happy New Year 2017…!!

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Bread Pudding…!!!

I thought a lot about what to post as the first thing in 2017 but couldn’t decide easily; but I knew that the first post had to be really special. My hubby is the most special person in my life right now and I suddenly realised that I will bring to you guys one of his favourite thing as my New Year post.

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Bread Pudding with dried cranberries…!!!

As you all know, my husband has a really big sweet tooth and I owe all my baking experiments to his sweet tooth. Hence, I knew I would post about one of his childhood favourite wintery dessert – delicious yet super simple to make “Bread Pudding”. He can have this dessert on all cosy winter nights and I personally love to make it for him. I usually mix all the ingredients and pop them in the oven before we sit for dinner, so that by the time our dinner is done, my hubby’s favourite hot pudding is ready to be devoured. This pudding is best when you are craving for a dessert and don’t want to spend long hours in the kitchen to make it. This dessert requires a few basic ingredients and literally takes about 5 minutes to assemble and put in the oven to bake. After the bake time is over, you will have a scrumptious dessert to gorge on.

The leftover bread in your house can easily be converted into this yummy dessert without much work, and there is a whole lot of customisation you can do to your bread pudding – make it with your regular white bread or sweet fruit bread, and consider adding fresh or dried fruit; spices like cinnamon, and cardamom; or a handful of chocolate chips or butterscotch nuts or dry fruits like raisins, almonds or walnuts before baking for a totally divine dessert. Serve your bread pudding with custard, maple syrup caramel sauce, or chocolate sauce or eat it as it is; it tastes equally delicious.

 

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I have tried this pudding several times now and it has never disappointed me and my family. I will be sharing two recipe versions for this bread pudding – one made with the regular white bread in this post and the other one I tried with the sweet fruit bread in the next related post for Fruit Bread Pudding. The first recipe is my mother-in-law’s recipe and uses all simple ingredients from your pantry; and the other recipe was given to me by my very good friend of mine – Madhu Dhawn.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Baking Time: 40-45 minutes

For the first version of the “Quick Bread Pudding”, you’ll need:

 

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Ingredients:

  • 6-7 slices of white bread, broken into bite size pieces
  • 1 & 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 4-5 tbsp sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder or about 1/8 – 1/4 tsp
  • Few chopped nuts of your choice (almonds, cashews, raisins), purely optional {I didn’t use}
  • Few dried cranberries, blueberries or raspberries as per your choice (I used dried cranberries)
  • 2-3 tbsp melted butter, to be used for greasing the baking dish and the remaining will be used in the pudding

Method:

  1. Grease the baking dish and layer it with the bread pieces till all bread pieces are done. In case, you want to have nuts and fruits in each layer, you can add them between the bread pieces.
  1. In a mixing bowl, break the eggs and whisk well with the sugar. NO NEED TO USE ELECTRIC BEATER. Normal whisk will do the trick.
  1. Slowly add warm milk in the egg mixture and keep on mixing. Make sure the milk is not too hot, else it will curdle the eggs. Now add cinnamon and mix well.
  1. Pour the above egg and milk mixture on the bread pieces in the baking dish. Keep pressing the bread pieces with the spatula so that the bread is easily soaked in the mixture. Add melted butter on the top and press again. Add nuts and fruits as the topping. Press them lightly.
  1. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 35-40 minutes till the top gets nicely crisp and brown and the pudding is set. Test it by inserting a knife; if it comes out clean, it’s done.

Note: The pudding will be crispy from the top and soft from inside. The pudding will rise very nicely in the oven and will deflate the moment u take it out from the oven, so no need to panic.

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Thanks for reading…!!

Note: Please excuse me for the bad photography in this post as the pics were clicked long before the blogging was on the cards.

Eggless Microwave Chocolate Cake

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Eggless Microwave Chocolate Cake

CHOCOLATE – One word which takes me out of stress and depression and uplifts my mood instantly. Who doesn’t love chocolates?

I guess no one….!!

I like all the sweet things chocolatey and given a choice, I always opt for chocolate desserts ranging from chocos to shakes to chocolate biscuits to ice creams to cakes. I don’t have a major sweet tooth but I do crave for a chocolate cake every now and then. One slice of chocolate cake with a cup of tea or with a scoop of ice cream is an absolute bliss for me. But, sometimes you are too impatient to wait for an hour to get the fresh out-of-oven cake.

For those such days, today I am sharing a super easy and quick to make “Eggless Chocolate Cake in Microwave”. Yes…!! You heard it right..!! It’s eggless and made in microwave in just 10 minutes from start to end. No elaborate beating required, no fancy beaters or equipment required, just stir, whisk, mix and bake; and your super chocolatey and super yummy cake is ready.

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I had seen a video from Bakers Delight for this recipe on my Facebook news feed a few days back but I was sceptical if this will come out good as me not too good with and not too fond of eggless cakes, but nevertheless still shared the video and saved the video with myself, and I must say it looked superbly spongy. I had posted this recipe on my various Facebook food groups and on BetterButter, and I have received a tremendously amazing response for the same.

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So, don’t wait up, go and gather up all the easily available ingredients and simply bake this scrumptious chocolate cake. To bake this cake, the ingredients you will need are:

Ingredients:

  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • All-purpose flour/maida – 1 1/4 cups
  • Cocoa Powder – 1/4 Cup
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add sugar and oil and whisk till sugar dissolves.
  2. Add milk, lemon juice, and vanilla essence to the sugar mixture and whisk to combine everything.
  3. Sieve the maida, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda together.
  4. Add the sieved dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix till everything gets combined and the batter is smooth.
  5. Pour the batter in a greased microwave safe bowl.
  6. Put the cake in the microwave and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cake for 5-10 mins in the tin and then invert it on to a plate. Let the cake cool completely.
  8. Dust the cake with icing sugar, slice it and enjoy.

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NOTE: Make sure to check the cake at 4 mins and if undone, microwave at 1 minute intervals at a time. Serve this cake warm with a chocolate ganache on top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce to make it a heavenly dessert.

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Thanks for reading..!!