Litchi Cooler

Refreshing Litchi Cooler Drink
Refreshing Litchi Cooler Drink

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Hi Friends,

This post was long due since the last two months. Last month had been a little busy in terms of travelling & other personal commitments, hence the delay in posting.

As you all know, Summers are at their peak in New Delhi right now & temperatures are soaring high. Come summers and you don’t want to cook elaborate meals or eat much because of heat and feel like having something liquid and chilled all the time. So, this time I thought of doing a few posts for perfect summer dishes and would be sharing a few such recipes in the coming days. So, stay tuned to find some amazing recipes like Mango Semolina Cake, Watermelon Lemonade, Plum Cooler, Oreo Shake and so on.

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Today, I am sharing a summer drink using this amazingly juicy seasonal fruit, Litchi. Litchis are very much in abundance these days & these juicy gems are good to eat as it is or you can make this yummy cooler drink from them.

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For this recipe, I will not be sharing exact quantities as every ingredient can be adjusted as per your preference depending upon the juiciness and sweetness of the fruit and honestly, even I made the same without the exact measurements.

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Moving on to the recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Few Litchis (without seed)
  • Water
  • Sugar as needed
  • Ice cubes

Preparation Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Sieve the drink.
  2. Add more ice cubes in a glass and pour the drink.
  3. Serve and enjoy it chilled.

Notes:

  • You can use Club Soda instead of water, in case you want a fizzy drink.
  • You can replace sugar with honey to make it more healthier.
  • You can add lemon juice as well to make it a litchi lemonade.
  • You can add mint leaves for garnishing as well.
  • You may skip the sieving part in case you like your drink pulpy.

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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…!!

Paneer-Stuffed Spinach Kofta in Makhani Gravy

Paneer Stuffed Spinach Koftas in Makhani Gravy
Paneer Stuffed Spinach Koftas in Makhani Gravy

Hello Everyone..!!

Here’s wishing all the readers HAPPY 68TH REPUBLIC DAY..!!

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See the beautiful colors

This day inculcates a lot of patriotism in our hearts. I have fond childhood memories of watching the Republic Day Parade on TV with my dad & my mom would make yummy brunch for us. Being a National holiday, we usually used to be very laid back and used to relax and eat yummy food made by mom. So on this Republic Day, I thought of posting a dish with the wonderful colours of our National Flag – Orange, White & Green. On thinking of these colours, only one very famous dish comes to my mind which beautifully portrays these three colours – Shaam Savera by MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor.

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So, today I am bringing you a dish which is inspired by the original Shaam Savera recipe – “Paneer Stuffed  Spinach Koftas in Makhani Gravy. I have made some changes to the original recipe according to the taste buds of my family. This dish is not only beautiful to look at but also very delicious to eat. The koftas are so soft that they literally melt in your mouth & the rich creamy gravy has a perfect texture to go with the soft koftas. Do try making this recipe and share your feedback with me.

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Moving on to the recipe, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15-20 mins.
Cooking Time: 30 – 40 mins.
Serves: 4-5 people

Ingredients:

For Koftas:

  • Spinach – 1 kg
  • Boiled potatoes – 2, mashed finely
  • Paneer – 200 gms,crumbled
  • Gram Flour/Besan – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1-2 tbsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 3-4 cloves, finely crushed
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste
  • Cornflour to coat the koftas
  • Oil for frying the koftas

For Makhani Gravy:

  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Cloves – 3-4
  • Whole Black Pepper – 3-4
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • GInger – 1 small piece, chopped coarsely
  • Garlic – 5-6 cloves,  chopped coarsely
  • Onions – 3 medium, chopped coarsely
  • Tomatoes – 5 medium, chopped coarsely
  • Cashews – 5-6 pieces
  • Almonds – 5-6 pieces
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder/Degi Mirch – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Shahi Paneer Masala – 1 tsp
  • Honey/Sugar – 1-2 tbsp
  • Kasoori Methi – 1 tbsp
  • Cream – 4-5 tbsp
  • Milk/Water to adjust the consistency
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp

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Preparation Method for Spinach Koftas:

  1. Separate the spinach leaves and blanch them in boiling water for 4-5 mins. and then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Once cooled, finely chop the spinach leaves.
  3. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add jeera and garlic. Once they brown, add besan and cook it for 2-3 mins. till raw smell goes away.
  4. Add chopped spinach leaves and cook till the mixture is dry and leaves the sides of the pan.
  5. Till the spinach mixture cools down, in a separate bowl, add salt & pepper to taste in crumbled paneer and mix well. Make equal sized balls of the paneer mixture and set aside.
  6. Now take the spinach mixture in a separate bowl and add mashed boiled potatoes, salt & pepper to taste and make a dough like mixture. The dough will be a little sticky but do not make it too sticky. If it is too sticky, you may add more potatoes, but that will affect the softness of the koftas.
  7. Take a little amount of spinach dough in your palms, flatten it, place the paneer ball in the dough and cover it from all the sides with the spinach dough. Likewise, make all the koftas and keep aside.
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Prepared Koftas

8. Heat oil in a wok and fry koftas till golden brown and keep aside.

Note: You can test fry one kofta in oil, if it splits you can coat and dust the koftas with a little cornflour and then fry them.

Preparation Method for Makhani Gravy:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add jeera, bay leaf, cloves, whole black pepper and cinnamon stick. Once it crackles, add ginger, garlic and onions.
  2. Saute onions till light pink in colour and translucent, and the raw smell of the ginger and garlic goes away. Add chopped tomatoes.
  3. Add cashews and almonds and add little water and cover the pan with a lid. Switch the flame to low and cook till the tomatoes and onions are tender. Do not let the masala dry completely. We need a little watery mixture to make a smooth puree.
  4. Once the masala is cooked and cooled, grind the masala in a blender to a puree. Strain the puree through a sieve to get a smooth silky gravy.
  5. Heat butter in a pan, add the gravy and add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, shahi paneer masala, and cook for 5 mins.
  6. Add sugar/honey and adjust the seasoning as per preference. Add kasoori methi, and cream and mix well.
  7. Add water/milk to adjust the consistency of the gravy and add coriander powder and garam masala powder and cook for 5-10 mins on a low flame.
  8. Add a few coriander leaves and serve the gravy piping hot.
  9. For serving, cut the koftas in 2 halves and heat them in the microwave for 20 secs. Pour gravy in a serving dish, place the cut koftas on the gravy , garnish with fresh cream and enjoy with rice, roti, naan or paranthas.

Note: You may also make the makhani gravy with the recipe which I had shared earlier in my Soya Chaap recipe.

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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.

Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip

 

Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip on the right
Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip on the right

 

Hello Everyone…!!

This post is in continuation of my previous post about the Hung Curd Dip. This post is about a yet another party pleaser dip using very unique ingredients, Cream Cheese & Walnuts.

This dip is little tangy in taste as the main ingredient is cream cheese and has a little added crunch because of walnuts. Like the Hung Curd dip, this dip also goes well with all types of finger foods, chips and appetizers. I had made both of these dips for the same party and the reviews I got for these dips were great.

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For this tangy & crunchy dip, you’ll need a few ingredients and only 5 minutes in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet Britannia Cream Cheese
  • 1 small onion, chopped very finely
  • 1 small cucumber; grated very finely and squeezed to get rid of water
  • 1-2 tsp very finely chopped walnuts
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp Amul fresh cream
  • Fresh coriander, chopped finely

Method:

  1. Beat cream cheese for a minute to make it smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix everything together except cream till consistent and creamy.
  3. Add Amul cream to adjust the dip’s consistency.
  4. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve chilled with vegetable sticks, crackers, nachos, potato chips, or potato wedges.
Note: Make sure onion is chopped really finely and should not be chunky. Grated cucumber should also be squeezed well to get rid of all the water. You can chop the cucumber also very finely in case you prefer it chunky.
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Thanks for reading..!!

Hung Curd Dip

Healthy Hung Curd Dip
Healthy Hung Curd Dip
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Hung Curd Dip on the left..!!

Hello Folks..!!

Till date I have only posted about desserts or savoury dishes, but this post is different from all my previous posts. Today, I will be sharing the recipe for a super simple dip using a very healthy ingredient, our very own HUNG CURD. I will be sharing the other dip in the pic shown above in the next post for Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip.

This dip is a great party pleaser and is perfect for your potluck parties, tasting parties, dinner parties and all sorts of get-together. This dip can be made well ahead of time and stays good for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. The dip goes well with all sorts of finger foods, nachos, chips, kebabs, and cutlets. I have made this dip a lot of times till now and this dip has never ever failed me in front of my guests. I had made this dip a few months ago for a party hosted by my brother for his friends; and believe me you, this dip was an instant hit at his party and his friends polished off the entire bowl of this dip in no time.

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hung curd
  • 1 small onion, chopped very finely
  • 1 small capsicum, chopped very finely
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • 1-2 tsp Amul fresh cream

Method:

  1. Beat hung curd for a minute to make it smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix everything together except cream till consistent and creamy.
  3. Add Amul cream to adjust the dip’s consistency.
  4. Garnish with few coriander leaves and serve chilled with vegetable sticks, crackers, nachos, potato chips, or potato wedges.
Note: Make sure onion and capsicum are chopped really finely and should not be chunky. Hang the curd in a muslin cloth for 2-3 hours to get rid of all the water and your super creamy hung curd is ready.
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Eggless Almond Cookies

Eggless Almond Cookies
Eggless Almond Cookies

Hello Friends..!!

Firstly, I wish all my readers a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year ahead..!! Hope you guys had a happy and safe Diwali celebrations…!! I sincerely hope this Diwali and Hindu New Year brings a lot of prosperity & happiness in your lives..!!

This time of the year is the most awaited time and brings so much festivities with it. I personally eagerly wait for this time of the year as for me Diwali means new clothes, new home decor, new decorations, lights, candles, sweets, yummy food etc.

In this festive time, I am bringing to you an easy peasy recipe for “Eggless Almond Cookies”. These cookies require simple ingredients which are readily available in your kitchen and they are extremely easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients & bake them.

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I tried these cookies for the first time a few days ago on a friend’s request. He wanted to first do a tasting before placing a bulk order with me for the cookies. I got the recipe from a friend of mine, Madhu Dhawn, & finally decided to give it a try. Cookies came out to be super crispy & tasty but a tad bit sweeter to our liking. However, my tasting client was happy & finally decided to place the bulk order as well. It was a major achievement for me as had never received & successfully delivered such a big order on my own. So friends, I can assure these cookies will be a sure shot hit with your friends & family, as I have already baked these cookies thrice till now. So guys, go and grab all the ingredients & get to baking these yummy crispy cookies for your family or for your friends to impress them on your next tea party or for personalized gifts.

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Second batch of cookies
Second batch perfectly stored for consumption
Second batch perfectly stored for consumption
Bulk order. Cookies packed by the client himself
Bulk order. Cookies packed by the client himself

For the cookies, you’ll need:

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Ingredients:

  • 5 tsp Butter or 5 tsp Dalda
  • 1/4 cup Castor Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar or Normal Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Almond/Vanilla Essence
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Semolina/Sooji
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Chopped/powdered almonds
  • 2-3 tbsp Milk for binding
  • Almonds, sliced for garnishing on top

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Method:

  1. Sieve the flour and semolina with baking soda & baking powder and keep aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and castor sugar using the hand whisk or electric mixer.
  3. Add vanilla essence and mix again. Add the flour-semolina mixture and mix well.
  4. Add milk, if required, for binding into a smooth dough.
  5. Add chopped/powdered almonds and mix well.
  6. Scoop out small balls from the dough, press an almond slice on top of the dough ball and place on a baking tray.IMG_7931
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes till you get your desired brown color and crispiness.

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Note:

a.) Brown sugar & castor sugar are totally optional. You can just use normal sugar too.
b.) For egg version, add 1 egg after creaming butter & sugar and reduce the baking soda to 1/2 tsp.
c.) Adjust the quantity of milk. Add only little bit of milk just for binding the dough together. I hardly used 2 tbsp milk.
d.) Butter yielded better results for cookies.
e.) You can skip semolina and make the cookies only with using 1.5 cups all-purpose flour also.

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Bulk Order successfully delivered

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