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Orange Grape Marmalade Loaf Cake

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Perfectly Baked Loaf Cake
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Orange Grape Marmalade Cake

Hi Friends,

Finally, I am back with a recipe post in continuation with my previous post on Facebook page regarding me winning a cooking contest and my recipe being published in a cookbook. For a simple passionate baker like me, winning a cooking related contest means a lot, let alone having my winner recipe being published in a cookbook. So, let me give you a brief about this cake and the story behind the contest.

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THE COOKBOOK

I had made this simple looking yet delicious cake a while back, just like I bake any cake on any regular day. I had a bottle of unused homemade Chinese Oranges’ Marmalade lying in my fridge, which no one was willing to eat, so I thought of putting it to good use. I had stumble upon this recipe for Orange Marmalade Cake on NYT blog & I wanted to try it ever since I found this recipe. Hence, I thought why not try a new cake different from the regular ones I bake. I was just left with a few tablespoons of homemade Grapes Marmalade also, so used that up also in the cake (You can totally avoid it, it’s purely optional). So, this is how I made this delicious & super moist “Orange Grape Marmalade Cake”.

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Please excuse me for the photography of this cake as I had made it casually & at that time, the blog was not in the making as well. I had not made this cake specially for the contest also. After I baked this cake, like every other dish I cook, I casually posted it on one of the Facebook food groups, Experimental Cuisines. After posting the cake pictures, I realized that the contest was going on and I submitted this cake as my entry and to my surprise & happiness, I won the contest under the Cakes category. The winners of the contest would have their recipes published in a Cookbook being compiled by the Experimental Cuisines team. So, finally after a wait of almost over 6 months, the Cookbook is finally out & I am so thrilled to see my name, recipe & picture on it.

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Moving on to my winning recipe, let’s start with the ingredients you will need.

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Serves: 6 people
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients you’ll need:

• 1/3 cup orange marmalade
• 3 tbsp grapes marmalade (totally optional)
• 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, or combination of oil & butter
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
• ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
• 3 large eggs, at room temperature
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt

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Preparation Method:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together softened butter, sugar, lime zest and orange zest until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Beat in 1/3 cup marmalade and the orange juice.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Fold dry ingredients into wet until just combined.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until surface of cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer pan to a wire rack. Once cooled, cut into slices and enjoy it with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

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Perfect slices to serve with hot tea or coffee

Thanks for reading…!!

Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

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Sabudana Kheer

 

Hi friends..!! Happy Navratris to all of you..!! Hope you all had auspicious and happy fasting.

For us Punjabis, fasting is no less than feasting. My dad used to observe fast on all the Navratras and my mom used to make yummy vrat ka khana for him without onion & garlic. My dad used to relish the vrat ka khana and used to ask mom to make different dishes every day ranging  from kuttu pooris to kuttu ke pakodas. With so much fond memories attached to the Navratras, I knew I had to make one post for the vrat ka khana during these 9 auspicious days. I know I am a bit late in posting this as a lot of you might have observed the last navratri fast today, but as it is said that it’s better late than never. The post was scheduled for yesterday but I got really stuck in an emergency, hence the post got delayed by a day. But for the recipe I am going to share today, you do not need a reason to make it. It can be made any day of the year and can be relished guilt-free by everyone.

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I would like to share with you all this recipe, which is super simple to make but super yummy to eat. This recipe has been inspired by a dear fellow CAL member, Teena Jain, who gave me amazing tips for soaking the tapioca pearls perfectly and provided me with her nice kheer recipe as well. Ideal for navratris when the options are so limited for desserts, make this healthy yet delicious “Sabudana ki Kheer” for your loved ones. The kheer is made with cute little white tapioca or sago pearls and can be served hot or cold as per your choice. This dessert is a perfect way to end your auspicious Navratri meal on a sweet note.

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Serves: 7-8 people

Preparation Time/Soaking Time: 2-3 hours
Cooking Time: 15 mins.

For the recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Full Fat Milk** – 1 litre
  • Sabudana/Sago Pearls – 1 cup
  • Sugar** – 6-7 teaspoon (adjust as per your taste)
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Few saffron strands for garnishing
  • Almond slices for garnishing

Preparation:

  • Wash the sabudana pearls in running water and then soak them in just enough water to cover the pearls 1/2 inch above the surface. Do not use more water as the pearls can get very mushy. Soak the sabudana for 2-3 hours. After 3 hours, drain the excess water and keep the pearls ready for cooking.

Cooking Method:

  1. Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan and bring it to a boil on high flame. Switch the flame to low and let the milk simmer away for about 5-10 mins., stirring occasionally in between.
  2. Dissolve a few saffron strands in 2 tbsp milk and add in the boiling milk.
  3. After the milk has thickened a little, add the soaked sabudana in the milk and stir well to avoid making lumps. Keep the flame on low and cover the pan with a lid and let the sabudana cook for 5-7 mins., stirring occasionally in between so that it does not get stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. After the sabudana pearls are cooked in milk, add sugar and stir well. Do a taste test for the sugar, and if needed add more sugar as per your taste at this stage. Stir continuously after adding sugar so that the milk does not get burnt and stick to the bottom.
  5. Switch off the flame and add cardamom powder. Mix well.
  6. Your yummy Sabudana Kheer is ready. Serve hot garnished with a few more saffron strands and almond slices.
  7. If you want to serve it cold, let the kheer cool at room temperature and then put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. Serve chilled garnished with a few more saffron strands and almond slices.

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**Important Points:

  1. Toned Milk may also be used for this kheer for diet conscious people. I have tried with both kinds and it tastes just as delicious.
  2. You may use condensed milk/milkmaid/mithai mate instead of sugar to make it more richer, thicker and creamier. Use the quantity as per the desired sweetness.
  3. For diet conscious people, sugar free can also be used in the kheer.

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Thanks you for reading the post guys..!!

JAI MATA DI..!!

Double Chocolate Cake with Cadbury Silk Ganache

Double Chocolate Cake with Silk Ganache
Double Chocolate Cake with Silk Ganache

Hi friends..!! This is my first ever blog post, so wanted it to be really special. I wanted the first post to be of something sweet to celebrate the new beginning, however was very confused and could not decide on that special dish. As a result, my first post kept on delaying but then I got the chance to make a perfect dish for my first special post to share with you all.

It was my darling brother’s birthday on April 1 and I had to prepare a perfect simple birthday cake for his dinner party. (P.S.: My family is not too fond of whipped cream and fondant cakes, so we did not want to buy those ones from the bakery.) So, I thought what more special occasion I needed to make my first post live on the blog.

My brother, Karan, wanted a “chocolate” cake, so I decided to make this rich double chocolate cake with a unique creamy Cadbury Chocolate Ganache made with our very own favorite chocolate, Cadbury Silk. Yes, your read it right..!! The ganache is so simple and easy to make that even a beginner in baking like me could also perfect it in the first try itself. (You may read the Silk Ganache recipe here.)

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I made this cake for the first time but I must say this recipe will be a keeper recipe for me.  It would be my go-to-chocolate cake recipe in future. The cake was moist yet had a perfect crumb like bakery baked ones. I made this cake in one layer but it can be made in a layered version also.

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Perfect crumb

This cake has been the best chocolate cake I have baked so far. (Trust me, I can say this because my brother does not eat cakes at all and he was the one who praised it a lot). The cake got me a lot of appreciation from my family and his friends. His friends could not believe that the cake was homemade. I hope you also find the recipe useful and try it out for your family and friends. The cake is so versatile that it can also be served as a perfect tea time cake without the ganache, or as a scrumptious dessert served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Credits: The recipe for this cake was inspired by one of my fellow CAL member, Afreen Usman.

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To make this delicious chocolate cake, you will need:

Servings: 15-20

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Baking Time
: 45-50 mins

List of Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup castor sugar

200 gms butter

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vinegar

1/4 cup hot milk

Juice of 1 lemon

Handful of chocolate chips

Real Fruit Juice/Sugar Syrup

 

Preparation Method:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together for 3-4 times.
  2. Prepare a cake tin by greasing it and dusting with cocoa powder.
  3. Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees for 10 mins.
  4. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup sugar and butter till fluffy and triple in volume.
  5. Separate egg yolks and egg whites.
  6. Add the egg yolks in the butter mixture one by one and beat well after each addition.
  7. Add vanilla essence and beat again.
  8. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with milk. Fold with a spatula using cut and fold method till well mixed. Add vinegar and mix once again.
  9. Beat egg whites. Once it becomes frothy, add lemon juice and continue beating. Once egg whites reach soft peaks, gradually add sugar and beat till stiff peaks.
  10. Add egg whites into the flour mixture with light hands in 3-4 batches so that it doesn’t lose air.
  11. Fold in a few dark chocolate chips.
  12. Pour the batter in the prepared tin and bake at 170 degrees Celsius for 40-50 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cake should be springy to touch. Mine was done in about 40 minutes.
  13. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 mins and then invert on the wire rack.
  14. Poke a few holes with a toothpick in the cake and soak the cake with any juice/sugar syrup to moisten the cake. You can use warm milk also to moisten the cake.
  15. Drizzle the prepared Silk Ganache on the cake and decorate as per your preference.. I decorated with few more chocolate chips and Cadbury gems.
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My brother’s perfect birthday cake


Thanks for reading..!!

Notes: For eggless version, replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup thick curd or 1/2 mashed banana. Please note that using banana may alter the original chocolate flavor of the cake.