Friday, 1 December 2017

Less-sweet Buttercream - Sawsen's Recipe



Recipe adapted from Sawsen's

A Less-sweet.. Buttery Buttercream. And surprisingly, quite stable too. Silky smooth and Yum...

INGREDIENTS:
Milk - 30 ml
Sugar - 50 gms (measured, powdered and sieved)
Butter - 75 gms
Essence - 1/4 tsp

Method:
1. Mix sugar and milk, stir until the sugar dissolves.
2. Beat the butter light and fluffy. Then add the essence.
3. Pour the sugar-milk mixture slowly little-by-little into the butter and beat till it turns silky smooth.

My tip:
1. All the ingredients must be in room temperature.
2. Powder the sugar finely.
3. I used Amul cooking butter.
4. Tastes more better if made the previous day. Make it and refrigerate in an airtight container. For using, remove it from refrigerator and bring it to room temperature.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Eggless Cake - Using homemade condensed milk


INGREDIENTS:
Sweetened condensed milk - 200 ml
Powdered Sugar - 25 gms
Butter - 50 gms
Plain flour - 125 gms
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Essence - 1 tsp
Warm milk - as required

METHOD:
1. Beat condensed milk and sugar till light and fluffy. Add butter and essence and beat well.
2. Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add it to the condensed milk mixture. Fold gently.
3. Add warm milk little by little to make a dropping consistency.
4. Pour it into a greased and floured baking tray and bake it in a preheated 180° oven for about 30 minutes or untill the cake is done.  

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Chinese Muffins


 Recipe adapted from Neetu's

Minimum ingredients... Maximum sponginess... Light n Fluffy...


INGREDIENTS:
Eggs - 2 (45-50 gms each) 
Plain flour - 50 gms
Cornflour - 10 gms
Sugar - 50 gms
Salt - ⅛ tsp
Oil - ¾ tsp
Any essence - ½ tsp
Baking powder - ¼ tsp (optional) 


METHOD:
1. Sieve plain flour, cornflour and baking powder together. 
2. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, salt, essence and oil using Bain-Marie method. 
3. Beat until it turns pale and fluffy and soft peaks are formed. 
4. Then  gently fold in the sieved ingredients. 
5. Scoop the batter into muffin tray lined with paper cases and bake it in preheated 180° oven for about 12-15 mins.




Saturday, 25 November 2017

Vegan n Wacky Cake


Here is a recipe... Totally vegan yet the yummiest cake ever... No eggs, milk or butter. You can make it gluten free using GF flour... So go ahead and indulge in... 


INGREDIENTS :

Flour - 1 ½ cups
Sugar - 1 cup (powdered) mi
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp 
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
White vinegar - 1 tsp
Vegetable oil - 5 tbsp
Water - 1 cup


METHOD :
1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Then add the wet ingredients one by one and mix well until completely combined and no lumps remain.
3. Pour the batter in a greased and lined tray and bake it in a pre-heated 180° oven for about 30 minutes or until the cake is done. 
4. Frost it with your favorite icing and just dive in. 😋. 

My Tip:
1. My 1 cup for this recipe measures 240 ml. 
2. Baking pan size - Round 8 inch. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Instant Homemade Condensed Milk for Pennies


After doing a lot of research work with many recipes available in the internet... This recipe is damn good and tastes same like the branded condensed milk....just the same.

INGREDIENTS:
Milk powder - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Warm water - 1 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Cornflour - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp

METHOD:
1. Add all the ingredients to a mixer jar and blend it well to mix thoroughly.
2. Transfer it to a sauce pan and heat the mixture in low flame. 
3. Keep stirring continuously till it coats the back of the spoon (turns to a slightly thick pouring sauce consistency).


4. Remove from heat and let it cool.
The mixture thickens as it cools.

Homemade condensed milk is ready in a jiffy.

My Tips:
1. Store in an airtight glass jar in refrigerator. 
2. Milk powder, full-cream...the better. 
3. My 1 cup for this recipe measures 240 ml. 
4. This recipe yields approximately 200 ml condensed milk. 




Friday, 20 October 2017

Eggless Honey Cake 🍯 🎂


Honey Cake...a cake drenched in sugar syrup with jam and coconut frosting... Our childhood special cake in bakeries. Bit over sweet yet a yummy moist cake.

This one was in my to-do cake list for a long time... As this is my Husband's favourite cake (surprisingly, he does not eat over-sweet goodies).

Now... Now... Now... It's his birthday today. So if there is a day to bake this cake... Then it is today.... Right? 😉😄

Yessssss....I baked it today...No eggs, no butter, and no beater. A simple whisk-it-all process.

Okay, how did I get this recipe? The answer is very simple. I googled and directly hopped in to one of my favourite kitchens... "Raks Kitchen ".  I believe in her recipes blindly. Last night I decided to bake this cake... And with no prior trials, I made the cake with great confidence today.  The taste was not too sweet and the cake turned out perfect.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR 🎂 😄

Fine... Now to the recipe...

INGREDIENTS:

For the cake:
Maida/flour - 1¼ cup
Condensed milk - 14 tbsp
Oil - ½ cup
Orange juice (I used water)  - ½ cup
Powdered sugar - 3 tbsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - ½ tsp
Lemon Juice (I used ACV) - 1 tsp
Vanilla essence (I used orange essence) - 1 tsp

For the syrup:
Water – ½ cup
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Honey – ¼ cup
Vanilla essence - ½ tsp

For the frosting:
Mixed fruit jam – 4 tbsp
Powdered Sugar – 1 tsp
Orange red food colour - a pinch
Desiccated coconut – as required

METHOD:

For the cake:
1. Seive maida, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and mix well. Set it aside.
2. In another bowl add the remaining ingredients and whisk well.
3. Now add the maida mixture to it and whisk gently till everything combines well.
4. Pour the batter into a greased and lined baking pan and bake it in a preheated oven @ 180°C for about 30 mins or till the cake is done.
5. Remove the cake from the baking pan, invert it and remove the lining paper. Let it cool.

While the cake is baking, prepare the syrup and frosting and let it cool.


For the syrup:
1. Mix sugar and water and let it boil till the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
2. When the syrup is WARM, add honey and vanilla essence and mix well. Let it cool.

For the frosting:
1. Mix jam, powdered sugar and food colour and heat it in low flame and keep stirring it to melt to a smooth paste. It just takes a minute. Remove from heat.

I trimmed the top and then inverted the cake for frosting

Cake assembling:
1. Maintain the cake in inverted position (bottom side as top),  as it gives a flat surface to frost easily.
2. Now prick holes all over the flat surface using a toothpick.
3. Spoon the sugar syrup slowly and generously on top, for the cake to absorb it through the pricked holes.
4. Over it, spread the jam paste and top it with dessicated coconut.


My tips:
1. My 1 cup measures 240 ml.
2. For the cake,  I didn't have orange juice in hand, so I used water and orange essence instead and avoided the vanilla essence.
3. I substituted lemon juice with equal measure of ACV.
4. For the frosting,  my jam was brown in color, so I added a pinch of orange red food color.
5. I baked ¾th of the measurements in a loaf pan for 30 mins.
6. Finally I trimmed the sides of the cake to give a neater look.



Sunday, 8 October 2017

7 Cup Burfi



Yes... 7 Cup Burfi, the ingredients sums to 7 cups totally. Its taste is combo of Mysore Pak and Coconut Burfi.  A simple, humble and yummy recipe. Perfect for any special occasion and can be prepared in a jiffy.

Ingredients:
Besan flour - 1 cup
Dessicated coconut - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 cups
Milk - 1 cup
Nuts (cashew & almonds, powdered) - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 cup
Yellow food colour - a pinch (optional) 


Method:
Note: Maintain low flame for the entire recipe.
1. Heat a non-stick pan and add the besan flour and dry roast it for a couple of minutes. Keep stirring to avoid it from changing to brown color.
2. Add all other ingredients one by one (coconut, sugar, milk and nuts), and stir well continously. Finally add the ghee.
3. Cook till the mixture leaves the sides and when you start seeing small white bubbles, immediately switch off the stove.
4. Transfer the mixture into a ghee-greased tray and level it.
5. Using a knife, slice it while it's still WARM.
6. An instant burfi is ready.

MY TIP:
1.  For half measurement,  my tray size : 22 cm * 12 cm.