Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bread bread Banana Bread !!!!!!












The most simple and yet the very tasty Banana bread is here. I used to wonder why is this one called a bread and not cake or even cake like. Yes this one is called a bread. Well, I think and conclude as far as my information from Wikipedia, Its all in the texture. The cake has a delicate texture whereas this one has a more dense texture and maybe because it comes in a loaf shape.




Banana, ohhhhh such a tasty fruit. A healthy one I must say. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you in a fever or on a hot day. High in potassium and low in salt. They are not for just for monkeys ;)









Whatever the reason my family is in love with this one. I prefer a lil more healthier version as I use less amount of sugar, oil instead of butter. You can replace melted butter for oil. As for the sugar, If you don't have brown sugar just add the same amount of white sugar. I adore the colour that brown sugar imparts to any bakes.






The sweetness of sugar is taken care by the over ripe bananas. I love the way the taste of the banana just stand out. Something that can be had for breakfast or with your evening cup of coffee or tea. Its out of the world when you toast them with butter. Serve them plain and they are good to go.


Firstly,  sift the flour, cinnamon, n baking soda together. Keep them aside you will need it only later.





Beat the egg and sugar together. I would like to remind you that you really dont need to cream the egg and sugar till very fluffy. Just beat in till they are lil foamy kind.











The bananas that you use should be really ripe that will be for sweetness. Here I have used the small bananas available here. I love them they taste very good. If you go for the usual Chiquita 3 nos. Would be enough.



The crunch effect - the chopped nuts comes in. You can seriously skip this part but a lil crunchy piece is tasty too. Go for any nuts you love.





 I have used a disposable loaf mould you can go for any loaf tin. These disposable ones are very good when you are planning to give away the bakes as gifts.






And some time in the hot oven and woow take it out slice it, and nom nom nom !!!






Adapted from : allrecipes.com


Ingredients:


1 3/4 Cups of all purpose flour or maida

1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp White sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Brown sugar
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
3 ripe bananas mashed
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Chopped nuts (I have used almonds)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F)


Sieve well together the Flour, Baking soda and salt. Keep aside.

In a Mixing bowl beat together eggs and sugar until creamy. There is no need to beat it till very very  fluffy. Now add in the oil and buttermilk and mix all these until incorporated well. Then Fold the sifted flour in three batches and finally add in the chopped nuts.
Pour the batter into a greased tin loaf and bake in the oven for 25 - 30 mins or until the skewer inserted comes out clean.

voila yum!! yumm!!! Super duper moist and a quick one to make.








Monday, 24 March 2014

Brownie with Peanut butter swirls




My little one will have his vacations from next week and I am planning to make some goodies for his friends and teachers at school . I asked him, "what shall I make for you, cupcakes, a big cake or cake pops?" Pat came the reply, " Make Brownies Maa " .

Awwwh that was so nice of him. I know it well that he has a special liking towards brownies. he just loves them. Alhumdulellah I have noticed these days that he is enjoying the bakes a lot. He eagerly waits for the them to be out of the oven. He gives me amazing and very flattering feedbacks too. Once he said "Maa you are so amazing at making cakes". I can never forget that and I never have to ask him how it is. I just come to know by his comments.





Here I am again with my love for peanut butter :) This new experiment came in as I was planning to make swirl brownies. The one with cream cheese. Yeah :) I know you know it ;)

Well, so I was all set mentally prepared to make a small batch of swirl brownies and my eyes went on a jar of roasted peanuts. Why not make swirls with peanut butter, as chocolate and peanut butter is a good combo :) I made these with home made peanut butter which was a lil gritty compared to the store bought ones. I recommend using the smooth one. As it affects the swirly effect. Mine did  :(


For this Brownie I followed a different procedure. No creaming the butter and sugar then adding the eggs and then flour. Instead melted the complete butter and chocolate, beat the eggs and sugar well and then the rest of the ingredients follow. So the result is a very fudgy brownie.



For the peanut butter mixture I followed the usual cream cheese method and woah cream cheese and peanut butter , I am sure you can't stop at one.

The Chocolate and butter all melted, added to the eggs and sugar mixture.


The cocoa powder mixed in the chocolate - egg mixture.


In goes the flour


Prepare your pan, For the brownies I always line the tin with a little extra foil or wax paper whatever you prefer (see the pic below). I grease the foil on the inside so that the brownies don't stick after baking. results in easy removal.


Pour in the prepared batter , spread with spatula. Then  put spoonfuls of peanut butter- cream cheese mixture. We are not spreading it all over the brownie batter just putting spoonfuls here and there.Take a skewer/Thin knife and create swirls. Remember not to over do the swirls.


The swirl effect on this one me not very happy but for taste, it really gets a 10 on 10.
So, time to tempt your taste buds.

The Recipe gives you 16 pieces.


Ingredients:

For the Brownies:

3/4 Cup Chopped (semi sweet )chocolate / Choco Chips 
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
3 Eggs
2 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp of Vanilla
1 Cup All Purpose flour

For the Peanut Butter Swirls:

1/3 Cup cream cheese
1/2 Cup Peanut butter
3 Tbsps Sugar
1 Egg
1-2 Tbsp of Milk

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 180 Deg (350 Deg F) 

For the Peanut Butter Swirls : Beat the softened cream cheese only until smooth. do not over beat Cream cheese. Add in the peanut butter once alls mixed well add in the sugar, again mix it well.Add the egg and beat for 20 secs until incorporated.

For the Brownies : Melt the Butter and Sugar together until nice and smooth. In a Mixing bowl lightly beat the Sugar and eggs together . Add in the melted chocolate. Mix all these well. Now add the cocoa powder and vanilla essence. Now fold in the flour gently and when it gets incorporated give it a good mix. Pour the Batter in a prepared tin spread it on all sides. Now put dollops of peanut butter mixture randomly and make swirls with a skewer. Put it in the oven and bake it for 22-25 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out with some moist crumbs.

Cut it into Squares . Have a bite n mmmmmm

Please share your valuable feedback or comments :)
Do not forget to share the pics if you try out the recipe .

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

New Endeavours of my Life

Blogging after sooo long. Got busy with new endeavours of my life :) yes gotta share this, like I had said in my earlier post after my participation in the India Depressed Cake shop, that I hope to take my passion to the next level. Yes by the grace of my Almighty , the most beneficent and the support of my loved ones I have taken it to next level. I have started conducting Baking Classes :) yeaaaahhhhhh. I am super happy about it.

I had to do something with my love for baking. Baking just for my family and friends was not enough for me. Few friends in my new neighbourhood asked me if I can teach them baking as they were interested and that sparked off in me, why not conduct classes or workshops for people interested. The thought itself excited me but was not sure how its all gonna work out.


Then began my days and nights for making a flyer for my Baking class thanks to Postermywall.com I could make lovely flyers without any cost.(here is the pic of my flyer).





I came to know about this site through Marina Ma'am, a person whose been conducting baking and cooking classes for so long. Such a great lady I admire her a lot. she is the one who inspires me by her hardwork, honesty and dedication towards her students and class. Learnt a lot from her. Thank you Ma'am.


 The flyer was ready and was sent to the mailing group of the apartment complex that I live in. Started off with 1 person for basics in baking. Was nervous in the beginning but once I started baking everything just fell into place. I was happy with the way I conducted it. Wow never felt like I am doing it for the first time.


The transition of my dining area into a baking class was a lovely sight to look at (lots of pictures to share) :) Boxes of flour, Sugar , Butter kept neatly on the table wow its simply beautiful.




It makes you feel so good. so confident so happy. Considering the back ache problems that I have after I finish the class it aggravates but the content feeling and happiness that it gives Simply in love with it. Yeah actually loving every bit of it.

Here are the pictures of the classes being conducted and the baked goodies taken home by the participants.

The Purpose behind this write-up was if you are the one who wants to do something that you like. A thing that you are passionate about then just go for it. Initiate with a small thing and the rest will follow :) something should always excite you and pep you up in life.wow its such a nice feeling. Wish me the best in bringing all this together and sharing this beautiful joy of baking with all lovely people out here in this beautiful world. Go for your zeal :) Love u all

Friday, 13 December 2013

Nan khatai - Eggless Cookies




Was waiting for a long time to share this simple yet very delicious, slightly crisp but at the same time melt in the mouth Cookies. Nan Khatai is basically Indian cookies that are festivity special. Made with lots of love during the festivals to be served to the guests and gifted too. A Great tea time accompaniment.

These cookies are really simple to make. They are made with unsalted butter or Ghee (Clarified butter). Though I have never made it using butter as I simply love the flavour of ghee. You definitely can make it with a good quality unsalted butter.The ghee gives it a very authentic flavour. In this recipe I have used Chickpea flour and semolina.

The dough for Nan khatai need not be refrigerated before being made like we do for usual sugar cookies and that helps to make them quick. Mix the ingredients , make your dough, make them into golf size balls and they are good to go into the oven :)

Nan Khatai can be made very rich by adding nuts to it.You can add whatever nuts you please like Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios,anything. If you dont want nuts you can just skip it. It just doesn't effect the taste in any way.

 Bake 'em till they turn very slightly brown and firm on the outside.They just need to be in the oven for like 18 - 20 mins time and there you are ready with delicious Nan Khatai to eat :). WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, allow them to cool before you eat them ;) Bon Appetit!!!



This recipe will give you 16 nos.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup Besan (Chickpea/ Gram Flour)
1/4 Cup Semolina
1 Cup Ghee / Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Castor / Powdered Sugar
1 tsp of Ground Cardamom
1 tsp of Baking Powder
Slivered Almonds, Pistachios for garnishing

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F)

Sieve the all purpose flour, chickpea flour, semolina, Ground cardamom and baking powder together and keep aside.

In a mixing bowl Cream together powdered sugar and ghee/ unsalted butter until fluffy.Mix in the dry mixture all at once and combine well till it forms like a dough. Make small balls out of the dough press it slightly with your palm giving it a little flat top. Take few slivered nuts press it on the shaped cookie.Now place the cookies on a cookie sheet and rest aside for 10-12 mins. Bake it for 18-20 mins until the sides turn light golden brown.

Yum Yum!!!! 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Desi Pound cake a.k.a. Ghee cake

Going for vaccations to my mum's place was always fun.Coming back, we used to buy eatables for giving away to our neighbours and friends. These eatables would be the local speciality from there. One such Item always on the list was a Ghee Cake. Me and my brothers would love even the thought of taking the cake  home because when we take, it would be 3-4 cakes :)


The taste of the ghee cake always intrigued me. The amazing flavour of Ghee (Clarified Butter) and the subtle taste of milk powder mmmm. I am already drooling over the thought of it.

It is when I started baking cakes that I thought of trying to make this. Then began my search and I knew I will not find any cake that is made using Clarified Butter. I then found myself searching for cake that has got buttery taste to it with lots of butter and there my search ended with pound cake.

Pound cakes were earlier made with a pound of Butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar and a pound of eggs thus, derived its name.Gradually, the recipe evolved but the richness in the cake stayed the same.

Here I will share the recipe of a pound cake where in, I substituted the butter for  Ghee (Clarified Butter) with a few modifications in the ingredients. Hope you too will enjoy it. Do Leave your comments if you try out the recipe. It is a great encouragement to keep going.

so here we get started

The recipe gives you one 8" Cake. You can also use a loaf tin.

Ingredients:

3 Large eggs
3/4 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup Ghee (Clarified butter)
3 tbsps Milk
1 1/2 Cups of sifted Cake Flour
1/4 Cup of good quality Milk Powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence / extract

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F).

In a bowl sift all the dry ingredients with the help of a whisk , including the sugar. Mix these really well.

In another bowl, Whisk eggs, Milk and Vanilla essence/ extract.

To the bowl of the dry ingredients add in the Ghee and half of the egg mixture.Mix just until the ingredients are moistened. Increase the speed of the mixer and beat well for a minute. Gradually add the remaining of the egg mixture in two additions and beating well in between each addition.

Pour the batter into a greased 8" tin and pop it into the oven. Bake it for about 50 - 55 mins. To stop much browning on the top cover the tin with aluminium foil after 30 mins.

Transfer to a wire rack. Serve it with tea or just eat big bites of the cake like I do :)

Enjoy!!!! 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The India Depressed Cake shop


 I have been waiting to blog about this special event. This is very special for me too as it was the first time I was baking at this level. I mean for sale purpose.

It is something that was happening for the first time in India.The idea was baked in the UK by Emma Cakehead and has now become a global movement. It is a 1 day pop-up bake-shop that raises funds and spreads awarenesfor Mental Health issues.


The Depressed cake shop has been popping up in differents parts of the globe and the proceeds are for the local Emotional wellness centre.


The India Depressed Cake shop -2013 was a great initiative by team Lavonne, especially Joonie Tan,a pastry chef with Lavonne academy and patisserie. Great efforts by all the volunteer bakers gathered there. The event was so much fun with the baked goodies and people to support and encourage, Wow!!!


The menu at the event had it all Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, herb buns,cakepops, jams and yes Gluten free bakes too.


It was so nice to see products made with the theme in mind -Grey colour, it was an awareness for depression right? we had cookies in shape of pills , sad hearts with stitches, smiley and sad cup cakes, cherries popping out in a cup of smore, grey frosting and colurful inside cupcakes. It was amazing. All of these giving out a message that there is colour under the grey colour of depression. Just need to reach out.
 


 



 


 As the theme was grey, from the time I knew I will be a volunteer it was decided I will do an ombre cake and by the grace of the almighty ,The cake stole away everyones heart. My efforts paid off :)




I had not prepared anything from before  and I had to make Rainbow cupcakes, an Ombre Cake with four layers, savoury muffins and a Carrot cake and lots and lots of frosting to be made and just two days left with me. Phew  I just didn't know where to begin with!!!



Firstly I thought lets make something that I can do quick so I got started with Rainbow cupcakes. I baked 36 cuppies.




The ombre Cake,I had a hard time with getting the right shade :-/ I had to bake three cakes extra as the shades of those were almost similar. and one turned out to be super super soft :( here I will share a pic of the cake :(





The savoury muffins was the last minute preparation. but managed it somehow :) All in all a fun experience to share with all of u and a wonderful cause to be a part of :)

And putting all this together was not alone me. It was my husband , my baby brother and my son. Without their help this event would have been IMPOSSIBLE for me.

where my brother walked around endlessly with me  through the market carrying my son looking around for things I needed for the event,Awwwh I love you buddy :) There was my husband,who came home after a tiring day from office and I saw him sitting with me and packing the cupcakes. Love you sweetypie. And my son, he doesn't skip his favourite cartoon for anything, comes and tells me Maa I will help you.Love u Shona papa and My Mum, I was so nervous about being a participant in this, as well experienced very creative people are going to be a part of this how will my products be?what will i do. she was there for me You are gonna be the best your cake is gonna be the one !! were her words. Love you umma for your faith in me. I thank my Almighty for his blessings in the form of a lovely family. Alhumdulellah for everything you have given me My Almighty Lord.

Wth their support they make us feel we mean a lot for them.


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Chocolate chip Muffins

 
 
Want to make something in a jiffy??? yet want it very tasty and satisfies your sweet tooth ... the answer is Muffins.

The moist texture, the cinnamony aroma hmmmm wow that sounds so much like muffins add in lots of choco chips and what else do you need to accompany your cup of coffee or tea :)

Like I said it can be made very quick. It just requires two bowls and your Whisk, thats it from baking to your mouth in 30 mins, done :) well depends on the oven too how long it takes to bake , mine it takes 20 mins. 10 mins for preparation :)

 
 
Making muffins needs the basic ingrdients thats there in your kitchen. Oh there is no milk in the picture. But we have used milk in this recipe.


 
Here I have added white sugar as well as brown sugar. If you dont find Brown sugar then  you can just take same amount of white sugar. Brown sugar adds to the colour of the muffin.
 
  
 
 The method is you take wet ingredients in one bowl , Dry ingredients in other bowl and you just fold them till they combine. Remember not to over mix the batter.


 
 
Then comes the best part adding in the Choco chips. There is no specific quantity it depends on what you love to eat if u like more chocolate in your muffins add more. If less then add only lil :)


 

Making them is so much fun. yeah it is really fun. One tip that i would like to share is add a tbsp of dry ingrdient to choco chips before mixing them in the batter. This will not let the chips sink to the bottom of the muffin.So get rolling
 
Time for you to have fun making the Choco Chip Muffins.

This will give you 12 Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup of Flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 of ground cinnamon
2/3 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Melted butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp of Vanilla essence / extract
2 Tbsp yogurt/ sour cream
1/3 Cup white sugar
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Choco Chips

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190 deg C(375 deg F)
 
Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in one bowl. Add Sugar to this and mix it well with a whisk. In Another bowl take melted butter, eggs, vanilla essence, Milk and whisk it very well. Now combine the wet ingredients to the dry bowl. Add the choco chips and fold in to combine. 
Pour the batter into greased muffin tray or muffin liners.You can also sprinkle some choco chips over. Put them in the oven and bake them for 18 - 20 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.