Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eggless Black Forest Cake

Bidding Adieu to 2011....a strange felling..mixed emotions!!!!The year 2011has been an amazing journey which has given me so many opportunities to learn and share as a blogger,and and great journey in my personal life too:-).I should thank God for giving me such a great family and friends who have been with me all along the journey.As I was thinking of winding up this year with an early post..I got my first commercial order for cookies!!!!!!!Thank you KK, Mahesh and Shyam for encouraging me!!!!!For the finale of this Baking Marathon I have baked Black Forest cake!!!!!!!!!!!
All purpose flour 3/4 cup
Condensed milk 1/2 Tin
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Cooking soda 1/2 tsp
Butter 2 tbsp
Cocoa powder 2 tbsp
Sugar 2 tbsp(powdered)
Aerated water 1/2 cup
For the topping
Fresh cream 1/3 cup
Icing sugar 2/3 cup
Glazed Cherries few
Sugar 1/4 cup
Water 1/4 cup
Preheat the oven to 190C
Line the muffin Tray with liners .
Sift the flour,cooking Soda,Baking Powder powdered sugar and cocoa in a bowl and keep it aside.
Beat butter and condensed milk together till creamy and fluffy.
Now add the sifted flour mixture to this and beat till it mixes properly.
When all the dry flour has been mixed properly add the aerated water, mix quickly and immediately spoon it into the lined muffin tray upto 3/4 its height
Bake for 15-20 minutes or till done(Insert a skewer to test the doneness)
Take it out and cool on a wire rack
Beat the fresh cream and icing sugar together till you get a peak consistency. It is always better to beat fresh cream kept on a bowl of ice. Refrigerate this.
Boil the sugar and water together till the sugar dissolves. Switch off the fire and let it cool
Soak the cake with the sugar syrup and let it cool in the refrigerator for 10 minutes
Take it out and pipe the topping on it with a cherry to top it.
Now you have created an awesome dessert.
Sit back, relax and welcome the NEWYEAR!!!!!!!!!
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Preeti Deo
Thank you Nithya for the recipe
Thank You Champa, Preeti, Priya for all the continue support!!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Spicy Buns

Another Savoury bake!!!!I had this recipe in my drafts for over a month now, so decided today was its day:-)I am sure my readers are bored with sweet bakes:-)Well... These buns are so soft, fluffy and very tasty.This recipe is definitely a keeper
Instant yeast 2 1/4 tsp
Warm Water 1 cup
Sugar 1 Tbsp
Salt 3/4 tsp
Yogurt 4 Tbsp
Olive Oil 2 Tbsp
All purpose flour 2 1/4 cup
Onions 1/2 cup(chopped fine)
Green Chillies 2 chopped fine
Fresh Coriander 1 Tbsp(chopped)
Grated carrot 1/4 cup

Mix the instant yeast , sugar and warm water in a bowl and let it froth for 10 minutes.
Now add salt, yogurt and oil to this. Mix well.
Add the flour slowly to this and stir with a wooden spoon.
Now when all the flour has been mixed, add the cut onions, chillies,coriander and carrot and mix well.This forms a very sticky dough
Now transfer this to a well oiled bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 45minuts-1hour. It will double in volume with this resting period
Grease the muffin tray well.
When the dough has doubled spoon the dough into the muffin moulds filling only halfway
Keep these trays in a warm place to double again.(35-40 minutes)
Preheat the oven to 205C.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Cool for 5 minutes in the same pan and then cool further on wire rack.
Unmould and serve with a cup of warm Tea!!!!
If you have some dough left, refrigerate it and use it the next day.
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Preeti Deo
Thank you Suma for this wonderful recipe

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Masala Biscuits/ Khara Biscuits

The very thought of baking these savoury cookies made my mouth water. I can remember my school days when i would wait for saturday and my father would buy these yummy crunchy and buttery cookies from the famous Iyengar Bakery!!!!I baked these and can say that these cookies have the same texture and taste that I had tasted in the Iyengar Bakery.
The original Recipe is here
All purpose flour 1 cup
Butter 4 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Sesme seeds 1 tbsp
Coriander 1 tbsp(cut into very small bits)
Curry Leaves 1 tbsp( cu into very tiny bits)
Green chilles 2( cut very finely)
Milk 1/4 cup
Preheat the oven to 180C
Line a baking tray with butter paper and grease it with butter
Mix the flour and butter in a bowl till it resembles bread crumbs.
Now add the sugar and salt and mix well
Now add the coriander, curry leaf , chillies and sesame to this and mix well.
Add the necessary amount of milk to knead this into a dough
Dust the work surface and roll this dough into a rectangle 1/4" in thickness.
Using a cookie cutter or just a knife cut out shapes from this dough.
Place these cookies in the prepared sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.(Mine was done in 18 minutes)
Take it out and let it cool for 20 minutes
These cookies become crisp only after cooling them.
Taste awesome with a cuppa!!!!
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Preeti Deo
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Thank you Sharmis Passion for this wonderful Recipe

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Eggless Chocochip Nankhatai

This week has been very stressful for me. Without a proper kitchen it was difficult to cook and bake.Just when I was getting used to this tiny make shift kitchen, My Hubby had a fall and injured both his arms. Life suddenly went out of gear. After doing the number of visits to the Orthopaedic...I decided that I will not continue both the marathons that I am running now, even wrote to the two groups and both Champa and Srivalli and all the members were so understanding.They asked me not to fret about not completing the challenge.This blogging, marathon has sort of formed a strong bond within this small blogging community. I have made so many friends ..everyday I hear from atleast one of them enquiring about my hubby's health.Well...when my hubby heard that I was discontinuing he felt bad that I had to leave when I had atlmost finishd 27days of baking and 13 days of BM,He coaxed me to finish saying that one hr a day he could manage. So here I am trying to complete all the marathons and as today is wednesday had to do the BLOG HOP too.
This wednesday I am paired with Kalyani . An amazing blogger and a good friend too. Though I have many recipes bookmarked, decided on this simple recipe and have tweaked the recipe a little
The original Recipe is here
All purpose flour 3/4 cup
Ghee 1/3 cup
Powdered Sugar 1/4 cup
Baking soda 1/4 tsp
Chocochips 3 tbsp

Preheat the oven to 170C
Mix half the ghee and soda till creamy.
Now add the sugar and continue to whisk.
Add the rest of the ghee. Mix well
Put the flour in this and knead well
Now add the chocochips and knead again
Grease a baking tray
Make small balls from this dough, flatten a little and place them apart on a greased tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Take it out. At this stage they are very soft, do not worry. Cool them for 10 -15 minutes
Now you can see crispy buttery nankhatais ready
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Preeti Deo

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Whole wheat and Oats Bread

This is one of the healthiest breads that i have come across.Had bookmarked this from Deepali's space.I just used half the quantity and it was a leaner bread:-).Not only is it healthy , itis easy since no yeast and not butter:-)
Whole Wheat Flour 3 cups
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Baking Soda 1 tsp
Oats 1 cup
Salt 1/2 tsp
Honey 1 tbsp
Butter 1 1/2 tbsp
Milk2 cups


Preheat oven to 200 C. Grease loaf tin.
Combine all dry ingredients.
Mix in butter using your fingers.
Now add milk & honey, until it is well combined.
Pour batter in prepared pan, sprinkle some oats on top & bake for 45-50 mins.
Serve warm.
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Preeti Deo

Monday, December 26, 2011

Oven Roasted Arbi - Sepankizhangu Roast

Sepankizhangu/Taro Root or Arbi is very tasty as a curry and tastes the best when it is roasted in a hot oven. Since the usage of oil is very less , you need not feel guilty of that deep fries arbi.
Arbi/Sepankizhangu 1/4 kg
Oil 2 tbsp
Asafoetida 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder 1-2 tsp
Salt to taste
Pressure cook the vegetable upto 3 whistles(soft but not mushy)
Cool it and remove the skin.
Cut the root into smaller pieces.Mix the turmeric,Asafoetida,chilli powder 1 tbsp of oil and salt to this You can put all these into a ziplock cover with the vegetable and shake it to give a nice mix. I just Mix everything in a plate
Preheat the oven to 200C
Line a baking tray with an aluminum foil.
Grease this foil.
Transfer the vegetable to this tray and sprinkle a little oil on it. Bake for 20-30 minutes till you get a nice golden coloured crunch
Serve with a Rice of your choice or just at it like that:-)
My daughter loves the combo of Puliyogare and this roast.
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Preeti Deo

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Eggless Orange cookies

After baking the fruit cake yesterday for 2 hrs, tody i just wanted to bake something very easy and simple. I had bookmarked this from An Easy cooking Blog.So here is the recipe for this simple cookie
All purpose flour 1 cup
Ghee 1/3 cup
Sugar 3/4 cup
Rava 1 tbsp
Milk 2-3 tbsp
Orange zest 2 tsp
Orange colour a pinch
Orange Essence 1tsp
Mix everything together.Knead well. If the dough is a little dry and does not hold together add more milk if necessary
Make into small balls, flatten and place it apart in a well greased Baking sheet
Bake for 8-10 minutes
Serve as an evening snack
The flavour was extremely good. My cookies flattened a little, may be since i used ghee instead of shortening. It was a little chewy too like the oats cookies.
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Preeti Deo
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake

Baking all types of cakes and cookies for this Bake-A-Thon and how could i not bake a fruit cake!!!!!!The first time that I baked with this recipe was an year back. Before even I could click the pics, the cake was gone, so scheduled the post for Christmas this year!!!!!!. The dry fruit, the butter sugar mixture, the flavour of spice...hmmmm....too good.Without much delay let me write down the ingredients
For the Wet fruit Mixture
Butter 1 cup
Demerara Sugar 1 cup
Golden syrup 2 tbsp
Golden Raisins 100 gms
Black Raisins 100 gms
Apricot 100 gms
Cranberries 50 gms
Figs 50 gms
Water 1 cup
Cashew 50 gms
Walnut 50 gms
Baking Soda 1 tsp
Mashed Potato 1 cup
All spice powder 3/4 tsp
Vanilla 1 1/2 tsp
Yogurt 2tbsp
Milk 2 tbsp
For the Dry Mixture
All purpose flour 2 cups
Baking Powder 1 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda 1/4 tsp

Boil the potatoes , cool mash and keep it aside
Grease an 8" round cake tin. Line it with butter paper, grease the paper too.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and keep aside
In a saucepan combine the dry fruits, butter, sugar, syrup and water. Cook on a very low flame till the sugar dissolves completely.Now raise the heat and let the mixture come to boil. Reduce the heat again to low and let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes. Switch off the heat and add 1 tsp baking soda to this. Mix well and keep it aside to cool.
Once the mixture cools, add the yogurt, vanilla, all spice powder, zest and mashed potato. Whisk well till the mixture comes together and is smooth.
Now put the nuts in and mix well.
Fold in the flour mixture.
I felt the mixture was a little dry at this stage, so added 2 tbsps of milk to this.
Transfer this to the greased baking mould. Arrange the blanched almonds on the surface,Cover with an aluminum foil, Bake for 1 1/2 hr -2 hr or till a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean
This is the best Eggless fruit cake that i have ever baked.
Thank you Anushruti once again
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Preeti Deo

Friday, December 23, 2011

Coconut Macaroons

Another coconut cookie. I have so much of these dessicated coconut that I need to use it soon and as usual Champa's recipe came handy. When i was mixing the dough I realised that this was so similar to the coconut ladoos that I had made earlier, except for the addition of the flour and baking it!!!!!
All purpose flour 1/3 cup
Condensed milk 1/2 tin(nearly 1/2 cup)
Dessicated coconut 2 1/4 cup
Salt a pinch
Vanilla 1 tsp
Preheat the oven to 175C
Mix flour, dessicated coconut and salt in a bowl.
Add condensed milk and vanilla to it. Knead well.Keep in refrigerator for 20 minutes
Make small balls , flatten a little and arrange them on a greased baking tray.
Bake them for 15 to 18 minutes,
Cool on a wire rack
Serve them with coffee/tea
This goes in as my entry to Eggless Baking for Blogging Marathon #11 by Srivalli
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Preeti Deo

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Eggless Raisin Loaf

Can't believe that I have continuously baked and blogged for the last 21 days!!!!!Just when I thought that I had baked and blogged about most of my Favourites, I remembered this recipe. I first tasted this when Uma had baked it. Loved the texture and those soft raisins in it,called her for the recipe and as usual my friend immediately sent me the recipe .So here is a quick eggless cake/loaf
All purpose flour 1 1/4 cup
Butter 1/3 cup
Condensed milk 1/2 tin
Sugar 1 tbsp
Milk 1/3 cup
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp
Baking powder 1 tsp
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
Raisins 1/3 cup
Tutti fruuti 1/4cup
Orange colour few drops(optional)
Preheat The oven to 150C
Mix condensed milk, sugar and butter in a bowl. Beat well. Ad milk and beat again
Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda together in a large plate
Add the flour mixture to the condensed milk-butter mixture and beat well.
Add colour and vanilla and mix again
Mix the raisins and tutti-frutti with 1tbsp of flour and add this to the batter. Mix well.
Transfer this to a greased 8"*4" loaf pan
Sprinkle some fruits on top
Bake for 45 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean
Serve with Icecream of your choice or just a slice of this loaf with a cuppa!!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eggless Saffron Flavoured Coconut Cookies

Cooking in a makeshift kitchen is an ordeal ..and baking...Don't ask me as to how I am managing this...I really do not know ...I guess I derive the perseverance from my family...Wondering what's going on...well!!my kitchen is being renovated so cooking/baking in a makeshift place:-)Hence could not bake anything elaborate but could manage this simple cookie.For today's Bake-a-thon post,I chose these cookies, Very simple like the Nankhatai's and the flavour of saffron fills the whole place while baking!!!!!

Adapted from Here
All purpose flour 1 cup
Sugar 1/4 cup
Butter 1/4 cup
Baking soda 1/4 tsp
Coconut powder/ Dessicated coconut 1/4 cup
Saffron Few strands
Milk 1/4 cup
Preheat the oven at 140C
Melt the butter and saffron strands keep aside to cool.
In a bowl mix flour, dessicated coconut, powdered sugar and Baking Soda
Now mix in the melted butter to this mixture. It forms crumbs like texture. Now add the required quantity of milk and knead the dough
Pinch small balls from this dough and flatten it a little.
Arrange them on a greased baking tray (spaced out-they should be placed apart from each other)
Bake for about 25-30 minutes or till done(starts browning at the base)
Cool on a wire rack to firm up
Serve it with a cup of hot coffee.
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Kadai Paneer

Another Colourful curry to entice your kiddo:-).I am sure all my readers by now know that my kid loves paneer in any form. So here is another Paneer gravy which she loves and am sure most kids do. It has got a lovely colour, texture and taste.Very easy to prepare and easier to finish it as well...:-)
Onion 2 (big)
Tomato 2
Green capsicum 1
Green chilli 1
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Tomato puree 2tbsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Chilli powder 1-2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Cumin powder 2 tsp
Garam masala 2 tsp
Kasuri methi 1 tbsp
Oil 2-3 tsp
Salt to taste
Dice the onions and grind it along with the green chillies into a smooth paste.
Grind the tomatoes separately into a smooth liquid
Cut the paneer into small cubes
Heat a pan with the oil. When sufficiently hot, add the cumin seeds.
When the seeds sizzle, add the ground onion paste and fry well till its colourchanges to light brown and the raw smell disappears.
Now add the turmeric and chilli powder. Saute well.
Time to add the tomato paste. Mix well.Cook it on medium flame for 5 minutes.
Now add the coriander, cumin powder and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the tomato puree, mix well and cook further for 2 minutes
Dunk in the cut capsicum and the paneer.
Add kasuri methi and garam masala.Cook on a very low flame for 10 minutes .
Serve with a bread of your choice
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