Sunday, May 31

Yogurt cake with Crumb topping


Staying at home during this COVID outbreak has aggravated everyone's itch for cooking and baking is top in the list of  all the wonderful new chefs.
With no need to commute to and fro from office and no where else to go after my wfh has given me too a lot of time in hand. So I thought of trying new recipes. But to tell you the real reason, it was my 2 brats who are always looking around in kitchen for food. Their number of trips to kitchen, with a face back that there is nothing good there ( though I always have enough variety of food in my pantry) , which actually meant that they need something new.
So finally I am back in kitchen with my love for baking and here are the few new recipes. More to come
Staring with something sweet.The beauty of this cake is its topping, sweet crunchy crumbs make this cake irresistible.




Ingredients: 

Crump topping: 
Plain flour - 1 1/2 cups (195 gms)
Firmly packed light brown sugar -3/4 cup (155 gms)
Powdered Cinnamon 1tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Unsalted butter, melted - 10 tbsp (140 gms)

Yogurt Cake:
All purpose flour - 1 2/3 cups (225 gms)
Baking powder  - 1 tsp(4 gms)
Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon (2 gms)
Salt 1/2 tsp(2 gms)
Powdered cinnamon -1/4 tsp
Instant coffee powder -1/2 tsp (optional)
Eggs -2 large
Oil - any flavorless -1/2 cup (120 ml/gms)
Greek Yogurt -3/4 cup (180 ml/gms) room temperature
Pure vanilla extract -1 tsp (4 gms)
Granulated white sugar -1 cup (200 gms)

Method: 

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
2. Prepare the baking pan ( 8x8 inch) . Butter or spray with a non stick vegetable spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

Crumb Topping:
1. In a bowl add the flour, sugar, ground cinnamon and salt.
2. Then add the melted butter and mix it until all the dry ingredients are just moistened. I used my hand to do so as it was easier.

Yogurt Cake:
1. Take a large bowl and add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and espresso powder (if using).
2. In another bowl beat the eggs with a whisk and then add oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract.
3. Stir in the sugar.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined. the mixture would be sticky and a bit thick.
5. Add the batter into the prepared pan. Evenly scatter the crumb topping on top of the batter with your hand, braking lumps if any.
6. Press lightly so the crumbs adhere to the batter.
7. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Bake in preheated oven for about 40 - 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.


Tips: 

1. You can reduce the quantity of overall crumb topping, if you like less of it.
2. We can just make a plain yogurt cake, without topping. Just use a smaller pan.


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Saturday, February 17

Eggless walnut cake with coke


Having tried cakes with the full-proof never go wrong recipes of Rich Chocolate banana and Carrot cake, tried this egg less cake recipe from one of my gujju friend. She is great cook and actually loves cooking. Her recipes never fail me. And the best person to have a easy egg-less recipe is definitely her :)

She told me lots of variations too that can be done in the same recipe ( tried and tested by her). This cake is very heavy and filling to eat and after eating this, we don't feel like eating anything else. I think that's why my kids names it as cursed caked, so funny and weird. They just cant resist the temptation to eat it and after eating this they don't have any appetite left to eat anything else.
And the best thing I like about this cake is, its full of nuts, a healthier option to give to kids.



Ingredients :

All purpose self raising flour 2 cups
Milkmaid 1 tin ( 397 gms)
Butter 125 gm
Baking soda 1 tsp
Khane ka soda 1 tsp
Dry fruits mix 250 gms
Coke  125 ml
Vanilla essence 1 tsp

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius
2. Grease a 6 x6 inch baking dish and set aside.
3. Take flour , baking soda and khane ka soda and mix well. Pass it through sieve 3 times so as it mixes completely .
4. Add softened butter in a deep bottom bowl and whisk it with an hand mixer or electric mixer for 2-3 minutes, until soft and frothy
5. Add milkmaid and mix well
6. Add the dry fruits ( I used roasted and chopped walnuts)
7. Add the issuance and finally add coke.
8. Pour the batter in the prepared baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the skewer comes out clean .
9. Let it be in oven, a standby time of 10-12 minutes and we are done.


You can see how much soft and spongy the cake looks. These were the only slices left in the whole cake, that was left for me to pack and store, rest all was gone directly from the baking dish.



Tips :

1. Keep the nuts of choice  ready , roasted and chopped in advance.
2. We can have variations by using fanta, instead of coke and adding orange Zest , orange essence to have orange cake.


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Tuesday, February 13

Rock Cake or Rock Buns



I stumbled upon these when when my DS, who is now in lower secondary, brought a few buns that he baked in school. I was amazed that he can do some baking/ cooking on his own, as at home he rarely steps in kitchen. :P
Okies, so we tried them and liked them instantly. So I asked him to bake a fresh batch at home as well. " Ohh, its very simple recipe, lets make it " . He took out a printout of the recipe with the ingredients and its amount and viola, there was no butter/ margarine in the list. Other ingredients were sure out of proportion as well. :(




But since we loved the buns and he insisted the recipe is simple and need not to be so proportionate, I decided to google the recipe and try it. Upon searching I came to know that all lower secondary kids are taught to make rock buns to demonstrate the rub-in method. There is actually no specifics to the amount / ingredients used. Its depends upon your taste buds how you want to it soft , hard, crunchy, nutty ....
They got there name, as they are rough looking and hence dont soomthen them down.Rock buns are a specific type of pastry, distinguished by the hard, crust-like texture and sweet taste. Good Old Rock Cakes These were once economy cakes, not too expensive, providing cake for large families.

Ingredients:

200 gms ( 1 1/3 cup) All purpose flour
75-80 gms Melted Butter
75 gms Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Egg
75 gms Berries/ Raisins
1 Tbsp Milk 

1tsp Vanilla essence

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F and grease the baking tray
2. Sieve the flour in a large bowl
3. Pour melted butter over it and with hands rub the butter over the flour. All grains of the flour should be coated with butter and resemble breadcrumbs
4. Add sugar and dried fruit mix.
5. Finally add egg, milk , vanilla essence and mix thoroughly.
6. Using two forks, lift up small portions of the mixture and place on the baking sheet more than an inch apart.
7. Place the tray in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Leave it inside oven for about five more minutes, then transfer to a wire tray to cool.


Tips :

1.The buns need to be rough looking, do not smooth them down while placing them in baking tray
2. You may vary the ingredients / proportion , depending upon you like harder or softer buns.


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Thursday, January 14

Healthy Oatmeal cookies

During the last year end holidays, ventured back into baking after a long time with kids. There were many incentives to do so. It was New year and Christmas time, with kids eager to try their hands out with some baking. And also, I had bought my new Panasonic Convection cum microwave oven a few weeks back, which was looking at me with anticipation to get its first baking done :D

So eventually thought of baking some cookies, as my previous attempt with baking Choco chip cookies was not so exciting due to the older oven with its round tray :( . So I was sure , my new oven would be far better and we wont be disappointed with the results . And viola, it was a breeze making these cookies. The faster I made them, even faster all the cookies were gone.


Below measurement yielded me about 27 medium sized cookies, which I baked in 3 batches. By the time, I put in my 2nd batch, my first batch was already gone ;)

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:
3/4 cup (105 gm) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

3/4 cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (210 gm) packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups (260 gm) old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup white or dark chocolate chips (optional)

Method:

1. Toast the nuts and then chop into pieces after its cooled . Set aside.
2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until creamy and smooth (about 2 - 3 minutes).
4. Add sugar and mix for another 2-3 minutes.
5. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
6. Add the dry ingredients and beat until incorporated.
7. Finally stir in the nuts, oats, and dried cranberries or chocolate chips.

Now our batter is ready. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours , so that the butter hardens back.

Preheat oven to  190 degree C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Use a spoon or a ice-cream scooper to scoop a spoonful of the batter in the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
With your fingers slightly shape and flatten the cookies to be about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake the cookies for about 10 - 12 minutes or until it gets a light golden brown color along the edges and is still soft and a little wet at the center.
Remove from oven and let it cool a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Tips:

1. We ca replace chocolate chips with dried cranberries or raisins o make it even more healthier.
2. If we don't have unsalted butter, use salted butter and omit the salt added n dry ingredients.
3. Batter can be mixed and kept in refrigerator ahead of time.
4. If we need to bake the cookies in batches, keep the batter back in refrigerator, else the cookies flatten a lot gets cooked really fast ( may burn)


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