Category: Breakfast

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

A Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in many parts of the world. Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. These buns mark the end of Lent, a traditional time for fasting and/ or abstinence. 

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I mentioned that the Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns mark the end of the Lent, every part of these buns represent certain meanings too. The cross on the top is for the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices added stand for the embalming of his body at the time of his burial. So these buns are very significant. I am sure there is much more behind the history of these delicious buns but I am only going to talk about the things I know. Since I am not Catholic myself but having attended a Catholic school for the first 15 years of my life, I have a fondness for the customs and the rich history behind their practices.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns can be enjoyed with some honey, maple syrup or with jam and butter, just the way I did! My hubby on the other hand likes them plain with some tea or coffee. He says the spices and the raisins are just perfect and need no toppings. So, you see, you can choose how to enjoy them. I had made the Traditional Hot Cross Buns, with eggs earlier so I tried the Vegan ones with homemade dinner roll recipe, just turned it vegan. And the results were awesome! The vegan buns turned out to be extremely soft and very flavorful too.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I had mentioned in my Traditional Hot Cross Buns post, I first baked them almost a year and a half ago and not around Easter. I baked them because we got talking about Goa, my hubby has spent a few years there and loves the food to bits!! So he suddenly remembers these Easter Buns that he learnt to bake during his first year in college, obviously he wanted me to make them because he had such a craving!! Lol! So I tried it after a few days using Joy of Baking’s recipe, yes because he only knows what he had learnt but doesn’t remember one ingredient or recipe, hehe! The Easter Buns did turn out delicious! So I kept that recipe handy and made some changes in the quantities to make a smaller batch, which were so delicious. Absolutely melt in the mouth good. Little did I know that the Vegan ones will turn out even more delicious.

These Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are surprisingly easy to make if you try these, mildly sweet and studded with some dry fruits, they are one of our favorite breads so far! The crumb is moist and yet very distinct as you can see in the picture below.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Please do note that I have small batches here just enough for 2 persons, you can double the recipe or even triple it for a larger batch. Let us bake some Vegan Hot Cross Easter Buns! They are very easy to make and you’ll need very basic ingredients from your pantry.

These steps are for active dry yeast –
Take 1/4 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.
Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough.
Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.
Add the rest of the 1/4 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast – 
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough.
We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast –
The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Knead for about 8-10 minutes.
You can add some more flour if it’s the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)
Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it’s first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.
Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.
Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

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I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns.
Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Preheat the oven at 200’c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200’c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.
Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
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Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

These buns are delicious, studded with dry fruits, mildly spiced and sweet with the tradition cross marked over each bun. They mark the end of Lent. I have shared my version of vegan Hot Cross Buns, do try them. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Easter, Side Dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 buns
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1+1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar if using active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast you can use active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water not scaldingly hot
  • 2 tbsp oil plus extra to grease and brush
  • 2 tbsp black sultanas
  • 2 tbsp flour + 2 tsp plain water to make the paste

Instructions

These steps are for active dry yeast -

  1. Take 1/4 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

  3. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

    Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.

  4. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  5. Add the rest of the 1/4 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast -

  1. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar. Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

  2. Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast -

  1. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface. Knead for about 8-10 minutes.

  2. You can add some more flour if it's the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)

  3. Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

  4. Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it's first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so. The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.

  5. Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.

  6. Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

  7. I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

  8. Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

  9. Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

  10. Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

  11. Preheat the oven at 200'c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200'c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.

  12. Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

  13. I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

Love,
Shreya

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Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

A Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in many parts of the world. Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. These buns mark the end of Lent, a traditional time for fasting and/ or abstinence. 

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I mentioned that the Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns mark the end of the Lent, every part of these buns represent certain meanings too. The cross on the top is for the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices added stand for the embalming of his body at the time of his burial. So these buns are very significant. I am sure there is much more behind the history of these delicious buns but I am only going to talk about the things I know. Since I am not Catholic myself but having attended a Catholic school for the first 15 years of my life, I have a fondness for the customs and the rich history behind their practices.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns can be enjoyed with some honey, maple syrup or with jam and butter, just the way I did! My hubby on the other hand likes them plain with some tea or coffee. He says the spices and the raisins are just perfect and need no toppings. So, you see, you can choose how to enjoy them. We had them for breakfast the day I baked them but I plan on baking another batch soon.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

I first baked them almost a year and a half ago and not around Easter. I baked them because we got talking about Goa, my hubby has spent a few years there and loves the food to bits!! So he suddenly remembers these Easter Buns that he learnt to bake during his first year in college, obviously he wanted me to make them because he had such a craving!! Lol! So I tried it after a few days using Joy of Baking’s recipe, yes because he only knows what he had learnt but doesn’t remember one ingredient or recipe, hehe! The Easter Buns did turn out delicious! So I kept that recipe handy and made some changes in the quantities to make a smaller batch.

Anyways, so that’s a little bit of the background as to why I baked them to start with and I’ve baked them at least 2-3 times more after that for weekends, for my hubby to have something to nibble with the endless cups of tea that he goes through at times!

So let us get going with the recipe for the Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns. They are very easy to make and you’ll need very basic ingredients from your pantry.

These steps are for those who are using active dry yeast only
Mix together 130 ml milk, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and the yeast in a bowl or measuring cup. Set it aside until the mixture turns frothy. It should take about 8-12 minutes. Do not touch the mixture until it has frothed up, if it doesn’t, please discard this and start again.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

Then add the frothy yeast mixture after mixing the dry ingredients. Add the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

These steps are for those who are using instant (fast acting) yeast only – 
Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar and instant yeast in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Next, add 130 ml of milk and the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Following steps are common for both kinds of yeasts used –
Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. You can use some butter to grease the dough if it is very sticky but avoid adding too much loose flour. I have used just about 2 tsp. of dry flour and approximately 2 tbsp. butter to grease it while kneading.

Adding too much loose flour will result in dry and hard buns.

Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, place this a warm corner for about 1 hour.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

It will rise to about double or slightly more in size and look like this in the picture below.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Punch down the dough very gently. Knead it again for another 3-4 minutes. Pls don’t add any loose or dry flour at this stage. You can grease the dough if it is sticky/ tacky.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Divide this dough into 4 or 6 equal parts.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Shape them into round rolls crease side down and place them in a greased baking tray.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Cover them loosely with a cling wrap and set it aside for 30 minutes for the second proving. They will double in size after 30 minutes.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Grease the top of the buns with some butter after the second proving.

Prepare the paste for marking the cross by mixing water with all purpose flour. The paste must be very thick and not at all runny. Fill this paste in a piping bag and set it aside.

In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @200’c for 10 minutes after the second proving.

While oven preheats, mark the cross over the proved buns as shown in the picture below.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Bake the buns @200’c for about 20-25 minutes. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature and duration accordingly. Once the buns are done, take them out of the oven and brush them with more butter.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

These buns stay moist and fresh for up to 2 days when stored in a bread box or an airtight container. You can serve them with honey, maple syrup, jams, marmalades, conserves or good old butter!

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Look at the airy crumb within, it is perfect. Do try it out, it is really so yummy and comes together very swiftly.

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Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. Enjoy them warm with a slathering of butter or some fruity jam! 
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Easter, Side Dish, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 300 gms all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 40 gms powdered sugar adjust it to taste preference
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 130 ml milk at room temperature
  • 1 no. small egg at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp black sultanas or any other dry fruits as you'd choose
  • additional flour to dust while kneading I used 2 tsp
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter to grease while kneading and brush on the top at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour for the paste
  • 2-3 tsp plain water for the paste
  • a piping bag

Instructions

These steps are for those who are using active dry yeast only -

  1. Mix together 130 ml milk, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and the yeast in a bowl or measuring cup. Set it aside until the mixture turns frothy. It should take about 8-12 minutes. Do not touch the mixture until it has frothed up, if it doesn't, please discard this and start again.

  2. Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

  3. Then add the frothy yeast mixture after mixing the dry ingredients. Add the egg.

  4. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

These steps are for those who are using instant (fast acting) yeast only -

  1. Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar and instant yeast in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

  2. Next, add 130 ml of milk and the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Following steps are common for both kinds of yeasts used -

  1. Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. You can use some butter to grease the dough if it is very sticky but avoid adding too much loose flour.

  2. I have used just about 2 tsp. of dry flour and approximately 2 tbsp. butter to grease it while kneading. Adding too much loose flour will result in dry and hard buns.

  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl, place this a warm corner for about 1 hour.

  4. It will rise to about double or slightly more in size and look like this in the picture above.

  5. Punch down the dough very gently. Knead it again for another 3-4 minutes. Pls don't add any loose or dry flour at this stage. You can grease the dough if it is sticky/ tacky.

  6. Divide this dough into 4 or 6 equal parts.

  7. Shape them into round rolls crease side down and place them in a greased baking tray.

  8. Cover them loosely with a cling wrap and set it aside for 30 minutes for the second proving. They will double in size after 30 minutes.
    Grease the top of the buns with some butter after the second proving.

  9. Prepare the paste for marking the cross by mixing water with all purpose flour. The paste must be very thick and not at all runny. 
    Fill this paste in a piping bag and set it aside.

  10. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @200'c for 10 minutes after the second proving.
    While oven preheats, mark the cross over the proved buns as shown in the picture above.

  11. Bake the buns @200'c for about 20-25 minutes. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature and duration accordingly. Once the buns are done, take them out of the oven and brush them with more butter.

  12. These buns stay moist and fresh for up to 2 days when stored in a bread box or an airtight container. You can serve them with honey, maple syrup, jams, marmalades, conserves or good old butter!

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is a delicious snack made with sweet corn and yummy Béchamel sauce and some mild spices and is spread on some toast. Crisp toast and soft topping of the sweet corn comes together so well and the flavors are spot on!! Do try these and you’ll love them. 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is loaded with gooey cheesy sauce and bursts with the sweetness of corn and a wee bit of spice from the bits of green bell pepper! It is one my go-to recipes for weekend brunches or evening snacks for the hubby and me! I am personally a big fan of white sauce a.k.a Béchamel sauce. I love it over a red sauce or any other sauce. So I basically love having it over toasts or in my veggies or for my lasagna too! Needless to say I love my pastas with white sauce too. Have you tried my Penne in Basil and Lemon Sauce  ?! It is super loved by my readers and many have tried it and loved it! Though you must try my Bread pizza recipe if you love a good and quick pizza.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is really easy to put together too, ideal for kids snacks or for party appetizers, even for brunch. I would suggest that you have this fresh out the oven. It makes for a great combo along with some fresh ice tea or some juices/ coffee or shakes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe can be paired be with dip like ketchup or Schezwan sauce or even a 2 ingredient Jalapeno dip. These dips are yummy and easy to make at home, they go well with a variety of snacks. I keep such homemade dips ready in my refrigerator to serves with snacks or use as spreads too. 

Keeping in mind that summers vacations are soon going to start, I’m sharing some more links here to try for your kids.
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich 
Bombay Aloo Sandwich
Rainbow Mayo Sandwich

Also try some easy Paneer popcorn, they are crunchy and just like the ones you find at cafes. Kids usually love brownies, they are fun to make and make for great dessert ideas.

Coming back to the Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe,  you can add any more veggies too along with corn and bell peppers. It’s a great way to ensure kids have veggies in a delicious way. I won’t suggest this recipe for lunch box because it tastes best when served warm.

Let us start with the recipe now.

Preheat the oven @ 200’c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180’c. Set them aside.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

For the topping –

Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

Add the salt and pepper.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

Add grated cheese.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame.

The topping is ready.

To assemble –

Again preheat the oven @200’c.

Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180’c.

corn cheese toasts

Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe
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Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Scrumptious and so cheesy, these Cheese Corn Toasts are absolutely addictive! Made with delicious sauce and veggies, these make for an amazing brunch or evening snacks! 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 6-8 slices bread i used sourdough, you can use any bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup steamed sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes plus extra for topping
  • 1 tsp dried oregano plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese I used processed cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 200'c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180'c. Set them aside.

For the topping

  1. Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

  3. Add the salt and pepper.

  4. Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

  5. Add grated cheese.

  6. Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

  7. Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame. The topping is ready.

To assemble

  1. Again preheat the oven @200'c.

  2. Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

  3. Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

  4. Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180'c.

  5. Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Love,
Shreya

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Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe is a classic tea cake which has a moist and fluffy texture with a delicious nutty almond flavor. Enjoy a few slices of this cake with some tea/ coffee. Perfect combination for these chilly days.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

I made this Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe with dried cranberries. You can use frozen or fresh cranberries too but I personally find them too tart. Even though the dried cranberries are not as tart as the whole, fresh ones, I kind of still find them a bit too sour. So I have chopped these dried berries a bit, nothing too precise. Just enough so that they are kind of dispersed around as is their intense flavor, also by doing this they don’t sink as much they are likely to do whole. But you can go either ways. 

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Now, let’s talk about this gorgeous texture here! Yes, Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe gets it’s texture from fine almond meal/ flour. It renders the loaf so moist and yet absolutely firm. If you have been around with for a long time and seen my cake posts, you’d know I love a cake with fine crumbs and not larger ones. I am not fond of large crumbed cakes. So the role of almond meal here is pivotal for this texture. I have tried working with various ratios of regular flour and almond flour and they all give different results. So you will have to follow the recipe to the T to achieve the prefect texture, fluffiness and flavor. 

I have added a small quantity of almond extract in this Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe as using almond meal will not necessarily add a distinct almond flavor. If you are not fond of that flavor, please skip it or reduce it by half.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

* Please note I have made two small loaves of 5 inch * 2 inch * 3 inch (length, breadth and height of the loaf tins). You can use the entire batter to bake one 5 inch * 7 inch loaf. 

Now let us start baking these loaves.

Start by bringing all the ingredients to room temperature. I keep the ingredients out on the kitchen platform for about 2 hours before I start prepping the batter.

Preheat the oven at 170’c for 10-12 minutes.

Butter should be soft but not melted or in runny state.

Grease and dust the loaf tins. I used a parchment to line the tins hence skipped this step. *

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the powdered sugar in 2 parts and beat until the butter and sugar mixture turns light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me 5-6 minutes.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Next add the almond extract and one egg at a time, whisk well until combined.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Sieve in the flour, almond flour and baking powder next along with the chopped cranberries. Fold the batter gently but do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tins, bake them for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Once baked, let the loaves cool in their tins for about 15 minutes, then remove the cakes from the tins and place then on wired racks to cool completely.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Once the cakes have cooled completely, wrap the cakes in cling wraps and let them rest in a dry and cool (do not refrigerate) place for 24 hours before slicing. This will give time for flavors to develop well and the slices will be come out perfect.

These loaves keep well in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe
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Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

A moist, buttery and nutty flavored cake that goes best with tea/ coffee. Adding cranberries gives it a lovely fruity freshness. 

Course Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 small loaves
Author Shreya ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 125 gms unsalted butter at room temperature 1/2 cup approx
  • 125 gms powdered sugar 8+1/2 tbsp approx
  • 02 nos. eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 100 gms all purpose flour 3/4 cup approx
  • 25 gms almond flour 4 tbsp approx
  • 5 gms baking powder 1 tsp approx
  • 40 gms dried cranberries roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Start by bringing all the ingredients to room temperature. I keep the ingredients out on the kitchen platform for about 2 hours before I start prepping the batter.

  2. Preheat the oven at 170'c for 10-12 minutes.

  3. Butter should be soft but not melted or in runny state.

  4. Grease and dust the loaf tins. I used a parchment to line the tins hence skipped this step. (check recipe notes for the size of the tins used) 

  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Then add the powdered sugar in 2 parts and beat until the butter and sugar mixture turns light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me 5-6 minutes.

  7. Next add the almond extract and one egg at a time, whisk well until combined.

  8. Sieve in the flour, almond flour and baking powder next along with the chopped cranberries. Fold the batter gently but do not overmix.

  9. Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tins, bake them for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

  10. Once baked, let the loaves cool in their tins for about 15 minutes, then remove the cakes from the tins and place then on wired racks to cool completely.

  11. Once the cakes have cooled completely, wrap the cakes in cling wraps and let them rest in a dry and cool (do not refrigerate) place for 24 hours before slicing. This will give time for flavors to develop well and the slices will be come out perfect.
  12. These loaves keep well in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.

Recipe Notes

I have used all ingredients measured by weight. I have included measures in cups/ spoons though they are approximate. 

Please note I have made two small loaves of 5 inch * 2 inch * 3 inch (length, breadth and height of the loaf tins). You can use the entire batter to bake one 5 inch * 7 inch loaf. 

Love,
Shreya:)

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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I can live on sandwiches and Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is one of my go to variants! This sandwich is filled with crunchy vegetables, creamy mayonnaise and a ton of flavor and  texture! You will love how easy it is as it comes together in minutes!!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is super easy to make too! It comes together in minutes. It just needs a bit of fine chopping! And I personally love chopping, no electric choppers or food processors for me! I love chopping veggies myself as I can control how small or how large I need the “fine chop”  to be! So it took me about 10 minutes to get the veggies ready. The sandwiches take about another 15 minutes from there!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich can be made with variations to suit your taste buds. You can add boiled eggs or boiled and shredded chicken instead of the veggies. However, the veggie version is our favorite and we never make any changes to them. It is a great way to get on with a good dose of fresh veggies in your meals along with great taste! 🙂 Rainbow Veggie Rolls with Peanut Sauce | GF and Vegan

These are my favorite veggies when I am making a Sandwich or rolls. you can play around with any veggies of your choice. These sandwiches are so delicious, you don’t need any dipping sauce or ketchup, etc. However you can pair these with any dip/sauce as per your choice.

If you love your sandwiches, then try these too
Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwiches (curried potato sandwiches)
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I love serving my sandwiches with some classic salted crisps or chips and chilled drink to wash it all down. Let us make some sandwiches!

Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

Add American corn, vegan mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies.
Mix well.

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney.
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Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.
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Take them off the heat, slice and serve!

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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Delicious and easy to make Veggie Loaded Mayo Sandwiches make for the perfect breakfast/ brunch or even a light meal! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or regular
  • 3 tbsp of each, finely chopped coloured bell peppers, purple cabbage, carrots, cucumber
  • 3 tbsp boiled American corn
  • salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup green chutney recipe in blog archives
  • margarine as needed or use regular butter or oil

Instructions

  1. Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

  2. Add American corn, mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies. 

  3. Mix well.

  4. Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney. 

  5. Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

  6. Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.

  7. Take them off the heat, slice and serve! 

Love,
Shreya

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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney is a delicious and easy to make breakfast or lunch box combo. These Idlis are light, fluffy and instant, perfect for a filling and nutritious brunch too. The flavorsome red coconut chutney/ coconut dip goes so well with these Idlis and any variant of dosa or wada. 

I’ve used some freshly chopped veggies in the batter for the Vegetable Poha Idli as it makes it more filling and that’s a great way to sneak in veggies in our meals. You can add any veggies of your choice here. Or you can simply keep them plain, sans any veggies and they will still taste really good!

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

As I was saying that these are deliciously fluffy and they melt in the mouth. I have enjoyed them with just some Udupi style tiffin sambhar too and they tasted heavenly!! You can see the texture here, it is soft and the Poha (flattened rice) gives these Idlis the most beautiful pearly white color. I will confess, I love pristine white Idlis. They always look more scrumptious to me than the paler ones. Besides, adding these veggies gives them a very pretty look too, specks of green and orange and some of the mustard seeds peeping from within each Idli makes them attractive for kids too! 🙂 I usually use recipes off YouTube for these idlis but this time around I have tried my friend Gloria’s recipe, who blogs at Pepper, Chilli and Vanilla and I can swear by her recipes! As expected these idlis turned out just as I wanted them, though her version doesn’t include veggies but it’s a killer recipe! 🙂

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney tastes equally delicious with a podi  (lentil and spice powder) mixed with a bit of oil, it is quite spicy though, so I have enjoyed my Idlis with a generous serving of Red coconut chutney. It is mildly spicy but has the most amazing flavor.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli is best enjoyed when it is fresh. We prefer to consume it within 3-4 hours. The batter is instant, non fermented and making these takes hardly any time. You can also serve them with my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney or Classic Green Coconut chutney.

Also try
Instant Oat and vegetable Idli
Instant Rawa Idli
Udupi Style Idli 

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Let us quickly see the recipe for Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney. 

For the Idli Batter

Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Then mash these two together until smooth.

Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed  Poha and curd.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

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Season with some salt.

Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering

Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle for a minute.

Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming

Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding.

Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney

Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper –

Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Delicious, instant and no ferment Idli is a great breakfast or brunch option. Paired it with some lipsmacking red coconut chutney, these Idlis are loved by everybody! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Vegetable Poha Idli -

  • 1/2 cup Thick Poha flattened rice
  • 3/4 cup fine semolina chiroti rawa
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • a pinch or two of baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • oil to grease the Idli plates as needed
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped capsicum

Tempering -

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing
  • a sprig of fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp split white lentils dhooli urad dal

For the Red Chutney -

  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 7-8 nos. whole red chillies
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed

Temper -

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • a few fresh curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing

Instructions

For the Idli Batter -

  1. Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

  2. Then mash these two together until smooth.

  3. Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed Poha and curd.

  4. Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

  5. Season with some salt.

  6. Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering -

  1. Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle

    Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

  2. Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming -

  1. Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

  2. Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

  3. Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding. Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney -

  1. Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper -

  1. Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.


Recipe Notes

You can use eno (fruit salt)in place of baking soda.
Adding veggies is optional.
Use a day old home made yogurt as it has a slightly tangy taste. 
If you wont steam the idlis immediately, then add salt and baking soda to the batter just before steaming the Idlis. 

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars are made with just 6 basic ingredients and taste absolutely divine! They are chewy and are packed with so much flavor. Do try these today 🙂 

I am pretty sure it is much better to make these No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars at home rather than buying them. I prefer knowing what goes into them and I can personally control that. They are made with a big bunch of good for you ingredients. Bonus, no added sugar. Instead we have a natural sweetener. That is the beauty of home made goodies, they are safe and without preservatives. 😊

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars are perfect for snacking as they are delicious, they keep you full for so long and easy to carry along as well! They provide as lot of fiber from the nuts and seeds added. You can add any nuts, dry fruits, etc. of your choice. Anything works and they really do taste awesome.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These granola bars are so perfect because we needn’t bake them. Not everyone has a oven or the time to bake some. Having a fuss free stove top recipe really works like a charm. I, for one, am a big fan of granola bars. They keep me full and when I’m really hungry in the middle of the day, I simply have some of these. They work as a great snack for kids too or you can pack some in their lunch boxes.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

Let us make some yummy no bake granola bars!!

Grease a 8″ pan with some oil. set aside.

Puree the dates until smooth. Set that aside.

Heat the pan, add the oats and the puffed rice. Stir them around together until they are warm and slightly toasty.

Remove them from the pan and put them in a large mixing bowl.

Add roughly chopped smoked almonds to the warm oats and puffed rice. (you can use regular almonds too, just heat them as well in the pan until they nice and toasty).

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

Next, heat together the peanut butter and the maple syrup until the butter melts. We do not have to cook these.

Add the melted peanut butter and maple syrup to the oats mixture. Also add the dates puree.

Add desiccated coconut and mix everything well. You will have to mix these ingredients using your hands as the dates are too sticky.

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Now spread the mixture onto the greased tray. Again, using your hands, pat the mixture into the tray and flatten the top a bit.

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You can add the seeds and nuts, some dry fruits on the top and press them down so that they stick nice and good.

Set the tray in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into desired shapes/ sizes.

Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last more than about 3 weeks.

You can freeze them too but then you need to wrap each individual piece in some greaseproof parchment paper. You just need to keep it in room temperature for about 2-3 hours to thaw them before consumption. They will last more than a month if frozen.

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No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These Granola Bars are made with just 6 basic ingredients and taste absolutely divine! They are chewy and are packed with so much flavor.

Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 large bars
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 200 gms seedless dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup use honey if not vegan
  • 3 tbsp puffed rice or rice krispies
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup smoked almonds roughly chopped
  • 1.5 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • pumpkin seeds, cranberry, raisins, etc. as topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Grease a 8" pan with some oil. set aside.
  2. Puree the dates until smooth. Set that aside.
  3. Heat the pan, add the oats and the puffed rice. Stir them around together until they are warm and slightly toasty.
  4. Remove them from the pan and put them in a large mixing bowl.

  5. Add roughly chopped smoked almonds to the warm oats and puffed rice. (you can use regular almonds too, just heat them as well in the pan until they nice and toasty).
  6. Next, heat together the peanut butter and the maple syrup until the butter melts. We do not have to cook these.

  7. Add the melted peanut butter and maple syrup to the oats mixture. Also add the dates puree.

  8. Add desiccated coconut and mix everything well.

  9. You will have to mix these ingredients using your hands as the dates are too sticky.

  10. Now spread the mixture onto the greased tray.

  11. Again, using your hands, pat the mixture into the tray and flatten the top a bit.

  12. You can add the seeds and nuts, some dry fruits on the top and press them down so that they stick nice and good.

  13. Set the tray in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into desired shapes/ sizes.

  14. Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last more than about 3 weeks.
  15. You can freeze them too but then you need to wrap each individual piece in some greaseproof parchment paper. You just need to keep it in room temperature for about 2-3 hours to thaw them before consumption. They will last more than a month if frozen.

Love,
Shreya

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Recipe is adapted from the Minimalist Baker.
Styling is inspired from Everyday Easy Eats. 

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I’ll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia. 

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is basically very easy to put together. It is in principle like any other bread, only you add olive oil to the dough and the toppings of one’s choice on the top. I’ve decided to make this bread all vegan which is the ideal way to make a classic Focaccia bread. There is never any need to add butter or milk to the dough. I have used water to hydrate the dough along with generous helpings of olive oil which adds a beautiful flavor and aroma to the bread.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe has the most soft texture. It is super fluffy and extremely moist. All that olive oil does the magic. It gives the focaccia that beautiful crumb. Although I love dense focaccia as well but somehow the fluffy ones make me the happiest! Besides, they are so much more chewy. They have so much bite in them than their dense counterparts. You’ll agree with me once you’ve tried it my way 😉 Pair this bread with my Vegan & GF Mexican Vegetable soup for that perfect Fall evening.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe bakes beautifully to give the perfect crisp top. Thus accommodating just about any topping! They can range from veggies to fresh herbs or even fruits! You can play along with the flavors as you please. I’ve kept mine very minimal today just because I wanted to first share the basics of making the perfect Focaccia! Yes, I had received some requests for the same and hence I thought I should do a vegan version keeping in mind the dietary restrictions many of my readers have told me about.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

I’ll enlist a few pointers here which are crucial and help bake a beautiful bread, be it any bread. I’ve shared the same tips with my Homemade Laadi Mumbai Pav | Egg free Dinner Rolls recipe. That recipe is for the wins and tried and tested my so many!!

Yeast – I use active dry yeast which needs proving (that’s when you dissolve the yeast with warm liquid as mentioned in the recipe for 6-8 minutes). If you use instant yeast, then that can be added directly to the flour. Either of these ingredients are easily available and they both work just fine.

Flour – Bread flour is used in most recipes from the West, however I’ve not been able to find any around me so I simply use All Purpose Flour. Bread flour has more protein and hence churns out taller and chewier rolls/ breads. All Purpose Flour will give you slightly shorter and less chewy rolls/ breads but the taste will be excellent.

Hydration – The dough for any sort of rolls/ bread needs to be hydrated just enough to be slightly tacky (sticky), just barely though. Adding way too much flour can result in stiff dough which in turn make stiff, dry rolls/ breads.

Measurements – Just scoop out the flour with the measuring cup and level it flat. Always use some extra flour to knead th dough just incase if the dough becomes too sticky.

So just keep these pointers super handy and your breads/ rolls will rock!

Let us start with the Vegan Focaccia Recipe.

Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).

Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Grease a 7″ square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

The dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I’m in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don’t need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

Add the toppings of your choice.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210’c for 10 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

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Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Focaccia Bread is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Focaccia Bread can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I'll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia bread. 
Course Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 squares
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp olive oil plus extra for greasing and topping
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mixed Italian herbs dried, for topping
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes for topping
  • black olives, sliced capsicum for topping optional
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt for topping optional

Instructions

  1. Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

  3. To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

  4. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  5. Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

  6. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

  7. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

  8. Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

  9. Grease a 7" square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

  10. he dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I'm in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

  11. Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don't need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

  12. Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

  13. Add the toppings of your choice.

  14. Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

  15. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210'c for 10 minutes.

  16. Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

  17. Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

Olive oil can be replaced with any other refined oil but olive oil will give the best flavor. 

 

 

Love,
Shreya

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Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are light and delicious option for breakfast or a light meal. Pack these in lunch boxes as well as they are very filling as they are made with mixed lentils. They are a delicacy in Andhra Pradesh, often served with coconut chutney.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes 

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are very crispy owing to the different lentils added. They have a really nice taste since the lentils have very distinct flavors and when ground together, so these crepes turn too yummy! The best part here is that the batter for the Pesarattu or crepes does not need to be fermented. Just soak the lentils for 4-5 hours and grind them to a smooth paste.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes taste lovely with any kind of dip or relish. I’ve served these with Udupi Style white coconut chutney, at times with basic green coconut chutney . They taste amazing with some red tomato onion chutney as well. Try pairing these with Tiffin Sambhar (instant Veggie and lentil stew).

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

The batter made for Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The batter stays fresh and doesn’t thicken over a period of time. So it is perfect for meal planning as well. Keep the batter ready along with some of the chutneys. It will sort your weekday worries for breakfast or lunch box.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Let us make some Andhra Pradesh/ Telangana state special breakfast Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes!

Pesarattu-

Wash and soak the rice and lentils together for 4-5 hours.

Drain the water after 4-5 hours.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Grind these together with ginger, fresh coriander leaves green chilies, cumin seeds and very little water. The batter should be smooth without any lumps. Then season it with salt and mix well.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Keep the batter aside for just 10-15 minutes while you prep the onions, etc.

Heat the griddle/ tawa. Pour a few drops of oil and wipe it off with some damp kitchen paper. The griddle/ tawa will sizzle, that means it is ready for making Pesarattu/ crepes.

Pour a ladleful of the batter on the griddle/ tawa and spread it really well. Scrap off any extra batter on the top.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

Then open the lid and pour a few drops of oil (optional).
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Then sprinkle red chili powder, some chopped onion, chopped green chilies and a bit of lemon juice.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Do not flip the Pesarattu/ crepe. Just fold and serve piping hot.

I have served with Green coconut chutney and pink coconut chutney.

Pink Coconut chutney/ relish-

Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, tamarind pulp, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper –

Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

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Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are light and delicious option for breakfast or a light meal. Pack these in lunch boxes as well as they are very filling as they are made with mixed lentils. They are a delicacy in Andhra Pradesh, often served with coconut chutney.
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Pesarattu

  • 1/4 cup split yellow lentils dhooli moong dal
  • 1/4 cup whole green lentils akhi moong dal
  • 1/4 cup rice any variety
  • salt to taste
  • 2 nos. green chilies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice for garnishing
  • chopped green chili for garnishing
  • red chili powder for garnishing
  • chopped onion for garnishing

Pink Coconut Chutney/ relish

  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut grated
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 nos. whole red chilies
  • 2 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • water as needed

Tempering

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • a pinch of asafoetida

Instructions

Pesarattu

  1. Wash and soak the rice and lentils together for 4-5 hours.

  2. Drain the water after 4-5 hours.

  3. Grind these together with ginger, fresh coriander leaves green chilies, cumin seeds and very little water. The batter should be smooth without any lumps. Then season it with salt and mix well.

  4. Keep the batter aside for just 10-15 minutes while you prep the onions, etc.

  5. Heat the griddle/ tawa. Pour a few drops of oil and wipe it off with some damp kitchen paper. The griddle/ tawa will sizzle, that means it is ready for making Pesarattu/ crepes.

  6. Pour a ladleful of the batter on the griddle/ tawa and spread it really well. Scrap off any extra batter on the top.

  7. Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

  8. Then open the lid and pour a few drops of oil (optional).

  9. Then sprinkle red chili powder, some chopped onion, chopped green chilies and a bit of lemon juice.

  10. Do not flip the Pesarattu/ crepe. Just fold and serve piping hot.

  11. I have served with Green coconut chutney and pink coconut chutney.

Pink Coconut Chutney

  1. Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, tamarind pulp, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.  


Temper

  1. Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. 

  2. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Love,
Shreya

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Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake is a soft, moist and super light. This is an old fashioned cake which tastes really good! It makes for a beautiful tea time cake. 🙂 

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake can be made with or without eggs. I wanted to try the eggless version for the longest time. I was always intrigued with the idea of using boiling hot milk for making the cake batter. And I must admit, it is indeed one of the most beautiful cakes that I’ve baked in the recent times. It is a recipe I will definitely keep revisiting. My hubby like it as well, he described it as light and extremely spongy. 

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake has a really lovely texture even though this version doesn’t have eggs. The hot milk along with yogurt has made it so spongy. I am so glad I tried this recipe that I found on a YouTube, but made a couple of changes and it turned out very well.

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake stayed fresh for a good 2 days. I kept it very simple, however you could dust it with some icing sugar or serve it along with seasonal fruits and cream. Turn a simple tea time cake into a classy dessert fit for parties and birthdays 🙂

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Anyways, let us get on with the recipe.

Preheat the oven at 180’c for 10-15 minutes.

In a pan, heat milk. Once it starts to boil, add butter.

Bring them to a boil and let the butter melt completely into the milk.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

In a mixing bowl, whisk yogurt. Then add castor sugar and whisk again.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt into the yogurt.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Whisk the dry ingredients with the yogurt.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Then add the hot milk and butter mixture in batches. Also, add the vanilla extract. Whisk well to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Pour the ready batter into a 7″ parchment lined square tin or a 7″loaf pan.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Bake it for 40 minutes at 180’c. Once the cake is baked, cool it for about an hour before unmolding.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Slice the cake once it cools down completely.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

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Egg free Hot Milk Cake

Hot Milk Cake is a soft, moist and super light. This is an old fashioned cake which tastes really good! It makes for a beautiful tea time cake.
Course Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1+1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1+1/2 cup All purpose flour maida
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180'c for 10-15 minutes.

  2. In a pan, heat milk. Once it starts to boil, add butter. 

  3. Bring them to a boil and let the butter melt completely into the milk. 

  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk yogurt. Then add castor sugar and whisk again.

  5. Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt into the yogurt.

  6. Whisk the dry ingredients with the yogurt.

  7. Then add the hot milk and butter mixture in batches. Also, add the vanilla extract. Whisk well to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients. 

  8. Then add the hot milk and butter mixture in batches. Also, add the vanilla extract. Whisk well to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients. 

  9.  Pour the ready batter into a 7" parchment lined square tin or a 7"loaf pan. 

  10.  Bake it for 40 minutes at 180'c. Once the cake is baked, cool it for about an hour before unmolding.

  11. Slice the cake once it cools down completely.

Love,
Shreya.

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