Category: Cakes & Bakes

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is healthy, delicious and so easy to put together. We have used whole wheat flour and added walnuts which makes this cake/ loaf very filling too.ย ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loafย is one of my go to recipes that came across online a few months ago. I have made it quite a few times since then and it always turns out perfectly!! No- fail recipe and the results are so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ Whenever I’ve got some overripe bananas sitting in the fruit basket, I either make thisย Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf or my Rustic Banana Bread with Yogurt. If you like chocolate then you can make my Banana Breakfast bars, that is loaded with chocolate and butterscotch!

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loafย is vegan too, has no eggs and it takes a few ingredients to put together. Ingredients that one has in their pantry on a daily basis. Just a few minutes of preparation and in the oven this goes! That’s all, real quick. Great after school snack for kids with some milk or a glass of juice. You can even pack it for their lunch boxes along with some sandwiches. It’s healthy and really delicious.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loafย has the best texture. It is very soft and is very moist too, despite of it being vegan. Let’s bake ourselves one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Preheat the oven at 180’c. Grease a 7″loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.

Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it’s well incorporated.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.

Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.

Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.

Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170’c.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.

This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: one 7 inch loaf

A vegan, delicious, soft and healthy whole wheat banana and walnut cake/ loaf is the perfect partner for your tea or coffee!

Ingredients

  • 2 nos. ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1+1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180'c. Grease a 7"loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.
  2. Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.
  3. Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it's well incorporated.
  4. Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.
  5. Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).
  6. Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.
  7. Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.
  8. Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.
  9. Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170'c.
  10. Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.
  11. Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.
  12. This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Notes

You can skip the spices if you prefer. I used 2 large bananas, use 3 if using smaller bananas. Add nuts of your choice or skip them if you prefer.

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Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

ย Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake is a classic sponge cake flavored with vanilla and chocolate. It’s the perfect companion to tea/ coffee. Every bite is a blend of everyone’s favorite flavors ๐Ÿ™‚

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cakeย is one of the best eggless cakes I’ve baked in a long time. It is absolutely perfect! 10/10 is how I will rate this cake. It’s soft, melts in the mouth and has that perfect crumb! Flawless to the point of being a fault! It’s that good.

I have always loved these bakery style tea time marble cakes. It’s always perfect and the flavor is the best of both worlds! Even as a kid, my Mom would usually buy me those little slice cake packets from Monginis, as they were always yummy!! I can still remember that distinct aroma of chocolate and vanilla as I’d open the little packet ๐Ÿ™‚

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake is a bakers delight! It rises beautifully and holds it’s shape well. I sliced the cake once it was completely cool and it was just beautiful. Can you believe I’ve baked this cake thrice in the last 2 months! Since I perfected it, I thought I’d share it on the blog too!

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

The loaf had this signature crack which I adore in tea cakes. If you are like me and enjoy tea times loafs, try my Egg free Ribbon cake, Rustic Banana Bread or even the luscious Strawberry Snack cake. They are absolutely endearing, the crack makes the cake look so natural and rustic. I prefer rustic ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, I came across this recipe online and I tried it straightaway, it definitely didn’t disappoint. The recipe originally called for eggs, but I wanted to go egg free and made a couple of changes to it.

Let’s get baking.

Grease a 9 inch loaf tin with some butter, dust it with loose flour and set it aside.

Preheat the oven @160’c.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Sift flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. set them aside.

In another bowl, whisk together sugar, butter and oil until they are creamy and light.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Add vanilla extract and the curd. Mix well to combine them. Then add the milk and keep mixing well while pouring the milk.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Add the flour in two batches, fold it well into the batter but do not over-mix. Over-mixing results in a dense cake.

Take out 1/3 of the batter in a smaller bowl, add the melted chocolate into the batter.

Fold everything together. Do not over-mix.

Pour the vanilla batter into the ready tin. Top it with the chocolate batter. Use a toothpick or a knife to make some swirls but not too much as we do not want the two batters mixing together.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Bake the cake at 160’c (320F) for approximately 45-50 minutes. Remember every oven works differently so once the top turns golden, the cake have been done. Take a toothpick test, if the crumbs come out too moist, bake for another 10 minutes.

Once baked, cool the cake completely in the tin, then remove from the tin and slice.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

This cake keeps fresh in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9"loaf

A light, fluffy and melt the mouth soft tea time cake which has the best of both worlds with the vanilla and the delicious chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1+1/4 cup all purpose flour/ Maida
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flavorless refined oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 50 gms chopped cooking chocolate (to be melted before use)

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9 inch loaf tin with some butter, dust it with loose flour and set it aside.
  2. Preheat the oven @160'c.
  3. Sift flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. set them aside.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, butter and oil until they are creamy and light.
  5. Add vanilla extract and the curd. Mix well to combine them. Then add the milk and keep mixing well while pouring the milk.
  6. Add the flour in two batches, fold it well into the batter but do not over-mix. Over-mixing results in a dense cake.
  7. Take out 1/3 of the batter in a smaller bowl, add the melted chocolate into the batter.
  8. Fold everything together. Do not over-mix.
  9. Pour the vanilla batter into the ready tin. Top it with the chocolate batter. Use a toothpick or a knife to make some swirls but not too much as we do not want the two batters mixing together.
  10. Bake the cake at 160'c (320'F) for approximately 45-50 minutes. Remember every oven works differently so once the top turns golden, the cake have been done. Take a toothpick test, if the crumbs come out too moist, bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. Once baked, cool the cake completely in the tin, then remove from the tin and slice.
  12. This cake keeps fresh in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

Use a good quality cooking chocolate. You can use chocolate chips alternately. Curd should neither be too thick nor too watery. Never over mix the cake batter else the cake shall be hard and heavy. Please use baking powder and baking soda that are not too old. That could cause the cake to fall or crack extensively during baking. Measure the ingredients very carefully.

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Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cakeย is a flavorful, light tea time cake. This cake has a dominant flavor of khoya/ mawa (milk solids) and cardamom. It is traditionally topped with sliced cashews or sliced pistachios and almonds. ย 

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake is really an one of it’s kind of a cake, it has such pronounced Indian flavors, you’d almost mistake it for an Indian sweet but it’s an incredibly light, fluffy and scrumptious tea time cake despite being eggless ๐Ÿ™‚ The milk solids or mawa as it’s known in India, gives the Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake a almost caramel like aroma once it’s baked. It’s the signature cake or bakery delight in Mumbai’s popular Irani cafes or restaurants hence the name Parsi Mawa Cake. You can’t be a Mumbaikar and not love these ๐Ÿ˜›

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cakeย is made without eggs as the name suggests, I had no plans to make this immediately after the Parsi mawa cake recipe that I posted yesterday. But it so happened that I received many messages and some emails asking for an eggless/ egg free version of the same. I felt it was necessary to do soon so that my readers can try if they so wish to, hence today I’m posting an egg free version here.

I saw a few videos on YouTube long back on egg free mawa cake and it is pretty much like my Egg free Ribbon Cake recipe with a few modifications here and there. The texture, to my surprise has turned out well and the taste is really caramel like, which I loved!!

Let’s move on to the recipe.

Preheat the oven @180’c.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together condensed milk and butter until they are fluffy. I whisked for about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.

Add 1/4 cup of milk and whisk again.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Sieve Maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, baking soda and cardamom powder in the mixture.

Whisk well.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Add grated khoya/ mawa.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Gently mix this mawa into the batter. Do not over mix. The batter is thick and a bit lumpy.

Grease a 9″ loaf pan, line the base with a piece of parchment.

Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle some sliced pistachio on the top.

Tap the pan a few times on the work surface to release air bubbles.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Bake for 40-45 minutes @180’c. Once baked, do a toothpick test, the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or with a few soft crumbs.

If the cake is under cooked, bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Cool the cake on a cooling rack for an hour before de moulding it and slicing.

I’ll update the shelf life of the cake in the next 2-3 days as I need to see how well it keeps fresh.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9"loaf

Light, moist and delicious egg free Parsi Mawa Cake is easy to make and goes well with tea/ coffee!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tin condensed milk (1/2 of 400gm tin)
  • 3 tbsp. soft unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Maida / APF
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp. powdered sugar (adjust this to taste preference)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup grated mawa/ khoya
  • 2 tbsp. sliced pistachio

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @180'c.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together condensed milk and butter until they are fluffy. I whisked for about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.
  3. Add milk and whisk again.
  4. Sieve Maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, baking soda and cardamom powder in the mixture.
  5. Whisk well.
  6. Add grated khoya/ mawa.
  7. Gently mix this mawa into the batter. Do not over mix. The batter is thick and a bit lumpy.
  8. Grease a 9" loaf pan, line the base with a piece of parchment.
  9. Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle some sliced pistachio on the top.
  10. Tap the pan a few times on the work surface to release air bubbles.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes @180'c. Once baked, do a toothpick test, the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or with a few soft crumbs.
  12. If the cake is under cooked, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  13. Cool the cake on a cooling rack for an hour before de moulding it and slicing.
  14. I'll update the shelf life of the cake in the next 2-3 days as I need to see how well it keeps fresh.

Notes

Use good quality mawa. Do not over mix the batter. Let the cake cool down completely before slicing.

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Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

ย Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is a flavorful, light tea time cake. This cake has a dominant flavor of khoya/ mawa (milk solids) and cardamom. It is traditionally topped with sliced cashews or sliced pistachios and almonds. ย 

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is really an one of it’s kind of a cake, it has such pronounced Indian flavors, you’d almost mistake it for an Indian sweet but it’s an incredibly light, fluffy and scrumptious tea time cake ๐Ÿ™‚ The milk solids or mawa as it’s known in India, gives the Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake a almost caramel like aroma once it’s baked. It’s the signature cake or bakery delight in Mumbai’s popular Irani cafes or restaurants hence the name Parsi Mawa Cake. You can’t be a Mumbaikar and not love these ๐Ÿ˜›

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is usually topped with some sliced nuts or cashews. I like the look of the sliced nuts hence went with that option. And I simply loved the nutty aroma of these nuts once they are baked and they did turn a bit crunchy, giving a lovely bite to this soft, fluffy cake.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Look at that crumb!! Moist, fluffy and the cake rose so beautifully (pssst…it has no baking powder or baking soda and yet it rose remarkably well)! I have to admit this my first trial with a mawa cake and I just tweaked my recipe for Strawberry Snack Cake and made this mawa cake a few days ago. I’m really stoked at how nicely it all worked out and it didn’t end up in the bin..hehe!!ย  Besides, my hubby really enjoyed this, to the last crumb if I must say so myself!! So that’s one cake which is going to feature often in my ‘baking for weekend’ list! ๐Ÿ™‚

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

It slices very neatly if you let cool down for 20-30 minutes. This cake stays fresh for 4-5 days in an airtight container at room temperature and up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

Let’s get cracking!

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. I used a 5″ cake tin.
Preheat the oven @180’C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.

Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
Add the cardamom powder into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
Once both the eggs are well incorporated, add the crumbled mawa and whisk well until the mawa has incorporated into the egg mixture.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake
Then sieve in the flour and salt.
Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180’C for 40-50 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it’s underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 5" round cake

Parsi Mawa Cake is a delicious, flavorsome cake to accompany your tea/ coffee. A crunchy topping of sliced nuts adds a lovely texture to every bite!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 nos. large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 100 gms crumbled mawa
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced pistachios and almonds

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. I used a 5" cake tin.
  2. Preheat the oven @180'C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
  3. Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.
  4. Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
  5. Add the cardamom powder into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
  6. Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
  7. Once both the eggs are well incorporated, add the crumbled mawa and whisk well until the mawa has incorporated into the egg mixture.
  8. Then sieve in the flour and salt.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
  10. Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
  11. Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
  12. Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top.
  13. Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180'C for 40-50 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
  14. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it's underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  15. Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.
  16. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

This recipe doesn't need baking soda/ baking powder, Use good quality, fresh mawa/ khoya. Let the cake cool before you slice or remove it from the tin.

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Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

ย Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are crispy, crunchy and very delicious on their own or with some Indian style ‘chai’. These biscuits have originated in the state of Punjabi but has become very popular all over the country.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Wholewheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are a staple in most tea shops around India. Even in most households, these biscuits find a home as they are delicious and very light as well. These biscuits are an Indian take on the classic English shortbread biscuits. However, they are made without butter and all purpose flour. Hence they have a slightly dense texture and they are so crumbly.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits has been one of my favorites from when I was a teenager and I’d have these when my Mom got them from a nearby Punjabi grocery stores. Somehow, I had never really liked them before and then, all of a sudden, I just fell in love with them! Have you had these with milk?! Oh they taste amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

These are made with just 5 ingredients! I didn’t even need any whisking machine or any fancy equipment to make the dough. This biscuit dough doesn’t need to be chilled either before being baked. So that means this is a quick, instant biscuit that you can whisk up as and when you like.

Let’s bake!

Preheat the oven @ 160’c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat BiscuitsBakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.

Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bake them @160’c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

I’ve shared the ingredients in cup/ tablespoons but please be careful, they are approximate measures. It’s best to use ingredients in grams.

1+1/4 cup Atta/ wholewheat flour

1/4 cup ghee

12 tbsp powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

3/4 tsp baking powder

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 30 biscuits approx.

Made with whole wheat flour, these crispy, crunchy and egg free biscuits are light and addictive and pair fabulously with chai!

Ingredients

  • 150 grams whole wheat flour (Atta)
  • 60 gms ghee (clarified butter) at room temperature, not melted
  • 90 gms powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml milk approx.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 160'c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.
  3. Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated.
  4. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.
  5. Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.
  6. Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.
  7. Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.
  8. I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).
  9. Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs.
  10. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.
  11. Bake them @160'c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  12. Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

Notes

These cookies stay fresh for 5-6 days in an airtight container. The dough doesn't need to be chilled before baking. If you don't have a cookie press, roll the dough and slice it any shape before baking them.

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Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is really what it is! This sauce is sticky, rich and absolutely addictive. It comes together with minimal efforts and one could gulp it down by the spoonful! P) !!

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is truly the best homemade caramel sauce you’ll make! It’s a no fuss recipe that comes together in under 20 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve tried a couple of recipes in the past and I don’t remember what they really had going but the results weren’t exactly top notch! You’ll see what I mean when you try this recipe.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is so good that you’ll stop buying the bottled stuff from the supermarkets which are generally pretty flat in terms of the freshness and that deep vanilla flavor. So good!ย Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is just what you need to top your brownies and ice cream with!!!

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

That color, I mean, look at it! It’s liquid gold! Gold that could drink straight of the jar! Hehehe!! You know, when I was shooting it a couple of days ago, the sunlight and the play of shadows in my make shift studio in my home somehow enhanced the golden hue, I didn’t even have to spend much time editing them! That’s always a plus, right?!

Also, pro tip – if want to make it into a Salted Caramel Sauce, you’ll simply need to add about 1 teaspoon of salt to this recipe! Voila!ย 

So let’s make ourselves some really delicious caramel sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

Use a large sauce pan because when the mixture boils and bubbles, it’s safer to have all that extra room in the pan to allow the sauce to expand.

To make it, combine sugar with water in a pan. Whisk them together on medium heat.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Then, let them boil away on gentle heat until the mixture turns light golden in color.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

My mixture took about 6 minutes to turn golden on low heat. Be careful, you are working with hot sugar.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Let the mixture boil on low heat for another 2-3 minutes so that it takes up a deeper, perfect amber color.

Be extra careful around this step, it takes just about 10 seconds for this mixture to go from amber to a burnt, sticky mass.

So keep an eye. Incase, if does happen that the mixture sticks to the base and burns, start over!

Once the color has turned amber, turn off the heat, Whisk in the vanilla extract and the cream . (salt too, incase you are making salted caramel sauce).

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Continue to whisk gently until the sauce is smooth and silky.

That’s done. Let the sauce cool completely before storing it in a dry and clean glass jar.

This sauce stays fresh in the refrigerator for over 2-3 months.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 1 cup + 2 tbsp approximately

A delicious Caramel Sauce that is so buttery, thick, rich and so addictive! The only recipe you'll be needing to make a jarful of this liquid gold!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I've used castor sugar)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 3/4 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt (optional, to be added if making salted caramel sauce)

Instructions

  1. Use a large sauce pan because when the mixture boils and bubbles, it's safer to have all that extra room in the pan to allow the sauce to expand.
  2. To make it, combine sugar with water in a pan. Whisk them together on medium heat.
  3. Then, let them boil away on gentle heat until the mixture turns light golden in color.
  4. My mixture took about 6 minutes to turn golden on low heat. Be careful, you are working with hot sugar.
  5. Let the mixture boil on low heat for another 2-3 minutes so that it takes up a deeper, perfect amber color.
  6. Be extra careful around this step, it takes just about 10 seconds for this mixture to go from amber to a burnt, sticky mass.
  7. So keep an eye. Incase, if does happen that the mixture sticks to the base and burns, start over!
  8. Once the color has turned amber, turn off the heat.
  9. Whisk in the vanilla extract and the cream . (salt too, incase you are making salted caramel sauce).
  10. Continue to whisk gently until the sauce is smooth and silky.
  11. That's done. Let the sauce cool completely before storing it in a dry and clean glass jar.
  12. This sauce stays fresh in the refrigerator for over 2-3 months.

Notes

Use a large, deep pan. The sauce will bubble and expand, hence a large, deep pan is safer. Remember you are working with boiling sugar so stay safe and have your kids/ family members away from the hot pan. Maintain a low heat to ensure the sugar doesn't burn.

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Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe is a light, moist and delicious cake that goes well with tea or coffee. This recipe doesn’t ask for any fancy ingredients and is very easy to make too ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe takes me back to the time when I was a kid and a slice of this cake was truly so exciting! Soft, moist and absolutely yummy. It was an indulgence we’d have usually at birthday parties or when my Mom would bring slices of these from popular cake shops nearby ๐Ÿ™‚ There was always a vanilla slice with these pinkish red ribbon, that was my favorite! It looked so catchy, I always looked at that ribbon layer imagining how did it come to be so?!!

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Turns out, making that perfect ribbon isn’t a rocket science! A simple technique and that ribbon looks like it came straight out of a bakery :). I used a 9 inch baking pan and the top cracked ever so slightly. The perfect crack actually for any loaf cake!!! But there is no trick for that, it just happened naturally as the pan was a wee bit small. If you want a loaf without cracks, use a slightly bigger pan for this quantity of cake mix ๐Ÿ™‚

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe has the most gorgeous texture. I’ve used one of the very first recipes I ever used from a cookbook to bake an egg free, butter free vanilla cakes. It has never failed me and I have stuck with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s see how, do keep all ingredients at room temperature.

Preheat the oven @ 180’c.

Sift flour with corn flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set it aside.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Whisk the condensed milk. Add powdered sugar and whisk until the mixture is frothy. Add oil and whisk again.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Add flour and milk in parts alternately to the condensed milk mixture and fold gently.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Add vanilla extract and mix well. The batter should have a pouring consistency.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Take 1/2 cup of this batter in a bowl. Add one drop of gel color of your choice.

Set side the plain batter until further use.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Mix the color well.

Grease a baking pan or line it with parchment paper. Pour 3/4th of the plain batter into the pan.

Pour the colored batter next on top of the plain batter. Top it with remaining plain batter.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Tap the pan gently to release the excess air bubbles.

Bake the cake @180’c for 40-45 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check the doneness, the toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

If the cake is under cooked, bake for a few more minutes.

Cool the cake completely before slicing. This cake stays fresh for 3-4 days in an airtight box.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9 inch loaf

Soft, moist and delicious Tea Time Bakery Style Ribbon Cake is easy to make and uses no butter, no eggs!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tin condensed milk
  • 1+1/4 cup flour (Maida)
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 5 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (use more or less if needed to correct the consistency of the batter)
  • 1+1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • gel color of your preference

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Sift flour with corn flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set it aside.
  3. Whisk the condensed milk.
  4. Add powdered sugar and whisk until the mixture is frothy.
  5. Add oil and whisk again.
  6. Add flour and milk in parts alternately to the condensed milk mixture and fold gently.
  7. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  8. The batter should have a pouring consistency.
  9. Take 1/2 cup of this batter in a bowl. Add one drop of gel color of your choice.
  10. Set side the plain batter until further use.
  11. Mix the color well.
  12. Grease a baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  13. Pour 3/4th of the plain batter into the pan.
  14. Pour the colored batter next on top of the plain batter.
  15. Top it with remaining plain batter.
  16. Tap the pan gently to release the excess air bubbles.
  17. Bake the cake @180'c for 40-45 minutes.
  18. Insert a toothpick to check the doneness, the toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  19. If the cake is under cooked, bake for a few more minutes.
  20. Cool the cake completely before slicing. This cake stays fresh for 3-4 days in an airtight box.

Notes

Use flavorless oil. Color can be of your choice. Quantity of milk depends on the quality of flour so adjust accordingly. Adjust the sweetness too if needed as we use condensed milk which is pretty sweet.

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French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons. A macaron is a French cookie. It is a meringue based cookie, made with egg whites, almond flour, castor sugar and icing sugar.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons is one of my favorite cookies ever but definitely not too easy to recreate. It certainly takes a fair bit patience and skill. But I nailed it on my first attempt!! ๐Ÿ™‚

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Yes!! I jumped with joy all over the place as I saw the macaron develop those ruffled feet in the oven! I couldn’t believe it for real but then again I’m pretty good at baking ๐Ÿ˜› Hehe..! Honestly, I was determined with every last bone in my body to nail it and it happened!

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

French Macarons should essentially have a smooth top, ruffled feet and a flat base. The texture should be crisp on the outside and soft and chewy within. That is the perfect French Macaron!

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

See the picture above, that is how they should look when bit into one. I nailed them taste wise as well. I wasn’t sure if they would be chewy, but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted a chocolate buttercream filling, it’s my favorite when I think of Macarons! Next on the list would be chocolate ganache!

I can say one thing before I start the recipe, please follow the recipe and the measures correctly. I can’t say for sure if you’ll nail it in the first go but do give your honest 100% to it. This recipe worked for me and I plan on holding on to it. I’ll also make other flavors using it as the base for the shells.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

That’s a close up of the mac! This is the exact texture, up close ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you tempted?! :p

Let’s start the recipe and the steps. Please follow them.
Macaron Shell
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. I used 2 sheets as I wasn’t sure how much many shells would fit on one sheet.


Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with an electric whisk until they are foamy (takes about 2 minutes).
Slowly add the white sugar (I used castor sugar) into the egg whites.
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Beat again till the mixture is foamy and holds stiff peaks (takes about 5 minutes).
Sift together the almond flour and the confectioner’s sugar in a separate bowl. Discard any bits left behind.
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Add 1/2 of the sifted flour to the meringue and fold gently in 4-5 folds.
Add the remaining half of the flour and fold gently.
I did about 37-38 folds to ensure the correct consistency. The batter should be like slow flowing lava. It depends on everyone’s manual strength as to how many folds it may take to get the batter right.
(Do not over the batter. It could spoil the cookies and turn them flat. Under mixing also spoils the batter and the cookies crack while baking).

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Once the batter is ready, fill it in a piping bag.
Pipe cookies in round circles of about 1.5″ in diameter. Pipe each cookie at a distance of 2″. I piped around 15 cookies.
Bang the baking sheet on the counter a few times to ensure all the air bubbles are released.
Let the baking sheets sit on the counter for 30-40 minutes until the piped cookies develop a shiny, hard skin on top of them.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
Preheat the oven at 160’c.
Bake them forย  18-20 minutes in the center of the oven. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 30-40 minutes.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

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Chocolate Buttercream Filling
Cream the butter using an electric whisk. Add vanilla extract.
Then add icing sugar. Whisk again.
Add some milk if the filling is too thick or add some icing sugar if the filling is too runny.
Fill the buttercream in a piping bag.
Pipe buttercream in between two cookies and make sandwiches.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
They keep fresh for 3 days at room temperature.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 7-8 macarons

Ingredients

    Macaron Shell
  • 2 nos. large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup/ 71 gms almond flour
  • 1 cup/ 125 gms Confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar (white sugar)
  • Chocolate Buttercream Filling
  • 1/2 stick soft unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk (approx.)
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

    Macaron Shell
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. I used 2 sheets as I wasn't sure how much many shells would fit on one sheet.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with an electric whisk until they are foamy (takes about 2 minutes).
  3. Slowly add the white sugar (I used castor sugar) into the egg whites.
  4. Beat again till the mixture is foamy and holds stiff peaks (takes about 5 minutes).
  5. Sift together the almond flour and the confectioner's sugar in a separate bowl. Discard any bits left behind.
  6. Add 1/2 of the sifted flour to the meringue and fold gently in 4-5 folds.
  7. Add the remaining half of the flour and fold gently.
  8. I did about 37-38 folds to ensure the correct consistency. The batter should be like slow flowing lava. It depends on everyone's manual strength as to how many folds it may take to get the batter right.
  9. (Do not over the batter. It could spoil the cookies and turn them flat. Under mixing also spoils the batter and the cookies crack while baking).
  10. Once the batter is ready, fill it in a piping bag.
  11. Pipe cookies in round circles of about 1.5" in diameter. Pipe each cookie at a distance of 2". I piped around 15 cookies.
  12. Bang the baking sheet on the counter a few times to ensure all the air bubbles are released.
  13. Let the baking sheets sit on the counter for 30-40 minutes until the piped cookies develop a shiny, hard skin on top of them.
  14. Preheat the oven at 160'c.
  15. Bake them for 18-20 minutes in the center of the oven. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 30-40 minutes.
  16. Chocolate Buttercream Filling
  17. Cream the butter using an electric whisk. Add vanilla extract.
  18. Then add icing sugar. Sift in the cocoa powder. Whisk again.
  19. Add some milk if the filling is too thick or add some icing sugar if the filling is too runny.
  20. Fill the buttercream in a piping bag.
  21. Pipe buttercream in between two cookies and make sandwiches.
  22. They keep fresh for 3 days at room temperature.

Notes

Always sift the ingredients as mentioned above. It gives a smooth finish to the cookies. Resting the piped cookies is essential for the feet to form while baking. Use ready almond flour as it is ground very fine. Making the flour at home is not nearly as perfect. I have baked on baking sheets of the exact same kind. Hence the cookies baked evenly and took the same amount of time to bake.

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Adapted from Martha Stewart’s basic French Macarons recipe. I even saw a few YouTube videos to learn the method for piping the Macarons.

Strawberry Snack Cake

Strawberries are here and they are so delicious!! I can’t stop beaming! Hence, beginning the strawberry season with this Strawberry Snack Cake ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, a snack cake, that sounds a good excuse to have a cake! Not to mention it’s so yummy and absolutely soft, melt in the mouth ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Strawberry Snack Cake

Yes, I am a big strawberry lover! You guys know that, I mean last season I made many things with strawberries. My GF Strawberry Crumble was loved by many! Then came the very delicious Volcano Popsicles, I’ll be making a new batch of those soon ;). So now this cake, look at those ruby red jewel like berries studded into the cake. They are slightly tangy and every bite with the soft cakes taste very nice! Almost like a burst of berry jam in every bite!

Strawberry Snack Cake

This turned out so good that it was all gone in less than two days..lol! I’d made this to welcome my ever travelling hubby home a few days ago and he loved every last crumb of this ๐Ÿ™‚ Infact, he wants me to bake another batch of this soon, this coming from the man who ain’t a big fan of berries!! Hehe!! I’ll oblige him, because it means a round two for yours truly too!

Strawberry Snack Cake

See the crumb? Moist and so fluffy. See how the berries stay nicely suspended right on the top and won’t sink? (I will share the tips on that too). Snack cakes are usually made in square tins and that is how I’ve made it too. Else, rectangle tin will work too. I’ve used an 7″ square tin and the cake rose beautifully and had good browning on the sides. I always prefer proper aluminum tins as I feel the distribute the heat very evenly. I am completely averse to using dark or black tin as they overheat easily and the cake remains under cooked in the center. So, you can decide what you must invest in for your bakes.

Strawberry Snack Cake

I’ve dusted the cake with some icing sugar and it tasted much better than expected! You can probably serve the snack bars with some crรจme fraiche or top them with some lightly whipped and sweetened mascarpone cheese! All good, so good!! The best part is that this Strawberry Snack Cake keeps so well in the refrigerator. Keeps very moist and stays fresh for about 3 to 4 days easily.

Strawberry Snack Cake

Let us start making this.

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature.
Preheat the oven @180’C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
Wash, hull and slice each berry in half. Set them aside.
Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.
Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
Strawberry Snack Cake

Add the vanilla extract and the yolk into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
Once both the eggs are well incorporated, sieve in the flour and salt.
Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
Roll the sliced side of each half of the berry into some APF and place them on top of the batter. Do not push them deep, just place them on top gently.
Strawberry Snack Cake

Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180’C for 40-45 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it’s underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes. I have sliced the cake in the tin itself.
Serve warm.
Strawberry Snack Cake

Strawberry Snack Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: makes one 7"square cake

Enjoy strawberries with this easy and delicious Strawberry Snack Cake! It's moist, fluffy and very soft, absolutely melt in the mouth!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup castor cup
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 nos. large eggs
  • 1 no. egg yolk
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 nos. fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven @180'C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
  3. Wash, hull and slice each berry in half. Set them aside.
  4. Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.
  5. Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and the yolk into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
  7. Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
  8. Once both the eggs are well incorporated, sieve in the flour and salt.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
  10. Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
  11. Pour the cake batter into the tin.
  12. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
  13. Roll the sliced side of each half of the berry into some APF and place them on top of the batter.
  14. Do not push them deep, just place them on top gently.
  15. Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180'C for 40-45 minutes.
  16. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
  17. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness.
  18. If it's underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  19. Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.
  20. I have sliced the cake in the tin itself.
  21. Serve warm.ย 

Notes

Adding the extra egg yolk ensures that lovely yellow color of the sponge and the batter emulsifies better so the cake has a perfect texture. THIS RECIPE DOESNOT CALL FOR ANY BAKING POWDER or BAKING SODA. The extra yolk acts as butter but cannot replace the butter or vice versa.

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Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies have been derived from the most traditional Linzertorte from Austria. The Linzertorte is a buttery tart filled with mixed nuts and black currant preserves but the American version has raspberry preserves in place of black currant preserves. Linzer Cookies have the same basic recipe and method, only that the dough is cut and baked as cookies and later sandwiched together with some jams/ preserves.ย 

Linzer Cookies

Pretty, aren’t they!? I just love how they look! I’ve used a small fondant plunger of star shape here because I’m not too fond of a very large cut-out center. But that is up to you, use any shape or any size that you fancy for these Linzer cookies. Christmas being around the corner, I’m in love with this star shape! In the spirit of the festivities, I’m going crazy over everything that looks Christmassy ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, making these Linzer cookies was a breeze.

I also used a dainty scalloped edge cookie cutter to ensure these cookies look prettier. If you don’t have any cookie cutters or plungers for the Linzer eyes, you can simply use a knife. First cut out square cookies, then use the same knife to make a small hole for the eye. You can even use bottle caps of different sizes to make the Linzer cookies. If you’re willing, you’ll find a way easily. I never had much baking accessories when I started out almost 3 years ago. I slowly built up my collection of necessities. There are still many things out there which I need but I can work without them very easily!

Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies must taste better than they look, right?? I’ve used my Sugar Cookie recipe here with the addition of some almond extract for that traditional flavor. I’ve used strawberry preserve (store bought), although I wanted to use my homemade strawberry jam but I didn’t find good strawberries in the supermarket. You can even use raspberry preserve or apricot preserve. They all go so well with these Linzer cookies.

Also, these are the traditional flavors, but on could go ahead with robust flavors like rhubarb relish or a lemon curd for a bit of a fresh take on these! The possibilities are endless ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s begin by bringing the butter to room temperature. It must be soft, not melted.
Take butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl, mix them well using a whisk. Do not over beat.
Add almond extract and mix again.
Sift in the flour and baking powder.
Mix them.
You can use some milk to bring the dough together. But do not add too much milk.
I used about 2-3 tbsp. of milk approximately. Bring the dough together.
Wrap the dough in some cling and refrigerate for an hour to set the dough.
Linzer Cookies
In the meanwhile, line a baking tray with some parchment paper.
Once the dough has set for 60 minutes, dust the kitchen surface with some flour. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4mm. Cut out the cookies and place them on the parchment lined baking tray. Keep the cookies at least an inch apart.
Linzer Cookies
Cut out Linzer eyes for half of the cookies. Keep the other half plain. Refrigerate the cookies again for 15 minutes. This ensures that the cookies don’t spread while baking.
Preheat the oven 180’c.
Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
Linzer Cookies
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the hot baking tray for 10 minutes as they continue to crisp up further. The cookies are soft when they come out of the oven but they will turn crisp.
Place the cookies on a cooling rack to let them cool completely for about 30 minutes.
Once all the cookies have cooled down, spread some jam on the plain cookies and sandwich it with a cut out cookie. Dust with some icing sugar if you like.
Keep these cookies refrigerated in an airtight box and they stay fresh for up to 4-5 days.

Linzer Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 12-13 cookies

Linzer Cookies are so pretty and needless to say, one of the easiest cookies to put together! Make these for your loved ones:)

Ingredients

    For the Cookies -
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • 5 tbsp. soft unsalted butter
  • For the Filling -
  • 3-4 tbsp. jam / preserve of your choice
  • Icing sugar to dust the cookies - as needed

Instructions

    For the Cookies
  1. Let's begin by bringing the butter to room temperature. It must be soft, not melted.
  2. Take butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl, mix them well using a whisk. Do not over beat.
  3. Add almond extract and mix again.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder.
  5. Mix them.
  6. You can use some milk to bring the dough together. But do not add too much milk.
  7. I used about 2-3 tbsp. of milk approximately. Bring the dough together.
  8. Wrap the dough in some cling and refrigerate for an hour to set the dough.
  9. In the meanwhile, line a baking tray with some parchment paper.
  10. Once the dough has set for 60 minutes, dust the kitchen surface with some flour.
  11. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4mm.
  12. Cut out the cookies and place them on the parchment lined baking tray.
  13. Keep the cookies at least an inch apart.
  14. Cut out Linzer eyes for half of the cookies. Keep the other half plain.
  15. Refrigerate the cookies again for 15 minutes. This ensures that the cookies don't spread while baking.
  16. Preheat the oven 180'c.
  17. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
  18. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the hot baking tray for 10 minutes as they continue to crisp up further.
  19. The cookies are soft when they come out of the oven but they will turn crisp.
  20. Place the cookies on a cooling rack to let them cool completely for about 30 minutes.
  21. To Assemble
  22. Once all the cookies have cooled down, spread some jam on the plain cookies and sandwich it with a cut out cookie. Dust with some icing sugar if you like.
  23. Keep these cookies refrigerated in an airtight box and they stay fresh for up to 4-5 days.

Notes

Do not try these with whole wheat flour, they wont taste very nice, besides those aren't traditionally Linzer Cookies. Use jams of your choice as filling, though raspberry and strawberry jams/ preserves taste the best.

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Linzer Cookies

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