Category: Cakes & Bakes

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines are light, buttery tea cakes, often thought of as cookies and they can be recognized by their scalloped shell shape. It is kind of ribbed on one side and a small hump on the other side. They have a wonderfully moist crumb and a slightly crisp edge. They are best eaten when they fresh and warm out of the oven. 

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines can be made with a variety of different flavors but the classic lemon-vanilla combination is just a favorite amongst many, and rightfully so! It has the most amazing aroma as they bake, citrusy and so summery. These dainty little cookie like cakes are the perfect tea time offering. They are most often than not, dusted with some powdered sugar just before they are served warm, straight out of the oven. One could also glaze them with a light lemony sugar syrup. They taste the best on the first day when they are baked.

Their origin can be traced back to French town Commercy, Lorraine somewhere in the 18th century. I read somewhere that these dainty little confectioneries were served to Stanislaw Lezczynski, Duke of Lorraine. He liked them so much that he named them “Madeleines” after the girl who made them. Well, that is the little story behind these delicious bites.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines have a very light texture. This is because of the recipe used for making them involves making a genoise,  it is a sponge cake like batter. Like most sponges, it starts with the usual steps of beating eggs with sugar, followed by adding sifted flour and so on. The slight difference when making a genoise batter is that we add melted warm butter which gives a lot airiness to the end product, Madeleines, in this case. The melted butter should be warm so that it mixes well with batter and does not create streaks of flour.

These little cakes are unique for a reason, it is the shape. They are baked in scalloped shaped forms that gives them the ribbed patterns on one side and the tiny hump on the other. Although if you don’t have the classic Madeleine pan, use mini muffin tin or mini pie tins. It is crucial to properly butter and flour the forms/ tins so that they release as soon as they come out of the oven. 

The batter for the Madeleines can be used immediately post whipping it, you will neither get the correct texture nor the small humps. So the batter needs to rest and chill in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 hours before you can bake them. This batter can be stored for up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator, just keep it a bowl and cover it with a cling wrap. But do not store it beyond that because the Madeleines won’t have the perfect texture and they will lack the flavor.

I have been baking them for years following Joy of Baking and my suggestion us that you only bake as many Madeleines you plan to serve at one go, keep the remaining batter for 2-3 days and bake them in batches. But incase you baked them all in one go, you can store them for up to 48 hours post baking and cooling them in an airtight container. If you plan on serving them right away, only then dust them with sugar, else store them as is and dust them just when serving them.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines

Let us bake some Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines, they are fun and easy but a little technical so follow closely.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Keep it aside but it must be kept slightly warm.

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set that aside.

In another mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar for 4-5 minutes (I use an electrical whisk) or until the mixture is pale and thick.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French

Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest next. Beat again for a minute.

Then add 1/2 of the sift flour into the beaten eggs. Fold gently using a silicon spatula.

Fold in the remaining sifted flour. Again, gently fold in the flour. Do not over mix as that could deflate the batter.

The batter looks like this. ( Refer the picture below).

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French

Now, add the warm (not hot) melted butter to the batter and again gently fold everything together.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French

Cover the batter with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Refer the picture below, this is what the batter looks like before refrigeration.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French

This is the texture of the batter after 2.5 hours of refrigeration.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French

Preheat the oven at 190’c. Generously butter and flour the molds. This is an important step. The molds need to be greased well else the Madeleines will stick to them post baking. Refrigerate the pans till the butter hardens completely, it take about 7-8 minutes.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French

Fill each mold with 1 tbsp. of the batter into the center of each greased and floured mold. Do not spread the batter. Just leave it mounded in the center of each mold.

Bake the Madeleines for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are crisp and slightly browned and the centers spring back a little when touched.  Please note each oven works differently so bake them accordingly. do not over them as they can quickly turn very dry.

Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French

Once they are  baked, remove them from the oven immediately, tap the molds and release the Madeleines. Cool them for 5-10 minutes on a wired rack and serve them warm. You can dust them with some sugar. You can store them for up to 48 hours post baking them in an airtight container. Ensure that they completely cool before you store them in the container.

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Lemon Vanilla Madeleines | How to make French Madeleines

French Madeleines are light, buttery tea cakes, often thought of as cookies and they can be recognized by their scalloped shell shape. It is kind of ribbed on one side and a small hump on the other side. They have a wonderfully moist crumb and a slightly crisp edge. They are best eaten when they fresh and warm out of the oven.

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine French
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 42 minutes
Servings 24 Madeleines
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour maida
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 nos. large eggs at romm temp.
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar you can 2 tbsp more of sugar if you like them sweeter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • sugar to dust suggested serving

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Keep it aside but it must be kept slightly warm.

  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set that aside.

  3. In another mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar for 4-5 minutes (I use an electrical whisk) or until the mixture is pale and thick.
  4. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest next. Beat again for a minute.

  5. Then add 1/2 of the sift flour into the beaten eggs. Fold gently using a silicon spatula.

  6. Fold in the remaining sifted flour. Again, gently fold in the flour. Do not over mix as that could deflate the batter.

  7. Now, add the warm (not hot) melted butter to the batter and again gently fold everything together.

  8. Cover the batter with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.  (refer to stepwise pictures above)

  9. Preheat the oven at 190'c. Generously butter and flour the molds. This is an important step. The molds need to be greased well else the Madeleines will stick to them post baking.

  10. Refrigerate the pans till the butter hardens completely, it take about 7-8 minutes.

  11. Fill each mold with 1 tbsp. of the batter into the center of each greased and floured mold. Do not spread the batter. Just leave it mounded in the center of each mold.

  12. Bake the Madeleines for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are crisp and slightly browned and the centers spring back a little when touched.

  13. Please note each oven works differently so bake them accordingly. do not over them as they can quickly turn very dry.

  14. Once they are baked, remove them from the oven immediately, tap the molds and release the Madeleines. Cool them for 5-10 minutes on a wired rack and serve them warm. You can dust them with some sugar.

  15. You can store them for up to 48 hours post baking them in an airtight container. Ensure that they completely cool before you store them in the 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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Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake is one of the most loved tea cakes, it is so citrusy, buttery, moist, yet firm and has the most beautiful crumb. Enjoy this cake with some tea or coffee or a tall glass of warm milk! The mild tang from the burst of orange flavor is very refreshing for any confectionery and this cake is every bit as refreshing! 

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake as most of my cakes, has a beautiful crumb. The crumb structure is well defined, soft yet firm and the cake a beautiful height because every crumb has risen perfectly. Baking pound cakes or tea cakes, as most of you know is my absolute favorite thing to when I think of baking!! And this beautiful cake is all of that, it is the easiest cake to put together in just an hour, is packed with so much flavor you’ll be surprised and as all my bakes, this one too doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients or additions. Just grab all the ingredients from your pantry and fresh oranges is all one needs. 🙂

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

I loved the color on the top of the cake as well, a nice deep amber! Generally fruit juice based cakes do come out the oven looking really pretty and this Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake is no different. They are almost like a little tin full of sunshine on the inside too. That color is all thanks to the beautiful produce we have seen this year. There are oranges and kinnow oranges and little nectarines everywhere and you can use either of these. Although, I am a little conservative here and I used the most famous Nagpur oranges for this recipe as I have been doing for years now, you can use any variety that you are at ease with as long as they are fresh and sweet.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

This cake like any other fruit based cake will taste the best when made with fresh orange juice, so try to avoid anything from a tetra pack or frozen juice cubes which are seemingly easier to lay on your hands on but the flavor and the color of the cake won’t be as good. Just my two cents, it’s all up to you, whatever is comfortable 🙂

I am sharing a few of my go to cake recipes here because we love them and our readers love them !!
Tutti Frutti cake

Egg free Tutti Frutti cake 

Almond and cranberry Loaf

Starbucks Style Marble cake, cos why not?!

Egg free Marble Cake 

and lastly, my all time favorite egg free Pav (dinner rolls) recipe 🙂

And with some friendly links out of the way, I am now going to put in some tips and tricks in here to make the perfect cake every time! Many of you have followed them and come back with happy reviews and that definitely makes me happy too!

Temperature – Please ensure the ingredients used are all at room temperature. Different ingredients take different durations to come to room temperature, for example, butter takes close 2 hours on an average whereas eggs will come to room temperature in about 45-50 minutes. So accordingly, time yourself in advance before you bake a cake.

Creaming – This is an important step, adding adequate amount of air into the butter gives the cake it’s creamy color as well as the soft texture. Cream the butter using the electric whisk or manual whisk without the sugar to start with. Once the butter turns paler, add sugar in 2 or 3 parts and whisk in more air until the sugar has dissolved. Do not rush the creaming procedure, doing so will leave the sugar undissolved which gives a very crisp and wafer like exterior and the interior of the cake will remain too moist. So please pay close attention.

Whisking – To incorporate the eggs perfectly into the creamed butter sugar, you have to first lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them one by one into the creamed butter and sugar for best results. Whisk each egg for about 1 minute before adding the next. This will ensure the batter does not ever curdle. The batter will be smooth and light pale once all the eggs have been whisked. (check the picture below, the crumb shot shows that each step has been followed with care and the batter has been smooth with just the correct amount of air.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Folding – Never use a whisk to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. That will cause all the air which we have so carefully incorporated into the batter to escape. One of the main reasons why cakes deflate as they cool after baking. Always make it a point to use wooden or silicon spatula to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Cut and fold the batter just enough to bring everything together. Do not over mix the batter. That gives a very hard and tough cake.

Baking – Every oven runs differently, I am talking about OTGs. I do not bake in an convection microwave so have zero clue about how that works. But to bake in an OTG, it is advisable to invest in an oven thermometer to see how the heat in your oven runs before you start baking complex recipes. My oven runs about 10’c hotter so I adjust my baking durations accordingly.

So these are the main steps or tips that give those perfect slices every time. And it goes without saying, slice any cake only when it has cooled down completely. 

Now, let’s bake ourselves some Orange Pound Cake!

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature, important step and not to be missed.

Preheat the oven @180’c. Line and prep the baking tin. I have used a 9* X 5* inch loaf tin.
Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Next, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and set it aside.

Prepare the buttermilk by mixing together the milk and the vinegar, leave it aside to stand for about 5 minutes. Once it looks curdled, it is ready. Set it aside.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Next, cream the butter until soft and very fluffy. Add the powdered sugar in parts and cream until fluffy.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Add one egg at a time but do whisk each egg before adding them. Whisk for a few minutes. Add the zest and whisk for a minute.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Slowly, incorporate the flour mixture, buttermilk and the orange juice alternately. Fold the batter carefully. Do not whisk.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Fold the batter very carefully and do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepped tin.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Bake for 50 minutes @170’c or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool the cake for 20-25 minutes in the tin, carefully unmold and cool further before slicing it.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Store the sliced cake in an airtight container and it stays fresh for up to 5 days.

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Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Deliciously citrusy and melt in the mouth good, this buttery Orange Pound Cake should be on your list of 'what to bake next'. Perfect to enjoy with a cuppa or on it's own! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp milk for buttermilk
  • 1.5 tsp vinegar for buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 nos. eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 110 gms unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tsp fresh orange zest

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature, important step and not to be missed.

  2. Preheat the oven @180'c. Line and prep the baking tin. I have used a 9* X 5* inch loaf tin.

  3. Next, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and set it aside.
  4. Prepare the buttermilk by mixing together the milk and the vinegar, leave it aside to stand for about 5 minutes. Once it looks curdled, it is ready. Set it aside.
  5. Next, cream the butter until soft and very fluffy. Add the powdered sugar in parts and cream until fluffy.

  6. Add one egg at a time but do whisk each egg before adding them. Whisk for a few minutes. Add the zest and whisk for a minute.

  7. Slowly, incorporate the flour mixture, buttermilk and the orange juice alternately. Fold the batter carefully. Do not whisk.

  8. Fold the batter very carefully and do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepped tin.

  9. Bake for 50 minutes @170'c or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 

  10. Cool the cake for 20-25 minutes in the tin, carefully unmold and cool further before slicing it.
  11. Store the sliced cake in an airtight container and it stays fresh for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

You can dust the cake with some icing sugar.

Or drizzle it with a glaze. 

Love,
Shreya.

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Adapted from Five Heart Home 

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

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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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Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake is a soft, buttery and delicious tea-time cake studded with tangy and sweet fruity bits and pieces along with some glazed cherries. Each bite of this cake is filled with so much flavor and texture, you will enjoy it and keep going back for another slice!  

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake can be made in so many ways and there are a bunch of recipes available out there but I have a basic recipe which I have followed here too. It is my trusted recipe and it has never failed me. It is tried and tested by many and it’s always received excellent reviews. The texture of the cake is just perfect. not too crumbly neither too dry. It has the moistness from the butter and a beautiful color on the exterior too. The crust is not dry and flaky yet has the firmness that is just apt for tea cakes.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake as a cake is very easy to make, like most cakes it calls for basic ingredients and minimal efforts. But, as most of my readers know that I am particular about the crumb structure of my cakes, few steps are crucial and need a little attention to detail. If you are following my recipe to the T, it will be absolutely easy to nail crumb structure.

A few pointers on the same.
Temperature – Please ensure the ingredients used are all at room temperature. Different ingredients take different durations to come to room temperature, for example, butter takes close 2 hours on an average whereas eggs will come to room temperature in about 45-50 minutes. So accordingly, time yourself in advance before you bake a cake.

Creaming – This is an important step, adding adequate amount of air into the butter gives the cake it’s creamy color as well as the soft texture. Cream the butter using the electric whisk or manual whisk without the sugar to start with. Once the butter turns paler, add sugar in 2 or 3 parts and whisk in more air until the sugar has dissolved. Do not rush the creaming procedure, doing so will leave the sugar undissolved which gives a very crisp and wafer like exterior and the interior of the cake will remain too moist. So please pay close attention.

Whisking – To incorporate the eggs perfectly into the creamed butter sugar, you have to first lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them one by one into the creamed butter and sugar for best results. Whisk each egg for about 1 minute before adding the next. This will ensure the batter does not ever curdle. The batter will be smooth and light pale once all the eggs have been whisked. (check the picture below, the crumb shot shows that each step has been followed with care and the batter has been smooth with just the correct amount of air)

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Folding – Never use a whisk to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. That will cause all the air which we have so carefully incorporated into the batter to escape. One of the main reasons why cakes deflate as they cool after baking. Always make it a point to use wooden or silicon spatula to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Cut and fold the batter just enough to bring everything together. Do not over mix the batter. That gives a very hard and tough cake.

Baking – Every oven runs differently, I am talking about OTGs. I do not bake in an convection microwave so have zero clue about how that works. But to bake in an OTG, it is advisable to invest in an oven thermometer to see how the heat in your oven runs before you start baking complex recipes. My oven runs about 10’c hotter so I adjust my baking durations accordingly.

So these are the main steps or tips that give those perfect slices every time. And it goes without saying, slice any cake only when it has cooled down completely. 

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

I had made this loaf a few weeks back and it’s long gone but drafting the recipe is kind of making me crave for a slice or two, lol!! I will probably bake some over the weekend. The beauty about a classic Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake is that it never fails to impress. It is loved by everyone alike and one of the most easy recipes to put together if you are just a beginner at baking. This is one of the earliest recipes I remember baking and perfecting the skill. And it also happens to be my hubby’s and my Mom’s favorite cake that I bake, well they do love all my bakes but this one is the most requested cake! 🙂 I do have an egg free version, just incase you wish to have a look, click here.

Now let us bake a Classic Tutti Frutti Cake! 

Begin with getting all the ingredient to room temperature.

Line and prep your loaf tin. I have used a 9″ * 5″ loaf pan. Preheat the oven at 180’c for 10-12 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter and whisk until it turns pale. I have used an electric whisk to do this and took me about 5 minutes on medium speed.

Add half of the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the remaining sugar next and again whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is fluffy and pale.

In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the whisked eggs to the butter and sugar mixture in 2 or 3 parts. Whisk the mixture for about 1 minute after each addition of the whisked eggs. The mixture will not curdle this way.

Add the vanilla extract. Whisk for a few seconds.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Sieve the all purpose flour with baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the Tutti Frutti, chopped glazed cherries and black raisins to the flour and mix well to coat them.

Add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with the milk in 2 or 3 parts and gently fold them together using a spatula. Do not over mix the batter.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tin, tap the tin on the platform a few times. Bake it at 180’c for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf tin, then demold the cake and let it rest on a cooling rack for about an hour before slicing.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

This cake can stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake
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Tutti Frutti Cake

Buttery, light and so scrumptious, this classic Tutti Frutti Cake will be your new tea time favorite. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Christmas, Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cup all purpose flour maida
  • 1+1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 nos. eggs at room temperature
  • 100 gms unsalted butter at room temperature, not melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mixed tutti frutti
  • 2 tbsp black raisins optional
  • 2 tbsp glazed cherries, chopped optional

Instructions

  1. Begin with getting all the ingredient to room temperature. 

  2. Line and prep your loaf tin. I have used a 9" * 5" loaf pan. Preheat the oven at 180'c for 10-12 minutes. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter and whisk until it turns pale. I have used an electric whisk to do this and took me about 5 minutes on medium speed.

  4. Add half of the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the remaining sugar next and again whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is fluffy and pale. 

  5. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the whisked eggs to the butter and sugar mixture in 2 or 3 parts. Whisk the mixture for about 1 minute after each addition of the whisked eggs. The mixture will not curdle this way.

  6. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk for a few seconds.

  7. Sieve the all purpose flour with baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the Tutti Frutti, chopped glazed cherries and black raisins to the flour and mix well to coat them. 

  8. Add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with the milk in 2 or 3 parts and gently fold them together using a spatula. Do not over mix the batter. 

  9. Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tin, tap the tin on the platform a few times.

  10. Bake it at 180'c for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 

  11. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf tin, then demold the cake and let it rest on a cooling rack for about an hour before slicing.

  12. This cake can stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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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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.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe
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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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The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are my absolute weakness! It is the one dessert that I cant give up, like ever!! Gooey, fudgy in the middle, slightly chewy and oh so melt in the mouth good! It is the one brownie recipe that you need to try today! 🙂 

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are one of the easiest recipes to put together. They taste way better than the boxed brownies which spell convenience and are just as fudgy and yummy! The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are moist and can be frozen for about two weeks easily. They can probably be frozen for longer but they never do last that long in my home 😛

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies have the greatest texture. They remain so moist for days, all one has to do is microwave them for a couple of minutes. Serve these with vanilla ice cream and some fudge sauce!! Complete decadence! The longest that I’ve stored them in airtight containers is about a week. I found them really fresh and absolutely melt in the mouth.

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are a one bowl wonder. I love such recipes which require minimal prepping and time. This recipe calls for the most basic ingredients which are likely to be available in your pantry.

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies call for basic ingredients as I have mentioned but please ensure they are of good quality and used in the correct quantity.

Butter is necessary for that gooey, moist and slightly chewy brownie. So use a good quality 100% butter like Amul or President, etc.

Using granulated sugar gives that signature shiny tops. I use Castor sugar which granulated yet very fine.

Cocoa powder is what we will use in this recipe. A rich yet unsweetened cocoa powder will add that bitter yet deep chocolate flavor here. We are not using chocolate as most recipes ask for compound chocolate. The compound chocolate is melted with sugar and butter. The compound chocolate, as we know has sugar and fats of it’s own is not really necessary. Hence using a rich unsweetened cocoa will work well here.

Eggs are so good at building the brownie, quite literally. A brownie has no other raising agents so eggs are the backbone here in this recipe. They ensure that the brownies have a consistent structure.

Salt and Vanilla give a boost to the flavors. Salt helps bringing out that sweetness which really helps in giving brownies that deep, almost caramelly taste.

All purpose flour is that one ingredient which seems too less in any brownie recipe but it helps the eggs is giving that consistent structure. Cakey brownies call for a lot more flour. Whereas, a good fudge brownie won’t need all that flour.

Chopped chocolate or Choco chips can be added as well when pouring the batter to bake. It is optional.

Now let us make ourselves the Best Fudge Brownies ever!

Preheat the oven @160’c. Line a 8 inch square baking tin with parchment paper and set that aside.

In a double boiler, melt together the sugar, cocoa, salt and butter until completely smooth and lump free.

Add vanilla extract and the eggs next. Whisk well until the eggs have been well incorporated.

Next add the flour and mix well at this point. Do not whisk. We don’t have to make a fluffy brownie.

Pour this batter in the ready tin.

Tap the tin a couple of times on the work surface to release any air pockets from the batter.

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

Bake this at 160’c for approximately 45-50 minutes or until an toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature.

Do not bake them at a very temperature because they won’t cook through and will turn too hard.

Let them cool down completely once they are baked. Then slice them into squares.

They can be frozen for up to weeks and stored at room temperature in an airtight box for a week.

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The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

These are the best Fudge Brownies you will ever make! They are gooey, chewy and absolutely divine!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 large squares
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 145 grams unsalted butter
  • 250 grams castor sugar
  • 80 grams cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 nos. large old eggs
  • 65 grams all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @160'c. Line a 8 inch square baking tin with parchment paper and set that aside. 

  2. In a double boiler, melt together the sugar, cocoa, salt and butter until completely smooth and lump free. 

  3. Add vanilla extract and the eggs next. Whisk well until the eggs have been well incorporated.

  4. Next add the flour and mix well at this point. Do not whisk. We don't have to make a fluffy brownie. 

  5. Pour this batter in the ready tin.

  6. Tap the tin a couple of times on the work surface to release any air pockets from the batter. 

  7. Bake this at 160'c for approximately 45-50 minutes or until an toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

  8. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature.

  9. Do not bake them at a very temperature because they won't cook through and will turn too hard. 

  10. Let them cool down completely once they are baked. Then slice them into squares.

  11. They can be frozen for up to weeks and stored at room temperature in an airtight box for a week.

Recipe Notes

Use a parchment/ baking paper to avoid the brownie from sticking to the pan.
Let the brownie cool down completely before slicing to get those prefect slices. 

Love,
Shreya 🙂

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

Adapted from Inspired Taste Recipes. 

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

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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Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies are the most famous cookies in India. They are popular for their signature melt in the mouth, airy texture and an earthy cardamom flavor. They can be made at home using everyday pantry essentials 🙂 

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies are typically made with all purpose flour, semolina, ghee or clarified butter, gram flour and some cardamom for that heady aroma. One will come across various recipes for these Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies and each recipe is perfect in their own way. I have a recipe here which I’ve used many times over and it never disappointed me.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies have turned out perfect each time, they are beautifully white and perfectly melt in the mouth. We have to in keep in mind that these cookies won’t turn out perfect if we were to skimp on the ghee. It is the ghee that makes them so delicate and delicious. The next most important thing we have to ensure is to bake them right so that they look pretty and not brown or golden.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies may be made with gram flour too but this recipe here doesn’t have any. Also, Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies do not call for any rising agents. This recipe has no baking soda or baking powder. If you personally feel the need to add any, feel free to do that. I’ll include tips on that as well. 🙂

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies has a soft, crumbly texture and as you can see in the picture, it is perfect. It doesn’t have any raising agents and yet the texture is lovely. This is because the proportions are correct and the dough for the cookie was soft as opposed to dry and crumbly. One more thing which I love about Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies is that the dough does not need chilling. We need to make the dough and simply bake these beauties.

Let us make some Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies.

Preheat the oven @170’c. Line a baking tray with parchment.

Sieve together all purpose flour, semolina, powdered sugar and cardamom powder in a large mixing bowl.

Add ghee/ clarified butter one tablespoon at a time and start making a dough using your hands.

I used all of the 9 tablespoons of ghee. You may need slightly more or less depending on the climate and the absorption capacity of the flour used.

The dough should be very smooth and soft. If it crumbles easily, it means it needs a little more ghee/ clarified butter.

Once the dough is ready, make small lemon sized, smooth balls and flatten them slightly.

You can garnish each cookie with some dry fruits, etc.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Bake these @ 170’c for 15 minutes. The bake time would differ depending on your oven too. But the cookies must remain white and not turn golden or darker.

Once they are baked, let them cool on cooling racks for an hour at least because they will crisp up.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Once they have cooled completely, store them in airtight jars. They keep fresh for 3-4 days.

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Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Light, delicious and melt in the mouth Indian cookies are perfect to pair with cup of tea or coffee. 

Course Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 100 gms all purpose flour maida
  • 10 gms fine semolina
  • 9 tbsp ghee clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @170'c. Line a baking tray with parchment.


  2. Sieve together all purpose flour, semolina, powdered sugar and cardamom powder in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add ghee/ clarified butter one tablespoon at a time and start making a dough using your hands.

  4. I used all of the 9 tablespoons of ghee. You may need slightly more or less depending on the climate and the absorption capacity of the flour used. 

  5. The dough should be very smooth and soft. If it crumbles easily, it means it needs a little more ghee/ clarified butter.

  6. Once the dough is ready, make small lemon sized, smooth balls and flatten them slightly.

  7. You can garnish each cookie with some dry fruits, etc.

  8. Bake these @ 170'c for 15 minutes. The bake time would differ depending on your oven too. But the cookies must remain white and not turn golden or darker.

  9. Once they are baked, let them cool on cooling racks for an hour at least because they will crisp up.

  10. Once they have cooled completely, store them in airtight jars. They keep fresh for 3-4 days.

Love,
Shreya

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