Category: cakes n bakes

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco is a popular Goan tea-time cookie. They are deliciously flavored with cardamom, made with traditional ingredients like coconuts and semolina. These cookies are often baked at home and also found across Goa, in bakeries and cafés. 

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco can be made with or without the egg whites. The traditional version does have egg whites which id definitely very yummy. However, I have made them with just the yolks a few times and we have loved them. My hubby, who loves Goan treats, loves these and completely agrees with ones just with the yolks. The yolks add much richness to these cookies, every bite is full of flavor and freshness from the cardamom. I can assure you, one cookie won’t be enough. It is addictive, I remember having a few at one go as a kid. Back then, our neighbor Penelope, who was a native Goan, would bring these back with her from her trips to her hometown. She would lovingly share some with our family too. It was then, that I had first tasted Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco. Our family loved it’s rustic look and the mild juiciness in every bite that came from the coconuts and semolina.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco are definitely juicy. You won’t find any juices dripping from them as you eat them. But juicy, as in, the ingredients used tend to retain their moisture to a certain degree even after being baked. That is why one will find the cookies very succulent yet having the perfect texture of an ideal cookie. The flavor is very traditional as I mentioned earlier, but some may use vanilla extract if they prefer. However, I always just add some cardamom. It has the most exotic aroma and very earthy at the same time. So, anyone worrying that these Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco may have a strong aroma of coconuts or egg yolk, be rest assured, you probably will need to be told about the ingredients if you didn’t already know! That’s how amazing these cookies smell!

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Anyone who has been following my little space would know well enough that I prefer egg free cookies, but with Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco, I would have it no other way. It is an age old recipe and best followed similarly for the best taste.

Let us bake some Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco. These can be stored in airtight containers for 4-5 days.

In a blender, add water and freshly grated coconut. Make a grainy paste. Set it aside.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

In a large bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and ghee. They will look a bit crumbly but just mix well.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Add the egg yolk. Beat them all again until the mixture looks light and fluffy.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Now, add the coconut paste, semolina and cardamom powder.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Mix well. Cover the bowl with some cling wrap or any lid.

Let this mixture refrigerate for 6-8 hours.

Remove the mixture from the refrigerator. Add baking powder and mix well.

Preheat the oven at 155’C.

Grease your palms with ghee. Divide the dough into small balls. Place these balls a little apart on a parchment lined tray.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

You can make some patterns on each ball using a fork.

Bake them for 15 minutes with just the lower baking rods. After 15 minutes, move one of the cookies on the tray in the oven to set if they have set. If the cookie moves easily, turn on the upper baking rods too and bake until the tops turn golden.

Cool the baked Bolinhas on a cooling rack. Store them in an airtight jar or serve with tea/ coffee.

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Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco are coconut and semolina based Goan cookies, enjoyed with tea/ coffee or just as a snack. They are easy to make and call for just basic everyday ingredients. 

Course Christmas, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Goan
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 22 minutes
Servings 14 small bolinhas
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 85 gms fresh coconut, grated
  • 85 gms semolina/ rawa/ suji
  • 1 nos. large egg yolk
  • 85 gms powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1.5 tbsp ghee
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • 25 ml plain water to grind the grated coconut

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add water and freshly grated coconut. Make a grainy paste. Set it aside.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and ghee. They will look a bit crumbly but just mix well.

  3. Add the egg yolk. Beat them all again until the mixture looks light and fluffy.

  4. Now, add the coconut paste, semolina and cardamom powder.

  5. Mix well. Cover the bowl with some cling wrap or any lid.

  6. Let this mixture refrigerate for 6-8 hours.

  7. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator. Add baking powder and mix well.

  8. Preheat the oven at 155'C.

  9. Grease your palms with ghee. Divide the dough into small balls. Place these balls a little apart on a parchment lined tray.

  10. You can make some patterns on each ball using a fork.

  11. Bake them for 15 minutes with just the lower baking rods. After 15 minutes, move one of the cookies on the tray in the oven to set if they have set. If the cookie moves easily, turn on the upper baking rods too and bake until the tops turn golden.

  12. Cool the baked Bolinhas on a cooling rack. Store them in an airtight jar or serve them with tea/ coffee.

Love,
Shreya

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Adapted from Hildastouchofspice.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

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

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

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

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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

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

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

These steps are for active dry yeast -

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

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

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

    Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.

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

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

These steps are for instant yeast -

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

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

These steps are for every kind of yeast -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Shreya

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Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake

 Today I’m sharing the recipe for Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake. I prefer tea cakes over frosted cakes, however, that wasn’t always the same….as a teenager or for that matter even in my early twenties…I had a great love for all things Chocolate. This included a major drool situation for a Chocolate cake with a hearty slathering of chocolate frosting 😍😍😍😍😍 I just couldn’t resist them!

I prefer tea cakes over frosted cakes, however, that wasn't always the same....as a teenager or for that matter even in my early twenties...I had a great love for all things Chocolate. This included a major drool situation for a Chocolate cake with a hearty slathering of chocolate frosting 😍😍😍😍😍 I just couldn't resist them! () But with time, I have begun to appreciate other flavours which are slightly milder and yet so amazingly delicious. Tea cakes are one of them. If you've been following my blog, you'll know what I am talking about. Simply, moist sponges are my go to cakes for any occasion.

This Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake is just perfect! Over the last few years, I have begun to appreciate other flavors which are slightly milder and yet so amazingly delicious. Tea cakes are one of them. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know what I am talking about. Simple, moist sponges are my go to cakes for any occasion. Besides, they are so easy to put together😊😊. This one has no butter, no eggs! 👌🏼 

You must try these,

Banana Muffins/ bundt

Chocolate Peanut Butter banana bread  (egg free)

Chocolicious Butterscotch and Banana breakfast bars

and many more….click here. I have a few pressure cooker cake recipes on the blog too, look for them in the archives😊 What I find particularly comforting about such light tea-cakes is that they don’t weigh you down and there always room for another slice 🤗. Oh, not to forget…how easy they can be for experimenting with new flavors!

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This recipe is just as easy and calls for yogurt instead of eggs. As most of my readers look for egg free options, I try to keep their needs in mind. However, if you wish replace the yogurt in this cake, just take out the yogurt and instead add 1 large egg. Also, minus the baking soda if working with egg in this recipe. It will turn into a beautiful cake ☺️

Why I like using yogurt over hot water or even sour cream….it’s because the taste of sour cream is slightly too tart for our liking whereas using yogurt makes just as moist a cake as the sour cream one. And besides, let’s be honest….most would prefer going for the yogurt as it’s readily available in nearly every Indian household and there’d be no need to bother to go find sour cream.

I love practical recipes! The one’s where I just peek into my pantry and come out with a big pile of everyday ingredients to make something delicious! This recipe is one such 😍 Spontaneous is my middle name….I hate having to plan a list of groceries specific to what I plan to share here on the blog unless it’s something that was on my bucket list for a while 😂

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Isn’t the texture just awesome! This cake literally melts in the mouth…and I make it nearly every fortnight! But never was able click even one decent picture as I usually bake this in the evenings just before the mister gets back from work…so that he can have a slice of warm goodness with his cuppa 😍

So getting on with the recipe…

Preheat the oven @ 180’c. Line the baking tin with the parchment paper. Set this aside.

Now, take yogurt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder in a mixing bowl. Stir these ingredients together for a minute. Leave it aside for a couple of minutes to let the baking soda work with the acidity of the yogurt. The mixture will become little frothy after a few minutes.

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Now, add the oil and vanilla extract to this frothy yogurt mixture. Whisk well to make a lumpfree mixture. Next, sift in the flour. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the flour into the wet ingredients. Do not beat or whisk the batter. Once the flour is well incorporated, add the tutti Frutti bits and fold them into the batter. (Tip: Add milk only if the batter is too thick else skip it).

Now, pour the batter into the ready tin and sprinkle some tutti Frutti on top of the batter too.

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Bake the cake @180’c for about 30-35 mins using the lower heating elements/ rods. Once the cake is baked, insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake to check readiness. The toothpick must come out with a few moist crumbs. If the cake is under cooked, bake for a further 5 mins.

Remove the ready cake from the oven and place the tin on the cooling rack. Let the cake cool completely before unmoulding and slicing. This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for about 3-4 days.

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Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: one 7" loaf

Moist, light and butter free recipe is perfect for that delicious slice of egg free tutti frutti cake to go with your cuppa!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All purpose flour (Maida)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (I used icing sugar)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tsp oil
  • 1/4 cup thick yogurt (or use 1 large egg instead of yogurt)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup mixed tutti frutti

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Line the baking tin with the parchment paper. Set this aside.
  3. Now, take yogurt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder in a mixing bowl. Stir these ingredients together for a minute.
  4. Leave it aside for a couple of minutes to let the baking soda work with the acidity of the yogurt.
  5. The mixture will become little frothy after a few minutes.
  6. Now, add the oil and vanilla extract to this frothy yogurt mixture.
  7. Whisk well to make a lump free mixture.
  8. Next, sift in the flour. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the flour into the wet ingredients.
  9. Do not beat or whisk the batter.
  10. Once the flour is well incorporated, add the tutti frutti bits and fold them into the batter. (Tip: Add milk only if the batter is too thick else skip it).
  11. Now, pour the batter into the ready tin and sprinkle some tutti frutti on top of the batter too.
  12. Bake the cake @180'c for about 30-35 mins using the lower heating elements/ rods.
  13. Once the cake is baked, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check readiness.
  14. The toothpick must come out with a few moist crumbs. If the cake is under cooked, bake for a further 5 mins.
  15. Remove the ready cake from the oven and place the tin on the cooling rack.
  16. Let the cake cool completely before demoulding and slicing.
  17. This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for about 3-4 days.

Notes

Slice the cake once it has cooled down completely, results in clean slices. Dust the tutti frutti bits in a bit of flour before adding them to the batter to keep them suspended in between the loaf/cake.

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Hope you try this soon and don’t forget to share your feedback with us 😀

Love,

Shreya 💝

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Wholewheat and Oat Sandwich Cookies – eggless

So….the oven has gotten enough time to cool down I guess😉 It’s been sitting idle since my spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake ….and that was one really good cake. Besides, my hubby had been asking me for something to nibble at with his evening tea for almost a week…and I kept putting it off…I am kinda on the slow mode…the climate has made me a bit lazy and I barely do much cooking these days…just the basic stuff and that’s about it! 

Anyways so I thought I’d bake him some cake but I was out of APF and we are not very fond of wholewheat cakes to be honest though my Wholewheat Chocolate Cake is something which we’d happily devour. It was gooey and super soft, something that will go well with tea or coffee. Anyhow, with the cake out of my way, I thought of going the cookie way 😊always a win-win with my hubby😘

Why these cookies? Oats✔️ Wholewheat ✔️ eggs ✖️ easy and quick ✔️ so many reasons to stick with this recipe!

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Don’t these look pretty?! The thing is…they need not be pretty at all. You can keep them as simple, plain cookies sans the filling. But I like everything pretty….so I went ahead and added a touch of gorgeousness. I have given them the classic scalloped edge shape and filled them a light and flavoursome lemon icing. We loved them! This is the first time I went ahead with an icing for these cookies. Obviously, you can go for any other flavour here, some butterscotch essence or some good quality vanilla extract, these are the classics and taste absolutely great with tea or coffee.

Yes, I added a bit of bright sunshine yellow colour to the icing, lemon flavour seemed to look the part with a hint of this colour, don’t you think so!?! 🤗

These cookies are extremely crispy and have the most beautiful crumb. Being mildly sweet, the flavour of peppercorns and sea salt in the cookies comes through in every bite and the lemon icing adds freshness. Yes, this recipe has freshly cracked black peppercorns and some sea salt too.

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We will have a look at the recipe in a bit, but firstly there are a few things to keep in mind here…
The cookie dough for the this recipe is prepared in the blender! Yes! No whisking butter or rubbing the flour with the butter either. All the ingredients are added to the blender and everything is just easy from there…

Why easy from there? Reason – this recipe needs precision. I have used a weighing scale but you can always google the ‘gram to cup’ measures easily.

The original recipe called for Maida or APF but I have been replacing it with wholewheat flour for the last few times that I’ve made it. Seemed to work fine. However, feel free to use APF instead in equal measures as the wholewheat flour, the results will remain the same – excellent!

Yield: 15-17 Sandwich Cookies

Equipment: a blender, a rolling pin, weighing scale, measuring cups/ spoons, rolling board, cling wrap, cookie cutter, baking tray, parchment paper, cooling rack, a small bowl, a spoon.

Ingredients:

85 gms chilled and cubed unsalted butter (I used Amul cooking butter)

30 gms rolled oats (I used Quaker Everyday Oats)

145 gms wholewheat flour (I used Aashirwad Select)

75 gms light brown sugar

2 tbsp regular confectioners sugar (fine white sugar)

1/4 tsp coarse sea salt

1/4 tsp freshly cracked black peppercorns

1-2 tbsp chilled water

Method:

Preheat oven @160’c for 10 mins. (Please set the oven temperature as per your oven, every oven works a bit differently)

Spread the oats on the baking tray. Let the oats turns golden in the oven @160’c for about 5-7 mins using only the lower heating rods/ coil. Remove the oats from the oven and cool it at room temperature. Once cooled, grind the oats to a fine powder.

Now seive the wholewheat 2-3 times. In a blender jar, add the powdered oats, seived wholewheat flour, butter, sea salt, freshly cracked black peppercorns, light brown sugar and the confectioners sugar. Pulse everything together for a couple of minutes. The mixture should resemble bread crumbs.

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Next, add 1 tbsp of chilled water and pulse again. If the dough begins to look like it has come together, remove it on a bit of cling wrap and make a ball and cover it well with the cling wrap. If the dough hasn’t come together, then add about 1/2 tbsp more of chilled water at the most to make the dough to come together. Don’t add too much water else there will be no going back from there.

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Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour minimum or even upto 24 hours maximum before rolling and cutting the cookies. (I refrigerated the dough for about 30 hours as I had some other things to do before getting back to these cookies).

Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven @180’c.

Once the dough has chilled for about an hour, let the dough thaw at room temperature for 10 mins. Dust the rolling board and the pin with some wholewheat flour. Roll the the dough to a thickness of about 3-4 mm. Cut the desired shapes and place them on the parchment lined baking tray about an inch apart. Chill the cut out cookies for 15 mins in the refrigerator.

Bake them for 15-17 mins using the lower heating rods/ coil @180’c or until the edges turn golden. This is how they look once baked ⬇️

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Chilling the cut out cookies makes sure the cookies never spread much. Let the cookies cool down completely in the cooling rack.

For the icing:

Ingredient:

3/4 cup icing sugar

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

2-3 drops of yellow food colour (optional)

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together to make a thick icing.

For the Sandwich Cookies:

Spread a bit of icing on the underside of one cookie and place the other cookie over it to make a sandwich. Do the same with the rest of the cookies.

These Sandwich cookies keep well for 3-4 days in an airtight box.

They keep well for over a week without the icing in an airtight box.

Yes, I added a bit of bright sunshine yellow colour to the icing, lemon flavour seemed to look the part with a hint of this colour, don't you think so!?!  🤗

That’s it, ready! Ta-daaa! 👌🏼😀

Love,

Shreya❤

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

I absolutely love cupcakes! They look so pretty…and cheer everyone up! 🍦😋 and easy to whip up for any occasion 😁 I don’t believe anyone has ever said ‘no’ to a cupcake 💓
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I baked these today to welcome my hubby who had been travelling for a few days…I had asked when he was leaving..what he’d like when he was back? Cupcakes! He said ‘cupcakes’ 😚 😚 I know he meant my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes but I meant to do something different. Easy obviously, but a different flavour….something that compliments this romantic climate…so decided on some warm Cinnamon 😘 Besides, I remember he was so happy when I had made some Instant Doodh Peda to welcome him home the last time he was travelling a few days ago!

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Frosting! I really wanted some frosting on these cupcakes but I am not good at icing/ frosting. Fact be told, have never even tried…someday maybe 😀 Hence, kept it very simple and old-school. I used some Nutella, keeping in mind my hubby’s love for it, and used the easiest frosting technique ever…simply smothering!!! Grab a butter knife..dip it in some Nutella and spread it on the top of the cupcakes! Full of flavour and so simple 😜 and completely approved by my hubby! Happy me! 👏 💃

Lets get to know the recipe,…and it’s eggless!

Yield: 24 mini cupcakes / 12-13 regular cupcakes

Equipment: an electric whipper (optional, use a wired whisk otherwise), measuring spoons/cups, a mixing bowl, cupcakes moulds/tray, cupcake liners, a butter knife, a tablespoon, a wooden spatula, a sieve.

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:

2 cups APF (maida)

120 gms softened butter

1+1/2 cups castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon pwd

1 tbsp baking pwd

1 cup yogurt (at room temp)

1/2 cup milk (at room temp)

For the Frosting:

1/2 cup Nutella 😀

Method:

For the cupcakes:

Pre-heat the oven @ 180’C and line the cupcake tray with paper liners (skip if using silicon moulds) before you start prepping the batter for the cupcakes.

In the mixing bowl, add the softened butter and sugar. Cream these together until light and fluffy using an electric whipper (you can use a wooden spatula to do this step manually too, it will take about 15 mins to get a fluffy and light consistency). Add the yogurt and mix well. Next add the vanilla essence and the milk. Mix again so that its a smooth mixture. Next, sieve in the flour, cinnamon pwd and baking pwd into this mixture. Fold everything together gently using a wooden spatula. Your batter is ready. Pour 1 tbsp of the batter into each lined mould for mini cupcakes (pour 2 tbsp if making regular cupcakes), basically the mould should be just 2/3 full, leaving some room for rising and getting a even cupcake.

Bake the mini cupcakes for approx 20 mins @ 180’C and the regular cupcakes for 25-30 mins @ 180’C. Once done, let these cupcakes cool for 30 mins on a cooling rack. You can serve them without the frosting as well 😊

For the frosting:

Simply take some Nutella on the butter knife and spread it on the cupcakes generously! That’s it! You can sprinkle some sugar balls, etc for brightening these beauties…I have used some 😉

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Enjoy these…you’ll keep wanting more!

Love,

Shreya 💗

Mini Vanilla Cakes with Lemon Drizzle

This makes for the perfect tea cake. A light zesty, lemony drizzle adds a delicious zing to my Mini Vanilla Cakes! Invite your friends over for a cup of tea & serve these beauties….they’ll make you proud! 😊  

These also happen to me my hubby’s favourite kind….they are very easy to make and extremely moist & light for an eggless cake! I have followed the same recipe I did for my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes! They are so sinful..you should have a look them too..😀

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If you are a novice at baking …I’ll suggest you begin with these! You can choose to make Mini Cakes as I have done here…or bake a proper round cake..adding the drizzle is completely up to you. This cake works as the perfect base for icing / frosting as well! See, so much out of one easy-peasy recipe! 👌

As to my Mini Cakes, they are shaped so, coz I found these cute little silicon moulds recently and I had to make something in them quick! What better than making something that pleases Him too! ❤️

So, coming to the recipe..

Yield : 8 mini cakes / 9 -10 cupcakes / 1 8″round cake

Equipments: wired cooling rack, cake moulds, 2 mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cups /spoons.

Ingredients :

For the cake:

1 cup APF (Maida)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 ts baking soda

1/4 ts salt

1 ts baking powder

1/3 cup unsalted butter (you can use Amul Butter, then skip the salt)

1 cup warm water

1 tb lemon juice / vinegar

1/2 ts vanilla extract

For the drizzle:

1/2 cup icing sugar

6 tsp lemon juice

Method for the mini cakes:

Pre heat the oven @ 180’c.

Prepare the cake moulds / tin with some oil and dust it with flour.

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).

In another mixing bowl cream together the butter n sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.

Immediately pour 4 tbsp of the batter into each mini cake mould / pour the entire thing into the tin if making a round cake / pour 3 tbsp in each mould  if making cupcakes. And bake for 12-15mins @ 160-170’c for mini cakes / cupcakes & @ 170′ – 180’c for 25 – 30 min or until a skewer inserted in the centre of cake comes out clean if baking a round cake.

Once ready, remove the mini cakes / cupcakes / cake tin and let it rest for 20-25mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.

Method for the drizzle:

Mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice until there are no lumps.

Assembly:

Once the cakes have cooled completely, using a spoon or a fork pour some drizzle on each cake. You can cover them completely with the drizzle or keep it light like mine. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.

Hope you will try these and enjoy them as I did ❤️😀

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Love,

Shreya 😁

Cheese Crusted Garlic Bread

Soft, buttery, oozing with cheese and herbs …oh so garlicky! Garlic Bread 🍞 it’s the perfect accompaniment to my soups, salads, pastas….almost everything!! I can never refuse a warm slice of Garlic Bread… Can you? 😛

I really don’t remember the first time I had Garlic Bread…I just remember having one slice after the other and enjoying every bite…no ketchup / dips or salsas needed…at least for me. However it goes really well with my Spicy Mayo Dip .☺️

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Garlic Bread is typically made with French Baguette…by slicing it diagonally and smearing it with some olive oil..minced garlic..some herbs and / or mozzarella or some cheddar…drooling!!!

However, I have used another recipe and made my Garlic Bread from scratch..and it’s super – duper easy! Its yummy and uses all the ingredients that are readily available in every kitchen. Besides, baking my own bread makes me all proud! 😋 ☺️ Here goes the recipe …

Yield: 2 breads 7″ each

Equipments: large mixing bowl, parchment paper / aluminium foil, baking tray, measuring cups & spoons, a kitchen towel, a small bowl, a spoon.

Ingredients:

Bread:

2 cups APF (maida)

1 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast / instant yeast*

salt to taste

1/4 cup olive oil (you can use refined oil too)

3/4 cup warm water

a pinch of sugar.

1 tsp dried Italian herbs (you can use fresh herbs too)

Garlic butter:

5 tbsp softened Amul butter (salted,if you have used unsalted butter then pls season it with salt & pepper)

4 nos minced garlic cloves

1/4 tsp chilly flakes

1/2 cup grated Cheddar Cheese

1/2 tsp dry Italian herbs

Method for the Bread:

Take the warm water in a cup, sprinkle sugar and active dry yeast into it, cover it and let it prove for approx 10-15 mins (if using instant yeast, pls skip this step, add it directly to the flour and other ingredients*). Next, in a large mixing bowl add the flour, salt, dried or fresh herbs. Mix it thoroughly and make a well in the centre and pour in the frothy yeast if using the active dry yeast option along with oil. Mix everything and make soft dough. Cover it with a kitchen towel and set it aside for 1 hr 15 mins for the first proving. After 1 hr 15 mins…punch the dough down and let it prove for the second time for 45 mins. After 45 mins, shape your dough into a large bread or into two breads. Set it on baking tray which has been lined with aluminium foil / parchment paper. Set it aside for 30 mins.

Method for Garlic Butter:

Mix the butter and minced garlic and set it aside.

Assembly:

Preheat the oven @ 200’C for about 10 mins. Brush the top of the proved breads with the garlic butter and sprinkle the chilly flakes and the Cheddar, dried herbs. Bake for 25 – 30 mins or until it turns golden brown around the edges and the Cheddar will have turned crisp. Voila! There you go…😀 that wasn’t tough right?!

Serve it warm with any dips or ketchup..or if you’re like me..have them own their own!

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Happy Baking!

Love,

Shreya 💕

Multi – Seed Whole Wheat Crackers with a Spicy Dip.

Crackers & Cheese…I love them! They are so crispy, crunchy and go really well a variety of sides…😁 perfect for parties or just some lazy munching. And I am a fan of munching..especially while I am parked  on my couch, watching television 😉 and so does Mr. PP 😍

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But you see, we like healthy munching… Something light and yummy! And for that purpose, I always keep some popcorn ready in my pantry, along with some homemade ‘mathris‘ ..a kind of deep fried Indian savoury crackers. But deep fried isn’t always a healthy option..so we end up with oil free popcorn or some fruits for snacking..

So, I always try coming up with fun ideas for snacking. One such idea of mine is crackers… Healthy crackers!!! With a yummy, easy to do dip.. 👌 Crackers are nothing but savoury mathris ..simply baked. They are oil free and therefore a healthier option. They are a version of bread, except that crackers are very crunchy and crispy… usually small in size, either round, square or rectangular…but I am adventurous when it comes to shaping these …I put my cookie cutters to optimum use😀 …crackers can be flavoured with herbs, cheese, etc..anything that takes your fancy. Like I have used multi – seeds like poppy, flax & sesame seeds to make them healthy (seeds are known for their dietary fibre, omega 3 fatty acids and are fantastic anti – oxidants…a must in everyone’s daily diet ☺️) along with wholewheat flour. Crackers are often served as a palate cleanser between courses of a meal.

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i like serving my crackers With some kind of dip or a salsa… However they taste great with cheese, preserves or peanut butter…or even soups. So this time I did a spicy dip for my crunchy munchies!!! The combination is superb…a finger licking good dip with some crackers are light on the stomach and yet filling. Anyways, let’s get on with the recipe…😋

Yield: 20-22 medium sized crackers & a small bowl of dip.

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, a rolling pin, a sharp knife / cookie cutter, parchment paper / aluminium foil, a skillet, a spatula, baking tray, a cooling rack

Ingredients:

For the crackers: 

2 cups wholewheat flour

3 tbsp semolina (sooji / rava)

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp (for topping) mixed seeds (poppy, sesame & flax..feel free to use any seeds)

salt to taste

1 tsp dried mixed Italian herbs

1 tsp chilly flakes

1/4 tsp coarsely ground black peppercorns

3 tbsp  + 1 tbsp (for greasing) oil

1/4 cup water (use more or less as needed to make a dough)

For the dip:

5 tbsp eggless mayonnaise ( can use with egg too)

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 pinch salt

1/2 tsp garlic pwd

1/2 tsp paprika

Method for the crackers:

Mix all the dry ingredients in the bowl using a spoon. Take the water and 3 tbsp of oil in a glass and mix them well. Use this mixture to knead a semi stiff dough with the dry ingredients. Knead for at least 5-7 mins to make sure the ingredients have amalgamated well. Cover the dough and set it aside for 20 mins.

Preheat the oven @ 200′ C. Prepare the baking tray with the parchment paper or aluminium foil. Brush it with some oil. Set aside. Now, knead the dough once again for a couple of mins and grease your work surface, using the rolling pin, roll it out to a thickness of about 3mm. You can cut the rolled dough using a knife into squares / rectangles / diamonds or use a cookie cutter for any desired shapes. Next, place these shapes slightly apart from each other on the prepared baking tray…brush each of them with some oil and sprinkle some mixed seeds. Press the seeds down onto the dough a bit. Bake these for about 20-25 mins. Once done, open the oven door for 30 secs and close it again to let the crackers sit in the warm oven to crisp up further for about 5 mins. Remove the tray after 5 mins and transfer the crackers onto the cooling rack. Store them in airtight containers or serve immediately. 😋

Method for the dip:

Mix all the ingredients together and serve….that easy, right?!!! 😁

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Hope you will enjoy these as much my hubby and I did!

Love,

Shreya 💞

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