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Bourbons

Bourbons – everyone has loved these as kids or even as adults! It’s the intense chocolate flavor with the chocolate filling that makes Bourbons delicious!๐Ÿ˜

Egg free Bourbons

Just dunk them in some warm/ chilled milk or have them on their own…I bet no one can stop at one! But the ones we have been buying from the stores can be a bit unhealthy as they use a lot of saturated vegetable fats when making them. So I wanted to try them at home…and I found the perfect recipe in one of recipe books which my hubby had gifted me sometime back..๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Ž

Egg free Bourbons

I followed the recipe & the measurements to the T and the results are here for you to see! The best part of baking these was the look on my hubby’s face when I served them to him…he said they look like the store bought ones but taste better than them! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌโ˜บ๏ธ I knew this recipe is a keeper…

Let’s get baking!

In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar & butter until they are pale & fluffy. Then whisk in the honey. Then, sift in the flour, baking soda & cocoa powder. Now, mix all these together using a spatula until they come together and form a dough. You can add some milk to bring together the dough but not too much. I used approximately 2 tsp.

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Once the dough comes together, wrap it in some cling film and chill it for 30 minutes. (This step is added myself, as it makes it easier to handle the dough while rolling it out)

After 30 minutes, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Sprinkle some flour on ย the kitchen surface/ rolling board & the rolling pin too. Begin rolling the dough to a thickness of about 4 mm. Cut the rolled out dough into strips of 2-3 cm & then cut these strips into 5-6 cm lengths. Prick these strips with a fork to make them resemble the original Bourbons. Now once again chill these strips for 10-15 minutes. (Again, a step added by me to make sure the biscuits do not spread as they bake).

Preheat the oven @ 190’C/ Gas mark 5 for 10 minutes. Remove the strips from the refrigerator and place them on a baking tray lined with aluminum sheet/ parchment paper. Bake them for 12-15 minutes. They will turn slightly darker around the edges as they cook. Once done, remove from the oven and let them sit on the cooling rack for 20-25 minutes. They will crisp up too. Never fill the bourbons while the biscuits are still warm.ย 

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To make the filling, cream together the butter, icing sugar & cocoa powder until they come together well. Add a few drops of milk if necessary to have a good spreadable consistency.

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Once the biscuits have cooled down, sandwich two 2 biscuits together using the filling and let them set for 30 minutes to an hour before serving these so that the filling firms up well. These biscuits keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Egg free Bourbons

Bourbons

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 14-15 bourbons

Bourbons - everyone has loved these as kids or even as adults! It's the intense chocolate flavor with the chocolate filling that makes Bourbons delicious!

Ingredients

    Bourbons-
  • 50 gm or 4 tbsp. softened unsalted butter (use Amul if you wish, just increase the quantity of sugar)
  • 50 gm or 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 110 gm or 3/4 cup APF (Maida) plus extra for dusting the rolling pin
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda/ bicarbonate of soda
  • 15 gm or 1+1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder (use a good quality cocoa for the rich chocolaty flavor)
  • 2-3 tsp milk (optional)
  • Filling-
  • 50 gm or 4 tbsp. softened unsalted butter
  • 100 gm or 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • a few drops of milk (optional)

Instructions

    Bourbons-
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar & butter until they are pale & fluffy.
  2. Then whisk in the honey.
  3. Next, sift in the flour, baking soda & cocoa powder. Now, mix all these together using a spatula until they come together and form a dough.
  4. You can add some milk to bring together the dough but not too much. I used approximately 2 tsp.
  5. Once the dough comes together, wrap it in some cling film and chill it for 30 minutes. (This step is added myself, as it makes it easier to handle the dough while rolling it out).
  6. After 30 minutes, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Sprinkle some flour on ย the kitchen surface/ rolling board & the rolling pin too.
  7. Begin rolling the dough to a thickness of about 4 mm.
  8. Cut the rolled out dough into strips of 2-3 cm & then cut these strips into 5-6 cm lengths.
  9. Prick these strips with a fork to make them resemble the original Bourbons.
  10. Now once again chill these strips for 10-15 minutes. (Again, a step added by me to make sure the biscuits do not spread as they bake).
  11. Preheat the oven @ 190'C/ Gas mark 5 for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove the strips from the refrigerator and place them on a baking tray lined with aluminum sheet/ parchment paper.
  13. Bake them for 12-15 minutes. They will turn slightly darker around the edges as they cook.
  14. Once done, remove from the oven and let them sit on the cooling rack for 20-25 minutes.
  15. They will crisp up too. Never fill the bourbons while the biscuits are still warm.
  16. Filling-
  17. Cream together the butter, icing sugar & cocoa powder until they come together well.
  18. Add a few drops of milk if necessary to have a good spreadable consistency.
  19. Assemble-
  20. Once the biscuits have cooled down, sandwich two 2 biscuits together using the filling and let them set for 30 minutes to an hour before serving these so that the filling firms up well.
  21. These biscuits keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Notes

Fill the biscuits only they have cooled completely to avoid curdling the filling. Alternatively, you can also fill these biscuits with chocolate ganache.

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Egg free Bourbons

Go on then….have a Bourbon! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Adapted from a recipe book – Cookie Magic.

Schezwan Paneer

Schezwan Paneer or Chilly Paneer happens to be one of my favourite starters when I am at a restaurant….๐Ÿ˜ perfectly spiced sauce with juicy paneer makes it irresistible for many of us!ย 

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Veggies give it a lovely crunch in between bites of velvety sauce..๐Ÿ‘Œ..this is something so easy to make at home.. I am sure everyone has their own version. So do I! I keep making it often and never really follow a recipe! But one thing that I try to always use is my Homemade Schezwan Sauce for making this! The flavours are so awesome…just like the restaurant style Schezwan Paneer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s the easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pan, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms cubed paneer (cottage cheese, or you can use tofu too)

1/2 cup cubes of capsicum

1/2 cup cubes of onion

8-9 cloves of garlic sliced roughly

5 tbsp Schezwan Sauce

salt to taste

sugar to taste

4 tbsp oil

1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, once it’s hot, add the sliced garlic. Let it turn golden brown, then add the cubes veggies and season with salt & sugar. Cook until these they a slightly soft but not completely cooked. They must retain their colour as well.

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Then add the cubed paneer and Schezwan sauce. Give them all a mix but be careful not to break the cubes of paneer. Cook for about 5 mins. Turn off the flame and serve it hot. This goes well with some Hakka Noodles or Fried Rice too๐Ÿ‘Œโ˜บ๏ธ

Garnish with some sesame seeds if you want to.

(*Please note that I haven’t added any extra soy or chilly sauce as my Homemade Schezwan Sauce is spicy enough. You can add extra sauce if you’d like it to be more spicy)

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There you go…your Restaurant Style Schezwan Paneer is ready…within minutes! ๐Ÿ˜€

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’•

Homemade Schezwan Sauce

We Indians love our Indo-Chinese cuisines to the hilt! ๐Ÿ˜œ I am no different….I am crazy for the all of them…๐Ÿ˜Š

And Schezwan Sauce happens to be my favourite…ever since I first tasted it as a dip along with some Spring Rolls long back! I just fell in love with the fiery, tangy and the mild sweetness all at once!

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I even started buying this sauce by a popular brand…however it was obviously full of synthetic preservatives & added colours. So not exactly the healthiest option. So I looked up a few recipes & found one which was perfect. It tastes fiery and absolutely lip-smacking! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Please note that I have used fresh red chillies as they are in season now. However, you can use dried chillies, just soak them in warm water for 1 hour & de-seed if you wish to reduce the heat. Then, continue with this recipe.

*We don’t like a very chunky texture hence, I grind the ginger & garlic with the chillies. You can cook them with the onions.

Let’s start the recipe..

Yield: approx 400 gms

Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms chopped fresh red chillies (de-seed if needed)

1/4 cup chopped garlic

1/4 cup chopped ginger

5 tbsp oil

6 tbsp vinegar (I used Apple Cider vinegar, you can use any variety but avoid balsamic or a darker vinegar)

4 tbsp soy sauce (I used light soy)

2 tbsp ketchup (add more if you like it sweeter)

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 tsp cornstarch/ cornflour

salt to taste

Method:

Grind together chopped chillies, ginger & garlic using 2 tbsp of vinegar to a smooth paste. Set it aside.

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Then, heat oil in the wok and sautรฉ the onions until translucent. Next add the paste you have kept aside. Cook for 5-8 mins on low flame. Season with salt, add the remaining vinegar & the sauces too. Mix well. Then dilute cornstarch/ cornflour with 2 tbsp water & add it to the simmering sauce, keep stirring continuously for a few mins. Let the sauce again simmer for about 5 mins. That’s it…turn off the heat and cool completely before storing in glass/ porcelain bottles.

It stays well in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks although I have stored it for almost 45 days with no change in flavour & colour.

Serve it with any & every snacks ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Try this today…I promise, you won’t be buying this anymore! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love,

Shreyaโค๏ธ

Adapted fromย Sharmis Passionsย & Khana Khazana

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza

Bread Pizza is rustled up for weekend breakfasts very often at my place! It’s so yummy and very quick๐Ÿ˜‰ Perfect for those lazy Sunday mornings ๐Ÿ˜ดย 
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It’s full of veggies and healthy stuff…hence, my hubby & I don’t mind a bit of cheese over it! Although you can add a lot more cheese…it’s up to you. And as I call it Instant, I don’t really wait for the cheese to melt…in fact I kind of prefer the half melted cheesy strands/ chunks in every biteย ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ …it’s simply droolicious! Lol! ๐Ÿ˜บ

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Also, I use brown bread for making these so it’s really not unhealthy in any way….and makes for a great party snacks or snack box idea for kids. Besides, you can make a non-veg version by adding some blanched chicken/ lamb meat, etc…the possibilities are infinite๐Ÿ‘Œ however, you can try the same on proper pizza base too!

Here is the recipe..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: baking tray, aluminium sheet, measuring cups/ spoons, a saucepan, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

For pizza sauce:

2 cup chopped tomato

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1/2 tbsp mixed Italian herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, etc.)

1/2 tbsp chilly flakes

1/2 tsp crushed black peppercorns

1/2 tsp degi mirch

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp tomato ketchup

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp oil

salt to taste

For the base:

6-8 slices of brown/ white bread

1/2 tbsp butter

For topping:

1+1/2 cup chopped/ sliced veggies (capsicum, red or yellow bell pepper, sweet corn, mushroom, baby corn, spinach, etc..)

grated mozzarella cheese/ pizza cheese as needed

mixed Italian herbs as needed

Method for sauce:

Heat butter and oil in a saucepan, then add chopped onions and garlic and sautรฉ them until the onions turn golden brown. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and season with salt & crushed black pepper. Also, add turmeric pwd and degi mirch. Cover and cook for a few mins, until the tomatoes are cooked well.

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Then add Italian herbs and chilli flakes. Cook for a further 5-7 mins. Lastly, add ketchup, mix well. Turn off the flame. The sauce is ready. Keep it aside to cool a bit. If you like, you can blend the sauce a bit, but I don’t. We like the sauce slightly chunky.

I usually add the chopped veggies in the warm sauce before spreading the pizza sauce on the bread. You can do the same too.

Assembling the bread pizza:

Preheat the oven @ 180’c and line the baking tray with aluminium foil.

Take a slice of bread, spread some butter. Then add the pizza sauce which has the veggies too. Sprinkle some grated cheese & herbs.

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Place the prepared bread slices on the baking tray and bake them for 10 mins @ 180’c using the upper and lower heating rods together or until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and cool for 2 mins on the cooling rack. Serve hot with some ketchup/ mayonnaise ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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If you like these…you could try some Cheesy Garlic Bread ๐Ÿ˜Š

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’–

๏ธAdapted from Tarla Dalal

Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

Christmas to me means beutifully decorated trees…snow…red..green..white…golden! The colours that dominate and spell Christmas for me! & a chubby Santa of course!!ย ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠโ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒŸ

It’s the time to be..happy…joyful…and much more! Since I attended a Catholic School…I was always looking forward to Christmas…and all the fun it brought along with it! We’d sing carols and decorate the entire school premises and the tree! I miss those days…โ˜บ๏ธ

But since we don’t get to see snow where I live… I have made my peace with it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I wanted to set the mood going for Christmas…and wanted to make something sweet…but not necessarily ‘baked’! Hence, I zeroed in on these Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

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Its a very straightforward cookie to put together…slightly fudgy & chewy…oats give that lovely texture…and peanut butter makes it so morish๐Ÿ˜‹… but it’s not crunchy as it’s not baked! It can make a great gift for friends & family too๐Ÿ˜€ ๐ŸŽ or a Christmas project for your kids!

Yield: 12 medium cookies

Equipment: a saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a plate/ tray, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp butter (I used unsalted)

2 tbsp cocoa pwd

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I used Saffola)

1 +1/4 cup oats (I used Quaker)

Method:

In a saucepan, add milk, sugar, cocoa pwd & butter. Cook these together on medium flame until the sugar melts and ip the mixture comes to ย a boil. Let it boil for just 1 min. Turn off the flame, cool it for 2 mins. Then add the vanilla extract, peanut butter & oats. Mix everything well. Then take a steel plate/ tray, and take some mixture in your palms and give it any shape of your choice.

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Do this for the entire batch of mixture. Let the cookies sit in the refrigerator for 30 mins before serving.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ that’s it! Your yummy cookies are ready๐Ÿ‘

You can store it in the refrigerator for upto a week. And if it’s cold enough in your part of the world, you can just keep them at room temperature too!

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Let the festive spirit set in with these little bites of heaven!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Adapted from Family Food Fun.

Sugar Cookies/ Frosted Sugar Cookies/ Iced Sugar cookies/ Halloween Ideas/ Spider Infested Sugar Cookies for Halloween/ Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe with Frosting

I have always been fascinated by colourful, decorated Sugar Cookies! They are so cute and eye-catching…you’d almost never want to eat them! But then again, they are so delicious..that I can’t think of anyone who’d resist these cuties ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ’•ย 

Look at these! I am so proud of myself! I finally pulled it off…and it was my very first attempt๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ‘

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It’s a cake walk for many…I know that, but it was a daunting task that I had set for myself. I was adamant that I had to do it before Halloween anyhow!! Although, I have made plain, no frost sugar cookies many times before following this same, exact recipe…I always kept putting off frosting to the next time! I was lazy and scared that I’d make a mess of the entire thing. Well, now that I have actually done it, I’d say…it’s pretty easy. Just a pair of steady hands and a whole lots of patience! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„

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Yes…I have some itsy, bitsy spiders who seem to have taken a liking for my cookies and are crawling all over it!! ๐Ÿ‡LoL! Nah…it’s just a bit of Halloween fever going on in my house with these cookies. I decorated them to look like spiders (Idea taken from Pinterest).

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These cookies aren’t too unhealthy…as I have used a mixture of wholewheat flour (atta) and all purpose flour (Maida). Besides, if you don’t liking too much of sugar in your food, skip the icing. These cookies taste yummy and buttery even without all the icing. And if you avoid artificial colours in your food, simply skip the colour and make plain white icing and then decorate it with some sprinkles, etc. They will still be as delicious as they could ever be!

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Let’s get started with the recipe… Please note that I made the cookies the previous day, cooled it overnight and then frosted them the next day so that the frosting sets well.

Yield: 21 small cookies/ 10 large cookies (depends on the size of the cookie cutter)

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, a wired whisk, a rolling board, a rolling pin, cookie cutters if making shapes, a flat spatula, baking tray, aluminium foil/parchment sheets, cling wrap, cooling rack, a few small bowls, extra spoons, measuring cups/ spoons, parchment paper to make the cones for icing.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookies:

1/4 cup wholewheat flour & APF each

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp icing sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 +1/2 tbsp soft unsalted butter at room temperature

1/4 tsp baking pwd

4 tbsp milk at room temperature

Method:

In a mixing bowl, sieve together the flours, baking powder & icing sugar. Give them a stir. Now add the butter and the vanilla extract. Use your whisk to mix these ingredients, they will resemble a bread crumb like texture. Now, add milk one tbsp at a time, and use your hands to bring together the dough. Don’t over knead the dough. Also, please don’t be tempted to add more milk. I used just 4 tbsp and it was enough. Now wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.

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In the meantime, line the baking tray with aluminium sheet or parchment paper and keep it ready.

After 30 mins, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Dust some APF on the rolling board and the rolling pin too. Start rolling the dough gently to a thickness of 3 or 4 mm. Not more than this. Use any cookies cutters to give fancy shapes or just use a circular cap with a sharp edge of any bottle to cut round shapes. Use a flat spatula to carefully pick the cookies and place them on the lined baking tray. Do the same with the entire dough. Now, refrigerate these it cookies for 30 mins before baking to avoid speaking out and loosing the shapes.

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In the meantime, pre heat the oven to 180’c for 10 mins. (Please note that each oven works differently, so you will have to adjust the cooking time accordingly).

Now that the cookies are chilled for 30 mins, bake them for about 15 mins or until the edges just begin to turn golden. My oven took 15 mins to turn the edges golden & I used the smaller cookie cutter, depending on the size of the cookies and your oven, you will have to keep an eye on them to prevent them from turning too dark. You can see in the above picture that the bottom of the cookies too were evenly golden โ˜บ๏ธ That’s the perfect colour. When you snap this cookie into two, it will be crispy without many crumbs.

Next, let these cookies cool on a cooling rack for minimum 5-6 hours or overnight in a container Before you frost them. Don’t let them cool on the cooling rack for more than 2 hours else they will turn soggy due to the humidity and the frosting won’t set well. But do not refrigerate either.ย 

Ingredients for Icing/ Frosting:

1/4 cup icing sugar

1 + 1/2 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp lemon juice

2-3 tsp milk

a few drops of food colours of your choice (optional)

Method:

First, make cones for icing using parchment paper (sorry do not have pictures as I was doing this but alone and hubby wasn’t around to help with clicking). If you wish, u can use ziplock bags too for icing. Just cut the tip of the bag once you fill the frosting in it.

Keep the cookies ready on a plate.

In a bowl, add icing sugar, cornflour, lemon juice. Stir well. Now add in a little milk and mix well. Don’t add all the milk at one go. Make a smooth paste of a dropping consistency but it should NOT be runny. If you need to thicken the mixture, add some more icing sugar. To loosen the mixture, if needed, add a few drops of milk.

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If you want to skip the colours, then just fill the plain white icing in a cone/ bag, make a small cut at the tip of the piping cone/ bag. Carefully draw the outline of the cookies first and then fill the centre too or not. As you like. Decorate with some sprinkles or chocolate chips and chocolate vermicelli to make small spiders…or keep it plain.

If you wish to add colour, then divide the plain icing in equal parts depending on how many colours you want to incorporate and add a few drops of food colour. You can add 1 drop and make a lighter shade or add 2-3 drops and make it a darker shade like I have done. Now fill the icing in the piping cone/ bags, make a small cut at the tip of the cone/ bag. And follow the same way as I have explained above for plain icing. Go ahead and decorate them!

Let these frosted cookies set at room temperature for at least 1-2 hours before you grab them! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ they will dry and the frosting will become very thick and hard.

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Have them plain…have them frosted..decorate it or just keep it simple! It’s up to you. You can frost it in any pattern or design of your choice…I did a basic frosting but it’s bright and eye-catching!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ Hope you like these!

They keep well in a air tight container for about 3-4 days.Do not refrigerate, the frosting won’t melt.

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’ž

Adapted from Sharmis Passions.

Wholewheat Chocolate Cake / Basic Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe/ How To Make An Eggless Cake / Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe

I had been wanting to post this for a very long time…yes it’s been sitting in files for almost a month now! I had made this to celebrate my hubby’s birthday ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’— ….who is fond of ‘eating healthy’! Hence an almost guilt free cake…Wholewheat Chocolate Cake with a Chocolate Frosting! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฐ Yay!ย 

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Wouldn’t up you like a slice…or two?!๐Ÿ˜œ This is a very moist and soft cake..hence I follow this recipe blindly for perfect results every time. Look at the frosting.. wow! I am still drooling. Actually I am very bad at piping the swirls and stuff on a cake…so this kind of frosting is best for people like me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

To be honest, I had wanted to shoot the entire cake and this slice…but this was all I could save for the blog. I don’t shoot at nights…and we cut the cake when it was ready in the evening…so I managed to keep this neat little slice safe and shot it later in the morning!! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s an easy recipe, but I suggest you should always keep every ingredient at room temperature and on your work surface before you begin the prepping so that the air is intact in the cake batter. It makes a world’s difference to the final outcome.

Let’s get going with it…

Yield: One 6″ X 2.5″ round cake (you can use larger or a smaller baking tin, but adjust the baking time according to that) serves 2-3

Equipment: a manual whisk, a mixing bowl, a sieve, a small saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, cooling rack, a stirring spatula preferably of silicon, a plate.

Ingredients for the Cake:ย 

1 Cup wholewheat flour (atta)

3/4 cup + 3 tbsp pwd sugar

3 tbsp cocoa pwd

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp vinegar (use lime juice if you like)

1 tsp vanilla essence/ extract

1/4 cup oil or melted butter

1 cup water at room temperature

Method:

Grease the baking tin with some oil and dust it with a little bit of flour. Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 180’c.

(Note: Please work with your oven as per it’s functioning to set the temperature and cooking time, every oven works a bit differently)

Sieve together the dry ingredients in a bowl and set it aside. In another bowl, mix water + oil/ butter + vanilla extract + vinegar well. Everything must be incorporated nicely. Now add the sieved dry ingredients into the wet mixture slowly and keep whisking so that there are no lumps in the batter. Please note that this batter will thin, not too thick.

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Now, pour the batter in the prepared tin, and tap it once to release the excess air. Bake it for approximately 35-40 mins at 180’c using just the lower heating coil/ rods. To check if it’s cooked, insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake on the top, if it comes out clean, your cake is ready. If not, please bake it for few more mins. Remove the tin from the oven and let it cool for 10 mins before unmoulding it. Then let the cake cool completely for at least 30 mins on a cooling rack before frosting. You can avoid frosting & enjoy it just plain too if you like it so!

Ingredients for the Frosting:

3 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature

2 tbsp milk

4 tbsp cocoa pwd

5 tbsp sugar (adjust as per taste)

Method:

Heat butter in a saucepan, once it’s melted, add the cocoa pwd, sugar and milk (you can add more milk if you want a thinner frosting). Stir everything constantly to avoid lumps and cook on low flame. Once it’s melted and is smooth, take it off the flame. Place the cake on a plate. Spread the warm frosting all over the cake, cover it from all sides.

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Keep the cake in fridge to set the icing for 1-2 hours but ensure you cover it with a large bowl that doesn’t touch the cake from any side.

If you like a little frosting in between the cake too, then, you can cut the cake in half horizontally and add some frosting in between the two halves before covering it completely with the frosting! You can also dust some cocoa pwd before serving …its looks pretty and tastes extra chocolaty! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Enjoy your cake! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Adapted recipe and styling from Veg Recipes Of Indiaย 

Rajgira Ki Nankhatai/ Rajgira Cookies/ Amaranth Cookies/ Glutenfree Cookies/ Navratri Recipes/ Fasting Menu for Navratri Festival

I had shared the recipe for Rajgira Halwa recently with you guys for Navratri Fasting menu. That was very healthy and delicious too ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Today, I bring to you a very crunchy and delicious Rajgira Nankhatai! Perfect for dipping in your evening tea while you fast…or for those hunger pangs in the middle of the day! They are good for kids too๐Ÿ˜. Since I had some Amaranth flour left-over after making the halwa … I started looking for easy recipes. This recipe fits the bill perfectly…it was instantly approved by hubby๐Ÿ˜˜ with two thumbs up!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ I am very happy that it worked so well on the very first attempt! Now I will make it even when I don’t fast ๐Ÿ˜„

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Since this recipe uses Glutenfree flour, you will have to work very carefully while making the dough and keep an eye on it while baking too. Let’s get started with the recipe.

Yield: 18-20 Nankhatai depending on the size.

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, blender, a knife, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tray, aluminium foil, a cooling stand.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup Rajgira ka atta (amaranth flour)

1/2 cup powdered sugar

5 tbsp powdered almonds

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

6 tbsp desi ghee

a pinch of sendha namak (rock salt, use regular salt if you are not fasting)

less than 1/4 cup water (approximately)

chopped pistachio for garnishing (optional)

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar, ghee and cardamom pwd. Mix it all well. Then add the almond powder too and mix again. Next, add the Rajgira atta and slowly also pour some water. Mix well with your hands. It won’t be a tight dough. So bring everything together carefully and cover the bowl. Keep the covered bowl in the refrigerator for 15 mins.

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Pre-heat the oven for 10mins @ 170’c. (Pls note that every oven works differently, so you will have to adjust the temperature and baking duration according to your oven). Line the baking tray with aluminium foil.

Then after 15 mins, remove the dough from the refrigerator and make small, equal sized balls. Make a cross over each ball with a sharp knife (this helps in releasing any steam within). Bake them at 170’c for 15 mins. If at all you feel they haven’t baked completely, you can let them bake for another 5-8 mins. But please keep an eye on them. Once it’s done, bring them out of the oven and cool the tray on a wire stand for 15 mins. The Nankhatai will crisp up and will be easy to handle. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios and serve ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Enjoy these Nankhatai with tea or simply munch awayโ˜บ๏ธ

Love,

Shreyaโค๏ธ

Adapted from The Times Of India.

Custard & Rose Ripple Ice Cream

Yes! It’s another of my easy peasy…eggless…no-churn ice creams!! It needs minimum efforts and its safe to say that has maximum flavour! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย 

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I have been using this recipe for sometime now. It’s really an all round winner…such amazing results every time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do give a shot to my 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream…..or something summery like The No Churn Orange Ice Cream! ๐Ÿ’“ ….or something indulgent like a Honey & Butterscotch Ice Cream ๐Ÿ˜ฌ sounds irresistible, isn’t it!? They are all prepped in less than 15-20 mins…no churning…no ice cream machine needed…and no eggs!! ๐Ÿ‘Œโ˜บ๏ธ just put them in the freezer and forget about it for 7-8 hours…..simply dig into its oh-so-creamy texture once it’s set! ๐Ÿ˜

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So this time…I choose to combine two very different yet complimenting flavours! Custard because it’s one of my hubby’s favourite desserts & Rose…simply because I wanted it to look pretty and to taste exotic๐Ÿ˜‹ …and trust me..it was a great combination! I was a bit worried that hubby may not like the flavours…but he loved it…and found it pretty too ๐Ÿ˜„…kept asking me how I did the Ripples… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‡ anyways…lets get on with the recipe now..

๏ธYield: 3-4 servings of 2 medium sized scoops

Equipment: a non stick pan, a whisk/ electric whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, an airtight/ aluminium container to set the ice cream, a large mixing bowl, a sharp knife for creating the rippling effect.

Ingredients:

110 ml milk (I have used Amul 3% milk, you can use skimmed milk or full fat milk)

200 ml chilled cream (I have used Amul fresh cream, NOT whipping cream)

1tbsp custard pwd (I used pillsbury, vanilla flavour)

7-8 tbsp sugar (adjust as per taste)

2 drops of vanillaย essence

2-3 tbsp rose syrup (I used Roohafza)

Method:

Heat the pan over low heat, add the milk and custard powder, keep whisking as it cooks on low heat and make a smooth and thick custard (the custard should coat the back of a spoon). It took me about 5 mins to make the custard. Cool this custard in the refrigerator. Once cooled in about 10 mins, pour the custard in the mixing bowl, add chilled cream, vanilla essence & the sugar to the custard. Then whisk well for 7-10mins to mix everything well (I used an electric whisk hence took just 4-5 mins to mix these well). We do not need stiff peaks, just whisk to add some air into the mixture.

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Now, put the ice cream mixture in the airtight/ aluminium container, pour the rose syrup on the ice cream mixture & using the tip of a sharp knife make ripples as shown in the pictureย above. Thatโ€™s it! Cover the container and put in the freezer to set it for overnight or at least 7-8 hours. Thaw the ice cream at room temperature for a few mins before scooping!!

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Wow! Look at the texture! Just like the store-bought ice creams…! Super easy, isn’t it?!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„ if you like, you can add some nuts or sprinkles while serving it ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Just in case you wish to skip the ripples….simply add the rose syrup in the ice cream mixture and give it a mix….you will get the same taste and pale pink coloured ice cream๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you guys will try this soon…๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’–

Vegetable Croquettes

Some evenings my hubby craves for snacks with his tea….I say ‘some evenings’ because he usually doesn’t take anything with his evening tea. He loves his tea…so wouldn’t miss that for anything..but munchies aren’t a compulsion ๐Ÿ˜ That sure does make life easier for yours truly!! ๐Ÿ˜œย 

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So last evening he texted me saying that he was craving something spicy like Bhajia /Pakodas! I said no way..I am not frying anything…you will get spicy but definitely not fried. We have consumed too many calories in the past couple of weeks… He was okay with that…told me to go ahead and keep it ready. I looked into my fridge & pantry to check what could be made in precisely 50 mins! Lol!

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I am used to keeping some boiled potatoes & beetroot in my fridge…so assemble a quick sandwich usually. But then again, my hubby isn’t fond of sandwiches too….yeah too many restrictions ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ So I decided to add some peas & spices…to make croquettes! Easy-peasy, crunchy Vegetable Croquettes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Non fried…cos they are made in my trusty Aebelskiver / Appe pan!! They taste great…maybe something like a Kolkata Cutlet or even the famous Indian Railway Canteen Cutlets.ย 

Yield: 7-8 large croquettes.

Equipments: An Aebelskiver /Appe pan, mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a couple of spoons/ forks, a plate.

Ingredients:

For the croquettes:

1 nos each of potato, beetroot & carrot (boiled & mashed)

1/4 cup boiled green peas (you can add more veggies of your choice like sweet corn, French beans, etc)

1 slice of brown bread (remove the sides)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1/2 tsp green chilly paste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/4 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

A pinch of kala namak (Himalayan pink salt)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients well in a mixing bowl. Avoid lumps & don’t add any water. Set it in the refrigerator for 10-15 mins. The mixture will be easier to handle & shape when slightly cold.

For the outer coating:

1/2 cup rice flour (options given at the end of the post**)

some water

salt to taste

1 cup fine rawa / semolina

1-2 tsp oil to cook

Method:

Make a thick paste using rice flour and little water. Season it with some salt. Not too much though, as the croquettes will have seasonings. Place the semolina in a plate to roll the croquettes.

Heat the Appe pan alongside and add a few drops of oil in each indentation. The pan should nicely heated, if not the croquettes won’t be crunchy.

For assembling:

Take the mixture out of the refrigerator and immediately make 7-8 equal sized balls and set it aside. Coat each ball with the rice flour paste and then roll it in semolina. Place it in an indentation of the Appe pan. Repeat the same steps for the other balls too. Cook on each side for about 3-4 mins to get an even colour & crunch. You can add a few more drops of oil if required. Once done, serve them piping hot with some ketchup or green chutney โ˜บ๏ธ

**They are super crunchy as they are coated with rice flour. Although, if you don’t have rice flour, you can use cornflour or APF (Maida) in the same quantity and follow the same steps.

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They turned out perfect…almost oil-free…ideal for kids too! My hubby loved them ….because this is the first time made a non fried version of these Croquettes…๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ No one can really know the difference. A must try for all ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

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