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Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake is a moist yet light and soft tea time cake. Pair it with some tea/ coffee and enjoy the perfect medley of chocolate and vanilla! One of the most loved combinations ever! 

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake is very easy to put together as well. The crumb is perfect as it should be in any  pound cake. The flavor is so rich and scrumptious, just like the Starbucks style Marble Cake. The rich buttery flavor is absolutely delicious.

As the name suggests, it is a pound cake and a traditional recipe calls for a pound of each – flour, sugar, butter and eggs. These ingredients when whisked into a thick batter, yields a beautiful crumb and an aromatic cake. No leavening agents are used in making a traditional pound cake. The air whisked into the eggs helps the cake rise well. However, I’ve used some leavening agents here today.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake is a favorite of my hubby. He loves Starbucks style cakes and this is as close as I can get the same taste at home. The chocolate flavor makes it such a decadent cake and vanilla is one of the most classic flavors ever. These two flavors when put together to make this classic cake, the outcome is just so good!!

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake uses the most basic ingredients that everyone has in their pantries. I always prefer recipes that get ready in a jiffy with the most common ingredients. All my recipes incorporate the most easy techniques and ingredients. It makes me really happy to be able to whisk out delicious bakes and treats out of my pantry essentials.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Let’s get started with this Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake. 

All ingredients used are to be at room temperature.

Also, I have weighed everything in grams using an electronic weighing scale.

Line a 8″X5.5″ baking tin with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven @ 180’c. Please note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature accordingly.

Take butter and sugar in a bowl, cream them using an electric or manual whisk.

Once they look creamy and well incorporated, add one egg at a time and whisk again until well incorporated.

Next, add the vanilla extract/ essence and whisk again.

Sieve in the flour, salt and baking powder next. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet gently.

Lastly, add the milk. Fold again.

Divide the batter into two halves. Add cocoa powder to one half and mix well.

Set it aside. Now, add the plain batter into the prepared tin. Spread it evenly.

Add the chocolate batter on top of it and swirl it around a bit.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Bake it at 180’c for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake, comes out clean or with a very few moist crumbs.
Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 20-25 minutes on a cooling rack before you slice it.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days.

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Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

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Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

A delicious chocolate vanilla flavoured pound cake tastes so yummy. This cake is moist and has the perfect crumb. 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 220 grms butter unsalted
  • 200 grms plain flour maida
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 220 grms castor sugar
  • 04 nos eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Line a 8"X5.5" baking tin with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven @ 180'c. Please note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature accordingly.

  2. Take butter and sugar in a bowl, cream them using an electric or manual whisk.

  3. Once they look creamy and well incorporated, add one egg at a time and whisk again until well incorporated.

  4. Next, add the vanilla extract/ essence and whisk again.

  5. Sieve in the flour, salt and baking powder next. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet gently.

  6. Lastly, add the milk. Fold again.
  7. Divide the batter into two halves. Add cocoa powder to one half and mix well.

  8. Set it aside. Now, add the plain batter into the prepared tin. Spread it evenly.

  9. Add the chocolate batter on top of it and swirl it around a bit.

  10. Bake it at 180'c for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake, comes out clean or with a very few moist crumbs.

  11. Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 20-25 minutes on a cooling rack before you slice it.

  12. This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Love,
Shreya

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Grape Ice Cream

Summer is around the corner…felt a few waves of heat in the last couple of days. It’s the season to make my homemade ice creams again! 🤓🤗🤗 Yayyy!

All those of you, who have have been a regular around here will know how I adore making my own ice creams! 😍 If you are a fan of fruity ice creams then do have a look at my Orange Ice Cream or try my Custard and Rose Ripple Ice Cream. And if you’re a fan of Popsicles…then look no further😬

Well, coming back to the Grape Ice Cream….why grapes!? Because I had some sitting in my refrigerator and they were slightly sour. I could have easily macerated them with some sugar & vanilla extract…and they go really well with pancakes or any sponge cake. Sounds yummy…isn’t it. But I wanted to try an ice cream with them.

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Wondering why the colour isn’t purple…well it won’t be considering the ingredients used here, which includes freshly pressed grape juice. So no preservatives or added colours!! 💃🏻 I took inspiration from the net..and made a few changes here and there to suit our tastebuds. Let’s get started…

Yield: 4-5

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a blender, a freezer-safe container.

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh grape juice (use canned if you wish)

200 ml whipping cream (I used Amul)

1 cup sweetened milk powder

1/2 cup castor sugar or more as per your taste

2 tsp lemon juice (optional)

Method:

Squeeze the grapes in the juicer to extract their juice and set it aside.

In a blender jar, add the cream, castor sugar& milk powder. Give it a blend. Add the grape juice & lemon juice next. Blend again for a minute.

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Pour this mixture into the container you have chosen to set the ice cream in…and put it in the freezer for about 3 hours. By this time, the Ice cream will have begun to set around the edges. Blend it once again for a minute in the blender. Pour back into the container & let this freeze for 6-7 hours. That’s it. Thaw it at room temperature for 5 mins before serving it.

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Wasn’t that too easy 😉😉 go ahead…make some!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Cooks.com

White Chocolate Treats

Ok…so this sounds mushy at the very best..but I did make some Chocolates for my hubby this Valentine’s 💓😍 lol! And he found them cute too 💃🏻

Well…to be honest…I wouldn’t really call it ‘making’ them…unless that’s what we are calling using ‘leftovers’ these days 😁😜

Homemade chocolate Polkapuffs

Why leftovers you may ask….well. I had some odd, broken pieces of Morde’s white Compound in my refrigerator post icing my Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes. Also had some coloured sugar sprinkles lying around…so thought of using these along with my silicon chocolate moulds to make something quick! 😬😬…hence these Treats😊 Let’s get started….these take approx 30 mins to get ready …actually ready to eat!! Cool..ain’t it!?

A few pointers to keep in mind…

Do not try to melt the Compound Chocolate in the microwave…it could burn it as the chocolate is very delicate. Use a double boiler as far as possible.

Do not stir the the chunks of Compound Chocolate while it melts…that can make the melted chocolate very grainy.

Yield: 7-10 pieces

Equipment: a deep saucepan, a heat proof bowl (preferably borosil/ Pyrex), measuring cups/ spoons, silicon Chocolate moulds in any shape.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped Morde White Compound

sugar sprinkles or sugar balls as needed

Method:

Heat water in the saucepan until it starts to boil, then place the heatproof bowl over the saucepan in such a way that the base of the bowl does not touch the boiling water below in the pan. Next, keep the chopped compound chocolate in the bowl and maintain the flame on it’s lowest possible level. Let the compound melt slowly and do not stir it.

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While the compound melts, place the sugar balls/ sprinkles in the chocolate moulds, just a thin layer covering the base only.

Next, check the compound chocolate that is melting, it should be almost melted by now. Remove the bowl from the top of the saucepan. Stir the melted compound chocolate just once. It must be smooth and lump free.

Next, add 1-2 tsp of the melted compound chocolate over the sprinkles placed in the moulds. Fill the moulds to the top. Do the same for all the moulds and place them on a tray. Place this tray in refrigerator or the freezer for about 10-12 mins. They will be completely set and hard by then. When you break the chocolate in half, you should hear a ‘snap’! That’s the sound of a perfect homemade chocolate.🤓🤓😬

Follow the same recipe for Dark chocolate compound or Milk chocolate compound too. 😊

They keep well for 3-4 days under refrigeration.

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I made a small batch of 7-8 pieces! Do try these out…

Love,

Shreya❤️

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!😁

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..😘😎

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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! 😬😬☺️ 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  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. 

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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.

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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  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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Go on then….have a Bourbon! 😋

Love,

Shreya💗

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….😁 perfectly spiced sauce with juicy paneer makes it irresistible for many of us! 

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Veggies give it a lovely crunch in between bites of velvety sauce..👌..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! 😉

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 too👌☺️

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! 😀

Love,

Shreya💕

Homemade Schezwan Sauce

We Indians love our Indo-Chinese cuisines to the hilt! 😜 I am no different….I am crazy for the all of them…😊

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! 😬😬😉

*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 sauté 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 😜

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Try this today…I promise, you won’t be buying this anymore! 😉

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from Sharmis Passions & Khana Khazana

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza is full of flavors and textures. They are loaded with veggies and gooey cheese. Little spicy, little tangy and wee bit sweet, it is definitely a party in your mouth!

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza can be made with any veggies of your choice, anything that is fresh or even some leftover bits and bobs of chopped veggies work rather well. No exotic or fancy veggies needed, although if you have all of those, go right ahead and add all of them on these pizzas. Every veggie has its own texture and that is the best part about these little pizzas.

You can add sweet corn or golden corn, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, some tofu or cottage cheese, etc. The possibilities are endless and every veggie really tastes so good. You can add non-veg toppings too. Just improvise as you go.

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza does need a really nice and sturdy base, that being the bread in this case. I usually avoid using white bread as a rule but more so for these pizzas. Besides, white breads do tend to get really soggy at times with the veggies and all. Here I have used a seeded multigrain bread. You can use gluten free bread or even make these using some Dinner rolls/ Home made Laadi Pav. Also, you can to make some Pizza Rolls instead of a classic pizza.

The pizza sauce for the Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza is crucial too as it needs to be robust and yet mildly flavored. The sauce does not need to be overly spiced or too tangy. It must be balanced with the right proportions of tangy, sweet and spiciness. You can use this recipe for Pizza sauce made at home. I really prefer the home made pizza sauce as it is less salty and certainly free from preservatives.

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza

You can definitely bake your own Whole-wheat Pizza Base, it turns out delicious and has a great texture.

Let us make some Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza. 

Preheat the oven @ 180’c for 10 minutes.
Chop all the veggies to used for the toppings, place them aside. Make sure they are not wet.

Place the slices of bread in the oven and toast them just for 2-3 minutes. This is done just to firm them up so that the bread doesn’t get soggy when we load them with pizza sauce and the veggies.

Once the bread slices are toasted, brush them with some oil, spread the pizza sauce on each slice.
Top each slice with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Place all the veggies of your choice over the shredded cheese.
Add olives and some jalapenos. Sprinkle some chili flakes and some pizza seasonings.
Top with some more shredded cheese.

Place the prepared bread slices on the baking tray and bake them for 10 mins @ 180’c or until the cheeses gets or bubbly and melts. Remove them from the oven and place them on the cooling rack so that the bread pizzas don’t turn soggy. Serve them piping hot.

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Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza

Quick and easy recipe for an instant pizza to satiate all your pizza cravings! 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch Box, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 5-6 nos. bread slices
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup sliced veggies of your choice I used bell pepers, sweet corn, onions, etc.
  • pizza seasonings to taste
  • chili flakes to taste
  • some olives and jalapenos optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180'c for 10 minutes.

  2. Chop all the veggies to used for the toppings, place them aside. Make sure they are not wet.

  3. Place the slices of bread in the oven and toast them just for 2-3 minutes. This is done just to firm them up so that the bread doesn't get soggy when we load them with pizza sauce and the veggies.

  4. Once the bread slices are toasted, brush them with some oil, spread the pizza sauce on each slice.

  5. Top each slice with shredded mozzarella cheese.

  6. Place all the veggies of your choice over the shredded cheese.

  7. Add olives and some jalapenos. Sprinkle some chili flakes and some pizza seasonings.

  8. Top with some more shredded cheese.

  9. Place the prepared bread slices on the baking tray and bake them for 10 mins @ 180'c or until the cheeses gets or bubbly and melts. Remove them from the oven and place them on the cooling rack so that the bread pizzas don't turn soggy. Serve them piping hot.

Love,
Shreya

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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!! 🎄🎄🎅🎁🎉🎊❄️⛄️😊🌟

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…☺️

But since we don’t get to see snow where I live… I have made my peace with it! 😉 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 morish😋… but it’s not crunchy as it’s not baked! It can make a great gift for friends & family too😀 🎁 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  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.😉😄😄 that’s it! Your yummy cookies are ready👍

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,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Family Food Fun.

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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 😛💕 

Look at these! I am so proud of myself! I finally pulled it off…and it was my very first attempt💃💃💃👏

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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! 😉😄

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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!! 🍇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 ☺️ 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. 

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! 😋😋 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!! 💃💃💃 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 💞

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 🎊💗 ….who is fond of ‘eating healthy’! Hence an almost guilt free cake…Wholewheat Chocolate Cake with a Chocolate Frosting! 🎂🍰 Yay! 

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Wouldn’t up you like a slice…or two?!😜 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! 😉

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!! 😀

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: 

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! 👌😬

Enjoy your cake! 😄

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Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted recipe and styling from Veg Recipes Of India 

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