Category: Eggless Baking

McDonald’s Style Pizza McPuffs | Bakery Style Vegetable Puffs

Vegetable Puff anyone?! You? And you?! Yes, I guess all of us would grab one the moment we’d set our eyes on these. They are so light, crisp…buttery, flaky…absolutely melt in the mouth yummy! The filling too an integral part…spicy veggies with a dash of tang is what made these Puffs to die for! Even the non-veg version was always so delicious…one Puff would never suffice! 😉

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Hence, I will having 3 of them! Hahah! No, i didn’t, I shared these with my hubby…who couldn’t stop chomping on them. My hubby kept saying that they taste better than the bakery ones. The filling was very different he said, more like the one in a Pizza McPuff from McDonalds! I was like…yes, I did try to replicate the filling, he loved my version.😊

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Why is the filling like Pizza McPuffs, you’d ask me…simply because I love the flavour bomb that is inside a McPuff. It’s so creamy and yet light, perfection in every bite! But I always wanted to make that in Puff Pastry version. So I did.

That filling, those buttery layers made this for the perfect snack…or if I may suggest, a light meal with some soup on the side on a winter night! Wow, sounds about right! 😍

Making the Puff pastry sheet at home is quite a task..trust me! The rolling, the folding, and repeating the steps at least 10-12 times is a challenge that may or may not give you perfect results. I have used ready to use sheets which I always keep in my freezer when I need to whisk quick snacks or pies even! They are handy and absolutely perfect. But there are few tips on using them that I will share here along with the recipe for the McPuffs filling.

Firstly, always buy a frozen pastry sheet which has a manufacturing date closer to the date you are buying it. Say for example, if you are shopping for this on 15 Jul 2016, the manufacturing date should nothing older than 01st June 2016. That way, you will get the freshest product.

They expire in 90 days, so do plan accordingly. Buy 1 or more packets depending on your consumption. (I always buy 2 at a time, because I know I will use it all in about 5-6 weeks.)

Thawing a frozen pastry sheet, it is crucial to know how you thaw (bring a frozen pastry sheet to room temperature) them. Every package once opened cannot be refrozen. To thaw, place the frozen pastry sheet roll at room temperature for about an hour. It also depends where you are, say if the climate is humid, it will soften faster and the same goes for the other way around too.

The size of the frozen pastry sheets is just right to make about 4-5 of these vegetable puffs. But it also depends on how you have sized the puffs, you could even make 6-7 of them. (I usually make large ones)

Let’s get started..

Yield: 4-5 large McPuffs/ Vegetable Puffs

Equipment: a baking tray, cooling rack, a knife, a fork, a small pan, measuring cups/ spoons, pastry brush.

Ingredients:

1 nos. frozen pastry sheet

oil as needed to brush the puffs before baking

For the filling:

1 cup each boiled and chopped carrots & beans (you can add any veggies or meat)

salt to taste

1/4 tsp crushed black pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

3/4 tsp mixed Italian herbs

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 tbsp tomato ketchup

3 tbsp Amul fresh cream

2 tsp oil

Method:

Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped veggies. Season with salt & pepper. Mix well & sauté for 3-4 mins.

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Next, add ginger garlic paste, turmeric, red chilly pwd and Italian herbs. Mix well and cook for 5 mins. Now turn off the flame, add cream and ketchup. Mix well. Set the ready filling aside to cool for a few mins.

Assembling the Puffs:

Lay the thawed pastry sheet and cut the pastry into pieces as per your choice. Place the filling in the centre and close the pastry from the other side as shown below. Use a fork and press down the edges to secure the filling within the puff.

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Make small incision on top of every puff and brush them with oil.

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Place the ready to bake puffs in the refrigerator for 10 mins to firm up, that way they get perfect flaky layers once baked.

As they cool in the refrigerator, preheat the oven at 180’c for 10 mins. Now place the baking tray in the oven to bake the puffs for 20-25 mins @190’c using both the upper & lower rods. (Please note that every oven works differently and you may need to adjust the timing and the temperature too. These settings worked for me.)

They will start turning brown on the top as they puff up, so keep an eye on them as they bake. Once done, remove from the oven and place the them on the cooling rack for a few mins to cool them a bit. Serve warm/ hot with ketchup.

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Hope you try these soon and don’t be intimidated by the pastry sheets! They are very simple to use. ☺️

Love,

Shreya💖

Tortilla Pizza Cups

I am game for a pizza at any hour of the day! Sounds familiar….obviously! Most of us are…I can’t imagine someone who isn’t, literally. The gooey cheese oozing with every bite is just too tempting to deny. Calories.??😱😱 Well, give it a rest…indulge your tastebuds…and they don’t matter much when pizza can fit in a cup! 😉😉Portion control! 

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Remember my Pizza Pinwheels…they were super hit! I mean…I have made them so often. They make for a great finger food just like the Bread Pizza I’d shared.

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Coming to these Cups, well they are made using readymade Tortillas (someday, I will share how to make Tortillas at home😀) and can be put together in a jiffy. One can add veg or non-veg filling or just keep it simple with some cheese & pizza sauce (kid friendly). In fact, involve your kids…they’ll be so excited.

I will let you in on a quick tip here, these are perfect for portion control as I have said above too and if you do not have Tortillas then simply use Parathas and follow my recipe! They will taste just as good!

2 numbers tortilla sheets
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (red, yellow & green)
1/4 cup sweet corn
1/2 cup pizza sauce (I used homemade)
to taste Salt & Pepper
Oil to grease the muffin pan

Preheat the oven @180’c. Grease the muffin pan. Set that aside
Cut circles from the tortilla sheets using a round cookie cutter or any object with a sharp edge. You will get 4 rounds from 1 sheet.
Place the cut rounds in the muffin tray and apply the pizza sauce.

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Add the veggies and cheese next, season with salt & pepper.
Bake them @180’c for 7-8 mins or until the cheese melts and the tortilla cups turn a bit crisp from the edges.
Serve them hot with some ketchup.
Don’t they look so tempting!?
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Love,
Shreya❤️

Idea taken from Pinterest.

Homemade Sandwich Bread | Basic White Bread

How many mornings have you had just a slice of toast with a cup of tea/ coffee…or juice and left for work or an early class?! Many, right?  Almost everyone loves their toast..some with butter…some with honey…or plain…me? I like it with my Homemade No Pectin Strawberry Jam 😬 

All these plus an warm, sweet & fresh loaf of bread makes for a beautiful weekend brunch. The aroma of a freshly baked bread can make you so, so hungry!! Yes…this loaf was baked by me for Sunday brunch…and was devoured by my hubby & me in about 15 mins! He, with some honey and me…jam!

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Perfectly moist and light loaf of bread was a dream for me when I started baking breads about more than a year ago..but I kept trying and it’s been a little over six months that I make good breads..though not wholewheat…not yet. I am yet to try those.

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The recipe that I use for this bread is the same as the one I use to make pizza base. It’s pretty easy, but do follow there simple steps to ensure a good loaf. They are all tried and tested by me.

Always fluff the flour and add spoonfuls of it into the measuring cup then level it off with a knife. As simple as that. Measurement is crucial.

Do not try to press down the flour into the cup to add more flour OR Never dip the measuring cup into the bag of flour. Doing these, will always leave you with a lot more flour than necessary and you will positively end up with a very dry and heavy loaf

I have used instant active yeast, never tried baking with fresh yeast. Check the box for the expiry date thoroughly before starting the recipe, make sure you don’t use the yeast if it’s less than two months away from the expiry date.

If your yeast doesn’t bloom or activate, discard and start again.

The water used for activating the yeast must be tepid. That is when you can comfortably hold your finger in the water but it must not be on the cooler side.

Do not try to make this “healthy” by skimping on the fat/ oil/ butter content. Follow the recipe and you will have a moist loaf.

Let’s get baking..

Yield: a small loaf/ 6-7 slices of bread

Equipment: 1 large mixing bowl, a small bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour (Maida/ APF, 1 cup is approx 130 grams)

some extra flour to dust

2+1/2 tsp dry active yeast (1 tsp is approx 3.5/ 4 grams)

2 + 1/4 tsp sugar

3/4 cup warm water (you should be able to dip your finger comfortably)

4 Tbsp oil + extra for greasing

1 tsp salt

Method:

Take warm water in a bowl, add the sugar and yeast to it. Cover it and leave to prove & froth for 10 mins in a warm place.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, add the flour, 2 1/2 tbsp oil, salt to taste. Now add the entire proved yeast mixture & using a fork mix everything together to make a sticky dough. It will be very sticky but should not be falling apart at all. Now, sprinkle some flour on a work surface, and drop the dough on it,sprinkle some more flour over the dough. Using your palms, start kneading the dough well. Add more flour if the dough feels too sticky or some water if it feels very dry.

Keep kneading well for 10 mins. You will have a neat, non-sticky ball of dough. Knead it for a couple of mins more. It should all look like this.

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Now, grease the mixing bowl which you have kept aside & place the dough in it, cover with a lid or cling film & set aside in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours to prove. It should be double or more than double in size after proving. It will look like this.

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Gently, punch the air out of the dough. Next, grease the baking tin with oil. Set that aside.

Roll out the dough in an squarish shape and flatten it out a bit. Start rolling from one side like a Swiss roll. Pinch to close the ends. Keeping the pinched side down, place this roll into the greased tin. Make deep incisions using a serrated knife if you like. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm place for 30 mins for second proving.

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This is how it should look after the second proving.

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Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 mins. Brush some oil over the top of the proved dough. Bake for about 20-25 mins @ 180’c using both, top & bottom heating elements. (Every oven works differently so pls set the temperature and the timing accordingly)

Once done, remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for about 15 mins before slicing the loaf as it needs to set well. That’s it, your bread is ready. Keeps well for a day or two wrapped in a parchment paper in a bread box or any container.

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Besides, waking up to a freshly baked bread can be therapeutic!😉

Love,

Shreya❤️

Almond Shortbread Cookies

If you love Almonds, then these cookies will make you swoon! They are crunchy & yet very moist. The nuttiness from the toasted Almonds compliments the butteriness just right. 😍 

At first, when I baked these, I was positive that my hubby may not approve of them…and I will end up eating the entire batch…although it was small one. Later that evening, he takes one tentative bite off a cookie and I see him stalking past me with the entire box!! No complaints there! I was super pleased. I didn’t need to ask him how these cookies tasted…they were finished in 2 days😁🤓

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I will be making these again…maybe around Christmas.

I have followed a very easy recipe that I had bookmarked sometime back. I have made a very small change here, the original recipe called for Amaretto, I replaced it with Vanilla extract as I didn’t have any Amaretto.

All you Nigella Lawson fans out there must already know what Amaretto is…(she uses it generously in her desserts) and for those of you who don’t….well it’s a sweet, almond flavoured liquor from Italy. Saronno to be precise! ☺️

Any ways, coming to the recipe…it’s as easy as it gets but I will share a few pointers on how to measure the flour for that perfect cookie.

Yield: 12-15 cookies

Equipment: a mixing bowl, electric whisk/ manual whisk, baking tray, baking paper, measuring cups/ spoons, cooling rack, rubber spatula, cling wrap.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened unsalted butter

1/2 cup castor sugar (adjust as per taste)

1 tsp vanilla extract/ Amaretto

a pinch of salt

1 cup flour (Maida/ APF)

1/4 cup toasted & sliced almonds

Method:

Pre heat the oven @170’C. See tips for baking/ heating oven here. Line the baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk sugar and butter until fluffy. The sugar must dissolve but do not over whisk as the butter may split.

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Next, add the flour, salt, vanilla extract. Whisk again for a minute to mix the butter & the flour well. Then add the almond slivers and mix gently using a spatula.

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Place the dough on the cling wrap. Gently shape the dough into a log. Wrap it in the cling well. Place it in the refrigerator for 40-45 mins.

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Once the dough has chilled well for 45 mins, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit out for a few mins. Then cut the log of dough into 1/4 inch slices.

Place them an inch apart on the prepped baking tray and bake @ 170’c for 12-15 mins or just until the edges turn slightly golden. Once baked, cool on the cooling rack for about 15-20 mins. They will crisp up.

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Then store them in an airtight container. They stay fresh for about 3-4 days.☺️

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Tips on measuring the flour correctly: Never dip the measuring cup in the flour and remove a cupful of flour. You will end up with a lot more flour than required. Always fluff the flour well with a spoon. Then use the spoon to fill the measuring cup to the top and level it off using a knife. This way you will always have the exact amount of flour needed and the dough won’t turn too dry because of excess flour.

Enjoy!!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Julia’s Album

Cheesy Corn & Paneer Toasties

It’s so hot…I literally want to run out of the kitchen each time I step in it🙄…and trust me, I do that. Who’s to stop me😝😝😝😝😜😛 

The only thing I want to spend time doing in the kitchen is making glasses after glasses of Aam Panna! It’s the one thing that I enjoy these days. I have just made the 3rd batch of it’s concentrate and the summers are just starting….😱😱😣 I honestly don’t know how many more times I will be making it! But the best part is that my hubby isn’t that fond of it so it’s basically just for me!!! He’s a Roohafza lover 😑😑😶

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But, for weekends I usually like making something that works well as a brunch. Why rush to have two meals on a lazy day when you can enjoy one delicious meal?! Obviously, since it’s the summers, I tend to keep it simple and quick. Bread Pizza works really well for an indulgent brunch too!

However, these Cheesy Corn & Paneer Toasties are even quicker, yummier and uses all those tiny bits of leftovers from your refrigerator! You can literally change the ingredients each time you make these and they will be so goooooooood! Beside, this baby hits the table in less than 30 mins…flat! My kinda cooking…or you can say baking😉

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Let’s get going…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, baking tray, cooling rack, mixing bowl, parchment paper.

Ingredients:

6-7 nos. slices of bread or Pav

1/2 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + extra for the topping

1/4 cup sweet corn kernels

salt to taste

1 tsp mixed Italian herbs

1 tsp green chilli sauce

1 tsp red chillie flakes

Method:

Preheat the oven @180’c. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminium sheet. Set that aside.

In a mixing bowl, add everything except that bread/ Pav & mix them well.

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Top the bread/ Pav with this mixture and add more cheese on the top. Place them in the prepared baking tray & bake for approximately 15-17 mins at 180’c or until the cheese melts & the bread/ Pav turns crisp.

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Once done, remove from the oven and cool on the cooling rack for 5 mins. Serve them with ketchup 😋

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This is irresistible…I for one, will be making these more often! Do try them out…I am  sure they will go really well with some cocktails too.

Love,

Shreya💖

Eggless Custard Powder Cake

This is one of the softest eggless cakes that I’ve made in a really long time. It tastes like custard and is very light! Absolutely melt in the mouth kind of a tea cake. 

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I had been looking for a eggless custard powder cake recipe since a long time and found this recipe a few weeks ago…I have made it twice until now and we have loved it! 😊

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I loved the sun kissed, gorgeous yellow colour and the perfect crumb! Pairs well with tea or a glass of milk 😬 You can also try my eggless Marble cake with happens to be a great tea-time cake too!

Let’s see the recipe now…

Yield: one 9″X 5″ loaf

Equipment: 2 large bowls, measuring cups/ spoons, baking paper, baking tin, manual whisk, a sieve, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

1+1/2 cup Maida (APF)

3/4 cup vanilla flavoured custard powder

1+1/4 cup superfine sugar

2+1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

1 cup milk at room temp

2/3 cup vegetable oil

Method:

Line the baking tin with baking paper. Preheat the oven at 180’c.

In a large bowl, sift the Maida with baking powder twice. Then add the custard powder to it and mix well. Set it aside.

In another mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, vanilla essence/ extract & sugar.

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Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk them together until a lump free batter is ready. Pour the batter into the ready tin.

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Bake @180’c for 35-40 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Once it’s baked, cool the cake on a cooling rack for 30 mins before slicing it.

This cake keeps well for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

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Hope you enjoy this soon!

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from Not out Of the Box.

Baked Donuts | Baked Doughnuts

Who can resist these yummy doughnuts a.k.a donuts??! They are soft, spongy and just the right kind of sweet! They are BAKED not FRIED! ☺️😉

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Look at these plump, golden beauties😍 Absolutely melt in the mouth! And so much healthier than the fried ones. Not that the fried ones don’t taste good, it’s just that they are too full of calories and they restrict you from enjoying more than one at a time! So basically, bake your donuts and be as greedy as you wish! 😬

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I chose to go for bright coloured sugar glaze…one can go easy with the colours. Just roll them in a bit of powdered sugar and they will be just as yummy. I’ve tried fried ones earlier, but had been wanting to bake some for many days….and my first try has definitely been very satisfying 😊

Let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: 8-9 medium sized donuts

Equipment: baking tray, cooling rack, measuring cups/ spoons, baking paper, donut cutter (or any round object with a sharp edge), rolling pin, a few small bowl, spoons, a large bowl.

Ingredients:

For the donuts:

1+3/4 cup Maida (APF, also extra for dusting)

1 tbsp cornflour (optional)

4 tbsp castor sugar

2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup warm milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

50 gms unsalted butter

For the sugar glaze:

1 cup icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

few drops of colour of your choice

Method for the donuts:

In a glass, take lukewarm milk (milk must be lukewarm, neither too hot nor too cool else the yeast won’t bloom), sugar, vanilla essence & yeast. Give these a light stir and cover it. Let it sit aside for 15 mins until the yeast becomes frothy.

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Next, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of APF, cornflour & salt. Add the frothy milk & yeast mixture to the flour, mix well together to make a sticky dough. Then add the butter and knead a soft, elastic and smooth dough. Make sure all the butter gets absorbed properly. Add the rest of the 3/4 cup of APF slowly as the the dough may be sticky. Knead for atleast 5-7 mins.

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Smooth the dough with some more butter and place it in the bowl. Cover it with a cloth and place the dough for the first rise in a warm place for a minimum of 1-1.5 hours.

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After the first rise, punch the dough down and knead for another 2 mins. Now, dust the kitchen platform with APF & roll the dough using the rolling pin. The thickness should be 1.5 -2 inches so that the doughnuts are plump post baking. Using any cutter, cut the donuts out and place them on a baking paper lined baking tray.

(I don’t have a donut cutter, so improvised using a stainless steel glass with a sharp edge to cut the donuts and a small cap of a soft drink bottle to cut out the holes)

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I made 9 donuts.

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Let these rest for another 30 mins for second  rise. Preheat the oven @200’c. After the second rise, bake them for 15-20 mins using both upper lower & upper rods for the first 10 mins. Post that turn off the lower rod, keep the upper rod on so that the donuts turn golden.

Once done, remove them from the oven and place on the cooling rack for about 15 mins to cool them completely.

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That’s what the texture is like from within! So fluffy…these are baked perfectly👌🏼

For the Glaze: 

I used raspberry red colour & blue colour. Just a drop of each. Take 1/2 cup of icing sugar for the first colour, add 1 tbsp milk and 1 drop of colour, mix well so that there are no lumps. Do not let the glaze sit for too long, else it will set. Dip each donut in the glaze, and set it aside to set. You can decorate them with some coloured sprinkles. ☺️

Follow the same process for the blue glaze..using the other 1/2 cup of icing sugar and the remaining milk along with blue colour. Dip the donuts in this too…let them set.

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That’s it…done! 😁

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from here.

Cheesy Baked Pasta

Come Summers and I hate spending hours in the kitchen! I look forward to making quick meals and getting done as soon as possible😜

My Lemon Rice is one such….even Tehri is another option if you are looking for ‘desi’ one-pot meals. Or simply go Asian with some easy Fried Rice and pair it with my spicy Schezwan Sauce!!

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But coming to today’s post…I had made our absolute favourite last weekend! Cheesy Baked Pasta….white bechamèl (white) sauce and loads of veggies…and cheese obviously!! 😉 Although my hubby is wary of indulging in cheese or too much of calorie loaded meals, this he gobbles up without any complaints!😘

I’d been wanting to share this for the longest time but never did I ever make it for lunch so couldn’t click decent pics…and besides, I usually eyeball the ingredients when I make this, (which is very often) so that make things even more difficult to pen down! That’s why, this time around I used measuring cups and spoons for every ingredient 🤓🤓 and trust me, it took me longer than it usually takes to get this ready…😜😜😂

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I simply love this pasta..it’s gooey, oozing with cheese and is huge on flavours! What’s not to like?! And pair this with my Tropical Iced Tea and you have yourself and really fancy brunch😀

Let’s get going then,

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a baking dish, measuring cups/ spoons, cooling rack, a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, a wired whisk.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked pasta (I used Penne, they should be al-dentè)

1/2 cup each of chopped green & red bell pepper

1/2 cup sweet corn kernels

2-3 pods grated garlic

salt & pepper to taste

3 tbsp butter

1 tsp Italian seasonings

1/2 tsp red chilli flakes

4 tbsp APF (Maida)

1 to 11/2 cup milk at room temperature

1 tbsp cream (optional)

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

2-3 tbsp bread crumbs

Method:

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Melt butter in the pan, add APF. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Then add the milk and whisk the flour with the milk constantly until they combine into a smooth paste. If it looks too thick, add some more milk (about 3-4 tbsp). Add grated garlic along with cream and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning & red chilli flakes.

Next, add the veggies (you can use broccoli, mushrooms, baby spinach, zucchini, olives, fresh basil leaves, etc as well). Mix well and cook for 2-3 mins. Then, add the cooked and drained pasta. Stir carefully, cover and cook for 2 mins on low flame. Turn off the heat.

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Preheat the oven at 180’C.

Pour the cooked pasta with the sauce and veggies into a baking dish. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella on top of the pasta evenly. Top it with bread crumbs too (it gives an au gratin like texture). Bake this at 180’C for 10-15 mins or until the cheese bubbles and the top looks nice & golden brown. Take it out of the oven and cool it for a few mins on the cooling rack. Serve it piping hot 😁

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This is such a comfort meal…and takes hardly any time to get done!

Tip: If you have leftovers, let them remain in the baking dish. Cover it with a foil and keep it in the refrigerator. Just heat it in the microwave the next day for about 2-3 mins. It will be as good as fresh 👍🏼

Love,

Shreya💓

Eggless Choco Chip Muffins

On the go breakfasts are really not our style. My hubby and I, both like elaborate breakfasts even during the week. But then there are days when you wish to do nothing except bite into something yummy and start your day without having to actually cook anything! 

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These Muffins are meant exactly for that…or maybe for a quick bite with your coffee during the course of your day 😉 They are super moist…and have the best texture!

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I have added choco-chips but not too many as my hubby isn’t very fond of them….you can obviously add much more. You could maybe add some blueberries or raisins & walnuts and have a whole new flavour keeping the base same as this one!

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The recipe used here is the one I use for my Eggless Marble Cake.

Let’s get going…it will take you just a few mins to whip these up…

Yield: 8-10 medium sized muffins

Equipment: A wired whisk/ electric whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, muffin tray, muffin liners/ silicon cupcake moulds, cooling rack, mixing bowl.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup/ 115 gms APF (Maida)

1/2 cup/ 115 gms unsalted butter

1/2 cup thick yogurt

1 cup powdered sugar (adjust the sweetness as desired)

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking pwd

2 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla essence/ extract

1/2 cup Choco chips

Method:

Line the muffin tray with liners. Skip this step if using silicon moulds. 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 the yogurt and whisk again until well incorporated. Next, add the vanilla extract/ essence and whisk again.

Seive in the flour, salt & baking powder next. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet gently. Lastly, add the milk & Choco chips. Fold again. Now fill the silicon moulds/ muffin tray which is lined upto 2/3rd of their capacity. You can sprinkle some more choco chips if you like over them.

Bake them at 180’c for approx 12-15 mins or until they look golden brown on the top and a skewer inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack for a few mins. These keep well for 3-4 days at room temperature.

Eggless Choco Chip muffin recipe Eggless cupcakes recipe Polkapuffs recipe Breakfast ideas

Do try these soon!

Love,

Shreya💗

Pls note: I used silicon muffin moulds and were baked in 14 mins. I chose not to add extra chocolate chips over them before baking.

Herbed Focacia

An awesome aroma fills my home…yes, I am baking a bread! Nothing beats the flavours of a simple home baked bread. ☺️ 

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It’s soft and absolutely melt in the mouth…so much so, that I just brush it with some olive oil, sprinkled a bit of sea salt and chomped down most of the bread…but one could even have these with some soup or pasta!

Herbed Focacia bread recipe Polkapuffs recipes Baking a bread Homemade Focacia recipe

The herbs add an amazing earthiness to the bread….every bit worth the effort…which weren’t much to begin with in the first place! 😉 Yes…this is the easiest Focacia ever……

Let’s get started:

Yield: One 6″-7″ round bread

Equipment: a mixing bowl, baking tray, cooling tray, measuring cups/ spoons, rolling board, rolling pin.

Ingredients:

1 cup APF (Maida)

1+1/2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 tsp salt

1-2 tbsp olive oil for the dough + extra to brush on later

2 tsp mixed Italian herbs + extra for topping

1 tsp chilli flakes + extra for topping

1 tsp garlic pwd + extra for topping

sea salt to taste for topping

Method:

Take 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl, add sugar and yeast in the water. Cover and set it aside for 15 mins to let the yeast bloom.

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In a mixing bowl, add APF, salt, Italian herbs, chilli flakes & garlic pwd. Add the frothy yeast and knead a soft dough. Knead it for 10-12 mins. Add some extra flour if it feels very sticky. Next, add 1-2 tbsp oil and again knead it for 5-6 mins. Grease the dough all over with some more oil, cover the bowl and set it aside in a warm place to prove. It should be almost double the size in about 1.5 to 2 hours.

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Then, after it has doubled in size, press the dough lightly and release the air within. Dust some APF on a rolling board and roll it into a circle of about 3/4″ thickness & 6″-7″ diameter with a rolling pin. Place the rolled dough onto a baking tray and sprinkle the toppings over it. Drizzle some more oil over it. Again set it aside for another 30 mins for second proving.

Then, after 30 mins, pre-heat the oven @210’c. The rolled dough will have doubled again by now & bake it for approximately 20 mins or until it turns golden on the top @ 210’c.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few mins on a cooling rack before slicing it. Enjoy it with olive oil or garlic butter or even homemade pizza sauce 😬

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This tastes so good…you won’t have leftovers! 😀

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from the book Nita Mehta’s Baking Recipes.

 

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