Category: Sweet Nothings / Desserts

Strawberry Panna cotta !

….Panna cotta.. The name itself sounds so exotic , seductive and not to forget romantic ๐Ÿ˜ I love the silken texture and the smoothness! And I am rather good at making them. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ƒ

But I wasn’t always “good” at making them ..LOL. Yeah , my first attempt was a blunder! Forget the “silken texture”, it looked more like split milk! I couldn’t save it. Quietly and quickly I threw everything away before Mr. PP could catch me! ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜ฌ (sneaky me) this was almost a year ago. But I did try again last August and the results were better but definitely not there yet… Hmm, I would have to work on it! And work I did! Tried again the following week and nailed it! It was sweet, silky and dreamy ๐Ÿ˜‡ Obviously I was happy! It was a basic Panna cotta with cream, milk sugar ..a bit of vanilla extract and China grass.. And I served it with some chopped kiwis. Ya you read it right, China grass or Agar Agar. I don’t do the version where u mix eggs , cream and honey & bake in a very low oven. Nah! I never tried that. It spelt disaster to me! LOL..

I didn’t exactly arrive on the recipe on my own, did some research all over the Internet..tips from Veg Indian Recipes and was able put together my recipe finally!

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But when I planned to woo Him with something special this last Valentine’s Day… I thought of strawberries.. Chocolates … Cream. But I didn’t want to do Chocolates .. Had done something on those lines to ring in the New Yr. just a few weeks back.

Now Strawberries I wanted to use.. Although He isn’t to fond of them. I thought if I could only come up with something with a bit of strawberry and another element to go along. And that’s when I thought of Strawberry Panna cotta๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

I had the look in mind (in a jar) and even the recipe was ready. All I had to do was put it together…and those who have made this beauty on their own know that its relatively easy to put together this exotic yet easy dessert.

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I have these beautiful jam jars that I saved from Moshe’s (yes, I love their jams & preserves) so the first thing I did was sterilise these beauties and air dry them. That’s actually the difficult part coz what follows is a cakewalk! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here goes the recipe… ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

Yield : 6 servings

Equipments: 2 heavy bottomed sauce pans, a small whisk, a simple blender.

Ingredients for the Panna cotta:

200 ml Double cream / full fat cream ( I used Amul fresh cream)

1 cup full fat milk

1/4 cup fresh strawberry purรฉe ( else use strawberry crush available in supermarkets )

1/2 cup superfine sugar ( use more as per your taste )

4 tsp chopped agar agar strands / 1.25 tsp of agar agar pwd

2/3 cups warm water to soak the agar agar strands / pwd

1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for the strawberry jelly layer :

1 cup fresh strawberry purรฉe / store bought crush

2 tbsp superfine sugar (add more or less as per your taste)

4 tsp chopped agar agar / 1.25 tsp agar agar pwd

2/3 cup warm water to dissolve the agar agar

Method for the Panna cotta:

Soak the chopped agar agar or the powder in the warm water for 10-12 mins until completely dissolved.

Husk and clean the strawberries & purรฉe them and divide into two parts of 1/4 cup and 1 cup separately. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan stir together the cream, milk and sugar for the Panna cotta. Let this mixture simmer gently on the stove until the mixture comes to very gentle boil, keep stirring the mixture with the wired whisk. The sugar has to melt completely. Once it has come to the boil, turn off the heat and add the strawberry purรฉe & the the dissolved agar agar mixture to the cream & mix well with the whisk.

Pour this cream n strawberry mix into the serving bowls / jars up to 3/4th of its capacity & place them in the refrigerator to set for at least 1 hr.

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Method for the strawberry jelly layer:

Dissolve the chopped or powdered agar agar in warm water for 10-12mins. It’s be dissolved. In another saucepan add the strawberry purรฉe and sugar. Stir them together on gentle heat until the sugar has melted completely.

Now add the dissolved agar agar mixture to the strawberry coulis and stir well.

Remove the set Panna cotta bowls / jars from the refrigerator & pour a slightly thick layer of the strawberry jelly mix. Set the bowls / jars back in the refrigerator for another 1-2 hrs for the jelly to set.

You can garnish them as you please and serve cool.

Hope you will enjoy these as much as I did โ˜บ๏ธโค๏ธ

Love,

Shreya โ˜บ๏ธ

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

Little did I know that I would fall in love with cooking after I fell for Mr.Polka Puffs! It all happened a little too fast (no complaints there๐Ÿ˜€)

 

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

But my experience with cooking was very limited when we first got married. I didn’t even know how to make a nice, round, soft Roti/ Fulkas (Indian flatbread)…let alone a proper meal (I know, I was too pampered by mom and my elder sisters) Well , that’s a shame coz every Indian girl is supposed to know that, right? But I didn’t. I had a hard time managing cooking but I was hellbent that wouldn’t hire a cook to help me out, I wanted to do it on my own.

Days turned into weeks and weeks into months!! I had pulled it off!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ’ƒ I managed to make full Indian meal in less than 3months into our marriage…(desserts included ๐Ÿ‘†) Mr. PP was super happy ! And me??What more could I have asked for?!

Slowly I started to venture into unexplored territories.. Asked my mom for recipes over the phone and bought them to life. I was one happy wife!

But always wanted to bake a cake for Him… So I did. It was a basic cake and He did like it a lot… Said it was perfect for an amateur baker. I smiled , but somewhere inside me I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘amateur ‘.

I decided to perfect it, and boy I did !! ๐Ÿฐ

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

So life brings it to full circle and here I am, the ‘amateur ‘ cook /baker… With my first ever post on PolkaPuffs! It had to be a cake… But I didn’t want to do whole cake with frosting or layers just yet, so thought of sharing my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ This is the recipe which I have been using as the base for almost all my cakes /cup cakes. It’s easy n eggless. With just an addition or two of a couple of ingredients, I end up with a whole new recipe each time!

I thought with Nutella being such a rage (and a personal favourite) why not incorporate the flavours with the slightly bitter flavours of mocha and see if He likes it… Trust me when I say this, you’ll do yourself a favour when you make this! It’s yum with that rich cocoa & coffee & Nutella just melting in your mouth as you bite into it! Okay, so enough said….. Lol. Anyways, here goes the recipe…

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

 

 

Let’s start step by step…

Pre heat the oven @ 180’c.

Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.

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

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

Immediately pour 2 tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the center and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.

Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15 mins @ 160-170’c

Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25 mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.

Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 cupcakes

Yummy, gooey, moist egg free Nutella filled cupcakes are easy to make and easier to eat!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup APF (Maida)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (you can use Amul Butter, then skip the salt)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice / vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ย cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).
  4. In another mixing bowl cream together the butter n sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter.
  6. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.
  7. Immediately pour 2tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the centre and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.
  8. Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15mins @ 160-170'c
  9. Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.
  10. Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.
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Hope you will try these and enjoy them as I did โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€

Love,

Shreya โ˜บ๏ธ

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

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