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Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake is a soft, moist and super light. This is an old fashioned cake which tastes really good! It makes for a beautiful tea time cake. 🙂 

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake can be made with or without eggs. I wanted to try the eggless version for the longest time. I was always intrigued with the idea of using boiling hot milk for making the cake batter. And I must admit, it is indeed one of the most beautiful cakes that I’ve baked in the recent times. It is a recipe I will definitely keep revisiting. My hubby like it as well, he described it as light and extremely spongy. 

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake has a really lovely texture even though this version doesn’t have eggs. The hot milk along with yogurt has made it so spongy. I am so glad I tried this recipe that I found on a YouTube, but made a couple of changes and it turned out very well.

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake stayed fresh for a good 2 days. I kept it very simple, however you could dust it with some icing sugar or serve it along with seasonal fruits and cream. Turn a simple tea time cake into a classy dessert fit for parties and birthdays 🙂

Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Anyways, let us get on with the recipe.

Preheat the oven at 180’c for 10-15 minutes.

In a pan, heat milk. Once it starts to boil, add butter.

Bring them to a boil and let the butter melt completely into the milk.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

In a mixing bowl, whisk yogurt. Then add castor sugar and whisk again.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt into the yogurt.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Whisk the dry ingredients with the yogurt.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Then add the hot milk and butter mixture in batches. Also, add the vanilla extract. Whisk well to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Pour the ready batter into a 7″ parchment lined square tin or a 7″loaf pan.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Bake it for 40 minutes at 180’c. Once the cake is baked, cool it for about an hour before unmolding.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

Slice the cake once it cools down completely.
Egg free Hot Milk Cake | How to make Hot Milk Cake

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Egg free Hot Milk Cake

Hot Milk Cake is a soft, moist and super light. This is an old fashioned cake which tastes really good! It makes for a beautiful tea time cake.
Course Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1+1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1+1/2 cup All purpose flour maida
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180'c for 10-15 minutes.

  2. In a pan, heat milk. Once it starts to boil, add butter. 

  3. Bring them to a boil and let the butter melt completely into the milk. 

  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk yogurt. Then add castor sugar and whisk again.

  5. Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt into the yogurt.

  6. Whisk the dry ingredients with the yogurt.

  7. Then add the hot milk and butter mixture in batches. Also, add the vanilla extract. Whisk well to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients. 

  8. Then add the hot milk and butter mixture in batches. Also, add the vanilla extract. Whisk well to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients. 

  9.  Pour the ready batter into a 7" parchment lined square tin or a 7"loaf pan. 

  10.  Bake it for 40 minutes at 180'c. Once the cake is baked, cool it for about an hour before unmolding.

  11. Slice the cake once it cools down completely.

Love,
Shreya.

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Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies are the most famous cookies in India. They are popular for their signature melt in the mouth, airy texture and an earthy cardamom flavor. They can be made at home using everyday pantry essentials 🙂 

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies are typically made with all purpose flour, semolina, ghee or clarified butter, gram flour and some cardamom for that heady aroma. One will come across various recipes for these Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies and each recipe is perfect in their own way. I have a recipe here which I’ve used many times over and it never disappointed me.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies have turned out perfect each time, they are beautifully white and perfectly melt in the mouth. We have to in keep in mind that these cookies won’t turn out perfect if we were to skimp on the ghee. It is the ghee that makes them so delicate and delicious. The next most important thing we have to ensure is to bake them right so that they look pretty and not brown or golden.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies may be made with gram flour too but this recipe here doesn’t have any. Also, Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies do not call for any rising agents. This recipe has no baking soda or baking powder. If you personally feel the need to add any, feel free to do that. I’ll include tips on that as well. 🙂

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies has a soft, crumbly texture and as you can see in the picture, it is perfect. It doesn’t have any raising agents and yet the texture is lovely. This is because the proportions are correct and the dough for the cookie was soft as opposed to dry and crumbly. One more thing which I love about Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies is that the dough does not need chilling. We need to make the dough and simply bake these beauties.

Let us make some Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies.

Preheat the oven @170’c. Line a baking tray with parchment.

Sieve together all purpose flour, semolina, powdered sugar and cardamom powder in a large mixing bowl.

Add ghee/ clarified butter one tablespoon at a time and start making a dough using your hands.

I used all of the 9 tablespoons of ghee. You may need slightly more or less depending on the climate and the absorption capacity of the flour used.

The dough should be very smooth and soft. If it crumbles easily, it means it needs a little more ghee/ clarified butter.

Once the dough is ready, make small lemon sized, smooth balls and flatten them slightly.

You can garnish each cookie with some dry fruits, etc.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Bake these @ 170’c for 15 minutes. The bake time would differ depending on your oven too. But the cookies must remain white and not turn golden or darker.

Once they are baked, let them cool on cooling racks for an hour at least because they will crisp up.

Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Once they have cooled completely, store them in airtight jars. They keep fresh for 3-4 days.

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Nankhatai | Egg free Indian Shortbread Cookies

Light, delicious and melt in the mouth Indian cookies are perfect to pair with cup of tea or coffee. 

Course Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 100 gms all purpose flour maida
  • 10 gms fine semolina
  • 9 tbsp ghee clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @170'c. Line a baking tray with parchment.


  2. Sieve together all purpose flour, semolina, powdered sugar and cardamom powder in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add ghee/ clarified butter one tablespoon at a time and start making a dough using your hands.

  4. I used all of the 9 tablespoons of ghee. You may need slightly more or less depending on the climate and the absorption capacity of the flour used. 

  5. The dough should be very smooth and soft. If it crumbles easily, it means it needs a little more ghee/ clarified butter.

  6. Once the dough is ready, make small lemon sized, smooth balls and flatten them slightly.

  7. You can garnish each cookie with some dry fruits, etc.

  8. Bake these @ 170'c for 15 minutes. The bake time would differ depending on your oven too. But the cookies must remain white and not turn golden or darker.

  9. Once they are baked, let them cool on cooling racks for an hour at least because they will crisp up.

  10. Once they have cooled completely, store them in airtight jars. They keep fresh for 3-4 days.

Love,
Shreya

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No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe is one of the most loved candies/ sweets on the Christmas platter! It’s nutty, sweet and absolutely melt in the mouth good! 🙂 I am sure no one can stop at one candy!! I know I can’t, lol! 

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe looks so pretty, I am sure there is no candy more prettier! I mean, you can shape them anyway you like but using fancy silicon moulds really makes them so dainty 🙂 I have been dreaming about making them at home for a couple of years now! I never knew they are so easy to make. It’s truly a non recipe if you read the process below.

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe was first shared by my friend, Gloria on her blog and I immediately fell in love with the recipe. I had bookmarked it then but somehow couldn’t get around to making these in time to blog them. I’ve always had the store bought but they not a patch on these homemade ones! The homemade marzipans are so delicious, they melt in the mouth and the aroma is amazing!

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe is made with just 4 ingredients! Yes, just 4 easy pantry ingredients. A bit of water and some food colors. The colors are totally optional 🙂 But the colors do make them so much more festive and celebratory!

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

Let’s make some No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan now!!

Take raw, unroasted and unsalted cashews, wipe them with a dry kitchen towel to remove any dirt. Make sure they have no moisture. Weigh the cashews and set them aside.

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

Get all the ingredients and other things ready because once we start to grind the nuts and bring the dough together, the dough could dry out if kept to rest for too long.

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

Now, grind the cashews into a fine powder in batches. We don’t want to over grind them as they’ll turn into butter.

Sift the powdered cashews, collect the leftover bits of cashews and grind them again into a fine powder. Sift that too.

Take the sifted cashew powder in a large bowl. Sift in the icing sugar in the bowl. Mix them together. Add almond extract.

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

Take the water in a pan and add the granulated sugar, boil for 2-3 minutes to dissolve the sugar.

Use a teaspoon of the sugar water at a time to make a soft and smooth dough (I used about 4-5 tsp. of the water).

Do not apply too much pressure while you knead the dough, the cashew powder will release too much oil and that will make the dough too sticky.

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

Next, divide the dough the equal sized balls. I used the weighing scale to make 4 parts of the dough.

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

Add colors of your choice, use silicon moulds to shape them (if you are using silicon moulds, dust them with a bit of icing sugar before proceeding with shaping the marzipans).

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

Once you’ve shaped all the marzipan candies, let them air dry for 8-10 hours. Then store them in airtight containers. They stay fresh for about a week or probably more.

No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe

P.S.- Ours got over in 3-4 days!!

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No Cook, Egg free Marzipan Candies | Instant Marzipan Recipe


Course Christmas, Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 62 pieces
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 150 grams cashews unsalted & unroasted
  • 150 grams icing sugar
  • 4-5 drops almond extract
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • colors of your choice
  • icing sugar as needed to dust the moulds

Instructions

  1. Take raw, unroasted and unsalted cashews, wipe them with a dry kitchen towel to remove any dirt. Make sure they have no moisture. Weigh the cashews and set them aside.

  2. Get all the ingredients and other things ready because once we start to grind the nuts and bring the dough together, the dough could dry out if kept to rest for too long.

  3. Now, grind the cashews into a fine powder in batches. We don't want to over grind them as they'll turn into butter. 

  4. Sift the powdered cashews, collect the leftover bits of cashews and grind them again into a fine powder. Sift that too.

  5. Take the sifted cashew powder in a large bowl. Sift in the icing sugar in the bowl. Mix them together. Add almond extract. 

  6. Take the water in a pan and add the granulated sugar, boil for 2-3 minutes to dissolve the sugar.

  7. Use a teaspoon of the sugar water at a time to make a soft and smooth dough (I used about 4-5 tsp. of the water). 

  8. Do not apply too much pressure while you knead the dough, the cashew powder will release too much oil and that will make the dough too sticky. 

  9. Next, divide the dough the equal sized balls. I used the weighing scale to make 4 parts of the dough.

  10. Add colors of your choice, use silicon moulds to shape them (if you are using silicon moulds, dust them with a bit of icing sugar before proceeding with shaping the marzipans). 

  11. Once you've shaped all the marzipan candies, let them air dry for 8-10 hours. Then store them in airtight containers. They stay fresh for about a week or probably more.

Recipe Notes

You can use almond meal/ powder in place of cashews and make the same recipe which is the authentic marzipan. 
Sifting the cashew powder and the icing sugar is very important  to achieve smooth texture for the candies. 
If you don't have moulds, make small balls of the dough and decorate with some sprinkles, etc. 

 

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Strawberry Snack Cake

Strawberries are here and they are so delicious!! I can’t stop beaming! Hence, beginning the strawberry season with this Strawberry Snack Cake 🙂 Yes, a snack cake, that sounds a good excuse to have a cake! Not to mention it’s so yummy and absolutely soft, melt in the mouth 🙂 

Strawberry Snack Cake

Yes, I am a big strawberry lover! You guys know that, I mean last season I made many things with strawberries. My GF Strawberry Crumble was loved by many! Then came the very delicious Volcano Popsicles, I’ll be making a new batch of those soon ;). So now this cake, look at those ruby red jewel like berries studded into the cake. They are slightly tangy and every bite with the soft cakes taste very nice! Almost like a burst of berry jam in every bite!

Strawberry Snack Cake

This turned out so good that it was all gone in less than two days..lol! I’d made this to welcome my ever travelling hubby home a few days ago and he loved every last crumb of this 🙂 Infact, he wants me to bake another batch of this soon, this coming from the man who ain’t a big fan of berries!! Hehe!! I’ll oblige him, because it means a round two for yours truly too!

Strawberry Snack Cake

See the crumb? Moist and so fluffy. See how the berries stay nicely suspended right on the top and won’t sink? (I will share the tips on that too). Snack cakes are usually made in square tins and that is how I’ve made it too. Else, rectangle tin will work too. I’ve used an 7″ square tin and the cake rose beautifully and had good browning on the sides. I always prefer proper aluminum tins as I feel the distribute the heat very evenly. I am completely averse to using dark or black tin as they overheat easily and the cake remains under cooked in the center. So, you can decide what you must invest in for your bakes.

Strawberry Snack Cake

I’ve dusted the cake with some icing sugar and it tasted much better than expected! You can probably serve the snack bars with some crème fraiche or top them with some lightly whipped and sweetened mascarpone cheese! All good, so good!! The best part is that this Strawberry Snack Cake keeps so well in the refrigerator. Keeps very moist and stays fresh for about 3 to 4 days easily.

Strawberry Snack Cake

Let us start making this.

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature.
Preheat the oven @180’C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
Wash, hull and slice each berry in half. Set them aside.
Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.
Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
Strawberry Snack Cake

Add the vanilla extract and the yolk into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
Once both the eggs are well incorporated, sieve in the flour and salt.
Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
Roll the sliced side of each half of the berry into some APF and place them on top of the batter. Do not push them deep, just place them on top gently.
Strawberry Snack Cake

Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180’C for 40-45 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it’s underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes. I have sliced the cake in the tin itself.
Serve warm.
Strawberry Snack Cake

Strawberry Snack Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: makes one 7"square cake

Enjoy strawberries with this easy and delicious Strawberry Snack Cake! It's moist, fluffy and very soft, absolutely melt in the mouth!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup castor cup
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 nos. large eggs
  • 1 no. egg yolk
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 nos. fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven @180'C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
  3. Wash, hull and slice each berry in half. Set them aside.
  4. Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.
  5. Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and the yolk into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
  7. Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
  8. Once both the eggs are well incorporated, sieve in the flour and salt.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
  10. Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
  11. Pour the cake batter into the tin.
  12. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
  13. Roll the sliced side of each half of the berry into some APF and place them on top of the batter.
  14. Do not push them deep, just place them on top gently.
  15. Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180'C for 40-45 minutes.
  16. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
  17. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness.
  18. If it's underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  19. Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.
  20. I have sliced the cake in the tin itself.
  21. Serve warm. 

Notes

Adding the extra egg yolk ensures that lovely yellow color of the sponge and the batter emulsifies better so the cake has a perfect texture. THIS RECIPE DOESNOT CALL FOR ANY BAKING POWDER or BAKING SODA. The extra yolk acts as butter but cannot replace the butter or vice versa.

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Strawberry Snack Cake

Do try this one 🙂
Love,
Shreya

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Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

I always wanted to make marshmallows at home and these Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows are the bomb!! These make for the perfect topping for my hot cocoa. I may not have a snowy view outside my window, I still have these little beauties .

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

I think these look like small puffs of snow 🙂 These Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows taste so good, much better than the store bought ones. I’m really happy I did make them after all! Making these was not difficult at all! So all you peeps out there who’ve been scared of trying them, look no further! I’ve got you the best recipe 🙂

You can make use of this recipe either to make large squares or mini ones like I’ve made here. You can even add flavors of your choice, peppermint, lemon or anything else. I’ve used vanilla as it was my first attempt and I didn’t know if I should take the risk. But, I’m going to be bold the next time 🙂

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

You will need some instruments needed for making Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows.
A candy thermometer, a sieve, measuring cups, spoons, a large mixing bowl, 7*7 inch baking pan (if making mini marshmallows) or a 5*9 inch loaf pan (if making large squares), a heavy bottom sauce pan, electric hand whisk, a silicon spatula.

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Keep all the ingredients ready and measured on the work surface because once you start, this recipe moves really fast.
Choose the pan which you want to use. Line it with parchment paper.
Dust the pan liberally with confectioners sugar and ensure you cover every corner.
Take 3 tablespoons of water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the water. Do not stir. Set it aside so that the gelatin can bloom.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows
In a saucepan, add granulated sugar, corn syrup, a pinch of salt and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir them together.
Turn the flame on high and let the ingredients come to a boil, do not stir them.
Clip on a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Let the ingredients boil till the temperature reaches 238’F.
Once the sugar mixture reaches 238’F, take it off the heat and keep your electric hand whisk ready.
Pour the sugar mixture slowly into the bowl and simultaneously start whisking in the mixture with the bloomed gelatin.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Add the sugar mixture very slowly and keep whisking at a medium speed for 10 minutes.
This is how the texture should be after beating the mixture for about 8-10 minutes.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Next, add the vanilla extract. Give this mixture one last whisk and pour the mixture into the prepared pan using the silicon spatula.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Let this mixture set for about 2-3 hours at room temperature.
After the marshmallow has set, dust the top with more confectioners sugar and let the marshmallow sit in the pan for another 6-7 hours.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Once the marshmallow has completely set, sprinkle some more confectioners sugar on the work surface or on a silicon mat.
Turn the pan over on the surface and use a knife or kitchen shears to cut the marshmallows. Roll the marshmallows in more confectioners sugar before storing in an airtight box.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows
They keep fresh at room temperature for about 3-4 days.

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Prep Time: 9 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 9 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 30 mini marshmallows or 8 large marshmallows

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows are the perfect treats for the Holidays. Soft, fluffy and melt in mouth bite sized Marshmallows are so easy to make, do try these soon!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup (clear)
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp. cool water
  • 2.5 tsp unflavored gelatin (1 sachet)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar ( use half to line the pan and the other half to dust the top of the marshmallow)

Instructions

  1. Keep all the ingredients ready and measured on the work surface because once you start, this recipe moves really fast.
  2. Choose the pan which you want to use. Line it with parchment paper.
  3. Dust the pan liberally with about 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and ensure you cover every corner.
  4. Take 3 tablespoons of water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the water. Do not stir.
  5. Set it aside so that the gelatin can bloom.
  6. In a saucepan, add granulated sugar, corn syrup, a pinch of salt and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir them together.
  7. Turn the flame on high and let the ingredients come to a boil, do not stir them.
  8. Clip on a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Let the ingredients boil till the temperature reaches 238'F.
  9. Once the sugar mixture reaches 238'F, take it off the heat and keep your electric hand whisk ready.
  10. Pour the sugar mixture slowly into the bowl and simultaneously start whisking in the mixture with the bloomed gelatin.
  11. Add the sugar mixture very slowly and keep whisking at a medium speed for 10 minutes.
  12. The texture of the mixture after beating for about 8-10 minutes should be thick and shiny white.
  13. Next, add the vanilla extract. Give this mixture one last whisk and pour the mixture into the prepared pan using the silicon spatula.
  14. Let this mixture set for about 2-3 hours at room temperature.
  15. After the marshmallow has set, dust the top with more confectioners sugar and let the marshmallow sit in the pan for another 6-7 hours.
  16. Once the marshmallow has completely set, sprinkle 1/2 cup confectioners sugar on the work surface or on a silicon mat.
  17. Turn the pan over on the surface and use a knife or kitchen shears to cut the marshmallows. Roll the marshmallows in more confectioners sugar before storing in an airtight box.
  18. They keep fresh at room temperature for about 3-4 days.

Notes

Roll every edge of the cut marshmallows in confectioners so that they do not stick together. Using a candy thermometer is essential, try with that for perfect results. The texture of the mixture becomes very thick and sticky so work quickly and swiftly.

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These are so fluffy, absolutely melt in the mouth. You guys must try this once 🙂

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies have been derived from the most traditional Linzertorte from Austria. The Linzertorte is a buttery tart filled with mixed nuts and black currant preserves but the American version has raspberry preserves in place of black currant preserves. Linzer Cookies have the same basic recipe and method, only that the dough is cut and baked as cookies and later sandwiched together with some jams/ preserves. 

Linzer Cookies

Pretty, aren’t they!? I just love how they look! I’ve used a small fondant plunger of star shape here because I’m not too fond of a very large cut-out center. But that is up to you, use any shape or any size that you fancy for these Linzer cookies. Christmas being around the corner, I’m in love with this star shape! In the spirit of the festivities, I’m going crazy over everything that looks Christmassy 🙂 Besides, making these Linzer cookies was a breeze.

I also used a dainty scalloped edge cookie cutter to ensure these cookies look prettier. If you don’t have any cookie cutters or plungers for the Linzer eyes, you can simply use a knife. First cut out square cookies, then use the same knife to make a small hole for the eye. You can even use bottle caps of different sizes to make the Linzer cookies. If you’re willing, you’ll find a way easily. I never had much baking accessories when I started out almost 3 years ago. I slowly built up my collection of necessities. There are still many things out there which I need but I can work without them very easily!

Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies must taste better than they look, right?? I’ve used my Sugar Cookie recipe here with the addition of some almond extract for that traditional flavor. I’ve used strawberry preserve (store bought), although I wanted to use my homemade strawberry jam but I didn’t find good strawberries in the supermarket. You can even use raspberry preserve or apricot preserve. They all go so well with these Linzer cookies.

Also, these are the traditional flavors, but on could go ahead with robust flavors like rhubarb relish or a lemon curd for a bit of a fresh take on these! The possibilities are endless 🙂

Let’s begin by bringing the butter to room temperature. It must be soft, not melted.
Take butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl, mix them well using a whisk. Do not over beat.
Add almond extract and mix again.
Sift in the flour and baking powder.
Mix them.
You can use some milk to bring the dough together. But do not add too much milk.
I used about 2-3 tbsp. of milk approximately. Bring the dough together.
Wrap the dough in some cling and refrigerate for an hour to set the dough.
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In the meanwhile, line a baking tray with some parchment paper.
Once the dough has set for 60 minutes, dust the kitchen surface with some flour. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4mm. Cut out the cookies and place them on the parchment lined baking tray. Keep the cookies at least an inch apart.
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Cut out Linzer eyes for half of the cookies. Keep the other half plain. Refrigerate the cookies again for 15 minutes. This ensures that the cookies don’t spread while baking.
Preheat the oven 180’c.
Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
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Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the hot baking tray for 10 minutes as they continue to crisp up further. The cookies are soft when they come out of the oven but they will turn crisp.
Place the cookies on a cooling rack to let them cool completely for about 30 minutes.
Once all the cookies have cooled down, spread some jam on the plain cookies and sandwich it with a cut out cookie. Dust with some icing sugar if you like.
Keep these cookies refrigerated in an airtight box and they stay fresh for up to 4-5 days.

Linzer Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 12-13 cookies

Linzer Cookies are so pretty and needless to say, one of the easiest cookies to put together! Make these for your loved ones:)

Ingredients

    For the Cookies -
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • 5 tbsp. soft unsalted butter
  • For the Filling -
  • 3-4 tbsp. jam / preserve of your choice
  • Icing sugar to dust the cookies - as needed

Instructions

    For the Cookies
  1. Let's begin by bringing the butter to room temperature. It must be soft, not melted.
  2. Take butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl, mix them well using a whisk. Do not over beat.
  3. Add almond extract and mix again.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder.
  5. Mix them.
  6. You can use some milk to bring the dough together. But do not add too much milk.
  7. I used about 2-3 tbsp. of milk approximately. Bring the dough together.
  8. Wrap the dough in some cling and refrigerate for an hour to set the dough.
  9. In the meanwhile, line a baking tray with some parchment paper.
  10. Once the dough has set for 60 minutes, dust the kitchen surface with some flour.
  11. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4mm.
  12. Cut out the cookies and place them on the parchment lined baking tray.
  13. Keep the cookies at least an inch apart.
  14. Cut out Linzer eyes for half of the cookies. Keep the other half plain.
  15. Refrigerate the cookies again for 15 minutes. This ensures that the cookies don't spread while baking.
  16. Preheat the oven 180'c.
  17. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
  18. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the hot baking tray for 10 minutes as they continue to crisp up further.
  19. The cookies are soft when they come out of the oven but they will turn crisp.
  20. Place the cookies on a cooling rack to let them cool completely for about 30 minutes.
  21. To Assemble
  22. Once all the cookies have cooled down, spread some jam on the plain cookies and sandwich it with a cut out cookie. Dust with some icing sugar if you like.
  23. Keep these cookies refrigerated in an airtight box and they stay fresh for up to 4-5 days.

Notes

Do not try these with whole wheat flour, they wont taste very nice, besides those aren't traditionally Linzer Cookies. Use jams of your choice as filling, though raspberry and strawberry jams/ preserves taste the best.

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I think I’m getting there, Christmas is in the air and Linzer Cookies spell it!!
Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Chocolate Truffles 

Chocolates are the ultimate indulgence for me…food wise! I usually refrain from the temptation and stick to more healthier options if craving desserts. But the festivities do call for something indulgent, don’t you think so?! 😉 Besides, nobody says no to chocolates and as expected, my hubby does love them too☺️

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So the last from this Christmas is going to be these delicious, sinful Chocolate Truffles. I can go on eating them all in a go if I weren’t afraid of putting on a pound with each bite😜 nope….can’t take that risk.

Making this recipe doesn’t call for any thermometer or any other fancy gadget. It’s just a bit of eyeballing the situation…and you’re all set. Obviously for that one needs to master the art of making the perfect ganache. I will share exact recipe for the same in grams (use a weighing scale), if you follow the measurements correctly, you will end up with the most luscious and shiny ganache ever. Either use this ganache to fill within a cake or to dress a cake. Make truffles if your like me, or simply pour over favourite Brownie and indulge your tastebuds!

I prefer keeping them simple and hence just rolled these beauties in some good quality unsweetened cocoa powder just before serving.

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Here are a few variations you can use to decorate your truffles. 

Funfetti/ sprinkles/ edible shimmer powder: After the ganache balls have set well in the refrigerator, just roll each ball in some funfetti/ sprinkles or edible shimmer powder. It is one of the easiest things to do and kids particularly enjoy them. These are easily available in any store that specialises in bakery and decorative goods. (I personally prefer Arife, as there is a huge variety of each of these things)
Chocolate: This is a very common option, melt some Chocolate chips of a cooking chocolate bar, let it come to room temperature and then dip the set ganache balls in the chocolate and let them set for about 15 mins in the refrigerator.
Nuts: I love the nut encrusted truffles. Crush any nuts of your choice in a bowl (I prefer pistachio for it’s beautiful green and pink hue) and coat the set ganache balls in the crushed nuts. They look pretty and add a whole new flavour dimension. Hazelnut or walnuts too make for an excellent choice.


Now for what you can add within them, in terms of flavour. 

Liquor: Fruity liquor (raspberry, coconut, lemon, strawberry, etc) or even something like rum/ whiskey, etc can be added to the ganache mixture once it has cooled down a bit and just before you begin making the ganache balls. If you add the liquor when the ganache is too hot, the alcohol will evaporate and there won’t be much flavour left behind.
Essence/ extract: Almond extract or the good old vanilla is always such a lovely flavour.

Let’s learn an easy and precise recipe….

Yield: 10 large truffles

Equipment: a saucepan, a heatproof bowl, parchment paper/ baking paper, a small scoop of a tablespoon, measuring spoons/ cups.

Ingredients:

170 gms bittersweet dark Chocolate (morde)

5 tbsp heavy whipping cream

21.26 gms unsalted butter (1.5 tbsp approx)

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

Cocoa powder as needed to roll these truffles (I used Hershey’s)

Method:

Heat water in a sauce pan, once it’s boiling gently, place a heatproof bowl over the sauce pan in such a way that the bowl does not touch the water below (double boiler).

Place chopped chocolate, cream and butter into the bowl and let these melt slowly.

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Once the chocolate has melted into the butter and the cream, take the bowl off the double boiler and gently mix everyt with a silicon spatula for a minute. Do not over mix. Once the mixture comes to room temperature, add vanilla extract, mix and refrigerate for two hours.

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If you refrigerated it for longer, then let the ganache become slightly soft before rolling it into balls. I used a tablespoon to measure the ganache and rolled them into balls and the quickly rolled every ball into the cocoa powder. Refrigerate until they need to be served/ packed.

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Make sure the ganache is not runny, it needs to be firm when being rolled into balls. Ensure you use a good quality cocoa powder as that adds much flavour. Alternately, roll in icing sugar if you wish to avoid cocoa.

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These are so tempting…it’s hard to resist really😜 I’d love these as Christmas gifts too….so I am sure so will your loved ones!

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One of the easiest things to make for the last minute prepping…☺️

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from my baking addiction

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is so warm from the mild spices, a bit tart from the juicy cranberries and has a citrusy aroma from the oranges! These flavors come together so beautifully in this cake, making it the most perfect bake for the Holiday season! 🙂 

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is moist from the orange juice and the splash of milk. It keeps fresh for almost a week if stored correctly, wrapped in some cling inside an airtight container. This cake also makes for the best sort of edible gift for friends and family. Minimal efforts, for one thing and it is so pretty! I mean, you can make it look so Christmassy ;p All I did was dust the cake with some icing sugar for the fresh snowy look and took it from there as to how I wanted it to sit on my table 🙂 Easy, peasy and breezy!

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is also a great recipe for people who avoid baking boozy cakes or do not wish to soak the nuts and fruits in alcohol. This gets done in hour or so! I chose to add cranberries because the spices and the citrus flavors from the orange juice works well the tartness of the berries. However, you may replace those for prunes, raisins or some blueberries too! 🙂

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake has the most beautiful texture on slicing it down. This cake holds it shape and that makes it easy for the cake to travel! Besides, I love a slightly dense cake because the crumbs just make a big mess and a cake which is dry and crumbly is not a cake that I personally like!

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is to be baked low and slow. That is how you end up with that beautiful brown crust on the cake. However the top may dome a tiny bit, you can slice that right off so the you get a lovely flat top. You can then decorate the cake as you like or keep it plain.

A few other things you can bake for Christmas are
Egg free Tutti Frutti cake (Britannia Style)
Egg free Tutti Frutti cookies/ Karachi cookies
Vanilla Marshmallows
Chocolate Truffles (eggless)

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Let’s start.

Preheat the oven @180’c. Line the base of the tin with parchment paper/ baking paper and grease and dust the sides well.

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In a medium size bowl, sieve together the flour, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Set it aside. Dust the cranberries with some flour and set them aside.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me about 3-4 mins of whisking. Now add one egg at a time and whisk the butter and sugar mixture with the eggs until light and fluffy once again.

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Now, add the sieved flour mixture and milk in the egg-butter-sugar mixture alternately and fold the mixture with a silicon spatula. Do not mix with a heavy hand else all the air whisked in the eggs will escape. Then add the orange juice and the cranberries. Mix well.

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Pour the batter in the tin and bake @ 170’c using the lower heating rods/ coil for 60 mins approximately or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Note that every oven works differently so keep an eye on the temperature and the duration of the bake.

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I prefer baking my cakes low and slow, low temperature takes longer to bake the cake but ensures it rises well without any cracks on the top.

Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven and cool it on a rack for 15 mins in the tin, then unmould it and cool it for a further 30 mins. Dust the top with some icing sugar. Slice it and serve.

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Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake

Spiced Orange and Cranberry Cake is so warm from the mild spices, a bit tart from the juicy cranberries and has a citrusy aroma from the oranges! These flavors come together so beautifully in this cake, making it the most perfect bake for the Holiday season! 

Course Christmas, Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 7 inch cake
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cup all purpose flour (Maida)
  • 1.5 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 nos. eggs @ room tempearture
  • 100 grams unsalted butter @ room tempearture
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • icing sugar to dust the cake optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @180'c. Line the base of the tin with parchment paper/ baking paper and grease and dust the sides well.

  2. In a medium size bowl, seive together the flour, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Set it aside. Dust the cranberries with some flour and set them aside.

  3. Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me about 3-4 mins of whisking. Now add one egg at a time and whisk the butter and sugar mixture with the eggs until light and fluffy once again.

  4. Now, add the seived flour mixture and milk in the egg-butter-sugar mixture alternately and fold the mixture with a silicon spatula. Do not mix with a heavy hand else all the air whisked in the eggs will escape. Then add the orange juice and the cranberries. Mix well.

  5. Pour the batter in the tin and bake @ 170'c using the lower heating rods/ coil for 60 mins approximately or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Note that every oven works differently so keep an eye on the temperature and the duration of the bake.

  6. I prefer baking my cakes low and slow, low temperature takes longer to bake the cake but ensures it rises well without any cracks on the top.

  7. Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven and cool it on a rack for 15 mins in the tin, then unmould it and cool it for a further 30 mins. Dust the top with some icing sugar. Slice it and serve. 

Love,
Shreya💖

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Gingerbread Man Cookies (eggless, no molasses)

Christmas 🎄✨is so close and all I think about is what all I wish to bake for it😋 There’s plenty to be done…I have already finished doing a fair bit in whatever little time I have between so many things…I almost thought I’d have to skip it this year!

The one thing that was on my mind were these gingerbread man cookies!! ☃️☃️ I’ve had these cookie cutters for ages now and i was itching to put them to good use 😂 I mean, I did bake gingread cookies last year too but just regular round ones and hence didn’t even post them on the blog…not to forget, I had baked them for New Years!! Lol!! Well, there’s a good reason being a bit tardy…..will come to that shortly.

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Don’t they look crisp, all nice and crunchy!? Well that’s precisely why I didn’t mind waiting for an entire year to share the perfect recipe for an egg free, molasses free version of these cuties. I had tried a couple of recipes last year (I had more time then I guess to keep experimenting)…anyways I didn’t enjoy them as they had egg and also called for molasses. I found all the ingredients easily but maybe it was the flavour that wasn’t quite right. Or maybe it was me..I did something…I don’t know! Those cookies looked great even as a typical round, flat version but obviously they lacked the snap and crunch in every bite.

After hunting for another version which would be eggless and molasses free, I did stumble upon a great keeper of a recipe!

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The texture of these gingerbread man cookies is just how it’s supposed to be, crunchy and keeps fresh for upto 2 weeks in an airtight container. They have wonderful snap of them and the aroma…well it’s smells like Holidays in my home 😍 These best part, no electric heater or whisk is needed, no fancy equipments either…just make the dough and roll it out, use a cookie cutter of any shape you like, a star or some Christmas trees or even little mittens if you get hold of them. Bake these and ice them or enjoy them just like that.

Do read the recipe carefully before starting out. Also keep all the ingredients ready on the work surface, it will save you time and you will definitely avoid missing out anything important.

Also note that every oven works differently so please monitor trhe temperature and the baking time as per your oven. 

Yield: 16-18 cookies (I used medium sized cutters and rolled the dough a bit thick)

Equipment: a heavy bottomed saucepan, a wired whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a large mixing bowl, cling wrap, cookie cutters or knife (if you’re going for simply square or rectangular cookies), baking pan, parchment paper/ baking paper, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

1+1/4 cup all purpose flour (maida)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 cup milk (you may need a bit extra)

2 tbsp corn syrup (use honey if you can’t find corn syrup but I have not tried honey in this recipe so far)

a few golden or silver sprinkles to decorate the gingerbread men cookies (I ran out of icing sugar🙄😑)

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, seive together the flour, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and the baking soda. Set these aside.

Now, place butter, corn syrup, milk and sugar in the sauce pan and turn on the heat. Let the butter melt and the sugar dissolve completely on a low flame while stirring it continuously with a wired whisk. Once the sugar has melted, turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool for just 5-7 mins but not more as it thickens because of the corn syrup.

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Next, add this butter and sugar mixture into the sieved flour and spices. Mix well using the whisk. The dough will come together very easily, if not add just 1/2 teaspoon of milk and bring the dough together. If needed only then add a few more drops of milk. If you add too much milk, the dough will turn out to be extremely gluelike and won’t hold a good shape. 

Now, wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 10-15 mins. Please do not refrigerate the dough for longer as it will become too hard to roll out.

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Preheat the oven @ 180’c.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, place it between two sheets of cling wrap, dust it with very little flour and roll it out to a thickness of 4 mm approx (I like them thick, you can roll them to a thickness of 3 mm too). Use a cookie cutter or knife to cut them out.

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Line a baking pan/ tray with parchment paper or baking paper and place these cookies a little apart from each other on it. Push  the sprinkles in place where you want to make the eyes and smile for the gingerbread man. Or else do an icing later. The sprinkles won’t melt while baking or fall off later.

Tip: roll and cut all the dough at once because this dough gets a bit sticky. If you have a small oven and can bake only 10 cookies at a time, keep the remaining cut out cookies on a plate in the refrigerator until you have to bake them. Please do not freeze the dough, it will become rock hard and will not come to a good texture to roll them later.

Bake the cookies @180’c for 13-14 mins using the lower rod for the first 11 mins and the upper and the lower, both rods for the last 2-3 mins to ensure a good colour. (My cookies cracked a bit as some of the sugar wasn’t melted well , but they still turned out crisp and didn’t spread much).

Keep an eye while baking them. Cool them on a cooling rack. Click here to learn how to make and use eggless royal icing to ice and decorate any cookies.

So it’s the corn syrup that replaces molasses and makes these cookies crisp.

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Making this is a lot of fun and you can also include your kids while rolling the dough or icing the cookies later 😚

Love,

Shreya😍

Adapted from art of dessert.

Chocolate-Dipped Cinnamon Biscotti

Biscotti is a traditional Italian cookie which requires the dough to be shaped as logs, baked until done, then cooled a bit, sliced and baked again until crispy and crunchy! A perfect companion to your coffee. There’s no other way to describe it except – too good! 

Yes, if I may say so myself…this recipe is a keeper. Don’t hunting for other recipes of biscotti because you won’t need one if you try this recipe☺️ This has become my go to recipe for biscotti for the past year or so…and I bake them often!

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You can obviously make out how crunchy these are, but definitely not in a bad way! They are crunchy and yet very enjoyable. I will point a few basics that I learnt from this recipe after failing with a couple other recipes in the past.

Essentially, eggs are the only wet ingredients that are added to any biscotti recipe but adding butter or oil can make them richer with obviously a much better texture. This recipe called for oil too but I somehow didn’t like the after taste and hence skipped it after the first trial.

Eggs, yes I have used 1 and a 1/2 egg here…don’t be surprised. I always make half of what this original recipe specifies and trust me, the 1/2 egg is very essential (I realised that too with some trial and error) so do not miss that. However, if you’ve decided to half my recipe, I am not sure how the egg factor will work out! Or probably, ping me later and I will definitely come up with a way for you to do that too ☺️ Else, just use a really small egg.

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When I talk about my favourite flavour in a biscotti, I will always say Cinnamon! Else, you can even keep it simple by adding adding just vanilla extract, or if you like nuts, add some sliced pistachios or almonds in the dough. However, if you’re using almonds, do toast them slightly to avoid ending up with soggy nuts. The original recipe calls for brown sugar but I have always used regular castor sugar and I am perfectly happy with the flavour! We, my hubby and I love the flavour of dark chocolate hence, I have dunked these biscottis in some melted chocolate once they had cooled off completely. 😋

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Making biscotti takes time, it’s the baking twice that takes time and not making its dough. Getting the dough together is a quick mixing job, then this dough needs to be shaped into logs of deliciousness and then bakedonce…and another time too!! 😉

I have added a lot of step by step pictures as always …so you’re pretty much sorted! I don’t think you’ll have a difficult time going forward with it 😊

Yield: 12 cookies

Equipment: a rolling pin, cooling rack, baking tray, a large mixing bowl, a large serrated knife, parchment paper, measuring cups/ spoons, weighing scales (I have used it to measure everything to the last gram)

Ingredients:

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131 gms all purpose flour (maida)

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

100 gms castor sugar

30 gms cold and cubed unsalted butter

2 nos. eggs (follow my tip on this)**

1 tbsp milk (for the egg wash)

30 gms dark chocolate (morde) + 1 tsp butter – for dunking

Method: (I am using step numbers, there’s a reason, so follow the steps carefully)

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon powder, salt and sugar.

2. Add cold and cubed butter into the flour and sugar mixture. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the flour mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Set it aside.

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3. Now in a small bowl, whisk one egg. Now remove half of the whisked into another bowl (Save the half whisked egg for egg wash).

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**Add one whole egg to the second bowl in which you have transferred half of a whisked egg. Now whisk this one and a half egg together. Add vanilla extract to the whisked eggs and whisk again.

4. Now add the whisked mixture of eggs and vanilla extract into the flour and butter. Use a large silicon spatula to mix until everything is well moistened but do not over mix.

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5. Now, sprinkle some flour in a large plate or the working surface. Place the dough on this floured surfaced and knead well for a few minutes. But keep enough loose flour around as this dough is super sticky so you’ll continuously need to dust the surface and your palms too.

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Dont worry about the dough even if it looks too sticky, it will all come together in a few minutes.

In the mean while, preheat the oven at 160’c.

6. Shape the dough as shown below and place it on a parchment lined baking tray. I had dusted the parchment paper with some flour too.

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7. We had set aside 1/2 a whisked egg aside, add 1 tbsp of milk to it and whisk again. Use it to Give an egg wash to the shaped dough.

8. Bake this shaped dough at 160’c for 20-25 minutes using the lower heating element. In the last 5 minutes of the baking time, turn on the upper heating elements to give a good colour to the top of the biscotti.

Leave the oven running at 140’c.

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9. Now, let this cool for about 15 minutes but not completely cold. Using a large serrated knife, cut it into 1.5 inch wide slices. Place them on the parchment lined baking tray as shown below.

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10. Bake the sliced biscotti on the first side for 7-8 mins. Then flip them over to bake the other side for another 5 mins. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before enjoying these crunchy treats with your favourite cuppa! 🤗

11. If you wish to dip them in chocolate too, melt together 30 gms of dark chocolate with 1 tsp of butter over a double boiler or in a microwave. Once the biscotti has cooled completely, dip one end of each biscotti in the melted chocolate, let them dry and then they are ready to serve! You can dip the entire biscotti in chocolate too, no one will judge you 😁

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These stay crunchy and fresh in an airtight container for about a week or so.

These can be amazing edible gifts this Holiday Season! 🎄🎁☃️

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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