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Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

 Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are crispy, crunchy and very delicious on their own or with some Indian style ‘chai’. These biscuits have originated in the state of Punjabi but has become very popular all over the country.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Wholewheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are a staple in most tea shops around India. Even in most households, these biscuits find a home as they are delicious and very light as well. These biscuits are an Indian take on the classic English shortbread biscuits. However, they are made without butter and all purpose flour. Hence they have a slightly dense texture and they are so crumbly.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits has been one of my favorites from when I was a teenager and I’d have these when my Mom got them from a nearby Punjabi grocery stores. Somehow, I had never really liked them before and then, all of a sudden, I just fell in love with them! Have you had these with milk?! Oh they taste amazing 🙂

These are made with just 5 ingredients! I didn’t even need any whisking machine or any fancy equipment to make the dough. This biscuit dough doesn’t need to be chilled either before being baked. So that means this is a quick, instant biscuit that you can whisk up as and when you like.

Let’s bake!

Preheat the oven @ 160’c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat BiscuitsBakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.

Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bake them @160’c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

I’ve shared the ingredients in cup/ tablespoons but please be careful, they are approximate measures. It’s best to use ingredients in grams.

1+1/4 cup Atta/ wholewheat flour

1/4 cup ghee

12 tbsp powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

3/4 tsp baking powder

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 30 biscuits approx.

Made with whole wheat flour, these crispy, crunchy and egg free biscuits are light and addictive and pair fabulously with chai!

Ingredients

  • 150 grams whole wheat flour (Atta)
  • 60 gms ghee (clarified butter) at room temperature, not melted
  • 90 gms powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml milk approx.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 160'c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.
  3. Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated.
  4. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.
  5. Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.
  6. Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.
  7. Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.
  8. I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).
  9. Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs.
  10. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.
  11. Bake them @160'c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  12. Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

Notes

These cookies stay fresh for 5-6 days in an airtight container. The dough doesn't need to be chilled before baking. If you don't have a cookie press, roll the dough and slice it any shape before baking them.

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Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe is one of the most popular dips or accompaniments served with idlis, dosas or wadas across all Udupi style restaurants in Mumbai. It tastes very delicious and is very simple to nail! 🙂 

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe even pairs deliciously with some Adai dosa which is made with mixed lentils and rice. It needs no fermentation either and is rather healthy 🙂 Coming to this white coconut chutney, it really looks very simple and almost plain Jane kinds but that’s not true. One spoonful of this stuff and you will be addicted! It has a mild punch and an tangy aftertaste, you’ll soon know how??! 😉

Before I forget, this crispy, golden brown dosa in the pictures is made using my no-fail homemade Idli-dosa batter, recipe for which is right here!

Also, try my recipes for,

Tomato Onion Chutney
Green Coconut Chutney
Instant Tiffin Style Sambhar

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe uses the most basic pantry essentials and takes under 30 minutes to prepare from scratch!  The only difficult part (for me) is to get that coconut out of its shell! My trusty help almost always is around to do the task and from there on I’m pretty comfortable 😉

Anyways, if you’ve tasted this chutney before over at a Udupi joint, you’ll know that the texture is really smooth and the consistency is slightly thin and runny. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Make it too thick and you wont like the texture. Make it too runny and it will drown your Idli/ dosa. So just eyeball the quantity of water while you are grinding this chutney!

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Looks interesting right??!!! But the most interesting part is that my Mom can break a coconut in two clean portions in one shot! I witnessed it just last week when she was visiting me! Bammm! And we have two halves! Just like that 🙂 Mummy ka magic, lol! They looked so good, I did an impromptu ingredient flat lay, styled and shot, all in under 5 minutes flat! You gotta do what you gotta do 😉

Anyways, let’s do this.

For the Chutney

Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.

Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it’s aromatic but make sure it doesn’t turn brown. It should remain pale.

Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.

Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.

For the Tempering

Heat the oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 200 grams approximately

A typical, easy to make, everyday South Indian accompaniment made with fresh coconuts and mild spices that tastes delicious with idlis (lentil cakes), dosas (lentil crepes) and wadas (lentil fritters).

Ingredients

    For Chutney
  • 1 nos. large coconut
  • 1 tbsp. refined oil
  • 2 tsp white skinned lentil (tukda urad dal)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. dalia (split roasted chickpeas)
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind pulp
  • For Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. refined oil
  • a handful of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 4-5 nos. whole red chilies

Instructions

    For the Chutney
  1. Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it's aromatic but make sure it doesn't turn brown. It should remain pale.
  3. Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.
  4. Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.
  5. For the Tempering
  6. Heat oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Notes

Use fresh coconuts. You can add green chilies to the chutney if you wish. This chutney stays fresh for 2 days when refrigerated. Do not store in stainless steel vessels, use porcelain jars.

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Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a delicious snack from the state of Gujarat. It tastes slightly sweet and tangy at the same time. Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla has a spongy and soft texture which is very appetizing.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is an instant recipe and is made by steaming gram flour or as known as ‘besan’. The Khaman or Dhokla is made with a spiced batter made with gram flour which contains ginger, green chilies and some more ingredients that add the tang and flavor to every bite 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

People love them as snacks to serve with tea, coffee, etc. Gujarat is famous for various snacks made of gram flour, Khandvi is another example of one such exotic and delicious snack! These snacks are really easy to make but proportions do matter which is why I thought of sharing this recipe of Khaman Dhokla today. 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

This Dhokla is usually served with a dip/ chutney of sesame oil and chili powder. However, we live it with a spicy green chutney/ dip and lots of green chilies. I even add a ton of sesame seeds to the tempering tadka!! I find that crunch very appealing and even my hubby enjoys the crunch with the spongy texture of the Khaman.

There are many recipes that are made in the microwave, termed as instant Dhokla which is made in the microwave. I believe in making things the authentic way and prefer the traditional steaming method. Personally, it just takes about an extra 15 minutes in the steaming method and I will happily devote them to make something delicious!

Now we start the step by step recipe.

For the Batter.

Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.

Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.

Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.

Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.

Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.

Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

To Steam. 

Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.

Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.

Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.

Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.

To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

For the Tempering.

Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Serve with your favorite dip.
Imli ki Chutney 
Sookhi Lal Chutney
Hari Chutney

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8-9 pieces

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a popular snack which is made using besan, spices and curry leaves. It has a tangy, sweet and spicy flavor which is loved by everyone.

Ingredients

    Dhokla
  • 1 cup besan/ gram flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 + 1/2 cup water approx.
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp eno fruit salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • a pinch of hing
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chili paste
  • Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 5-6 sliced green chilies
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • a handful of curry leaves

Instructions

    For the Batter
  1. Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.
  2. Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.
  3. Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.
  4. Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.
  5. Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.
  6. Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.
  7. Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.
  8. To Steam.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.
  10. Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.
  11. Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.
  12. Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.
  13. To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.
  14. Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.
  15. For the Tempering.
  16. Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Notes

Best consumed fresh. Do not rest the batter after adding the ENO. Steam it immediately.

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French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons. A macaron is a French cookie. It is a meringue based cookie, made with egg whites, almond flour, castor sugar and icing sugar.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons is one of my favorite cookies ever but definitely not too easy to recreate. It certainly takes a fair bit patience and skill. But I nailed it on my first attempt!! 🙂

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Yes!! I jumped with joy all over the place as I saw the macaron develop those ruffled feet in the oven! I couldn’t believe it for real but then again I’m pretty good at baking 😛 Hehe..! Honestly, I was determined with every last bone in my body to nail it and it happened!

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

French Macarons should essentially have a smooth top, ruffled feet and a flat base. The texture should be crisp on the outside and soft and chewy within. That is the perfect French Macaron!

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

See the picture above, that is how they should look when bit into one. I nailed them taste wise as well. I wasn’t sure if they would be chewy, but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words 🙂 I wanted a chocolate buttercream filling, it’s my favorite when I think of Macarons! Next on the list would be chocolate ganache!

I can say one thing before I start the recipe, please follow the recipe and the measures correctly. I can’t say for sure if you’ll nail it in the first go but do give your honest 100% to it. This recipe worked for me and I plan on holding on to it. I’ll also make other flavors using it as the base for the shells.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

That’s a close up of the mac! This is the exact texture, up close 🙂 Are you tempted?! :p

Let’s start the recipe and the steps. Please follow them.
Macaron Shell
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. I used 2 sheets as I wasn’t sure how much many shells would fit on one sheet.


Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with an electric whisk until they are foamy (takes about 2 minutes).
Slowly add the white sugar (I used castor sugar) into the egg whites.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
Beat again till the mixture is foamy and holds stiff peaks (takes about 5 minutes).
Sift together the almond flour and the confectioner’s sugar in a separate bowl. Discard any bits left behind.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
Add 1/2 of the sifted flour to the meringue and fold gently in 4-5 folds.
Add the remaining half of the flour and fold gently.
I did about 37-38 folds to ensure the correct consistency. The batter should be like slow flowing lava. It depends on everyone’s manual strength as to how many folds it may take to get the batter right.
(Do not over the batter. It could spoil the cookies and turn them flat. Under mixing also spoils the batter and the cookies crack while baking).

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Once the batter is ready, fill it in a piping bag.
Pipe cookies in round circles of about 1.5″ in diameter. Pipe each cookie at a distance of 2″. I piped around 15 cookies.
Bang the baking sheet on the counter a few times to ensure all the air bubbles are released.
Let the baking sheets sit on the counter for 30-40 minutes until the piped cookies develop a shiny, hard skin on top of them.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
Preheat the oven at 160’c.
Bake them for  18-20 minutes in the center of the oven. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 30-40 minutes.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
Chocolate Buttercream Filling
Cream the butter using an electric whisk. Add vanilla extract.
Then add icing sugar. Whisk again.
Add some milk if the filling is too thick or add some icing sugar if the filling is too runny.
Fill the buttercream in a piping bag.
Pipe buttercream in between two cookies and make sandwiches.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
They keep fresh for 3 days at room temperature.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 7-8 macarons

Ingredients

    Macaron Shell
  • 2 nos. large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup/ 71 gms almond flour
  • 1 cup/ 125 gms Confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar (white sugar)
  • Chocolate Buttercream Filling
  • 1/2 stick soft unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk (approx.)
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

    Macaron Shell
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. I used 2 sheets as I wasn't sure how much many shells would fit on one sheet.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with an electric whisk until they are foamy (takes about 2 minutes).
  3. Slowly add the white sugar (I used castor sugar) into the egg whites.
  4. Beat again till the mixture is foamy and holds stiff peaks (takes about 5 minutes).
  5. Sift together the almond flour and the confectioner's sugar in a separate bowl. Discard any bits left behind.
  6. Add 1/2 of the sifted flour to the meringue and fold gently in 4-5 folds.
  7. Add the remaining half of the flour and fold gently.
  8. I did about 37-38 folds to ensure the correct consistency. The batter should be like slow flowing lava. It depends on everyone's manual strength as to how many folds it may take to get the batter right.
  9. (Do not over the batter. It could spoil the cookies and turn them flat. Under mixing also spoils the batter and the cookies crack while baking).
  10. Once the batter is ready, fill it in a piping bag.
  11. Pipe cookies in round circles of about 1.5" in diameter. Pipe each cookie at a distance of 2". I piped around 15 cookies.
  12. Bang the baking sheet on the counter a few times to ensure all the air bubbles are released.
  13. Let the baking sheets sit on the counter for 30-40 minutes until the piped cookies develop a shiny, hard skin on top of them.
  14. Preheat the oven at 160'c.
  15. Bake them for 18-20 minutes in the center of the oven. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 30-40 minutes.
  16. Chocolate Buttercream Filling
  17. Cream the butter using an electric whisk. Add vanilla extract.
  18. Then add icing sugar. Sift in the cocoa powder. Whisk again.
  19. Add some milk if the filling is too thick or add some icing sugar if the filling is too runny.
  20. Fill the buttercream in a piping bag.
  21. Pipe buttercream in between two cookies and make sandwiches.
  22. They keep fresh for 3 days at room temperature.

Notes

Always sift the ingredients as mentioned above. It gives a smooth finish to the cookies. Resting the piped cookies is essential for the feet to form while baking. Use ready almond flour as it is ground very fine. Making the flour at home is not nearly as perfect. I have baked on baking sheets of the exact same kind. Hence the cookies baked evenly and took the same amount of time to bake.

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Adapted from Martha Stewart’s basic French Macarons recipe. I even saw a few YouTube videos to learn the method for piping the Macarons.

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I love popsicles and I cannot lie. LoL!!! It’s not a secret I guess. Each summer, I share a few recipes. These Strawberry Popsicles are pretty straightforward too. This recipe is gluten free and vegan. It is also Paleo. Hence, folks who are on a diet can enjoy these too. 

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo is a new experiment which rocked! Last year I had shared the recipe for my Volcano Pops, for which I got amazing feedback too! And have you guys seen my Mango and Kiwi Popsicles, pretty and so flavorsome! There are so many kinds of fruit based popsicles I’m yet to try and share here, the possibilities are endless.:)

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I prefer using everyday, easily available ingredients for making pops. These Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo are very easy to put together. Ideal for kids too as these do not contains added colors or preservatives. Since they are full health, it’s safe to say that you can have them for breakfast when it gets way too hot! No one’s judging!
Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

So coming to what goes into it, well anything goes actually. I love strawberries and they are in abundance around me so I’ve used those. Use any fruit juice or pulp, it will work. To my surprise, strawberries are really sweet this year, hardly any tang or tartness. As always I’ve been snacking on them by the pound! So, when I wanted to male these pops, I didn’t need much sugar. In fact, I’ve used natural sweeteners in a very small quantity to balance the little tang from the lemon juice. For the final element of freshness in every lick, I added something from my kitchen garden!!

The overall flavor blew us away! So little to do and you’ll be all set for these icy cool treats for the next few days. Sounds good??!
Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
We will start with hulling the berries.
Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Give everything a whizz until smooth.
Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
Enjoy!

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 medium sized Pops

Easy to make delicious Strawberry Popsicles are Gluten free, vegan and Paleo with natural sweeteners.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
  2. We will start with hulling the berries.
  3. Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
  4. Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
  5. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
  6. Give everything a whizz until smooth.
  7. Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Adding honey or agave is optional. If the berries are too tart, add more sweetener as per taste. Mint is optional too but it does give a really fresh flavor.

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Make the most the berries in season and enjoy some Pops!!

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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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Do try this one 🙂
Love,
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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 🙂

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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.
Linzer Cookies
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.
Linzer Cookies
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.
Linzer Cookies
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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Healthy Gingerbread Cookies | Eggfree

So it’s that time of the year again when all things Christmas make an appearance, as will these Healthy Gingerbread Cookies (egg free)!! So delicious and absolute cuties! Hehe 🙂 

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

I had so much fun making these, the whole process of making the dough, using those festive cookie cutters which a appearance every December and baking them to perfection. The best part of making these is the decoration. I am not great at icing cookies but I did manage really well this time! Though it doesn’t take much effort to ice them but for me it’s always been a pretty difficult task. And I don’t have much practice in doing this, so this time when I did it so well, I was really so happy 🙂

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Traditionally, Gingerbread cookies are made with molasses and eggs besides flour, brown sugar, powdered ginger, mixed spices, etc. But I’ve never wanted to use molasses, there are two reasons for that. One being that I’d never be able to use up that entire bottle of molasses for any other recipe. Two, I’m not sure how will we like the flavor of molasses with ginger. So, I just have been wanting to skip it and have read numerous articles online about replacing molasses in gingerbread recipes. They suggest honey or brown sugar/ demerara sugar for replacing the molasses. But, I’ve used neither to replace the molasses. You’ll see how I’ve changed this and used another easy ingredient to incorporate that caramel kind of flavor here and it has worked beautifully.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Since these are Healthy Gingerbread cookies (egg free), I’ve taken the risk of using whole-wheat flour here in this recipe. There was a chance that they would spread while baking but they didn’t spread at all! I kept an eye while they were baking and I was happy that they kept their shapes!

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

I was worried that not adding molasses would cause the cookies to loose shape or probably they’ve bake unevenly. But, they are perfect.

Bring all the ingredients at room temperature.
The butter must be soft, not melted.
Take butter in a bowl, add powdered jaggery and brown sugar.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Cream them but do not over do the creaming, the butter does not have to be light and fluffy. It just needs to be well incorporated with the jaggery and the brown sugar. If it’s over creamed then the cookies could spread as they bake.
Next, add the golden syrup into the butter and sugar mixture. Mix them well but do not over beat them.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Add sifted whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger powder and cinnamon powder to the butter.
Mix these well but do not beat them. Just use a rubber spatula to mix these together.
Once everything comes together, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in some cling wrap.
Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Next, sprinkle some whole wheat flour on the kitchen platform or on a rolling mat, roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use cookie cutters and cut out the cookies and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Refrigerate the cut out cookies for at least 30 minutes further so that they retain their shape as they bake.
Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 minutes. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn slightly brown.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes as they crisp up.
Transfer them onto a cooling rack to cool them completely.
Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
To prepare the egg free icing, mix together the icing sugar and milk.
Add milk a few drops at a time to ensure that the icing does not turn runny. (I used approx. 1.5 tsp of milk)
The consistency must be very thick and not free flowing. Fill the icing in a piping bag and decorate the cookies.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Let the icing set for a minimum of 1 hour before storing the cookies in an airtight box.
They stay fresh in an airtight box for 5-6 days.
Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies | Eggfree

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 12-13 cookies

Christmas means plump, cute and delicious Gingerbread Cookies. These are made healthier with whole wheat flour which means more cookies!!!

Ingredients

    For Cookies-
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 50 gms soft unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. powdered jaggery
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1/4 cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • a pinch of baking soda
  • For Egg Free Icing-
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • milk as needed
  • sprinkles as needed for decoration

Instructions

    For the Cookies-
  1. Bring all the ingredients at room temperature.
  2. The butter must be soft, not melted.
  3. Take butter in a bowl, add powdered jaggery and brown sugar.
  4. Cream them but do not over do the creaming, the butter does not have to be light and fluffy. It just needs to be well incorporated with the jaggery and the brown sugar. If it's over creamed then the cookies could spread as they bake.
  5. Next, add the golden syrup into the butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Mix them well but do not over beat them.
  7. Add sifted whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger powder and cinnamon powder to the butter.
  8. Mix these well but do not beat them. Just use a rubber spatula to mix these together.
  9. Once everything comes together, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in some cling wrap.
  10. Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours.
  11. Next, sprinkle some whole wheat flour on the kitchen platform or on a rolling mat, roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use cookie cutters and cut out the cookies and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  12. Refrigerate the cut out cookies for at least 30 minutes further so that they retain their shape as they bake.
  13. Preheat the oven @180'c for 10 minutes. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn slightly brown.
  14. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes as they crisp up.
  15. Transfer them onto a cooling rack to cool them completely.
  16. For the Egg Free Icing-
  17. Mix together the icing sugar and milk.
  18. Add milk a few drops at a time to ensure that the icing does not turn runny. (I used approx. 1.5 tsp of milk)
  19. The consistency must be very thick and not free flowing. Fill the icing in a piping bag and decorate the cookies.
  20. Let the icing set for a minimum of 1 hour before storing the cookies in an airtight box.
  21. They stay fresh in an airtight box for 5-6 days.

Notes

Use honey or molasses, if golden syrup is unavailable. But do not use blackstrap molasses as that will make the cookies slightly bitter. I have used golden syrup which is very thick, so using honey could change the texture of the dough a bit.

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Cute as a button, aren’t they?!!
Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Birthday Cake Bread

Birthday Cake Bread – you’ve got to make this even if it ain’t your birthday yet!! All those colorful sprinkles are just the thing you need to bring you some cheer! 🙂

Birthday Cake Bread

I am not someone who has ever made a proper frosted birthday cake. Although baking is such a stressbuster, I can’t bring myself to frost a cake. I’m afraid that I may not be able to make it look good enough to eat so I’d rather keep a cake naked yet pretty! So for folks like me, this Birthday Cake Bread is the answer!

Birthday Cake Bread

See the pretty colors of the sprinkles in the cake and that crumb! That’s a perfect 10 crumb! The buttery taste is a bonus for sure! This recipe is just right even if you wish to make a Basic Pound Cake, just skip the sprinkles. But I can’t be taking all the credit for this one, I’m thoroughly inspired bake from scratch when I first saw it about 5 months ago. I had decided on making it that very minute but I had to get hold of the recipe, which I eventually did. This is the third time I’ve baked this Birthday Cake Bread and it turns out better each time!

Birthday Cake Bread

I’ve adapted the recipe and then changed it ever so little just to perfect the crumb to my liking. This is the third attempt and it is the version I’ll be sharing with you guys here as it is fool-proof! Minimal efforts and basic pantry essentials are all that one needs to see this one through.

Ensure that you use a good quality of sprinkles so that they don’t bleed their colors into the cake and spoil the beautiful yellow cake. (Still, if you are not sure about their quality, dust them with some flour before adding to the cake batter)**

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. Preheat the oven @ 180’C. Prepare the cake tin (I’ve used a 7 inch loaf tin) by either lining it with a piece of parchment paper or grease it with butter and dust it with some flour.
Start with creaming the butter and sugar together, scrapping down the sides of the bowl, until light and fluffy. Took me about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.
Next, add the eggs one at a time, followed by the yolk. Pause to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk these together with the butter and sugar.
Add the vanilla extract, whisk again for a minute.
Sift in the salt along with the flour.
Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold the flour into the wet ingredients at this stage.
Make sure you do not over mix the batter. Add the sprinkles** 
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake @180’c for 45-50 minutes.

Birthday Cake Bread
Once baked, remove the tin from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes before unmolding the cake.

Birthday Cake Bread
Let the cake cool down for a further 10 minutes before slicing.
This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Birthday Cake Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: one 9" loaf

Birthday Cake Bread - you've got to make this even if it ain't your birthday yet!! All those colorful sprinkles are just the thing you need to bring you some cheer!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup castor sugar (adjust as per your preference, this tastes good enough)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 nos. large eggs
  • 1 no. egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup All Purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. sprinkles**

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. Preheat the oven @ 180'C.
  2. Prepare the cake tin (I've used a 7 inch loaf tin) by either lining it with a piece of parchment paper or grease it with butter and dust it with some flour.
  3. Start with creaming the butter and sugar together, scrapping down the sides of the bowl, until light and fluffy.
  4. Took me about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.
  5. Next, add the eggs one at a time, followed by the yolk.
  6. Pause to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk these together with the butter and sugar.
  7. Add the vanilla extract, whisk again for a minute.
  8. Sift in the salt along with the flour.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold the flour into the wet ingredients at this stage.
  10. Make sure you do not over mix the batter. Add the sprinkles** 
  11. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake @180'c for 45-50 minutes.
  12. Once baked, remove the tin from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes before unmolding the cake. 
  13. Let the cake cool down for a further 10 minutes before slicing.
  14. This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container. 

Notes

Use good quality sprinkles. Adding the extra yolk ensures that lovely yellow color and the batter emulsifies better so the texture is perfect. The extra yolk acts as a butter but cannot replace the butter or vice versa. You can omit the sprinkles if you wish and make a plain cake. Keep the recipe same even if you plan on adding nuts. THIS RECIPE DOES NOT CALL FOR ANY BAKING POWDER OR BAKING SODA (there is no error in the ingredient list). I let the cake sit for 3-4 hours before slicing, it results in neat slices. Do not slice the cake when warm else, it will result in crumbly slices.

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Birthday Cake Bread

Hope you’ll be baking this soon! It’s worth the 15 minutes of prep! Hehe!! 🙂

Love,

Shreya

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Birthday Cake Bread

Adapted from Well Floured. Inspired by Bake From Scratch.

 

 

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