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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!!

Love,
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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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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,
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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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Love,

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Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Baked cheesy corn and peas samosas are very easy to make and taste very delicious. Serve these with some tea or coffee and have a great tea party!

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

These samosas are very easy to put together and use all the basic pantry essentials. You can play around with the ingredients in terms of flavors, the possibilities are endless. Also, great for those make ahead snacking options! Prep a batch and freeze these for up to 2 weeks.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

I had some samosa patti (pastry) sitting in my freezer for a few days. Making something fried was out of the question due to too many calories. Baking always comes to my rescue 🙂 The last time when I shared my recipe for baked spring rolls, many people had mailed me saying they loved the results! So, these baked samosas are going to be your new favorite 😛

You can always substitute the peas and corn with boiled eggs, mixed veggies, some shredded chicken or minced meat! The options are endless and each one is super exciting! 😉

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

This is what they looked like right before they went into the oven 🙂 I brushed these with some oil and they crisped up so well. Folding these samosas correctly is very important. The samosa patti does dry out a bit while working on these so keep them covered under a kitchen towel. Dried pattis (pastries) tend to crack and folding them is very difficult hence keeping them covered is a good idea.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Let’s make some..

Preheat oven @180′ C.

Thaw the samosa patti (pastry sheets) at room temperature as per the instructions on the package.

Mix corn, peas, grated cheddar, grated mozzarella, grated processed cheese, paprika, salt, chat masala and freshly cracked black pepper in a bowl and set them aside.

Make the edible glue by mixing the APF and water. Make sure it’s lump free. The consistency of the glue is like that of a pancake batter.

Take a patti, and fold one side over the remaining longer half to make a triangle.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Use the edible glue and secure the edges and repeat the above step again and overlap the longer side of the patti onto the triangle.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Now add approximately 2 tbsp. of the filling into the triangular pocket.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Use some more glue and secure the open edges.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Repeat the same steps for all the samosas. Lay them on a baking tray and brush them with some oil.

Bake them @180′ C for 15-16 minutes. Once they turn golden brown, remove them from the oven and serve piping hot with dips of your choice.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 samosas

Baked cheesy corn and peas samosas are very easy to make and taste very delicious. Serve these with some tea or coffee and have a great tea party!

Ingredients

  • 6 no. samosa patti
  • For the filling:
  • 1/4 cup steamed corn
  • 1/4 cup steamed peas
  • salt to taste
  • freshly crushed black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. grated processed cheese
  • 1/8 tsp chaat masala
  • For the edible glue:
  • 1 tbsp. All Purpose Flour (maida)
  • 1-2 tbsp. water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven @180' C.
  2. Filling:
  3. Thaw the samosa patti (pastry sheets) at room temperature as per the instructions on the package. (I left them on the counter for 30 minutes and they were ready to use).
  4. Mix corn, peas, grated cheddar, grated mozzarella, grated processed cheese, paprika, salt, chat masala and freshly cracked black pepper in a bowl and set them aside.
  5. Edible glue:
  6. Make the edible glue by mixing the APF and water. Make sure it's lump free.
  7. The consistency of the glue is like that of a pancake batter.
  8. Assemble:
  9. Take a patti and fold one side over the remaining longer half to make a triangle.
  10. Use the edible glue and secure the edges and repeat the above step again and overlap the longer side of the patti onto the triangle.
  11. Now add approximately 2 tbsp. of the filling into the triangular pocket.
  12. Use some more glue and secure the open edges.
  13. Repeat the same steps for all the samosas.
  14. Lay them on a baking tray and brush them with some oil.
  15. Bake them @180' C for 15-16 minutes.
  16. Once they turn golden brown, remove them from the oven and serve piping hot with dips of your choice.

Notes

Use a good quality samosa patti. Do not let the patti dry in the air, cover them with a kitchen towel. Make sure the edges are sealed well with the edible glue. The texture of the edible glue must be sticky. If making these to be stored in the freezer, them fill, fold and seal them well. Store them in dry and clean Ziploc bags in the freezer. They can be used up to 2 weeks.

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Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method) – Kulcha is a type of leavened bread from North India, from the state of Punjab. It is made using All Purpose Flour (maida) and usually eaten with Chole or Dal Makhani . The dough is rolled into thick, flat and slightly thick shape and baked in a tandoor (large earthen oven). Once, they are baked to perfection, some butter or ghee is smeared on the top to enhance it’s taste 🙂 The best part about these Kulchas are that we don’t use yeast as a leavening agent. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is very famous as it has a delicious, spicy filling of boiled, mashed potatoes along with some chopped green chilies and a few other ingredients to add flavor! 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

I usually make these Amritsari Aloo Kulchas on weekends or on Friday nights. It would seem like a heavy meal but if eaten in moderation, it isn’t half bad 😉 Besides, I always look forward to making something special on Fridays, I mean, the week’s almost over and I’m absolutely relaxed and enjoy spending an hour or so extra in the kitchen. This combination also seems like a pretty hectic menu but trust me, it’s not!

As I mentioned above at the beginning of the post, I usually pair these Kulchas with some Dal Makhani. They taste absolutely delicious together and a side of some onion salad is a must have. Have you guys tried my recipe for the dal makhani yet?

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Once these kulchas are baked/ cooked, it’s customary to smear them with a generous lob of butter or ghee. I mean you must add some just to make sure you get to enjoy the authentic flavors of this rustic flatbread. Besides, when in Punjab, do as the Punjabi’s do! Personally, I prefer butter over ghee. I feel butter adds a little depth to smokiness of these kulchas/ flatbreads.

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Since we are speaking about butter and Punjabi’s, the butter has to be added generously to the Dal Makhani too! I squirt a bit of lemon onto the dal for good measure as the acidity of the lemon cuts through the otherwise buttery dal 🙂

Anyways, coming to these Kulchas, these are not baked in the tandoor. A tandoor is usually large and difficult to fit into one’s kitchen easily. Hence, some folks bakes them in the oven but I prefer to do it over an open flame. I manage to get all the smoky flavors that one gets in tandoor baked Kulchas right on my stove top 😉

Let’s learn how..

For the dough :

  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, curd, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

For the stuffing:

  1. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  2. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.

For the assembling:

  1. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  2. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  3. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha        Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  4. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly enlongated shape.
  5. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  6. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  7. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  8. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  9. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  10. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  11. Brush with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!!
  12. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani. 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 5-6 kulchas

Easy to make Aloo Kulchas (Potato Stuffed Indian Flatbread) with some rustic Dhaba Style Dal Makhani.

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour/ Maida ( APF)
  • 1/4 cup curd
  • lukewarm water as needed to knead the dough
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • For the stuffing:
  • 3 nos. mashed potatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilies
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves + some more to garnish the kulcha
  • 1/2 amchur powder (raw mango powder)
  • butter for smearing on top of the kulchas
  • nigella seeds (mangrela) to sprinkle on top of the kulchas

Instructions

    Dough
  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.
  4. Stuffing
  5. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  6. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.
  7. Assembling
  8. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  9. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  10. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
  11. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly elongated shape.
  12. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  13. Cooking
  14. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
  15. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  16. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa.
  17. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
  18. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  19. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly on medium flame.
  20. Brush the top with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!! 
  21. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani.

Notes

Do not use a non-stick tawa for cooking the kulchas as the kulchas will not stick on the tawa when over turned on the flame. I have used an iron tawa. Allow 2 to 3 minutes for the underside of the kulcha to cook as well once the top is cooked. Do not knead a very wet dough. The dough must smooth and soft.

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Matar Kachori | Khasti Matar Kachori

Let’s call it as Kachori Weekends at our place….last weekend it was Aloo ki Kachori and this week, I was keen to make my favourite green peas stuffed Kachoris to devoured with some green Chutney! 👌🏼😁

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The market is flooded with fresh, bright green peas. They so sweet and perfect! I have shelled and cleaned about 4-5 kgs of green peas, frozen them in sterilised Ziplock bags to last me for the entire year….more than enough for the two of us! I do this almost every year as I detest the flavour of the store bought frozen peas, they are quite tasteless.

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Anyhow, with all the green peas around me got me craving for some Nimona (a gravy made with puréed green peas, very famous in Uttar Pradesh and enjoyed with steamed rice and some ghee) with the onset of the winters in December…..I have made it almost every week. And now, with the winter almost on it’s way out…I wanted to make Matar ki Kachori once, as it’s fried..once is more than enough for the entire season 😂

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They turned out so crisp and flaky…just the way I love my kachoris. My Mom’s recipe never fails me….be it her Plyaaz ki Kachori or this …just perfect😋

The stuffing is made with fresh, sweet green peas and some spices tasters tangy, earthy as it uses my home made Garam Masala along with loads of ginger…all the flavours of a perfect Northern winter!  There is no onion or garlic in this recipe. The outer pastry is flaky and very crisp as its fried on slow flame…always fry your kachoris low and slow! They cook well and never turn limp and soggy.

You can pair these Matar ki Kachoris with dubkimaar Aloo Tamatar and chutney or just some imli ki chutney…just so yummy👌

Let’s start…

Yield: 9 large kachoris

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, a slotted ladle, measuring spoons/ cups, rolling board, rolling board, kitchen paper, a small pan, potato masher, mixing bowls.

Ingredients:

For the outer cover:

2+1/2 cup all purpose flour (Maida)

salt to taste

3 tbsp ghee

water as needed

Method:

Take flour in a  mixing bowl, season it with salt. Add ghee and rub it into the flour until the flour resembles bread crumbs. This ensures that the outer cover of the kachori is crisp and flaky. Next, add sufficient water to make a semi stiff dough. Cover the dough and set it aside to let it rest for a minimum of 30 mins.

For the stuffing: 

1 cup fresh green peas

1 nos. boiled potato

salt to taste

2 tsp mustard oil (use any oil as per your preference)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1 tsp finely chopped green chillies

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp coriander powder

3/4 tsp red chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder (optional)

1/2 tsp amchoor powder (dry mango powder)

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

chopped coriander leaves as needed

oil to fry

Method:

Mash the boiled potato and set it aside. Potato is used as a binder, if you wish you can avoid it too.

In a pan, heat oil. Once it’s hot, add hing, cumin seeds and green chillies. Let them splatter around for a minute. Then add the grated ginger. Cook it for a minute.

The washed and dried green peas go in next. Season with salt and cook the peas for a few minutes. Then add the turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder, Garam Masala powder. Mix well. Add the mashed potato and mix well with the spices and the peas. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the peas become mushy.

Add the amchoor powder along with chopped coriander leaves next and mix well. Turn off the flame. Cover the pan with the ready stuffing for a few minutes. Then using a potato masher, mash the peas and potato mixtures well. Let some of the peas stay whole, while roughly mashing the others. That’s done.

Assembling:

Divide the dough which was kept aside into 9 equal sized balls.(I could make 9, if you choose to make smaller Kachoris, you can easily make upto 12 kachoris with this much amount of dough). Flatten each ball of dough to a thickness 2-3 mm and diameter about 3″, add 2-3 tsp of the stuffing. Close the dough ball around stuffing tightly and secure the ends so that the stuffing doesn’t spill out while frying. Flatten out the kachori a bit using a rolling board and pin.

Do the same with all the other 8 dough balls as well. Set them aside. Heat oil to fry in a heavy bottomed wok. Once it hot enough, drop 1-2 kachoris at a time and fry on low flame until golfden and crisp on all sides. Remove from oil and drain excess oil on kitchen papers. Fry them all and the serve these piping hot with sides of your choice.

The stuffing keeps well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator if stored in a glass or porcelain bowl. (I avoid plastic)

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I am drooling all over again just as I was typing out this draft 😜 But, seriously, do try this one out soon …..so easy to make and very flavoursome!!! You will be making these again and again.

Love,

Shreya💖

 

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