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Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea is so delicious and the perfect refresher during the scorching summer days! The tangy flavor with the sweetness is absolutely addictive. It is one of the best thirst quenchers for me personally. So easy to make and loved by everyone!!

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea can be made very few easy steps and everyday ingredients. Iced tea can be flavored in many ways with various fruits. You can try my Strawberry Iced Tea, it is super loved by kids and adults alike. Trust me, having a bottle full of this delicious concoction is just what one would need on those hot and humid days. Once the summers get going, these homemade drinks are truly my saviors. I am not a fan fizzy sodas that are loaded with sugar and caffeine. My hubby too prefers fruity, naturally sweetened coolers. Have you checked out my Rose and Pineapple Cooler. It is such an exotic drink!! It looks pretty and tastes even better :

 

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea is preservative free as it’s homemade. I am beginning to appreciate brewing my own iced tea in the past couple of years as I’m in control of the quality of ingredients. The home brewed teas are free of added artificial colors and flavoring agents.

A few things to keep in mind while making the best iced tea are..
Steeping – Let the tea bags steep well. Not too long else the color of the tea will turn way too dark. Even the flavor can deepen beyond necessary.

Flavor – I have used basic tea bags. No particular flavor. But feel free to use flavored tea bags like peach, orange, berry, etc.. Everything tastes really nice.

Sweetener – Use stevia, sugar or any sweetener as per your preference.

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea¬†concoction can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days as well. I am so in love with iced teas that come summers, I always a jar full of the concoction ready to enjoy ūüôā I find these way better than the ready made ice tea mixes which are heavy on the sweetness and mild on the actual flavor. So, if you love iced teas as much as I do, you’ll love how delicious these home made iced teas are! Not to forget extremely economical too ūüėČ

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Let’s make a batch of refreshing Lemon Iced Tea ūüôā¬†

Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat.

Add sugar to the hot water an stir well until completely dissolved.

To this add the tea bags and let them steep for 15 minutes. The longer the tea bags steep, the stronger the taste and color will be.

Next, remove the tea bags.

Add lemon juice and the remaining water. Give them a mix.

Pour the ready blend in clean jug/ decanter and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

To serve, fill a tall glass with some ice cubes, a couple of mint leaves and few slices of lemon, pour the chilled iced tea over these and enjoy.

Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

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Lemon Iced Tea | How to make Lemon Iced Tea

Refreshing Southern Sweet Tea or Iced Tea is the best summer drink one could have and this recipe Makes the Best Lemon Iced Tea!!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water to be boiled
  • 4 cups water to be added later
  • 8 nos. tea bags
  • 3 nos. lemon to be juiced
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar adjust as per taste, you can use any sweetener as per your choice
  • ice cubes, sprigs of mint and slices of lemon as needed to serve

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat.

  2. Add the sugar to the hot water an stir well until completely dissolved. 

  3. To this add the tea bags and let them steep for 15 minutes. The longer the tea bags steep, the stronger the taste and color will be. 

  4. Next, remove the tea bags. 

  5.  Add lemon juice and the remaining water. Give them a mix. 

  6. Pour the ready blend in clean jug/ decanter and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. 

  7. To serve, fill a tall glass with some ice cubes, a couple of mint leaves and few slices of lemon, pour the chilled iced tea over these and enjoy.

Love,
Shreya

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Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canap√©s are bite-sized hors d’oeuvres, a common starter served at most parties, every wedding and other occasions in Goa. It consists of a canap√© filled with a slightly sweet and savory, vegetarian or non-vegetarian filling made with simple everyday ingredients. It tastes really nice as it does not have an overpowering flavor and is very light on the palate too.¬†

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canap√©s¬†are one of the prettiest little snacks you can make if you are looking forward to impressing your guests or family. Since they are just bite sized, they don’t really fill one up completely and thus leaving one to enjoy other things on the spread too. These are the kind of snacks/ starters I totally prefer, light and yet so flavorsome!

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés can be made either with vegetarian fillings or non-vegetarian fillings like steamed and mashed chicken or fish of your choice. These are then mixed with veggies and some other basic ingredients to make the filling. But I personally love the vegetarian version as does my husband. He had spent a really long time in Goa back when he was pursuing his Hotel Management degree and he developed a love for the cuisine. It was he, who first introduced me to these little yummy bites sized treats along with many other Goan specialties.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés can be planned well in advance for any parties, occassions, etc. All one needs to have ready in the refrigerator is the filling. Always fill these or any variant of canapés right just before serving them. You can use readymade vegan canapé shells like me or make your own, the choice is yours. These days it is relatively easy to find readymade canapé shells across most super markets or online stores too. I like the classic round shells, you can use the square ones if you prefer.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Let us make some yummy and easy Goan Forminhas now.

Peel, wash and finely chop potatoes, carrots and French beans.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Boil 2 cups of water in wide pan. Add a pinch of salt once the water has come to a boil. Add the cubed potatoes first, cover and boil them for about 2-3 minutes.

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Next, add the cubed carrots. Again, cover the pan and let these cook along with the potatoes for just 1 minute.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Lastly, add the beans and the green peas. Again, boil these with carrots and the potatoes for precisely 2 minutes. We do not need to overcook these veggies.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Alongside, chop the apple slices. Do not chop the apple slices much in advance else they will turn brown.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

Drain the boiled veggies well. In a mixing bowl, add the veggies, chopped apples, a pinch of salt and some freshly cracked black pepper. Add the vegan mayonnaise and mixing everything well. Refrigerate until needed. This filling stays fresh in the refrigerator for almost 2 days.

Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

To serve, just spoon in some of the filling into each canapé shell, garnish with some greens if you like and serve immediately.

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Goan Forminhas | How to make Goan Canapés

‚ÄčGoan Forminhas/ canap√©s are small, bite sized hors d'oeuvres,usually served at most parties, weddings and other gatherings in Goa. It consists of a simple canap√© shell filled with delicous savoury filling. 

Course Appetizer, Easter, Snack, starters, Tea Time
Cuisine Goan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1 nos. large potato, finely cubed
  • 3-4 nos. French bean, finely sliced
  • 1 nos. carrot, finely cubed
  • 3 tbsp green peas
  • 1/2 fresh apple, finely cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or regular
  • some greens, to garnish optional

Instructions

  1. Peel, wash and finely chop potatoes, carrots and French beans.

  2. Boil 2 cups of water in wide pan. Add a pinch of salt once the water has come to a boil. Add the cubed potatoes first, cover and boil them for about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Next, add the cubed carrots. Again, cover the pan and let these cook along with the potatoes for just 1 minute.

  4. Lastly, add the beans and the green peas. Again, boil these with carrots and the potatoes for precisely 2 minutes. We do not need to overcook these veggies.

  5. Alongside, chop the apple slices. Do not chop the apple slices much in advance else they will turn brown.

  6. Drain the boiled veggies well. In a mixing bowl, add the veggies, chopped apples, a pinch of salt and some freshly cracked black pepper. Add the vegan mayonnaise and mixing everything well. Refrigerate until needed. This filling stays fresh in the refrigerator for almost 2 days.

  7. To serve, just spoon in some of the filling into each canapé shell, garnish with some greens if you like and serve immediately.

Love,
Shreya

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Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

A Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in many parts of the world. Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. These buns mark the end of Lent, a traditional time for fasting and/ or abstinence. 

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I mentioned that the Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns mark the end of the Lent, every part of these buns represent certain meanings too. The cross on the top is for the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices added stand for the embalming of his body at the time of his burial. So these buns are very significant. I am sure there is much more behind the history of these delicious buns but I am only going to talk about the things I know. Since I am not Catholic myself but having attended a Catholic school for the first 15 years of my life, I have a fondness for the customs and the rich history behind their practices.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns can be enjoyed with some honey, maple syrup or with jam and butter, just the way I did! My hubby on the other hand likes them plain with some tea or coffee. He says the spices and the raisins are just perfect and need no toppings. So, you see, you can choose how to enjoy them. I had made the Traditional Hot Cross Buns, with eggs earlier so I tried the Vegan ones with homemade dinner roll recipe, just turned it vegan. And the results were awesome! The vegan buns turned out to be extremely soft and very flavorful too.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I had mentioned in my Traditional Hot Cross Buns post,¬†I first baked them almost a year and a half ago and not around Easter. I baked them because we got talking about Goa, my hubby has spent a few years there and loves the food to bits!! So he suddenly remembers these Easter Buns that he learnt to bake during his first year in college, obviously he wanted me to make them because he had such a craving!! Lol! So I tried it after a few days using Joy of Baking’s recipe, yes because he only knows what he had learnt but doesn’t remember one ingredient or recipe, hehe! The Easter Buns did turn out delicious! So I kept that recipe handy and made some changes in the quantities to make a smaller batch, which were so delicious. Absolutely melt in the mouth good. Little did I know that the Vegan ones will turn out even more delicious.

These Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are surprisingly easy to make if you try these, mildly sweet and studded with some dry fruits, they are one of our favorite breads so far! The crumb is moist and yet very distinct as you can see in the picture below.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Please do note that I have small batches here just enough for 2 persons, you can double the recipe or even triple it for a larger batch. Let us bake some Vegan Hot Cross Easter Buns!¬†They are very easy to make and you’ll need very basic ingredients from your pantry.

These steps are for active dry yeast –
Take 1/4 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.
Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough.
Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.
Add the rest of the 1/4 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast –¬†
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough.
We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast –
The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Knead for about 8-10 minutes.
You can add some more flour if it’s the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)
Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it’s first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.
Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.
Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns.
Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Preheat the oven at 200’c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200’c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.
Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
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Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

These buns are delicious, studded with dry fruits, mildly spiced and sweet with the tradition cross marked over each bun. They mark the end of Lent. I have shared my version of vegan Hot Cross Buns, do try them. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Easter, Side Dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 buns
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1+1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar if using active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast you can use active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water not scaldingly hot
  • 2 tbsp oil plus extra to grease and brush
  • 2 tbsp black sultanas
  • 2 tbsp flour + 2 tsp plain water to make the paste

Instructions

These steps are for active dry yeast -

  1. Take 1/4 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

  3. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

    Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.

  4. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  5. Add the rest of the 1/4 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast -

  1. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar. Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

  2. Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast -

  1. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface. Knead for about 8-10 minutes.

  2. You can add some more flour if it's the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)

  3. Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

  4. Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it's first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so. The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.

  5. Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.

  6. Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

  7. I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

  8. Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

  9. Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

  10. Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

  11. Preheat the oven at 200'c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200'c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.

  12. Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

  13. I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

Love,
Shreya

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Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

A Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in many parts of the world. Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. These buns mark the end of Lent, a traditional time for fasting and/ or abstinence. 

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I mentioned that the Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns mark the end of the Lent, every part of these buns represent certain meanings too. The cross on the top is for the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices added stand for the embalming of his body at the time of his burial. So these buns are very significant. I am sure there is much more behind the history of these delicious buns but I am only going to talk about the things I know. Since I am not Catholic myself but having attended a Catholic school for the first 15 years of my life, I have a fondness for the customs and the rich history behind their practices.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns can be enjoyed with some honey, maple syrup or with jam and butter, just the way I did! My hubby on the other hand likes them plain with some tea or coffee. He says the spices and the raisins are just perfect and need no toppings. So, you see, you can choose how to enjoy them. We had them for breakfast the day I baked them but I plan on baking another batch soon.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

I first baked them almost a year and a half ago and not around Easter. I baked them because we got talking about Goa, my hubby has spent a few years there and loves the food to bits!! So he suddenly remembers these Easter Buns that he learnt to bake during his first year in college, obviously he wanted me to make them because he had such a craving!! Lol! So I tried it after a few days using Joy of Baking’s recipe, yes because he only knows what he had learnt but doesn’t remember one ingredient or recipe, hehe! The Easter Buns did turn out delicious! So I kept that recipe handy and made some changes in the quantities to make a smaller batch.

Anyways, so that’s a little bit of the background as to why I baked them to start with and I’ve baked them at least 2-3 times more after that for weekends, for my hubby to have something to nibble with the endless cups of tea that he goes through at times!

So let us get going with the recipe for the Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns.¬†They are very easy to make and you’ll need very basic ingredients from your pantry.

These steps are for those who are using active dry yeast only
Mix together 130 ml milk, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and the yeast in a bowl or measuring cup. Set it aside until the mixture turns frothy. It should take about 8-12 minutes. Do not touch the mixture until it has frothed up, if it doesn’t, please discard this and start again.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

Then add the frothy yeast mixture after mixing the dry ingredients. Add the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

These steps are for those who are using instant (fast acting) yeast only –¬†
Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar and instant yeast in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Next, add 130 ml of milk and the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Following steps are common for both kinds of yeasts used –
Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. You can use some butter to grease the dough if it is very sticky but avoid adding too much loose flour. I have used just about 2 tsp. of dry flour and approximately 2 tbsp. butter to grease it while kneading.

Adding too much loose flour will result in dry and hard buns.

Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, place this a warm corner for about 1 hour.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

It will rise to about double or slightly more in size and look like this in the picture below.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Punch down the dough very gently. Knead it again for another 3-4 minutes. Pls don’t add any loose or dry flour at this stage. You can grease the dough if it is sticky/ tacky.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Divide this dough into 4 or 6 equal parts.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Shape them into round rolls crease side down and place them in a greased baking tray.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Cover them loosely with a cling wrap and set it aside for 30 minutes for the second proving. They will double in size after 30 minutes.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Grease the top of the buns with some butter after the second proving.

Prepare the paste for marking the cross by mixing water with all purpose flour. The paste must be very thick and not at all runny. Fill this paste in a piping bag and set it aside.

In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @200’c for 10 minutes after the second proving.

While oven preheats, mark the cross over the proved buns as shown in the picture below.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Bake the buns @200’c for about 20-25 minutes. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature and duration accordingly. Once the buns are done, take them out of the oven and brush them with more butter.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

These buns stay moist and fresh for up to 2 days when stored in a bread box or an airtight container. You can serve them with honey, maple syrup, jams, marmalades, conserves or good old butter!

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Look at the airy crumb within, it is perfect. Do try it out, it is really so yummy and comes together very swiftly.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns
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Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. Enjoy them warm with a slathering of butter or some fruity jam! 
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Easter, Side Dish, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 300 gms all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 40 gms powdered sugar adjust it to taste preference
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 130 ml milk at room temperature
  • 1 no. small egg at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp black sultanas or any other dry fruits as you'd choose
  • additional flour to dust while kneading I used 2 tsp
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter to grease while kneading and brush on the top at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour for the paste
  • 2-3 tsp plain water for the paste
  • a piping bag

Instructions

These steps are for those who are using active dry yeast only -

  1. Mix together 130 ml milk, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and the yeast in a bowl or measuring cup. Set it aside until the mixture turns frothy. It should take about 8-12 minutes. Do not touch the mixture until it has frothed up, if it doesn't, please discard this and start again.

  2. Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

  3. Then add the frothy yeast mixture after mixing the dry ingredients. Add the egg.

  4. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

These steps are for those who are using instant (fast acting) yeast only -

  1. Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar and instant yeast in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

  2. Next, add 130 ml of milk and the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Following steps are common for both kinds of yeasts used -

  1. Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. You can use some butter to grease the dough if it is very sticky but avoid adding too much loose flour.

  2. I have used just about 2 tsp. of dry flour and approximately 2 tbsp. butter to grease it while kneading. Adding too much loose flour will result in dry and hard buns.

  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl, place this a warm corner for about 1 hour.

  4. It will rise to about double or slightly more in size and look like this in the picture above.

  5. Punch down the dough very gently. Knead it again for another 3-4 minutes. Pls don't add any loose or dry flour at this stage. You can grease the dough if it is sticky/ tacky.

  6. Divide this dough into 4 or 6 equal parts.

  7. Shape them into round rolls crease side down and place them in a greased baking tray.

  8. Cover them loosely with a cling wrap and set it aside for 30 minutes for the second proving. They will double in size after 30 minutes.
    Grease the top of the buns with some butter after the second proving.

  9. Prepare the paste for marking the cross by mixing water with all purpose flour. The paste must be very thick and not at all runny. 
    Fill this paste in a piping bag and set it aside.

  10. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @200'c for 10 minutes after the second proving.
    While oven preheats, mark the cross over the proved buns as shown in the picture above.

  11. Bake the buns @200'c for about 20-25 minutes. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature and duration accordingly. Once the buns are done, take them out of the oven and brush them with more butter.

  12. These buns stay moist and fresh for up to 2 days when stored in a bread box or an airtight container. You can serve them with honey, maple syrup, jams, marmalades, conserves or good old butter!

Love,
Shreya ūüôā

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Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake is one of the most loved tea cakes, it is so citrusy, buttery, moist, yet firm and has the most beautiful crumb. Enjoy this cake with some tea or coffee or a tall glass of warm milk! The mild tang from the burst of orange flavor is very refreshing for any confectionery and this cake is every bit as refreshing! 

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake¬†as most of my cakes, has a beautiful crumb. The crumb structure is well defined, soft yet firm and the cake a beautiful height because every crumb has risen perfectly. Baking pound cakes or tea cakes, as most of you know is my absolute favorite thing to when I think of baking!! And this beautiful cake is all of that, it is the easiest cake to put together in just an hour, is packed with so much flavor you’ll be surprised and as all my bakes, this one too doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients or additions. Just grab all the ingredients from your pantry and fresh oranges is all one needs. ūüôā

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

I loved the color on the top of the cake as well, a nice deep amber! Generally fruit juice based cakes do come out the oven looking really pretty and this Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake is no different. They are almost like a little tin full of sunshine on the inside too. That color is all thanks to the beautiful produce we have seen this year. There are oranges and kinnow oranges and little nectarines everywhere and you can use either of these. Although, I am a little conservative here and I used the most famous Nagpur oranges for this recipe as I have been doing for years now, you can use any variety that you are at ease with as long as they are fresh and sweet.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

This cake like any other fruit based cake will taste the best when made with fresh orange juice, so try to avoid anything from a tetra pack or frozen juice cubes which are seemingly easier to lay on your hands on but the flavor and the color of the cake won’t be as good. Just my two cents, it’s all up to you, whatever is comfortable ūüôā

I am sharing a few of my go to cake recipes here because we love them and our readers love them !!
Tutti Frutti cake

Egg free Tutti Frutti cake 

Almond and cranberry Loaf

Starbucks Style Marble cake, cos why not?!

Egg free Marble Cake 

and lastly, my all time favorite egg free Pav (dinner rolls) recipe ūüôā

And with some friendly links out of the way, I am now going to put in some tips and tricks in here to make the perfect cake every time! Many of you have followed them and come back with happy reviews and that definitely makes me happy too!

Temperature – Please ensure the ingredients used are all at room temperature. Different ingredients take different durations to come to room temperature, for example, butter takes close 2 hours on an average whereas eggs will come to room temperature in about 45-50 minutes. So accordingly, time yourself in advance before you bake a cake.

Creaming – This is an important step, adding adequate amount of air into the butter gives the cake it’s creamy color as well as the soft texture. Cream the butter using the electric whisk or manual whisk without the sugar to start with. Once the butter turns paler, add sugar in 2 or 3 parts and whisk in more air until the sugar has dissolved. Do not rush the creaming procedure, doing so will leave the sugar undissolved which gives a very crisp and wafer like exterior and the interior of the cake will remain too moist. So please pay close attention.

Whisking – To incorporate the eggs perfectly into the creamed butter sugar, you have to first lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them one by one into the creamed butter and sugar for best results. Whisk each egg for about 1 minute before adding the next. This will ensure the batter does not ever curdle. The batter will be smooth and light pale once all the eggs have been whisked. (check the picture below, the crumb shot shows that each step has been followed with care and the batter has been smooth with just the correct amount of air.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Folding – Never use a whisk to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. That will cause all the air which we have so carefully incorporated into the batter to escape. One of the main reasons why cakes deflate as they cool after baking. Always make it a point to use wooden or silicon spatula to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Cut and fold the batter just enough to bring everything together. Do not over mix the batter. That gives a very hard and tough cake.

Baking – Every oven runs differently, I am talking about OTGs. I do not bake in an convection microwave so have zero clue about how that works. But to bake in an OTG, it is advisable to invest in an oven thermometer to see how the heat in your oven runs before you start baking complex recipes. My oven runs about 10’c hotter so I adjust my baking durations accordingly.

So these are the main steps or tips that give those perfect slices every time. And it goes without saying, slice any cake only when it has cooled down completely. 

Now, let’s bake ourselves some¬†Orange Pound Cake!

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature, important step and not to be missed.

Preheat the oven @180’c. Line and prep the baking tin. I have used a 9* X 5* inch loaf tin.
Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Next, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and set it aside.

Prepare the buttermilk by mixing together the milk and the vinegar, leave it aside to stand for about 5 minutes. Once it looks curdled, it is ready. Set it aside.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Next, cream the butter until soft and very fluffy. Add the powdered sugar in parts and cream until fluffy.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Add one egg at a time but do whisk each egg before adding them. Whisk for a few minutes. Add the zest and whisk for a minute.

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Slowly, incorporate the flour mixture, buttermilk and the orange juice alternately. Fold the batter carefully. Do not whisk.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Fold the batter very carefully and do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepped tin.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Bake for 50 minutes @170’c or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool the cake for 20-25 minutes in the tin, carefully unmold and cool further before slicing it.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Store the sliced cake in an airtight container and it stays fresh for up to 5 days.

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Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Deliciously citrusy and melt in the mouth good, this buttery Orange Pound Cake should be on your list of 'what to bake next'. Perfect to enjoy with a cuppa or on it's own! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp milk for buttermilk
  • 1.5 tsp vinegar for buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 nos. eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 110 gms unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tsp fresh orange zest

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature, important step and not to be missed.

  2. Preheat the oven @180'c. Line and prep the baking tin. I have used a 9* X 5* inch loaf tin.

  3. Next, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and set it aside.
  4. Prepare the buttermilk by mixing together the milk and the vinegar, leave it aside to stand for about 5 minutes. Once it looks curdled, it is ready. Set it aside.
  5. Next, cream the butter until soft and very fluffy. Add the powdered sugar in parts and cream until fluffy.

  6. Add one egg at a time but do whisk each egg before adding them. Whisk for a few minutes. Add the zest and whisk for a minute.

  7. Slowly, incorporate the flour mixture, buttermilk and the orange juice alternately. Fold the batter carefully. Do not whisk.

  8. Fold the batter very carefully and do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepped tin.

  9. Bake for 50 minutes @170'c or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 

  10. Cool the cake for 20-25 minutes in the tin, carefully unmold and cool further before slicing it.
  11. Store the sliced cake in an airtight container and it stays fresh for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

You can dust the cake with some icing sugar.

Or drizzle it with a glaze. 

Love,
Shreya.

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Adapted from Five Heart Home 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is a delicious snack made with sweet corn and yummy B√©chamel sauce and some mild spices and is spread on some toast. Crisp toast and soft topping of the sweet corn comes together so well and the flavors are spot on!! Do try these and you’ll love them.¬†

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is loaded with gooey cheesy sauce and bursts with the sweetness of corn and a wee bit of spice from the bits of green bell pepper! It is one my go-to recipes for weekend brunches or evening snacks for the hubby and me! I am personally a big fan of white sauce a.k.a Béchamel sauce. I love it over a red sauce or any other sauce. So I basically love having it over toasts or in my veggies or for my lasagna too! Needless to say I love my pastas with white sauce too. Have you tried my Penne in Basil and Lemon Sauce  ?! It is super loved by my readers and many have tried it and loved it! Though you must try my Bread pizza recipe if you love a good and quick pizza.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is really easy to put together too, ideal for kids snacks or for party appetizers, even for brunch. I would suggest that you have this fresh out the oven. It makes for a great combo along with some fresh ice tea or some juices/ coffee or shakes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe can be paired be with dip like ketchup or Schezwan sauce or even a 2 ingredient Jalapeno dip. These dips are yummy and easy to make at home, they go well with a variety of snacks. I keep such homemade dips ready in my refrigerator to serves with snacks or use as spreads too. 

Keeping in mind that summers vacations are soon going to start, I’m sharing some more links here to try for your kids.
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich 
Bombay Aloo Sandwich
Rainbow Mayo Sandwich

Also try some easy Paneer popcorn, they are crunchy and just like the ones you find at cafes. Kids usually love brownies, they are fun to make and make for great dessert ideas.

Coming back to the¬†Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe,¬† you can add any more veggies too along with corn and bell peppers. It’s a great way to ensure kids have veggies in a delicious way. I won’t suggest this recipe for lunch box because it tastes best when served warm.

Let us start with the recipe now.

Preheat the oven @ 200’c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180’c. Set them aside.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

For the topping –

Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

Add the salt and pepper.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

Add grated cheese.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame.

The topping is ready.

To assemble –

Again preheat the oven @200’c.

Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180’c.

corn cheese toasts

Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

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Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Scrumptious and so cheesy, these Cheese Corn Toasts are absolutely addictive! Made with delicious sauce and veggies, these make for an amazing brunch or evening snacks! 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 6-8 slices bread i used sourdough, you can use any bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup steamed sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes plus extra for topping
  • 1 tsp dried oregano plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese I used processed cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 200'c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180'c. Set them aside.

For the topping

  1. Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

  3. Add the salt and pepper.

  4. Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

  5. Add grated cheese.

  6. Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

  7. Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame. The topping is ready.

To assemble

  1. Again preheat the oven @200'c.

  2. Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

  3. Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

  4. Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180'c.

  5. Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Love,
Shreya

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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF are a one pot dinner with deliciously seasoned veggies and beans along with herb loaded tangy rice, crunchy lettuce and salsas and a deliciously creamy guac to complete the bowl. The various textures give these bowls a distinct flavor! Basically, if you love tex-mex, then these bowls are your besties! 

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito¬†Bowls | Vegan & GF can be customized to our preferences. Since we love tex-mex, these bowls are a common feature on our menu for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. They don’t take much effort to put together and that is really what makes them so much fun. I usually do an all vegetarian or vegan version with lots of lettuce for the last crunchy bit of topping. They add a lot roughage as well as flavor. My hubby has no complains as far as it’s spicy and tangy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Let’s decode what went into these bowls:

The Rice – this is the key, make it or break it sorts for us. I make a Signature Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice which is absolutely flavorful. You can go with kind of Mexican rice you like. This is the base of the bowl so choose the flavor wisely.

The Sides – we love our Pico de Gallo, so that is a must! Along with some sweet corn salsa which is so delicious and refreshing! Actually this is just the basic that I usually do. The staple Chipotle style Fajita Veggies is a must have too! There days when I go all out with the sides but I’ll save that for another time. Keeping it real simple for this version.

The Crunch – you can do a lot of improvisation here, from crispy salads or lettuce leaves to crushed nachos or baked tortilla chips. We stick to gluten free options as far as possible.

The Toppings – jalapeno, grilled tomatoes, fresh cilantro, pickles, guacamole, lemon wedges, anything you fancy! We are extremely partial towards a good, creamy guac so that is our go to topping usually! We skip sour cream when going for a vegan version because I’m simply unable to find a good version around here. And we do not add cheese either if making vegan version.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF have a good number of components, so start the prep accordingly. Once everything is ready, they come together in a bowl in minutes.

Let us make the easiest Vegan & GF Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowl ever!

For the Cilantro Lime Rice –

Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Fajita Veggies –

Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Beans- 

I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder. Mix well. That’s done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole –

Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo –¬†

Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don’t find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies), red onion and cilantro really fine.

Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix well!

For the Sweet Corn Salsa- 

Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl –

In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it’s ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF
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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls have layers of Cilantro Lime rice, crunchy salsas, creamy guacamole, spicy veggies and some beans!! A final squirt of lemon juice just adds to the freshness of it all! The perfect hearty and healthy GF and Vegan rice bowl. 

Course Lunch Box, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Rice

  • 3/4 cup rice plus water to cook the rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 2 nos. large, juicy tomatoes chopped
  • 1 nos. large, red onion chopped
  • 1/2 nos. fresh jalapeno chopped
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno chopped
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of a large lemon

For Guacamole

  • 1 nos. large, ripe avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup red onions, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

For Beans

  • 1 cup red kidney beans, boiled or canned black beans/ pinto beans
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder

For the Fajita Veggies

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 nos. green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 nos. red onion, sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp fajita spice or a blend of cumin, paprika, black pepper powders

For Sweet Corn Salsa

  • 1 cup american sweet corn, blanched
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste
  • two pinches of sugar
  • 1/8 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  • prepped rice
  • prepped Pico de gallo
  • guacamole as needed
  • fresh lettuce, as needed chopped
  • lemon wedges, as needed
  • sweet corn salsa
  • fajita veggies
  • beans

Instructions

For the Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

  2. Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

  3. Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo

  1. Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don't find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies)**, red onion and cilantro real fine.

  2. Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

  3. Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix well! It is ready. 

For the Fajita Veggies -

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

  2. Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

  3. Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

For the Beans-

  1. I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder.

  3. Mix well. That's done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole -

  1. Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Sweet Corn Salsa-

  1. Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  1. In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it's ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Add sour cream and Mexican grated cheese blend if you prefer non vegan options.

Also you can add vegan variants of the same if you prefer. 

Love,
Shreya.

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Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake is a soft, buttery and delicious tea-time cake studded with tangy and sweet fruity bits and pieces along with some glazed cherries. Each bite of this cake is filled with so much flavor and texture, you will enjoy it and keep going back for another slice!  

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake¬†can be made in so many ways and there are a bunch of recipes available out there but I have a basic recipe which I have followed here too. It is my trusted recipe and it has never failed me. It is tried and tested by many and it’s always received excellent reviews. The texture of the cake is just perfect. not too crumbly neither too dry. It has the moistness from the butter and a beautiful color on the exterior too. The crust is not dry and flaky yet has the firmness that is just apt for tea cakes.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake as a cake is very easy to make, like most cakes it calls for basic ingredients and minimal efforts. But, as most of my readers know that I am particular about the crumb structure of my cakes, few steps are crucial and need a little attention to detail. If you are following my recipe to the T, it will be absolutely easy to nail crumb structure.

A few pointers on the same.
Temperature – Please ensure the ingredients used are all at room temperature. Different ingredients take different durations to come to room temperature, for example, butter takes close 2 hours on an average whereas eggs will come to room temperature in about 45-50 minutes. So accordingly, time yourself in advance before you bake a cake.

Creaming – This is an important step, adding adequate amount of air into the butter gives the cake it’s creamy color as well as the soft texture. Cream the butter using the electric whisk or manual whisk without the sugar to start with. Once the butter turns paler, add sugar in 2 or 3 parts and whisk in more air until the sugar has dissolved. Do not rush the creaming procedure, doing so will leave the sugar undissolved which gives a very crisp and wafer like exterior and the interior of the cake will remain too moist. So please pay close attention.

Whisking – To incorporate the eggs perfectly into the creamed butter sugar, you have to first lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them one by one into the creamed butter and sugar for best results. Whisk each egg for about 1 minute before adding the next. This will ensure the batter does not ever curdle. The batter will be smooth and light pale once all the eggs have been whisked. (check the picture below, the crumb shot shows that each step has been followed with care and the batter has been smooth with just the correct amount of air)

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Folding – Never use a whisk to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. That will cause all the air which we have so carefully incorporated into the batter to escape. One of the main reasons why cakes deflate as they cool after baking. Always make it a point to use wooden or silicon spatula to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Cut and fold the batter just enough to bring everything together. Do not over mix the batter. That gives a very hard and tough cake.

Baking – Every oven runs differently, I am talking about OTGs. I do not bake in an convection microwave so have zero clue about how that works. But to bake in an OTG, it is advisable to invest in an oven thermometer to see how the heat in your oven runs before you start baking complex recipes. My oven runs about 10’c hotter so I adjust my baking durations accordingly.

So these are the main steps or tips that give those perfect slices every time. And it goes without saying, slice any cake only when it has cooled down completely. 

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

I had made this loaf a few weeks back and it’s long gone but drafting the recipe is kind of making me crave for a slice or two, lol!! I will probably bake some over the weekend. The beauty about a classic¬†Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake¬†is that it never fails to impress. It is loved by everyone alike and one of the most easy recipes to put together if you are just a beginner at baking. This is one of the earliest recipes I remember baking and perfecting the skill. And it also happens to be my hubby’s and my Mom’s favorite cake that I bake, well they do love all my bakes but this one is the most requested cake! ūüôā I do have an egg free version, just incase you wish to have a look, click here.

Now let us bake a Classic Tutti Frutti Cake! 

Begin with getting all the ingredient to room temperature.

Line and prep your loaf tin. I have used a 9″ * 5″ loaf pan. Preheat the oven at 180’c for 10-12 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter and whisk until it turns pale. I have used an electric whisk to do this and took me about 5 minutes on medium speed.

Add half of the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the remaining sugar next and again whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is fluffy and pale.

In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the whisked eggs to the butter and sugar mixture in 2 or 3 parts. Whisk the mixture for about 1 minute after each addition of the whisked eggs. The mixture will not curdle this way.

Add the vanilla extract. Whisk for a few seconds.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Sieve the all purpose flour with baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the Tutti Frutti, chopped glazed cherries and black raisins to the flour and mix well to coat them.

Add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with the milk in 2 or 3 parts and gently fold them together using a spatula. Do not over mix the batter.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tin, tap the tin on the platform a few times. Bake it at 180’c for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf tin, then demold the cake and let it rest on a cooling rack for about an hour before slicing.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

This cake can stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake
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Tutti Frutti Cake

Buttery, light and so scrumptious, this classic Tutti Frutti Cake will be your new tea time favorite. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Christmas, Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cup all purpose flour maida
  • 1+1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 nos. eggs at room temperature
  • 100 gms unsalted butter at room temperature, not melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mixed tutti frutti
  • 2 tbsp black raisins optional
  • 2 tbsp glazed cherries, chopped optional

Instructions

  1. Begin with getting all the ingredient to room temperature. 

  2. Line and prep your loaf tin. I have used a 9" * 5" loaf pan. Preheat the oven at 180'c for 10-12 minutes. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter and whisk until it turns pale. I have used an electric whisk to do this and took me about 5 minutes on medium speed.

  4. Add half of the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the remaining sugar next and again whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is fluffy and pale. 

  5. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the whisked eggs to the butter and sugar mixture in 2 or 3 parts. Whisk the mixture for about 1 minute after each addition of the whisked eggs. The mixture will not curdle this way.

  6. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk for a few seconds.

  7. Sieve the all purpose flour with baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the Tutti Frutti, chopped glazed cherries and black raisins to the flour and mix well to coat them. 

  8. Add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with the milk in 2 or 3 parts and gently fold them together using a spatula. Do not over mix the batter. 

  9. Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tin, tap the tin on the platform a few times.

  10. Bake it at 180'c for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 

  11. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf tin, then demold the cake and let it rest on a cooling rack for about an hour before slicing.

  12. This cake can stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Love,
Shreya

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Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe is a classic tea cake which has a moist and fluffy texture with a delicious nutty almond flavor. Enjoy a few slices of this cake with some tea/ coffee. Perfect combination for these chilly days.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

I made this Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe with dried cranberries. You can use frozen or fresh cranberries too but I personally find them too tart. Even though the dried cranberries are not as tart as the whole, fresh ones, I kind of still find them a bit too sour. So I have chopped these dried berries a bit, nothing too precise. Just enough so that they are kind of dispersed around as is their intense flavor, also by doing this they don’t sink as much they are likely to do whole. But you can go either ways.¬†

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Now, let’s talk about this gorgeous texture here! Yes,¬†Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe gets it’s texture from fine almond meal/ flour. It renders the loaf so moist and yet absolutely firm. If you have been around with for a long time and seen my cake posts, you’d know I love a cake with fine crumbs and not larger ones. I am not fond of large crumbed cakes. So the role of almond meal here is pivotal for this texture. I have tried working with various ratios of regular flour and almond flour and they all give different results. So you will have to follow the recipe to the T to achieve the prefect texture, fluffiness and flavor.¬†

I have added a small quantity of almond extract in this Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe as using almond meal will not necessarily add a distinct almond flavor. If you are not fond of that flavor, please skip it or reduce it by half.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

* Please note I have made two small loaves of 5 inch * 2 inch * 3 inch (length, breadth and height of the loaf tins). You can use the entire batter to bake one 5 inch * 7 inch loaf. 

Now let us start baking these loaves.

Start by bringing all the ingredients to room temperature. I keep the ingredients out on the kitchen platform for about 2 hours before I start prepping the batter.

Preheat the oven at 170’c for 10-12 minutes.

Butter should be soft but not melted or in runny state.

Grease and dust the loaf tins. I used a parchment to line the tins hence skipped this step. *

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the powdered sugar in 2 parts and beat until the butter and sugar mixture turns light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me 5-6 minutes.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Next add the almond extract and one egg at a time, whisk well until combined.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Sieve in the flour, almond flour and baking powder next along with the chopped cranberries. Fold the batter gently but do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tins, bake them for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Once baked, let the loaves cool in their tins for about 15 minutes, then remove the cakes from the tins and place then on wired racks to cool completely.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Once the cakes have cooled completely, wrap the cakes in cling wraps and let them rest in a dry and cool (do not refrigerate) place for 24 hours before slicing. This will give time for flavors to develop well and the slices will be come out perfect.

These loaves keep well in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.

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Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

A moist, buttery and nutty flavored cake that goes best with tea/ coffee. Adding cranberries gives it a lovely fruity freshness. 

Course Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 small loaves
Author Shreya ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 125 gms unsalted butter at room temperature 1/2 cup approx
  • 125 gms powdered sugar 8+1/2 tbsp approx
  • 02 nos. eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 100 gms all purpose flour 3/4 cup approx
  • 25 gms almond flour 4 tbsp approx
  • 5 gms baking powder 1 tsp approx
  • 40 gms dried cranberries roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Start by bringing all the ingredients to room temperature. I keep the ingredients out on the kitchen platform for about 2 hours before I start prepping the batter.

  2. Preheat the oven at 170'c for 10-12 minutes.

  3. Butter should be soft but not melted or in runny state.

  4. Grease and dust the loaf tins. I used a parchment to line the tins hence skipped this step. (check recipe notes for the size of the tins used) 

  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Then add the powdered sugar in 2 parts and beat until the butter and sugar mixture turns light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me 5-6 minutes.

  7. Next add the almond extract and one egg at a time, whisk well until combined.

  8. Sieve in the flour, almond flour and baking powder next along with the chopped cranberries. Fold the batter gently but do not overmix.

  9. Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tins, bake them for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

  10. Once baked, let the loaves cool in their tins for about 15 minutes, then remove the cakes from the tins and place then on wired racks to cool completely.

  11. Once the cakes have cooled completely, wrap the cakes in cling wraps and let them rest in a dry and cool (do not refrigerate) place for 24 hours before slicing. This will give time for flavors to develop well and the slices will be come out perfect.
  12. These loaves keep well in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.

Recipe Notes

I have used all ingredients measured by weight. I have included measures in cups/ spoons though they are approximate. 

Please note I have made two small loaves of 5 inch * 2 inch * 3 inch (length, breadth and height of the loaf tins). You can use the entire batter to bake one 5 inch * 7 inch loaf. 

Love,
Shreya:)

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I am sharing¬†The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF, it is very easy to make and tastes way better than the packaged stuff. You’ll never buy that stuff anymore! The flavor is spot on, it’s creamy and superdelicious.¬†

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF needs just a handful of ingredients and comes together in just under a minute in the blender! I have seen many recipes where they use a food processor to blend the ingredients together but I have always used a blender. It always gives me a more smoother and lump free hummus.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF is my take on a classic which we love the most. Although you can incorporate so many flavors into the hummus these days but nothing comes as close to the classic one for us. We prefer our hummus a bit garlicky and it took a few runs at perfecting my recipe, you can alter it as you wish to. My hubby and I are particularly fond of Mediterranean cuisine and hummus with some pita and veggie sticks tops the list! Even a salad on the side makes it such a filling and healthy meal. Try my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (vegan + gf).

I have used freshly boiled chickpeas for this recipe, but I do not peel the skin off as I use a blender to make the hummus. Precisely why I use the blender and not a processor!! Blender for the win! Yes, you can use canned chickpeas and take the skin off and use the processor too. The taste won’t alter, just the texture maybe a bit different.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I usually make hummus very often as we love to have it around in the refrigerator as a dipping option for our chips or cucumber sticks (it’s our absolute favorite combo, can’t seem to get enough of it!!). This is perfect for guests too as it comes together quickly and feeds a crowd. So just keep some boiled or canned chickpeas handy and you are good to go!

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I made this just a couple of days ago for a quick lunch for my hubby and myself as he was working from home so I wanted to treat him to his favorite meal ūüôā So, I thought why not get clicking because every time I make it, it disappears real quick, lol!! So making the most of an extremely busy hubby who didn’t pay close enough attention to what went on in the kitchen and the beautiful wintery sun, I captured a few shots for you guys! The pita you see here in the frames aren’t homemade. We have a swanky new bakery in our vicinity that stocks a lot of gluten free options and I’ve taken a liking to their breads. I got this GF pita just to try it once but we loved it and I will go back for more soon!

So with all that now out of the way, let’s quickly get done with the recipe which I’ve been raving about!

Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned ‘to garnish’¬† into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

This is the best recipe for Homemade Hummus and tastes so smooth and absolutely delicious that you'll skip the store bought tubs of hummus!! 

Course Appetizer, Brunch, Lunch Box, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly boiled or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup chickpea liquid (aquafaba), or slightly more as needed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • paprika, olive oil, olives, pomogranate arils, pumpkin seeds etc, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned 'to garnish' into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

  2. Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

  3. Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

Recipe Notes

This hummus keeps well in the refrigerator for 5-6 days in an airtight glass container.

 

Love,
Shreya

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