Wednesday, 25 March 2015

March challenge: Extra-nutty dark chocolate fudge brownies (Eggless)

This month's challenge for our Baking eggless group was extra nutty and fudgy chocolate brownies by Joy the Baker. The challenge provided an apt opportunity for me to add a fascinating brownie recipe to my repertoire. The original brownie looked seriously delish, and the real challenge for me was to retain its look and texture, while converting it into its eggless avator. For me, anything fudgy is equal to "condensed milk"....oh yes!! what can be fudgier than it?? So I thought of using it instead of eggs. For any brownie recipe to be a success, the taste of chocolate should scream over any other ingredient used. Hence I used chocolate in two forms....chocolate bar and cocoa. Since I enjoy eating Bournville range, I used that. And for the cocoa I rely on good ol' Cadbury!!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Thank God! there is Pound Cake....

Life can be times, exceptionally tough! But has to be lived. Coz only then will you realise its beauty. And only when you pass through storms, you get to see the rainbow. Past one year had been quite hard for me. But on 31st dec'14, I still hoped for a better year ahead. Why?? Bcoz life goes on....and life goes on in "hope".
Caroline Myss had said "The soul knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." But then, how can you heal yourself when the soul screams 'pound cake'....but the mind says "shut up....there's no time". Of course there is always time... for a rich, moist and luscious pound cake!
moist rich pound cake

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Meringue Cookies

I had always been fascinated by cookies......ever since my "Noddy" days! Then Enid Blyton further augmented that infatuation, to the point where I used to push my mother daily to make the stuff I read about. After so much pestering, one day her patience finally wore off, and she threatened to stop buying me books. Books are my life and blood. Give me any book.....on any topic....and it is enough to keep me occupied and H.A.P.P.Y!! It is aptly said "Once a reader, is always a reader".....So I was forced to concentrate on the content and not on menu.
Dusting my shelves for the Diwali cleaning, I found my stack of all the Enid Blytons, carefully wrapped away behind the present day crushes of Paul Coelho, Danielle Steel etc. Gleefully I unwrapped them with the thought of just peeking in. However for me, no "peeking in" is complete until I've read the whole book....don't blame me....that's the charm of old books. And the Diwali cleaning....ahh! yes you guessed it right! It went for a toss. One look at those childhood memories and out came my baking pans and the staples.

Monday, 16 September 2013

HOW TO: whip low fat cream to stiff peaks

I love frostings.....
And I love whipped cream frostings the most...
They are easy to whip up and taste divine. Though they are too delicate to stand up on their own for long at room temperature, I still love what!! every good thing has a shelf life, right?!
Now what do you do, when all you have in the name of cream is a 25% light cream? Experts will cite its low fat content and dismiss it as non-whippable.....
No, don't throw that carton can be whipped for frosting, believe me!!
Here's a pictorial:

Friday, 13 September 2013

HOW TO: make Mascarpone cheese at home!!

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened had "Google" or "Pinterest" not been there? Yieeeps.....scary no?!! We wouldn't have had any new dishes (a.k.a. Pins) to drool upon....and would still be struggling with certain basics in cooking/ this one: "Mascarpone cheese"...

cream cheese

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Peanut Butter Naan-khatai.....Eggless Peanut Butter Cookies

Hello friends! After an exceptionally long break from blogging, I'm back, with a treat for you all:
Oh yes! you heard read me right dear....


Eggless peanut butter cookies

Sounds different?! Yes!! And, believe tastes so rustic and smooth, it's hard keeping your hands off!!