Monday, December 30, 2013

Baked Mini Cake Doughnuts

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year...Ending the year with a sweet note..

Cake flour-11/4 cups
Granulated Sugar-1/2 cup
Baking Powder-11/4 tsp
Salt-3/4 tsp
Buttermilk-1/2 cup
Egg-1 no(lightly beaten)
Butter-11/2 tbsp(melted)

Method of preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 425F.Spray doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour,salt,baking powder,sugar. Add buttermilk, egg and butter and stir until just combined.
3. Fill each doughnut cup approximately half full.
4. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until top springs back when touched.
5. Let cool in pan for 4 to 5 minutes before removing. Apply glaze on them and enjoy.

For Vanilla Glaze:
Confectioners Sugar-1/2 cup
Milk/heavy cream-1/2 tbsp
Vanilla extract-1/4 tsp

 In a bowl stir together sugar, milk/ heavy cream and vanilla until sugar gets completely dissolved. Use immediately as glaze.

For Nutella Glaze:
Nutella- 1/2 cup
Heavy Cream-1 tbsp(add more acc. to the consistency)

  In a bowl stir together nutella and milk/ heavy cream till you get the right consistency. Use immediately as glaze

1. To make one cup cake flour: for 1 cup of all purpose flour remove 2 tbsp of flour and replace the 2 tbsp with corn starch. Sift thrice before using.
2. To make buttermilk for 1 cup: Add 1 tbsp lemon juice or normal vinegar and then add milk for remaining portion.Stir and  set aside for 5 to 10 mins.
3. For glaze add more milk or cream according to the consistency you need.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Snowball cookies

Its just one day more for christmas and everyone would be looking for spending the time with family and friends with loads of yummy food and happy talks and sure a big list prepared for Santa..Same is the case here..:) Thought of baking some cookies which did not need much effort and were equally yummy..and finally ended up with these...Go ahead and try them...
Wishing all my readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and Holidays....

All purpose flour- 1 cup
Unsalted Butter-1/2 cup
Salt-1/8 tsp
Confectioners sugar-1/4 cup and about 1/4 cup for coating.
Vanilla essence-1 tsp

Method Of Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a medium bowl beat butter and salt until soft and fluffy.
3. Mix in sugar and vanilla. Add the flour to the butter mixture till its just combined.
4. Form the dough to 1" balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
5. Bake cookies for 12 to 15 minutes till its light brown at bottom.
6. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes.
7. Then rolls the cookies in sugar. Store them once completely cooled.

1. You get about 15 to 18 cookies of the above size.
2. The cookies needs to be rolled twice in sugar. Once when warm and then after cooling.
3. Do not remove the cookies before its cooled a bit. Its very soft and tends to break with slightest pressure.
4. These are mildly sweet so rolling them twice in sugar makes it just the perfect sweetness.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pasta Peas Soup

When life takes you through a roller coaster you have no time to see to your sides, as  you are too busy looking at the ups and downs about to come in front of you....Saying those words I would love to move on with my soup recipe after a break of more than six to seven months.....
This soup is filled with colours, textures and spices and it makes a perfectly filling lunch/dinner.

Carrot- 2(chopped)
Celery- 2 sticks(chopped)
Dried Green peas- 3tbsp(cooked)
Onion-1/2 of small one.(chopped)
Garlic-1 or 2 cloves(chopped fine)
Tomatoes-3 nos(Pureed)
Tomato-1 (Chopped to pieces)
Water- 3 to 31/2cups
Pasta-1/4 cup(cooked)
Oregano- 1 tsp
Olive oil-2 tsp
Chilli flakes-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Method of preparation:
1. Heat oil in a deep vessel and add the chilli flakes and oregano to it. Add ingredients from carrot through garlic into it and then cook covered for 3 to 4 mins.
2. Add tomato pieces into this along with pinch of salt and pepper. Add the tomato puree along with water into it and boil it till ra taste goes for 5 minutes on medium low heat.
3. Once boiled add pasta and cooked green peas into it and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
4. Season with salt, pepper and parsley. Turn off the heat.Serve warm.

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions till al dente. Add little salt while cooking. Drain and set aside.
2. You can use chick pea instead of green peas.
3. I used the dry green peas and thus cooked it till soft before using.
4. Amount of peas and pasta can be increased or decreased.



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