Category Archives: Cakes and cookies

Cheesecake

Foodlyrics_cheesecake1 Cakes!!! Who doesn’t like them? From sponge cake to the latest ones with fondant, sugar art and other artsy cakes. We all are diehard fans of cakes. In recent times, the number of people who prefer eggless have also increased. I have been baking both the types of cakes for quite some time. Baking cakes brings back memories of my childhood where my mother used to bake cakes for me and my brother’s birthday which are just 3 days apart. :) Those were simple sponge cakes but filled with love. They were delicious. We had an old aluminium oven, a round one. We still have it with us and its functional. I will try to bake a cake in that soon!! There are cakes which fall in to a zone where people are crazy and rave about it or some don’t (shocking but yes..its true). Cheesecake is the king of that zone. I have known people who do not like cheesecake. (huh…) while there are people like me who can melt at the sound of it :P :P :P . I always wanted to bake a cheese cake but wasn’t sure about the result, plus the Philadelphia cream cheese costs a bomb. (:/). So am taking baby steps towards it. Some days back I found this recipe on HBG on FB. Thanks to Shash Fernando, who posted this recipe. I tweaked the recipe a little. The result was fantabulous!! It does give you a feel of real cheese cake without actually have one in it. It can be called as a cheat Cheesecake! ;-). We loved it and hope you all will too. Foodlyrics_cheesecake2 Ingredients:

For the base:

  • Marie/ Digestive Biscuits (crushed) – 100 gms
  • Butter (melted) – 3 tablespoons
    Cheese Filling:
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – 400 ml (I used Amul Mithai Mate)
  • Eggs (separated) – 4
  • Corn Flour – 2 ½ tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons

Foodlyrics_cheesecake3Procedure:

  • Add melted butter to the crushed biscuits and mix well. Press it tightly over the base of a loose bottom or a spring form pan.
  • Beat the egg yolks till creamy.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk, corn flour and lemon juice one after another.
  • Beat the egg whites till stiff. Fold it to the condensed milk and yolk mixture lightly.
  • Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.
  • Add the above mixture to the cake pan with crushed biscuits at the bottom.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or till set and serve.

Tips:

  • If you do not have a loose bottom pan or a spring form pan then line the cake tine with an aluminium foil and fold the extra ends on the outside so that you can easily remove the cheese cake once ready. Make sure you have some excess ends.
  • You may use Milkmaid condensed milk too.

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Apple Cinnamon Cake

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The first time I attempted to make this cake it was a big disaster :(. Me and one of my foodie friends had come over and wanted to bake something different. Decided to go with this cake although followed a different recipe. We put it in the oven and were eagerly waiting for a delicious cake………….However that was not meant to be. The cake did not rise, it was dry and very hard. Hello trash can!!!

I have been baking for a long time and I have never failed so miserably..(Barring some incidents and this tops the chart). The incident kept bothering me for next 2-3 days in a row and I knew I had to hit the ball out of the park to attain Nirvana….:D . After racking my brains it came to a couple of things which would have messed up the recipe. The main culprit was the old baking powder. Again hello trash can!!

New baking powder in, little recipe modifications and Urekaaaa… Turns out that I still can bake a good cake :) :).

 

Ingredients:

Butter (melted)- 25 gms
Refined Flour – ½  cup
Baking powder – ½ teaspoon
Sugar – ½ cup
Eggs – 2
Apple  (chopped) – ½
Cinnamon powder- ¾  teaspoon
Honey – 1 tablespoon
Refined flour (extra) – 1 teaspoon

Other Materials required:

Bread Tin – H x W x D – 4 x 6.5 x 3.5
Butter paper – to baseline
Vegetable oil (to use while base-lining the tin) – 1 teaspoon

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Procedure:

  • Base line and also on the sides a bread tin using the butter paper. You may use any vegetable oil (odourless) to do this.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder together.
  • Beat the above flour mixture with the eggs for 5 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  • After beating the mixture for five minutes add the melted butter, honey. Mix gently.
  • In the extra refined flour roll the chopped apple and then mix it with the batter.
  • Bake the cake for 20 minutes on 180 degrees.
  • Cool it for 1 hour once done and then serve with tea or coffee.

Tips:

  • Transfer the prepared batter immediately to the baking tin as once the baking powder is added, it starts its action. So always keep the baking tins ready according to the requirements.
  • By rolling the apple pieces in the flour they will not settle at the bottom of the cake but will be evenly spread.
  • How to base line tin – Cut a butter paper in the shape of the base of the cake tin. Place it at the bottom of the greased cake tin. Same goes with the sides. Grease the sides and place the paper along the side length.
  • And last but not the least always use exact measurements while baking for your cake to become a success.

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I am back to the gang!!!!

There are certain reasons why am I smiling from ear to ear. :-D.  Some of the most important reasons would be that

I am back (wooooooohoooo)

My results came out amazing

And the fantastic war that we won against thieves

Also, now that I am back it cannot go without a recipe post ;)

Yes, people I am back. I took a great big break of around 2 months. I am so happy to be back. I am very thankful to every one of my blogger friends for the support that I had received since I have not been around. I hope that love and comments continue. I did try my best to keep the Guest blogger on, but due to time constraints and exams over my head I missed some posts. I will make sure that I make up for this and I shall start guest posts right from the coming Tuesday. Extremely sorry for missing this.

Now, to a super news – my resultsssssssssssssssssss. I still get goose bumps when it comes to exam dates and results. Such was my condition last week. I was really tensed for the results of my German level which were recently announced.

What, oh I missed to mention the result ;) (height of shamelessness hhihiihiihi)

I stood First in my classs, whoooooooohooooooo. It’s such an awesome feeling that I can’t express. I felt as a kid would feel, looking at the results and felt like flying high up above. I am waiting for the next term to start.

Now, the third and the amazing thing. Some days back Madhuri from Cook- Curry Nook sent me a message regarding a certain (I don’t want to give any promotions to them hence not mentioning their website or other links) FB group had copied a photograph of mine from the post Bread Upma. Madhuri has done an amazing job fighting with them all the way for couple of days. Ignoring her health due to which she could not sit at the computer for a long time she kept fighting with them. Finally, happiness and rewards. Their facebook page and their identities are banned and we won.

For some amazing feedback and fight, support on this please visit the following link on Madhuri’s facebook page.

I request all of you to use the following logo on your website and join the cause against theft, plagiarism.

The following award is for our dear blogger Madhuri for her amazing awareness and her fight for the cause. Cheers Madhuri, use the following logo on your website for a job well done. If you know anyone who has done such a thing for this cause, or you have yourself, please send me some information and details so I can create a badge for you with your name and post it across with you great deed ;)

Also I want to pass this message across that you watermark all your work, put copyright information on your website. Some steps can be taken to avoid theft for sure.

Now to celebrate this I made cookies. Adapted the recipe from Rachel Allen. Dipped some in dark chocolate sauce. So enjoy guys and stay alert!!

Now the badge of honour and a badge to join the cause. Please display this on your blog to show the world that we appreciate originality and can’t tolerate thieving.

Madhuri this is for you..Thanks so much!!

Valentine Chocolate cake

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!! A special day for everyone who is in love. I don’t believe it has to be people who are engaged or married, but friends, family, pets anyone whom you love a lot. Well on another note, I don’t think we actually need a day to share our love and to express it as well. Confused me :P

Browsing through my recipe collection I dropped into the cake section (which I always do ;)) and saw this awesome cake. No butter no milk……wow that’s something I need to try. It did come out really nice. Cocoa and coffee give an awesome flavor and aroma to the cake and trust me the moment it’s bakes you can’t keep your hands, fingers, off it.

Give this wonderful cake a try and sureeeee you can’t get enough of it. This is my cake for all my blogger friends whom I love a lot…my valentines!!!!! :)

This cake goes to the Hearts for St. Valentine’s Day event started by Priya.

Ingredients –

Refined Flour / Maida – 1 ¾ cups
Sugar – 1 ½ cups
Baking Soda – 2 teaspoons
Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
Cocoa Powder – ¾ cup
Eggs (at room temperature) – 2
Vanilla Essence – 1teaspoon
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Buttermilk – 1 cup
Vegetable Oil (odourless) – ½ cup
Instant coffee powder – 2 teaspoons
Boiling Water – ¾ cup

Procedure –

  • Prepare a 12 inch baking tin by base lining with a parchment paper. Pre heat oven on 180 degree centigrade.
  • In a large mixing bowl sift in refined flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt together twice and keep aside.
  • Mix the coffee in the boiling water.
  • In another bowl beat the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, sugar and vanilla essence together. Mix until the sugar melts.
  • Add the refined flour mixture to it and fold well. The batter will be bit thin.
  • Transfer this batter to the prepared tin and place it in the centre rack position of the oven and bake it for 35 – 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Cool it for 10 minutes before transferring it to the wire rack. Cool completely.
  • You may frost it, garnish it with some white chocolate or eat  as is.

Tips –

I used sunflower oil here. You may use any other oil.
Sometimes the cake is baked on top and not in the bottom. That time put off the top coils and let the bottom bake by keeping the bottom coils on.
I have created those hearts with whipped cream and garnished some grated white chocolate.

Strawberry Cookies

The red, yummy, and desirable fruit —————– Strawberry. I cant get enough of it!! There are so many delicious and lovely recipes you can make with this. In India, the general season for fresh strawberries is the winter season. How could I be left behind from making a lovely dish out of this fruit? I had plans to do a lot of things but specially today evening I had to do something nice. So I decided to make these delectable goodies. These turned out excellent. The flavor of strawberry gave the cookie a terrific taste, which I am cherishing while I write this post.

So enjoy and give this a try this winter!!

Ingredients –

Wheat Flour – 1 ¼ cup
Baking Powder- 1 teaspoon
Salt- ½ teaspoon
Strawberries (chopped and mashed) – 1 cup
Brown Sugar- 6 tablespoon
White Sugar- 3 tablespoon
Unsalted butter (softened) -100 gms
Milk – ¼ cup

 

Procedure -

  • Sieve together the flour, salt and baking powder 2-3 times. Keep it aside.
  • In a bowl mix together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and with a hand mixer until soft and creamy. Beat till the sugar is properly dissolved.
  • Add the flour mixture and milk gradually till it forms a batter and take care no lumps are formed.
  • Add the mashed strawberries in to the batter and mix well with a spatula.
  • Pre-heat oven to 180° Centigrade.
  • On a non greased cookie sheet or an oven tray evenly place small amount of this mixture with the help of a spoon. Press gently so it forms a cookie shape. Take care that enough space is left between each cookie.
  • Place the tray in the middle and set the oven on both coils. Bake the cookies on 180 degrees Centigrade for 10-15 minutes or till the cookies become golden in color.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven. Let the cookies remain on the tray for 5 minutes. Later transfer them on a wired rack for cooling.

Tips -

I have used wheat flour instead of refined flour/ maida. You may use maida also.
For baking any dish please follow the correct weights and measurements with measuring cups.
Using a wooden spatula will always help.
You may increase the quantity of milk until a dropping consistency.

 

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