28 December, 2011

Eggless Pineapple Upsidedown Cake



A friend recommended this recipe when I told her that I can't find a good Eggless cake recipe. I baked this for Christmas and everyone loved it. It is really an amazing Eggless cake with a really good texture. It tastes delicious with pineapple pieces steeped in caramelized sauce.

It is so awesome that people who have always eaten cakes with eggs, refused to believe that this cake doesn't contain eggs. I loved the texture and the amount of sweetness is just perfect for our palate, even without the pineapple topping and sauce. I have already baked this 5 times now and will be baking many more of them.

17 December, 2011

Easy Eggless Tiramisu with Marie Biscuits


Tiramisu is the famous Italian dessert. The word Tiramisu in Italian means pick me up. My love for Italian food always leads me to try new Italian restaurant. Every single time I've checked out the dessert menu and warned Ranjit, my husband that I will be ordering Tiramisu but by the time I'm done with the soup and main course, I rarely have any space left to even think of dessert. Last time, I had a friend with me who agreed to share the Tiramisu, even if I was too full after the meal. Finally after 3years of wanting to have it, I actually had it. The bitterness of coffee and the sweet cheese filling were playing on my palate as it passed through my throat, I could feel the warmth of the alcohol; I loved every bit of it.. Now that I've tasted it, I might actually cut down on my main course and save space for this heavenly dessert.

Even while tasting it, I said my next experiment would be to bake Tiramisu to perfection. But finally, when I got down to my research, I found that it is a no bake dessert, lucky for me, as I still am without an oven in this Christmas season.

How to make Whipped Cream

I live in a place where I go to a supermarket and ask for cream, they direct me to the section where you get beauty creams. They stand dumb found when you say, milk cream or the cream you eat. I'm not saying this based on a single isolated incident but this has happened a lot of times in different shops in and around my area. Believe me, this is no exaggeration.

It isn't easy to find whipping cream or whipped cream in the Indian supermarkets. The best you get is Amul cream.. This one packet, took one month to find me because it's not an easy product to find in our area. Somehow I find it everywhere when I don't need it and when I need it; it suddenly disappears from all the places I shop at. This time I bought it, kept it and made sure that I used it before the expiry date. Thanks to the blog (motivation), otherwise there have been quite a few 1litre packets that I've hoarded and thrown away to the horror of my husband.

14 December, 2011

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

Mascarpone Cheese is an Italian Cheese made from coagulation of cream with citric acid. It is used to make the famous Italian dessert Tiramisu.

As you might have guessed, we don't get it in the markets here in Kerala. I've heard a few people mentioning who have got Mascarpone Cheese in the metros, that its way too expensive. It is a similar process to making Paneer or Cottage Cheese. The difference is that Mascaropne is made from cream and Paneer from milk.

Awards

I was excited when Julie (Erivum Puliyum) left me a message that I have an award waiting at her blog. I happily checked out Julie's blog to see the award and I was so overwhelmed to see not just an award but four awards. Next day I checked it again to see if they are still there, I saved its images on my desktop and showed it to my hubby.  My husband said what's the use if you keep looking at it on your desktop. My brains worked, too much excitement blocks my brains. I sent a mail to Julie asking what I'm supposed to do... She promptly replied to all my doubts. Thank you Julie for the awards and being patient with all my silly doubts.

10 December, 2011

Nutella Chocolate Pudding

Since I started blogging, my bookmarked recipe list keeps increasing. This is adapted from one of the recipes from Kavi's Edible Entertainment. She has an awesome blog with so many recipes to try out, the best part is, when it comes to baking, she has already figured out many alternatives for things not available in India, which I would love to try.

Photography update: I take pictures and love them on my cam but when I download it to the computer, I feel like crying. It's so much hard work but only the barely presentable ones are showing up on the blog. Switching to auto mode does seem tempting but then I won't learn. I'm reading up on photography, hoping I'll be able to put it into practice. I wish I just had to cook and someone else would do the photography for me. I was enjoying photography with my old camera, the SLR just intimidates me.

Did you know the difference between, custard and pudding? Simply put, Pudding is egg-less uses cornstarch etc to coagulate the sweetened milk mixture and Custard contains eggs, i.e. egg proteins are used for coagulation. But there is an overlap where some Cream puddings, use a custard base but are thickened with starch. I also read pudding can be savoury. If you are interested in the history of pudding and custards check this out.

If you are Nutella lover, you are definitely going to love this silky smooth pudding.



03 December, 2011

Kadala Curry- Black Chickpeas in Coconut Milk

Kadala, generally refers to the Black Chickpeas or Kala Chana. Though I prefer the Garbanzo Beans, White Chickpeas or Kabuli Chana over the black ones, I've found that the Black Chana that we get in the north are smaller in size and doesn't taste as good as the ones we get in Kerala.

I prefer using fresh ingredients, but for this one I used ginger garlic paste to coconut milk, all store bought. Using fresh ingredients definitely enhances the taste.  I usually make a good amount of this curry, as it is too much work, so why not work once and enjoy it many times. It does taste better the next day. We usually don't make this curry with coconut milk. The first time I added coconut milk, it was purely out of necessity as I was serving the curry the second day with Puttu (steamed rice flour cakes) so it needed more gravy and I did not have much time at hand. Everyone just loved the curry with coconut milk. Now I prefer making it with coconut milk.



01 December, 2011

Vanilla Cake with Royal Icing


Ranjit, my husband, has been after me to bake vanilla cake. I actually tried an egg-less recipe, the texture was great but the taste wasn't up to the mark. Probably, it would have tasted great with frosting. But for a usual tea time bake we don't really need frosting. Unless I get an awesome (taste and texture) egg-less cake recipe I'm not blogging it.

I baked one with egg, my own recipe and it came out great. Initially, i.e. soon out of the oven, when we tried it, I wasn't impressed enough with it, I started to think of adding more sugar etc etc. But after it cooled down, it tasted so good that I don't want to change anything about it. Lesson learned, have enough patience for the cake to cool down before giving the verdict.

This post has been in my draft since I baked vanilla cake last month for my sister's birthday, but I'd been too busy that I couldn't take pictures. It was a big hit and disappeared as quickly as it was presented and they were craving for more. The cake is really good on its own even without the frosting.

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