Saturday, 23 February 2013

Palak Paneer

As a child I used to wonder in awe when I watched Popeye gulp down loads of spinach! I used to struggle with finishing the portion of palak in my plate and amma used to make sure that it does'nt get transferred from my plate to anyone else's. But I realized much much later that I adored these greens in form of palak paneer. With all the goodness in spinach, I am sure it is still forced down many throats unwillingly... So for all those folks, try the recipe and who knows you just might be surprised to see them asking for a second serving!

Palak Paneer
Recipe inspired from my amma

Palak Paneer

Monday, 18 February 2013

Mozzarella In Carrozza - Express Italian Filler

Occasionally I would pick books related to cake decorations from the library. So the last time while returning few books, the librarian asked me when would I be getting them some nicely decorated cupcakes. I knew he was kidding but I gave it a thought anyways. So I decided, the next time I bake fancy cupcakes, I would drop some by the library :) Inspired and encouraged I picked a few additional cook books. Familiar through cookery shows on TV, I picked the book that would bring the spirit of Italy into my kitchen. One of the express recipes that I tried was the Quick Italian filler. Here 'in carrozza' means 'in a carriage', implying the cheese in a sandwich carriage! Enjoy your ride ;)

Mozzarella in Carrozza
Adapted from the book 'Nigella Bites' by Nigella Lawson

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Red Velvet Cup Cakes

These beautiful cupcakes are very popular and almost found in most bakeries. On a cold winter day one could easily munch away into these velvety cuppies sipping hot tea... These reddish brown cup cake with rich creamy cheese frosting can surely win a firm place among your favorites. So having heard and seen loads of praises for these beauties, I wanted to bake them in-spite of the fact that coloring agent needs to be used for its dark red color! I felt it was pretty easy to whip and bake them and I have to admit the cream cheese frosting is heavenly... So go ahead, make your batch of red and celebrate a wonderful valentine's day!!!

Red Velvet Cup Cakes
Recipe adapted from laurainthekitchen
Red Velvet Cup Cakes

Monday, 4 February 2013

Chocolate cake topped with Chocolate Ganache & Cashew praline ---> Eggless

As you all know, I love baking and one thing that I really get excited about is when I get to bake for my near and dear one's. Any occasion is a wonderful excuse ;) So not to mention my delectation when Nikhil's Birthday came round the corner. All my vigorous enthusiasm aside, I had a challenge, we were fasting during the month and I had to make the cake without the use of any eggs or gelatin. So I bookmarked the egg-less cake on Ria's blog (thank you so much Ria) and made it special by baking the cake in a heart shaped tin :) Cake topped with chocolate ganache renders it the glossy rich & chocolaty appearance. To add more crunch and cream, I tossed a little cashew praline and piped whipped cream rosettes. I suggest you grab your apron and baking aids, make that special someone feel more special on their special day!

Chocolate cake topped with Chocolate Ganache & Cashew praline
Recipe adapted from Ria's Collection & Divine Taste
Chocolate cake topped with Chocolate Ganache & Cashew praline, For him on his Birthday :D

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