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Festive vibes , Buchmesse & Bread pudding !

Baking, Desserts, flour, Sweets | December 29, 2016 | By


    Its been a few months of happenings all through .In October at last I happened to be at Frankfurt World bookfair representing my cookbooks at the Worlds Largest Book Fair representing India.With all the set of mishaps with last year Frankfurt fair  it was quite nerve wracking till I got my visa.To be at the Frankfurt fair was a big moment and meeting up with some of the most wonderful people was even the most memmorable moment.Catching up with most of the cookbook authors after the awards in May was even more exciting .My kiddos were’nt quite happy of me travelling without them …well I truly missed them ..I just couldn’t help myself from from laughing when they used to call me up and complaint about each other ..on Skype! Gosh ! My pranksters !!!

Back from Frankfurt and it was a whirlwind of happenings .. with my fathers accident ..and a few weeks later my uncle passed away ..it was a quite a bit of shock ..my father is still in the process of recovering ..and I really hope to have him all healthy …In the midst of all this I was  featured on the cover of a leading magazine in Kerala , “Karshakasree”

Now on to the recipe of the  Italian Bread Pudding .I just love this super quick pudding …

Italian Bread Pudding
1828 calories
206 g
367 g
109 g
18 g
67 g
921 g
661 g
132 g
0 g
36 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
921g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1828
Calories from Fat 961
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 109g
168%
Saturated Fat 67g
334%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 367mg
122%
Sodium 661mg
28%
Total Carbohydrates 206g
69%
Dietary Fiber 13g
52%
Sugars 132g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
73%
Vitamin C
59%
Calcium
55%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1tbsp of butter
  2. 2 apples , peeled , cored and sliced in to rings
  3. 85g granulated sugar
  4. 2tbsp of apple juice
  5. 4 thick slices of bread with the crusts removed
  6. 300ml of fresh cream
  7. 2eggs beaten
  8. Rind of 1 orange , cut into short thin sticks
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 1.2 litre deep casserole with butter .
  2. Arrange the apple rings in the bottom of the dish .Sprinkle half of the sugar over the apples.Pour the juice over the apples.Add the bread slices , pushing them down with your hands to flatten them slightly .
  3. In a bowl mix the left over sugar with the orange rind and cream .Pour the mixture over the bread .Set aside to soak for about 30minutes .Preheat oven at 180degree celsius and bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden and set .Remove from oven , set aside to cool slightly and serve warm .
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The Impeccable crave for Caramel Custard :)

Baking, Desserts, Sweets | March 27, 2016 | By

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A spin of the time wheel and back to being a child …..gosh wish that happened !!!When you are a child all you wish is to be a grown up and you get to do things that you want to do and when you are grown up you are more bounded with all the worldly expectations that you least expected …well that’s life !!!

The school has closed down for a ten day break and I am at my home (hehe..of course my parents’ home ).For the past few months it’s been a suffocating schedule that I have been hooked up to with my younger one being a bit sick .There’s loads of news that has yet to be shared..a few are waiting to be yet unfolded.

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Today’s post is one that I have always longed to post …Baked Caramel custard!

Caramel Custard
3924 calories
377 g
1737 g
239 g
81 g
142 g
1505 g
1156 g
363 g
0 g
84 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1505g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3924
Calories from Fat 2110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 239g
368%
Saturated Fat 142g
711%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 71g
Cholesterol 1737mg
579%
Sodium 1156mg
48%
Total Carbohydrates 377g
126%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 363g
Protein 81g
Vitamin A
197%
Vitamin C
23%
Calcium
187%
Iron
30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1 can condensed milk
  3. 2 cups of heavy cream
  4. 2 tsps of cornflour
  5. 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  6. 5 eggs
  7. 1 cup of milk
Instructions
  1. In a bowl using blender mix all the ingredients except sugar till creamy. Heat a non-stick pan and melt the sugar without stirring till the sugar is wholly caramelized. Pour the caramelized sugar on to the base of the baking dish to coat the base evenly. Pour the creamy mix over it .Preheat oven at 180 degree and bake the custard for about 60 minutes or longer till the custard is set in a water bath in the oven. Once baked remove it from the water bath and let it cool down .Run a knife on the edges of the pan and invert it on to a plate. Cut in desired shapes and serve .
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239g
protein
81g
carbs
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Tahini cookies to spring up the festive spirits !!!

Baking, cookies, Snacks | December 25, 2015 | By

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   With the start of the festive break at school have been planning to put better use of the time that I save on from my busy bee schedule.I had met Orly Ziv author of “The Israeli cookbook”-a charming woman with a captivating smile during my visit to Beijing for the Gourmand World cookbook awards. Little did I know that our friendship would help us meet each other again in Munnar.It was the biggest surprise for me when Orly wrote to me that she had plans to come to Kerala and would love to meet up .We met up in May and had the best moments together..one of her gifts was the special tahini paste from Israel .It’s Christmas and heres a recipe for Tahini Almond cookiesfrom her cookbook that kept me craving for more..

 

 

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Tahini Almond cookies
3564 calories
461 g
0 g
170 g
76 g
23 g
801 g
429 g
152 g
0 g
138 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
801g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3564
Calories from Fat 1421
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 170g
261%
Saturated Fat 23g
117%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 65g
Monounsaturated Fat 73g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 429mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 461g
154%
Dietary Fiber 29g
117%
Sugars 152g
Protein 76g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
112%
Iron
145%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 cup wheat flour
  3. 1 cup almond flour
  4. 150g unsalted butte
  5. 3/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. pinch of salt
  8. 2 tbsp of water
  9. 1 cup of tahini
  10. almond silvers optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degree celsius
  2. In food processor blend all the flours, butter sugar , vanilla and salt till the mix becomes like coarse crumbs.Add water and tahini and process until smooth dough begins to form. Remove the dough from the food processor bowl and knead it a few times on the counter until smooth.Create small balls of the dough, place them on the baking sheet, then flatten each one slightly with your fingers.Press an almond silver on to the top of each cookie.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or untilgolden brown.Cool and serve.
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fat
170g
protein
76g
carbs
461g
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Heres the interview that was aired on the Timesgroup channel “Magic bricks now” in the show  Great Getaways

So heres wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas !!!!

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Nutty nutty ….Coconutty !!!!

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A  break from the busy bee schedule is something that I have been longing for the past months.With all the cooking at home I have been longing for my mom to cook for me.I guess theres no age bar to crave for your moms food…isnt it true ??Its funny how the days fly when you dont want to end your holidays so soon.The school reopens by the 16th  and its back on wheels…

We Keralites are so very much into coconuts  and when I came across this recipe with all the goodness of coconuts how could I stop myself from sharing. Baked with the coconuty goodness of everything coconut from scraped coconut to coconut milk…

Coconut tea cake
3904 calories
634 g
866 g
134 g
58 g
95 g
1206 g
661 g
425 g
2 g
29 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1206g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3904
Calories from Fat 1150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 134g
205%
Saturated Fat 95g
477%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 866mg
289%
Sodium 661mg
28%
Total Carbohydrates 634g
211%
Dietary Fiber 13g
53%
Sugars 425g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A
50%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
43%
Iron
86%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. 1 cup of coconut milk
  5. 4tbsp of butter
  6. 4 eggs
  7. 2 cups sugar
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. ¾ cup scraped coconut
Instructions
  1.  Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius. Heat the coconut milk with butter so that it
  2. melts and turn off the flame.
  3.  Sift baking powder, flour and salt together. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar for
  4. about 3 minutes till they go pale in colour or they double in size.
  5.  Mix in the warm coconut milk and vanilla essence.
  6.  Slowly beat the flour mix into this without any lumps.
  7.  Mix in the scraped coconut.
  8.  Grease a bundt pan and pour in the cake mix and bake the cake for about 60
  9. minutes or till done.
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fat
134g
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58g
carbs
634g
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Made with love , for the celebration of love..velvety delight!!

Baking, cakes, Desserts, Sweets | February 14, 2015 | By

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The celebration of Valentine’s day gets popular with every passing day .A day dedicated to your loved ones..that’s how its been captioned ..so dedicating this post to my family and my dearest ones ..with loads of love 🙂

The best recipe to try out on Valentine’s day are the Red Velvet cupcakes. Red velvet cupcakes are super moist cupcakes which are mostly dark red, bright red or red-brown in color. The red color is often with adding beetroots or food color.

 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes
5433 calories
666 g
700 g
295 g
49 g
115 g
1399 g
2254 g
512 g
5 g
156 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1399g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5433
Calories from Fat 2595
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 295g
453%
Saturated Fat 115g
575%
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 128g
Cholesterol 700mg
233%
Sodium 2254mg
94%
Total Carbohydrates 666g
222%
Dietary Fiber 7g
27%
Sugars 512g
Protein 49g
Vitamin A
127%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
59%
Iron
28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cup flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  4. ¼ tsp salt
  5. 1 large egg
  6. ½ cup oil
  7. ½ tsp baking soda
  8. ½ tsp vinegar
  9. ¾ cup buttermilk
  10. 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  11. 1 tsp of red food colour
  12. Cream Cheese Frosting
  13. 1 cup cream cheese
  14. ½ cup butter
  15. 2 ½ cup icing sugar, sifted
  16. 1 tsp of vanilla essence
Instructions
  1.  Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
  2.  Line pans with cupcake liners.
  3.  Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa and salt set aside.
  4.  In a mixing bowl beat egg, oil, buttermilk , red food colour and vanilla essence.
  5.  Fold in the flour mix without any lumps.
  6.  In a small bowl mix baking soda and vinegar till the mix is bubbling, add it to batter
  7. and mix.
  8.  Pour the batter into cupcake liners bake for 15 mins or till a skewer inserted comes
  9. out clean.
  10.  Let it cool and top the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
  11. Cream Cheese Frosting
  12.  In a medium bowl add with electric mixer combine cream cheese and butter till
  13. creamy.
  14.  Mix vanilla &powdered sugar.
  15.  Mix till everything is combined.
  16.  Use frosting to frost the cupcakes.
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calories
5433
fat
295g
protein
49g
carbs
666g
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A kickstart with the Cornish Soft Roast!

Baking, chicken, Non-veg | January 15, 2015 | By

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The start of the new year is the start new resolutions. The first resolution of mine..was to update my blog!!!After 14 whole days with the start off the new year …theres been things that I am back to ..and one is that I’m back to baking  😉 But not that I would have time for orders…but just for my family and friends!Have heard on different types of roast chickens but had never dared to try out recipes just a bit sceptical on how it would turn out to be  😛 So when  Ali dropped in for one of my classes and gave  me a wonderful recipe on his mom’s fav recipe…I really had a reason to try it out …and it was a hit!

The traditional British and Irish meals mainly consists of roasted meat , vegetables  and  puddings. The English roast is also a main part of the Christmas dinner. The roasts can be done with beef , chicken , lamb and turkey.  As it’s the Christmas time, today’s recipe is the Cornish Soft roast chicken which has a crispy skin and the meat is soft and tender on the inside.

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Cornish Soft Roast Chicken
3353 calories
212 g
944 g
175 g
233 g
64 g
2804 g
3397 g
42 g
2 g
94 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2804g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3353
Calories from Fat 1567
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 175g
269%
Saturated Fat 64g
320%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 66g
Cholesterol 944mg
315%
Sodium 3397mg
142%
Total Carbohydrates 212g
71%
Dietary Fiber 23g
93%
Sugars 42g
Protein 233g
Vitamin A
59%
Vitamin C
224%
Calcium
46%
Iron
110%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 whole chicken (cleaned with skin)
  2. 2 large onions sliced in circles
  3. ¼ cup of chopped celery
  4. 1 lemon
  5. 3 potatoes cubed
  6. 3 tsp of flour
  7. 2 cups of chicken stock water
  8. Salt to taste
  9. For the Filling
  10. 3 big onions chopped
  11. 30 g of butter
  12. 3-4 sausages sliced
  13. 1 egg whisked
  14. Fresh Bread crumbs from 3 slices of bread
  15. 2 tsp of parsley chopped
  16. 2 tsp of sage leaves chopped
  17. Salt and pepper to taste
  18. For the Glaze
  19. 2 tsp of soy sauce
  20. 1 tbsp of butter
  21. 4 tbsp of chicken stock
Instructions
  1.  Heat butter in a pan and sauté the chopped onions till pale in colour on low heat stir
  2. in sage and parsley along with the sausage pieces.
  3.  Add in the egg and bread crumbs and keep stirring.
  4.  Pour about ¼ cup of chicken stock water, cover and cook for around 10minutes.
  5.  Add a salt to taste and pepper as needed for the spice.
  6.  Fry the mix till the water evaporates and keep aside.
  7.  Rub and marinate the chicken with the juice of a lemon and a generous amount of
  8. salt.
  9.  Stuff the inside of the chicken with filling and place it in a roasting dish.
  10.  Pour in some of the chicken stock until the stock sits about a quarter of the way up
  11. the chicken.
  12.  Place the onion rings into the stock around the sides of the chicken.
  13.  Place the cubed potatoes on top and in between the onion rings.
  14.  Sprinkle the flour over the onion rings and potatoes to help to thicken the stock.
  15.  Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  16.  Place the roasting dish in the centre rack of the oven and keep checking every 20
  17. mints or so to ensure the stock doesn’t become too dry, the stock should reduce but
  18. not dry completely.
  19.  When the chicken is half way cooked start preparing the glaze.
  20.  Melt butter in a small pan, mix in the soy sauce and chicken stock.
  21.  Brush it on the chicken and continue with the roasting of the chicken.
  22.  Cook until the chicken is thoroughly cooked for about one and half hours.
  23.  Garnish with chopped celery.
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calories
3353
fat
175g
protein
233g
carbs
212g
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Christmas bells n Scones!!!

Baking, Breads, cakes, flour, Snacks | December 29, 2014 | By

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There’s the end of another year….. 2014 is slowly winding up..and it’s time for new resolutions !!!! .The holidays for Christmas have started ….break till the 5th of Jan 2015 when the new term is going to start off at school .My elder one Surji is off enjoying his break with his cousins at his father’s house and Siva with me my nonstop blabbering companion. It’s better to hear that my health is catching up from last week’s review at the doc..but the craziest thing is when everyone who meet up with me after a few days have been asking me , ”Oh Nimi u seem to be enjoying your break from school ..You have put on weight!!!”   Ha! And the actual truth I feel quite bloated up and tired …an effect from the medications. A worried me asks my doc once in a while ..if I would become my actual self ..She smiles and says ….”all will be well once the course is completed!!”Hmm ….Hope for the best ! So before I get too lazy and sleepy in writing this post ..let me hop on to the recipe of Scones…and thank u Sylvia….here’s picking out and trying recipes from your book 😉

Scone is a single serving cake or quick bread. They are often lightly sweetened and are occasionally glazed. These are different from the normal sweet buns which are normally made from yeast. There are different types of scones and the variants differ from the places .In some countries they also have the savory scones. Scones are normally served with tea or coffee.

 

 

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Scones
2488 calories
433 g
224 g
68 g
49 g
40 g
1551 g
3663 g
89 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1551g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2488
Calories from Fat 593
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g
104%
Saturated Fat 40g
199%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 224mg
75%
Sodium 3663mg
153%
Total Carbohydrates 433g
144%
Dietary Fiber 19g
75%
Sugars 89g
Protein 49g
Vitamin A
42%
Vitamin C
237%
Calcium
126%
Iron
46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200ml fresh cream
  2. 3 cups of flour
  3. 1 ½ tsp salt
  4. 4 ½ tsp of baking powder
  5. 1 cup lemonade
  6. Flour for dusting
  7. For Lemonade
  8. 1 ½ cup of water
  9. 4-5 tbsp of sugar
  10. Juice of 3 lemons
Instructions
  1.  To make the lemonade first boil water, stir in sugar till it dissolves well and then
  2. remove from heat.
  3.  Let the syrup cool and mix in the lemon juice and keep aside.
  4.  Sift the flour, baking powder and salt twice into a bowl.
  5.  Make a well in the center and pour in the lemonade and cream.
  6.  Use wooden spoon and slightly fold in to make slightly sticky dough.
  7.  Dust flour on your counter; roll the dough slightly mixing the dough to keep it from
  8. sticking.
  9.  Pat out the dough about 4cm thick with your hands, sprinkling flour when kneaded.
  10.  Use a scone cutter or a circle shaped cutter to cut out circles.
  11.  Place these shapes on to a baking tray and leave them to rise for about 10 minutes.
  12.  Preheat oven to 230 degree Celsius and bake these scones for about 15-20 minutes
  13. or until they are golden in colour.
  14.  Eat them warm /cold topped with jam, butter or cheese.
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2488
fat
68g
protein
49g
carbs
433g
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Another addition to all the news that I have shared up ….have started writing a weekly culinary venture column with Mathrubhumi Nagaram newspaper(a Malayalam newspaper) in the name “Nimi’s Kitchen!”

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So Wishing all a very Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

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Going all bananas…..Celebrating the day!

Appetizers, Baking, cakes, flour | November 3, 2014 | By

 

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A few weeks back all you could hear was the bloom of the Neelakurinji flower(Strobilanthes kunthiana) a shrub that is told to bloom only once in twelve years in and around Munnar. The beauty was just breathtaking when you have a whole area all blue. It was as if you were in heaven a whole new world. Although I had plans to do a post all were just flushed out with my schedules. The past weeks were pretty out of my hands with my younger one having a fractured arm and guests in and out. A bit relieved that now his arm is ok .Its been quite some time or should I say a very loooooooooooooong time since I baked cakes…it was just now that I recollected that its been an year. Today it’s a very special day…..special in many ways….so back to baking a special cake!

My dad is the best man in my life, the first love of my life, the most perfect man ever….always there to support, to relive my dreams….No matter how old I get, no matter how often I stay out with friends, no matter how far I move away with my husband, no matter how many children I have, no matter how many grandchildren I will have….daddy, I will still be your little girl! I love you more than the world will ever know!!!!

There couldn’t have been a better father than you on this earth – happy birthday to the man who taught me my worth…Happy Birthday Acha! <3 <3 <3

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Reliving all the magic that the third of November has here’s the recipe of the Banana cake that I baked .This super moist not too sweet cake was adapted from a cookbook gifted to me by one of my cooking class students, Sylvia Lewis who herself is a very talented cook  , foodie and  wonderful human being .The book is a collection of tried and tested recipes from different parts of the world. The recipe for the banana cake wad supplied by Daphne Read. This cake is also good with frosting, though I haven’t frosted it.

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Banana Cake
2768 calories
409 g
654 g
115 g
40 g
69 g
1152 g
3985 g
215 g
4 g
38 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1152g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2768
Calories from Fat 1016
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 115g
178%
Saturated Fat 69g
344%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 654mg
218%
Sodium 3985mg
166%
Total Carbohydrates 409g
136%
Dietary Fiber 18g
73%
Sugars 215g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A
82%
Vitamin C
74%
Calcium
84%
Iron
66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup of butter
  2. ¾ cup of sugar
  3. 1 ½ cup of self-rising flour
  4. 1 tsp of baking soda
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 5 very ripe small bananas, pureed
  7. 2 tbsp of fresh cream
  8. 1 pinch of salt
  9. ¼ cup of milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree Celsius.
  2.  Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until it turns a light colour.
  3.  Gradually add eggs one at a time and beat. Sift flour and salt.
  4.  Mix baking soda in a cup with the milk and cream.
  5.  Add pureed banana into the creamed butter and sugar and mix until combined.
  6.  Alternately add flour and milk mix until just incorporated.
  7.  Pour mixture into a greased and lined baking pan and bake for about 45 minutes or
  8. until the cake springs from a touch in the middle.
  9.  Cool cake on a wire rack.
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fat
115g
protein
40g
carbs
409g
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Love Nutella…??? Get ready for ..Nutella Twists!!!

Baking, Breads, Snacks, veg | March 1, 2014 | By

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This weeks post is a special dedication to all those who love Nutella 😀 When I saw that the Nutella twists was the recipe chosen for last months Daring Bakers was thoroughly fascinated by this twisted beauty.Although it took off a few hours of my Saturday ..it was total bliss ..YuMM! 😀 The best part was having my sons ready to help me out in baking .My younger one was more keen in knowing if it was ready .Every five minutes he would be testing my patience ..asking if it was ready .He wanted to help me out in spreading out the Nutella on the layers…and guess what ….he had nutella all over his face.When I stared at him ..he gave me his angelic smile ..showing of his teeth all coated in chocolate..:PKids are kids ..hmm 😀

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Nutella Twists

1 can (400 gm) (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs
1 cup (240 ml) vegetable oil
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
3 teaspoons (15 ml) (12 gm) yeast
7 cups (1 kg) (2.2 lbs) all-purpose (plain) flour, approximately
Pinch of salt
Instead of the eggwash use
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (25 gm) (1 oz) milk powder
3 tablespoons (45 ml) lukewarm water
1teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) sugar
1/4 teaspoon (1 gm) instant coffee
For the filling
½ jar (200 gm) (7 oz) of nutella (or similar)

Mix the condensed milk, yeast, oil, water, and eggs in the bowl of your mixer .Add the flour one cup at a time and knead using the kneading attachment or by hand till you get a
soft dough . The dough will be slightly sticky due to the sweetened condensed milk, don’t worry once the dough rests it will have a wonderful consistency .Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rest till it doubles in size . Punch down the dough and divide it into 2 parts. Wrap one part in a plastic bag and work with the other. Divide the dough ball into 4 parts.Roll each part into a circle at least 20 cm (8 inch) in diameter.You can use a plate or any other round item as a template if you want your layers to be identical and uniform.Spread the Nutella (or similar filling) on the first layer.9. Place the second layer on top of the first and repeat . Top with the fourth layer, this time only brush it with butter. Using a knife make cuts that divide the dough circles into 8 triangles starting at the center but don’t go all the way to the outer edge. I find that using a ruler to mark the dough makes the cuts easier and more uniform. Then divide each triangle into two (2) . That gives you a total of 16 triangles.13. Gently lift the triangles one at a time and twist them.The end result will look like this, repeat for the other dough ball. Brush the dough with egg wash replacement . Allow to rest for 15 minutes during which you would heat your oven to very hot 500°F/240°C/gas mark 9 (rack in the middle) . Bake for 5 minutes on very hot 500°F/240°C/gas mark 9, then lower the temperature to moderately hot 400°F/200°C/gas mark 6 and bake for 15-20 more minutes (ovens do differ greatly, so the time may differ… what you want is to bake it until the under side is golden brown).If you have a broiler (grill) in your oven. Turn on the broiler (grill) for a couple of minutes until the bread is golden on the top.I baked a few nutella filled buns too with my excess dough.

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So wishing all a happy baking :)!

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Woohoo..with Whoopie pies for DB!

Baking, cakes, cookies, flour, Snacks | December 31, 2013 | By

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December has been an awesome month for me with a rocking news that actually blew out my mind.Its my passion for Cooking that drove me into writing my book Lip Smacking Dishes of Kerala .I have put my heart and soul in the making of the book…giving life to every single page. Im so happy to share the news that my book is the Winner of THE BEST LOCAL CUISINE BOOK IN INDIA for the GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS 2013 to be held at Beijing in May 2014 and is eligible to compete for THE BEST LOCAL CUISINE BOOK IN THE WORLD. A big thanks to all my friends and family for your support ,blessings and prayers…………………..

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This months challenge for the Daring Bakers was Whoopie pies.It was between a cake and cookie.It was fun baking as my assistant was actually my younger one.It was his choice that we bake Vanilla Whoopie pies.Heres the recipe……..

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Whoopie Pies

2 ¾ cups(660 ml) (11-2/3 oz) (330 gm) flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) baking soda
¾ teaspoon (3¾ gm) baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) (4 oz) (115 gm) butter, softened
1 1/3 cups (320 ml) ( (10-2/3 oz) (300 gm) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla
1 large egg
2/3 cup (160 ml) buttermilk
Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter,
granulated sugar and vanilla with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy; beat in the egg. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk in 2 batches; beat until just combined.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 16 mounds of batter onto the baking sheets, about 2 inches (50 mm) apart (about 2 tablespoons (30 ml) batter per cookie); gently form into rounds with damp fingers and smooth the tops. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to moderately hot 400°F/200°C/gas mark 6. Bake the cookies until they spring back when pressed, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely

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Vanilla filling

Ingredients
1 cup (240 ml) (8 oz) (225 gm) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) (1 oz) (30 gm) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream (about 35%)
1 cup (2 sticks) (8 oz) (225 gm) unsalted butter, cool but not cold, cut into ½-inch (15 mm) cubes
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until cool, at least 7 minutes. (You can speed up the process by pressing bags of frozen berries or frozen corn against the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.) Reduce the speed to low and add the butter; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. You can’t overbeat this mixture. Just let it go until it’s nice and smooth. Add the vanilla and continue mixing until combined. If the frosting is too soft, put the bowl in the refrigerator to chill slightly, then beat again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and beat with a wooden spoon until it is the properconsistency.

My whoopies were quite big as my son was interested in scooping out..anyways he had his fun.Wishing all a wonderful baking ……

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Wishing all a Happy & Prosperous 2014 ! 🙂

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