Nimi's Culinary Ventures

Fruity choco muffins with a punch!

Baking, cakes, flour, veg | August 8, 2011 | By

Hi foodies..I’m back after my holiday break.July has been a month with heavy rains in Munnar.The holidays fly by with ease and I’m all over again in my busy bee schedule. Today’s  post goes out to the Sweet punch team.The recipe for this month sought out for strawberries..but the sad prt was that I couldnt get hold of any to pop into my batter.So I thought of giving it a bit of twist.If you love a fruit blast for your kids heres one Banana Apple choco muffins..

Banana Apple Choco Muffins


1/2 cup unsaltedbutter, melted
2eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanillaextract

2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 cup of apple cut into bite sized pieces
2 1/4 cups all-purposeflour
3/4 cup light brownsugar
1 1/2 teaspoonsbaking powder

1/4 teaspoonbaking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup choco chips
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a muffin pan with paper liners .

In a small saucepan melt the butter. Let it  cool to room temperature.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract,milk and mashed banana. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.  
In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gently fold in the choco chips and apple pieces coated with flour. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix the batter . 
Divide the batter into muffin cups and  bake them  until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 to25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 



Hopin u all will enjoy this Muffin break!:D

Luv u..Brownies!

 I bet there might be very few who might not crave for brownies.Me and my choco freak kiddos are all huge fans of the brownie family.This is one recipe that never fails to pop in my kitchen ….at least once in a week.When I’m short of lava cakes ..I make these brownies in my microwave..Spoon it into a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…yummmmm..Chocolate Bliss!

Now I’m gonna stop droolin..and here’s the recipe

Brownies


1stick of butter(unsalted)
2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.Line a square baking pan with aluminium foil(make  sure that at least 1 inch of the foil is overhanging the top of the pan.).Double boil chocolate and butter whisking occasionally until both are completely melted.Keep it aside to cool.
Combine all dry ingredients in  a small mixing bowl.Whisk together sugar and eggs and mix in the choco butter mix along with the vanilla essence.Mix in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.Pour batter into prepared pan and bake them until they are just set in the center.
Bake them for about 30 minutes and cool them on  a wire rack.Flip the brownies on to a cutting board and separate the foil.Cut them into square..these can be stored in an airtight container for about 3 days.

The rest is all Chocolatey!:P

Wheat Almond Cookies for this months Sweet Punch!

This months punch ..Wheat Almond Cookies.. was chosen by Ria  from Manjula’s Kitchen .If you are in a mood to bake out cookies super quick and simple this is the best recipe.My modifications to the recipe was that I added almond meal to the dough  in lieu to the sliced almonds and topped the cookies with almonds.I did lessen the sugar to about 3 tbsps.

Here’s the recipe for this crunchy delight..

EGGLESS WHEAT ALMOND COOKIES

1 cup Whole wheat flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp elaichi coarsely powdered
1/2 cup Butter
2 tbsp milk

  • Preheat the oven to 360 degrees farenheit.
  • In a bowl mix flour,sugar,salt,sliced almonds and cardamom powder.
  • Add soft butter and milk to the mix and knead it into a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into 24 equal parts and roll them into balls.
  • Press each ball between palms tp half inch thickness and place them on cookie sheets about an inch apart.
  • Bake for 18 mins till light brown.
  • Let cookies cool for about 2 to 3 mins before taking them off the cookie sheets

Store the cookies in an airtight container and ..MUNCH on 🙂

A bite of the Marbled Loaf !

Baking, cakes, flour, Snacks | February 18, 2011 | By

This year I have actually missed my blogging to a great extend.I’m trying to patch up… 🙂
Marble cakes and checkerboard cakes have always been my favs..Heres a recipe from Dorie Greenspan ‘s book..

2 cups and 2 tbsps of all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2  tsp salt
12 tbsps of butter at room temperature
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

  • Preheat oven to 325 degree F and butter and dust a loaf pan with flour.
  • Whisk flour,baking powder and salt.
  • Beat the butter until smooth.Add sugar and beat for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.Beat in the vanilla.Add in  the flour mix  in three seperate additions along with the milk.Donot overbeat.
  • Now divide the batter equally and  to one part add Cocoa mix(2tbsp of cocoa powder +1/4 cup of milk)
  • Scrape both the batters in a loaf pan.
  • I baked the cake for about an hour in my oven.Bake till a skewer inserted comes out clean.

BLACK FOREST GATEAU WITH A TWIST

These days its been raining cats and dogs !For the past two days I guess there’s been a twist in the weather.Its sunny(at least till afternoon)..so I thought I’ll go on for a Black forest gateau.Whenever I opt for an icing cake I usually have to be all eyes on my younger one coz he’s always there to tamper with the baked cake.Last day  after baking a chocolate cake I was busy whipping cream…when I checked out my cake for spreading the cream my cake was dug up  with a hole in the centre and he was laughing at me  with  the cake in his mouth..!!

For my black gateau I have used homemade strawberry wine instead of  Kirsch .I had to do my topping with canned cherries..sigh..didn’t get fresh ones!

Black Forest Cake
For the cake
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1cup of icing sugar
6 eggs
100g of butter
1tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
For filling
Tinned cherries
Chocolate curls
2 cups of whipping cream
1/2 cup sifted icing sugar
For cake syrup
1/2 cup of water
7tbsp of sugar
2tbsp of strawberry wine or kirsch

  • Sieve cocoa powder and flour together.
  • In a bowl beat the eggs and sugar till it becomes creamy.Add vanilla essence to it and beat it again.
  • To this beat in the cocoa-flour mix slowly till all the flour is well incorporated.
  • Add the melted butter to it and mix well.
  • Grease and lightly flour the baking tin .Now pour in the cake mixture.
  • Preheat the oven at 180degree Celsius for 15 minutes.
  • Bake the cake for about 45 minutes and let it cool on a wire rack.
  • Cut the cake into three partitions carefully.
  • Prick all the three cake partitions with a fork.
  • In a saucepan on flame add in the ingredients for the cake syrup and bring it to boil stirring for about 10 minutes .
  • Let the syrup cool and slowly pour the syrup over the partitions.
  • Whip the whipping cream with sifted icing sugar to get soft peaks using a blender.
  • Deseed the canned cherries as per requirement .
  • Place the first part of the cake on a large plate and spread the whipping cream on to the cake.Now arrange the cherries on the cream .Now place the second partition on it and lightly press it.Repeat the filling process in the same manner and place the third partition on it.
  • You can use the leftover whipping cream to cream the cakes outer part.Decorate it with chocolate curls and cherries.After decoration cool the cake in a refrigerator so that the icing sets.  

CHIFFON CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE TOPPING

Baking, cakes, flour, Snacks | April 7, 2010 | By


Hi Lidia..this is for you.Sorry for not posting the recipe with the photos.I found this recipe while blogging .Thnx shabs for the chiffon cake recipe.They had mentioned it with the black chocolate mould..as the day i tried the recipe I was short of  usual chocolates,I tried it up with milk chocolates.Here goes the recipe..

1 3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup chilled Butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cup milk
a pinch of salt

For the cake moistening syrup:
6 tbsp sugar
10 tbsp water

  • Heat oven to 180 degree celsius/Gas mark 4/350 degree Farenheit
  • Cut butter to small cubes.In a large bowl, put chilled butter,sugar with a blender.
  • Add vanilla essence and eggs(one by one) beating well
  • Sift the flour 2-3 times.Add cocoa powder,baking powder,salt and baking soda to flour and mix well.
  • Add dry mix to the egg mix ,mixing well.Add the milk and beat well.
  • Grease a baking pan of 9 inches and bake it for 40-45 minutes.Cool cake on wire rack
  • Heat sugar and water until sugar melts and syrup boils.Keep it aside.
  • On cooling place the cake on a large dish and cut it into two layers.
  • Sprinkle the sugar syrup on the cut cakes.Cover the cake in a plastic wrap and refrigerate  
  • To make whipped cream filling,add 1/4 tsp vanilla essence,2 tbsp sugar & 1/2 cup whipping cream and whip well.
  • Spread the filling paste on to the cut layers and join them together.
  • For the white chocolate topping:8 ounce of milk chocolate cut into small pieces,3/4 cup of whipping cream,2 tbsp butter
  • Boil the whipping cream and pour it on to the chocolate pieces whipping it along with the butter until it becomes smooth.
  • Spread the cream on to the cake evenly .For appearance you can decorate it with cherries..