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Jul 26, 2014

One bowl vanilla cake with chocolate ganache frosting - Easy cake recipes

      Hello to all my readers and feels so good to be back to my blog after a while. I had had a surgery some 15 days back and still in the process of recovery. So I have not been cooking and doing anything worthwhile for the last 15 days. But I did  read a lot of books, a hobby which has taken a backseat due to the  priorities. I had borrowed a couple of books from the library (visited after a long time)a day before surgery knowing that reading was the only thing I could do these days and  I loved it a lot.
      Back of my mind, I was longing to do a post too. I had taken pictures of a couple of recipes. So from last 3 days,  finally when I was able to sit for a few hours and also move around a bit, I have managed to edit the pictures and draft a post. I am so glad about this as I was really bored doing nothing.
one bowl vanilla cake with chocolate ganache frosting recipe
          I had made this cake for my hubbys birthday in the first week of july. I usually make chocolate cakes as my son is fond of it and I know I have mentioned this before. But this time I decided to go with a vanilla flavoured one for a change. I did not have much time for this as I had to complete so much of work before I am  not in a postion to do much. So I selected a very simple recipe which took less than 15 minutes to put the things together and everything was done in an hour.
     The cake was super moist, spongy and so delicious that my chocolate loving son had a major portion of the cake , also because of the ganache frosting which made the cake even more delicious!! Pure bliss!!

Recipe reference-  Edible garden (with some modifications)

Ingredients-
Maida /All purpose flour- 1.5 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Sugar- 3/4th cup (I used brown sugar)
Egg- 1
Milk - 3/4th  cup
Oil- 1/4th cup
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp

For Chocolate ganache
Nestle cream - 225 ml
Chocolate chips/dark chocolate - Around 200 gm.

Method-
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Grease and flour a cake pan and keep it ready.

Combine the Flour, brown sugar and baking powder in a bowl.
Mix well.
Next add egg, milk and oil in it.
Using a beater or manual whisk, combine the mixture to a uniform fluffy batter.
Add few  drops of essence and mix the batter gently.
Pour in a prepared cake pan.
Bake at 180c for 25-30 minutes till a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool the cake for 15 minutes.
Invert it on a plate.
Frost it with chocolate ganache.  (see recipe below)
 
How to make chocolate ganache for frosting-
I completely forgot to take pictures of the ganache while making it. My apologies.
But I will let you know all the steps in details of how I do it. When you need ganache to frost the cake, I like the consistency to be slightly thick.
So I use equal amount of cream and chocolate. Infact a little more of chocolate.
 
Method-
Pour the cream fron the tin into a saucepan.
Heat it till it slightly starts to boil. (you can see some bubbles appearing on the sides.
Remove from flame.
Fill the same tin of cream with chocolate chips and add this amount plus a handful into the heated cream.
Take a spoon and start mixing.
Keep mixing till the chocolate melts and becomes a homogenous thick mixture.
Allow it to cool.
Keep in refrigerator till use.
Remove it from the refrigerator some 20-25 minutes before frosting the cake.

Notes-
1. You can use white granulated sugar instead of brown sugar.
2. Cool the cake well before you frost.
3. Make the ganache atleast a couple of hours before you use it for frosting for desired consistency.
4. You can use store bought readymade frosting or any other frosting too.
5. Decorate the top with edible beads, sprinkles ,chocolate shavings or gems as you wish and if you prefer.

Jul 4, 2014

Rava semiya khichdi - Upma varieties - Easy breakfast recipes

             This is another post which was drafted before my India trip and decided to post today as I found some time for myself. I did not want the whole month to go without a post. Its somewhat going to be irregular again for sometime, but I do want to come back with a bang and how I wish to do a post almost everyday!!I just love blogging!!
                This is a normal everyday recipe for our most frequently made breakfasts. But I sometime combine the duo - semolina and vermicelli adding loads of vegetables making a simple and light dinner for all of us.
rava semiya upma

Jun 25, 2014

Eggless chocolate cake using Tofu - easy eggless bakes

     Hello to all my readers after almost a month. I had a good trip to India.Lots of travelling and being with the loved ones gave immense joy and was so comforting and it was a welcome change from the routine activities. I know my number of posts every month had dropped already, then this break and I found it so difficult to come back to posting. It will be this way for a few more days till I come back to regular blogging, though I will keep posting every now and then.
      I had made this cake for my friends before I went to India. I have been experimenting with other egg substitutes and always wanted to try with tofu. The cake was wonderfully moist and delicious too.
Other eggless cake varieties
1. Eggless chocolate cake with vinegar
2. Eggless chocolate cake using pumpkin puree
3.Healthy eggless cake
4. Eggless cake with banana
5. Eggless cake with carrot and beetroot
 
eggless cake using tofu

May 28, 2014

Raw mango curry- Kairi/ aam ki subji - Easy side dishes with raw/green mango recipes

      Remember our south Indian mango pachadi. I made it during the tamil new year this year. I turned out so delicious , so good that I just had a bowl of it as a dessert. I wanted to make it again and post it here, but never found the time for it. But that day I was also reminded of the raw mango curry which was actually served in our office canteen during the mango season. I used to love that one with hot chapatis and thought of giving it a try. We loved it. Do try it for a change.
 

May 25, 2014

Red velvet cake With tofu frosting - Healthy version- easy bakes

       I made this cake for our anniversary few weeks back. As I am trying to do my best to make healthy and low calorie food nowadays, I came up with the idea of baking a healthy red velvet cake for the occasion. Though let me tell you , this is not the usual or original recipe for a red velvet cake where some acidic and basic ingredients are used to get a natural red colour. I just named it that way because the cake looks red in colour.This cake is healthy and of a low calorie to some extent. I have used beet puree for natural red colour instead of artificial red colour.
healthy red velvet cake recipe

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