Milk Bread

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Resting Time: 1 hour

Baking Time: 30 minutes

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 500 gms Flour
  • 10 gm Yeast
  • 35 gm Sugar
  • 35 gm Butter
  • 5 gm Salt
  • 300 ml Milk

Procedure

  1. Sift flour onto counter and make a well. Mix the yeast, sugar and milk in the well until sugar dissolves.
  2. Slowly incorporate the flour from the walls of the well into the milk.
  3. Once combined, use a bench scraper to bring the dough together as you knead it for about 10 minutes to form gluten.
  4. Grease the counter and let rest for 30 minutes, covered with a damp cloth.
  5. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  6. Grease a loaf pan and punch the dough to release excess gas formation and roll tightly to form the shape of a loaf.
  7. Set in pan and let proof for 30 minutes.
  8. Give the bread a milk wash and bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  9. Let cool slightly and remove from pan and let cool completely on the rack.
  10. Slice loaf into desired width and serve.

 

Muddled Blueberry Lemonade

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Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Ice

Procedure

  1. Dissolve the sugar in hot water and add the cold water and lemon juice to it.
  2. In a small bowl, heat the blueberries in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Muddle the blueberries to release the pulp.
  4. Strain it and add to the lemonade.
  5. Serve in glasses filled with ice, fresh blueberries and sliced lemons.

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Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Silk Frosting

Breaking down the ingredients:

For the cake –

  • Sour Cream = moister and denser cake. Dense in chocolate is good. You can use yogurt for a less rich cake. (Watch this video to make your own sour cream)
  • Coffee = enhancer. It enhances the flavor of chocolate. Your cake will NOT taste like coffee.
  • Hot water = deeper chocolate flavor. It dissolves the cocoa powder instead of just mixing it around.
  • Buttermilk = leavening. Being a dairy, it contains fat for moistness. And its acidity helps the cake rise better. For a quick substitute, use whole milk with a squeeze of lemon juice.

For the frosting –

  • Honey = silk. This is the secret behind the glistening silk-like texture.

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Preparation Time: 3 hours

Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Source: Tuxedo Cake from Sally’s Baking Addictions

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 220 g flour, sifted
  • 65 g cocoa
  • 350 g sugar
  • 10 g baking soda
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 5 g salt
  • 10 g instant coffee powder
  • 120 ml oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 180 g sour cream, room temperature
  • 120 ml buttermilk, room temperature
  • 10 ml vanilla
  • 120 ml hot water

For the frosting

  • 230 g unsalter butter, softened
  • 540 g confectoners’ sugar, sifted
  • 65 g cocoa
  • 240 ml heavy cream
  • 15 ml honey
  • 10 ml vanilla
  • a pinch of salt

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease three 9″ cake pans.
  2. For the cake: Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, use an electric whisk to mix the wet ingredients except the hot water together. Pour them into the dry ingredients and then add the how water. Whisk until combined. Divide the batter between the pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until ready. While it cools, make the frosting
  3. For the frosting: Beat the butter at high until well creamed or about 2 minutes. Add in 480 g of the sugar and the rest of the ingredients. Beat on low for 30 seconds to incorporate everything. Then switch to high for 2 minutes until it becomes smooth and silky. Add in the remaining sugar for a thicker frosting. 
  4. Frost the cooled cake as desired and refrigerate for an hour before serving to set the frosting in place.

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Mashed Potatoes

 

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Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes, peeled
  • few cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper

Procedure

  1. Boil potatoes until thoroughly cooked.
  2. Mash them until there are no lumps. (Small trick from Culinary School: Push through a sieve with a ladle. Gives the finest mash ever!)
  3. While still hot, stir in the butter and cream.
  4. Season and serve.

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Blue Marble Vanilla Waffles

 

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Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Adapted from Vanilla Funfetti Waffles by Tasty Kitchen

Ingredients

Procedure

  1. Preheat waffle iron. Grease the iron.
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and milk together and pour into the flour mixture.
  4. Add the butter and vanilla to it and whisk gently until flour is incorporated. Small lumps are okay.
  5. Pour in the sprinkles and only stir until evenly dispersed.
  6. Cook according to your waffle maker instructions and serve with your preferred choice of toppings.
  7. I served with honey, nutella and berries.

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Chocolate Nice Cream

Chocolate Nice Cream 1Freezing Time: 4 + hours 

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

Procedure

  1. Peel, slice and freeze the bananas for at least 4 hours.
  2. Blend in a food processor with the cocoa powder until creamy.
  3. Serve immediately or freeze for a while for desired consistency.

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Oats & Nuts Milkshake

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Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Procedure

  1. Roast the nuts until slightly browned. Add oats to it and roast the oats as well.
  2. Transfer to a blender and blend until turned to a fine powder.
  3. Add honey, cinnamon, ice cubes and milk.
  4. Blend until well combined.
  5. Serve.

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Focaccia

Focaccia 1

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Resting Time: 1 hour

Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Procedure

  1. Make pesto by blending basil and garlic together. Once blended, add olive oil to this and mix well.
  2. Sift the flour and bread improver onto the counter and make a well in the middle.
  3. Place the yeast and water in the well and gently blend using fingertips, ensuring not to break the well.
  4. Once the yeast dissolves, bring in a little flour at a time into the water and keep mixing until all of the flour is incorporated.
  5. Using a bench scraper, scrape any flour stuck to the counter and start kneading the dough.
  6. Knead until well formed, at least 10 minutes, and add more water if necessary.
  7. Add half the pesto to this and knead to combine.
  8. Knead in the salt.
  9. Grease a baking sheet well and place the dough on it to rest. Cover with a damp cloth and rest for 30 minutes.
  10. After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 230°C. Take the sheet and punch the dough to release air bubble formations.
  11. Stretch the dough to the length of the pan using your hands.
  12. Using your fingers, create indents in the dough. Brush the dough with some of the remaining pesto and place the onions, tomatoes, olives and rosemary onto the dough.
  13. Let rest in a warm place for 30 more minutes.
  14. Fill a pan with boiling water and place on the bottom rack of the oven.
  15. Brush the some more pesto onto the bread and place the tray in the middle rack and bake for 10 minutes at 230°C.
  16. Then, remove the water pan and reduce the temperature to 180°C and bake for 30 minutes.
  17. Finally, remove from oven and brush with the remaining pesto.

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Oats Idli

Make your breakfast healthier with my take on the traditional South Indian idlis.

Oats happen to be a better source of protein than other cereals. They also provide good carbohydrates, dietary fibres and essential fats. They contain high amount of vitamins and minerals like manganese, phosphorous, copper, vitamin B, iron, magnesium and zinc.

Oats Idli 1

Preparation Time: 35 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 24 idlis

adapted from: Oats Idli at The Art of Loving Food

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats, roasted and powdered
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup coriander, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1+ cup water (to dilute batter)
  • For Tempering

Procedure

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the batter.
  2. Heat oil and temper the ingredients under ‘Tempering’ and add to the batter.
  3. Let the batter sit for 20 minutes so the semolina can soak the liquid and soften up.
  4. Meanwhile, grease the idli trays and then fill a pressure cooker with water and wait for it to steam.
  5. Once ready, pour the batter into the idli trays and place in the cooker.
  6. Cover and let cook for 10 minutes on high and 5 minutes on low.
  7. Serve with chutney.

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Cappuccino Muffins

Cappuccino Muffins 1

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 15 muffins

adapted from: Beth’s Cappuccino Muffins at Entertaining with Beth

Ingredients

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C and line muffin tray with liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the hot water with the espresso until dissolved. Add the milk to it and set aside.
  4. Taking a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and oil. Stir in the coffee mixture and then add the dry ingredients in thirds. Whisk it gently until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into the muffin trays half way through. Preferably, use a tulip as the muffins have more room to rise.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes until it has risen. It will crack slightly and that’s okay.
  8. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.
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