Tuesday, December 14, 2010

NO FUSS COOKIES

NO FUSS COOKIES

Shreya writes:
Dear Amru,
Sine you are blogging on baking these days .. i thought I will share this biscuits recipe with you.
I just tried it for the first time on saturday.. you see we have a cookie exchange in office. All of us have to bake cookies at home and then exchange them for other cookies. So each person has a variety of cookies over Christmas.
This is a simple no fuss recipe which everyone will love...
Love
Shreya


Heyyy Shreya,
I'm sure everyone will like this recipe..
Thanks
Amrutha


So, guyss we have our next recipe, from my good old friend Shreya..

NO FUSS COOKIES!!

For this you will need:
250 gms soft butter
1/2 cup pure icing sugar
1/2 cup custard powder
1 3/4 cup plain flour(maida)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method:
Combine vanilla essence, butter and sugar and process for 2 min or until well combined.
Then add the flour and custard powder.. just pulse  for 30 sec .. if you process for long the cookies will not be of fine texture(this is important to remember)
Then roll into small balls and place them on the baking tray.. covered with baking paper.. (Butter paper)
Flatten the balls with a fork slightly or make desired cookie shapes.
Bake them in a preheated oven on 180 degrees for 12 -15 min until lightly golden.
Let them cool for few mins.. Before you transfer them in a container..
Cookies are ready to eat! 
(i also substituted butter for some olive oil- went half and half)

Cookies are ready!! Absolutely easy!!
And absolutely NO FUSS!!
-Amrutha Langs


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Classic Chocolate Cake

Classic Chocolate Cake

A classic chocolate cake is always enjoyed by everyone.
You may call it old-fashioned, but its irreplaceable!
I personally love the aroma of the freshly baked chocolate cake..
You may keep it simple as it is and serve with tea or as a dessert or lather it with loads of white whipped cream or chocolate icing!!!
Here's the recipe.. Enjoy!

You will need:
125gms dark chocolate (chopped)
4 tbsp milk
150gms butter (at room temperature)
150gms castor sugar
3 eggs
250gms maida (plain flour)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

Method:
On a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate with milk until it is smooth in texture.

In a large bowl, cream the butter with sugar.
Add the eggs (one at a time) to this creamed butter and sugar mixture.

Then, add the melted chocolate mixture to the butter mixture and mix well.

Sieve maida, salt, baking soda and add it to this mixture.
At this stage do not mix rigorously, be gentle and just fold the mixture.

In a well greased baking tray, pour this mixture and bake in a pre-heated oven for 25mins at 250degrees.


Voila! C'est pret!
-Amrutha Langs

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

NANKHATAI, CHEESY SPINACH & CORN TARTS, FRUIT CRUMBLE

My friend Pallavi writes:
Hi Amrutha,
Reading ur mail is mouthwatering! maaaaast !!
Can you suggest me some baked/roasted eggless  recipes ?
Awaiting 4 the same.
TC :-)
Pallavi Mujumdar

Dear Pallavi,
thanks.. And I'll surely give you some eggless baked/roasted recipes..
Here are a few...
Amrutha

Today's recipes are: NANKHATAI, CHEESY SPINACH N CORN TARTS, FRUIT CRUMBLE

NANKHATAI
You will need:
1 1/2 cup Maida
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup + 1/8 cup ghee
1/8 tsp vanilla essence or nutmeg or cardamom or jeera and salt or oregano and masala (desired flavoring)
Method:
Mix together all the ingredients and form a soft dough.
Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them.
Place them in a greased baking tray.
Bake at 160 degrees for 15 minutes in a pre-heated oven.
Cool and store in airtight container.

Cheesy Spinach and Corn Tarts
You will need:
For the short crust pastry (that's the outer crust, the tart base)
180 gms maida
90 gms butter (at room temperature)
A small pinch of salt (1/8 tsp of salt to be accurate)
For the filling:
1 cup spinach (chopped)
1/2 cup sweet corn (boiled)
1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
1/4 cup milk
Salt to taste
Oregano to taste
1 tbsp butter
Method:
Firstly get the pastry ready.
Sieve the flour and salt in a big glass bowl.
Cut the butter in squares and rub the mixture with finger tips until the mixture gets wet sandy texture (like bread crumbs).
Add cold water little at a time, mixing with a fork. Adding just enough to bind the pastry together.
Wrap the dough into a cling film and roll it out lightly into a thick chapati.
And let it chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
Meanwhile, you get the filling ready.
In a pan, saute the chopped spinach over some butter.
Once spinach is cooked add the sweet corn.
Now add milk, salt and oregano and let it cook stirring constantly.
Once almost done add grated cheese and cook until cheese melts, cover it and keep it aside to cool.
Now, get the pastry out of the refrigerator.
Roll it again over the cling film.
Remove the cling film from one side of the rolled out pastry (keep other side for you to handle the pastry) and flip it in your pastry/tart tin.
Once placed properly in the tin, remove the other side of the cling film as well, and poke the pastry with fork. (Remember: the short crust pastry shouldn't rise)
Put it in pre-heated oven for 18 minutes at 180 degrees.
Once baked. Cool the pastry and then pour the filling into it.
Add some more cheese if you like and bake for more 5 to 10 minutes at same temperature or until its just about light brown in colour and cheese has melted.
Serve hot or cold!

FRUIT CRUMBLE
You will need:
500 gms or a little more Apples or Peaches (peeled and sliced)
90 gms powdered sugar
90 gms maida
60 gms butter
Whipped Cream as much you wish!
Method:
In a baking dish, place half of the apple pieces in it.
Sprinkle half of the powdered sugar on it.
Now, place the remaining apple pieces over it.
Sieve maida in another bowl. Rub in the butter cubes with finger tips and let it attend wet sandy texture.
Mix the remaining powdered sugar into it.
Now put this mixture on the fruit and press it gently with finger tips.
Place the baking dish in pre-heated oven and bake at 175 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Serve hot with loads of whipped cream.

Happy Cooking
Amrutha Langs


































Monday, December 6, 2010

Kids Party Food

Too much planning can make an adult celebration fall flat and children also resent attempts to regiment their behaviour at party.
Children love to play noisy, boisterous games with gusto and at the same time enjoy fun food and drinks..
So here are some fun drink and food recipes for kids parties..

Caramallo Milk
Caramallo Milk
You will need:
6 tbsp butter
4 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup fresh cream
2 cups milk
8 marshmallows (white)
1 cup grated chocolate (dark)
Method:
Melt butter in saucepan, add brown sugar, stir over heat until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and add fresh cream, stir until smooth.
Add milk, stir over heat again until just boiling.
Pour into tall or milk glasses, place marshmallows and sprinkle grated chocolate.


Pastel Punch
You will need:
2 cups canned pineapple juice (chilled)
2 cups canned raspberry juice (chilled)
1 litre lemon soft drink
1 litre vanilla ice cream
Method:
Blend all the ingredients until it becomes smooth and frothy.
Serve immediately.
This can be made with any citrusy fruits. Here I have used Orange Juice and Raspberry Juice Combination..


Vanilla Malt Drink
You will need:
3 cups milk
1/4 cup malted milk powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp honey
1 cup grated dark chocolate
Method:
Blend on high all the ingredients. Serve immediately with grated dark chocolate.
This drink can be served chilled or enjoyed hot!

Bewitched Brew
You will need:
1 bottle blackcurrant juice
1 bottle apple juice
1 bottle ginger ale
Method:
Combine all the ingredients. Serve in tall glasses with crushed ice.
Or serve in margarita glasses with the glass rims rolled in powdered sugar.

Chewy Rumble Crumble
You will need:
1 cup marshmallows (white)
1 cup dark chocolate
1 cup white chocolate
1/2 cup butter
3 cups crushed biscuits (digestive/marie)-crush into powder form.
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup icing sugar
Method:
In a saucepan, over medium heat melt butter and add marshmallows, dark and white chocolate.
Cook until the whole mixture melts and becomes a soft gooey texture.
Add the crushed biscuits. Mix.
Pour this mixture in a greased cake tin.
And let it cool, once cooled keep it in refrigerator to set.
Before serving dust some powdered sugar and whipped cream!

Fruity Jelly Cake
You will need:
4 tbsp china grass (pink colour)
4 cup water
1 sponge cake
2 cups chopped fruits
desired Icing or whipped cream
strawberries or cherries for decoration
Method:
Dissolve china grass in water over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut a hole in centre of the sponge cake and keep it aside, in the serving tray.
Place the chopped fruits in the centre of the cake.
Once the china grass is ready, let it cool a bit, then pour this mixture in the centre of the cake, over the chopped fruits
Refrigerate it.
Once set, decorate with desired icing or whipped cream and serve!
You can decorate with strawberries or cherries!

Fruity Toastado Squares
You will need:
10 toasts (fruit-bread or sweet milk bread or small buns)
Jam
1 cup chopped fruits
5 Cheese slices
Method:
Cut the bread toasts into bite sized squares.
Cut cheese slices in proportion with the bread toast squares.
Place the cheese over toast, a drop of jam over it and some chopped fruits.
Garnish with a drop of jam or whipped cream.

I'm sure this food will not only be enjoyed by kids but everyone!!
Cheers
Amrutha Langs