May 31, 2011

Fruit Pie with Strawberries

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Once I started making the fruit pie, it has become my family favourite dessert.  Any kind of seasonal fruits can be used for the filling.  This cool, rich dessert uses fresh strawberries with vanilla filling taste great & perfect for parties too.

Ingredients :

For the sponge :
  1. All purpose flour - 1 1/4 cups
  2. Baking powder - 2 1/2 tsp
  3. Sugar - 100 gms
  4. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  5. Eggs - 4  medium sized
  6. Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  7. Vinegar - 2 tbsp
For the Vanilla cream :
  1. Vanilla flavoured custard powder - 80 gms
  2. Milk - 250 ml
  3. Sugar - 20 gms
For the filling :
  1. Strawberries - 1 kg
  2. A little sugar if necessary
For the glaze :
  1. 1 Sachet red cake glaze 
  2. 2 tbsp sugar
  3. 250 ml water

Method :

For the sponge :

1.   Grease the pie tin & line with baking parchment.  Preheat the oven about 180 C.

2.   Sieve together the flour and baking powder.  Add all the rest of the ingredients one after the other and whisk until you have a smooth, even mixture.  Bake for about 15 mins.

For the vanilla cream :

3.   Make a custard with the custard powder using milk & sugar, following the instructions on the packet.  Leave to cool.  And pour over the base.

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For the toppings :

4.   Wash the strawberries & cut them in halves.  Sprinkle the strawberries with sugar, leave to stand briefly and then arrange on the base.

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For the glaze :

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5.   Make the glaze with glaze powder, sugar and water, following the instructions on the packet.  Then spoon over the strawberries.  Leave the glaze to set and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Enjoy baking :)

May 25, 2011

Tortilla chips chaat

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 Nowdays, pravin badly need something to munch something when he back home from office.  That too when he is little early, I need to do something little heavy & quick snacks.  Yesterday, I had some leftover sweet tamarind chutney & tortilla chips.  Finally, both the combination with some more ingredients turned out to be a delicious chaat for evening.  Addition of mint chutney will add more flavour & taste to the chaat.  Perfect snack for evenings.

Ingredients :
  1. Tortilla chips - 1 cup (randomly broken)
  2. Curd - 1/4 cup
  3. Sweet tamarind chutney to taste
  4. Green chutney to taste
  5. Finely chopped onion - 1 small sized
  6. Chopped tomato - 1 small sized
  7. Boiled potato cubes - 1 small sized
  8. Boiled chick peas - 1 tbsp (optional)
  9. Chat masala to sprinkle
  10. Dry mango powder to sprinkle
  11. Sev to garnish
  12. Corriander leaves to garnish
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Method :

1.   In a serving plate, arrange the broken tortilla pieces.

2.   Sprinkle onion, tomato, potato & chick peas first.

3.   Then sprinkle some lassi, tamarind chutney, chaat masala & dry mango powder.

4.   Finally, garnish it with corriander leaves & sev before serving.

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Happy eating :)

May 21, 2011

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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I was waiting for a wonderful occasion to bake this super delicious pineapple upside down cake & I finally made it for the pravin's birthday.  The cake was very soft in the bottom with caramelized pineapple as the toppings.  Perfect cake for the kids & birthday parties too.  

Ingredients :

For the Toppings :
  1. Unsalted butter - 1/4 cup (55 gms)
  2. Brown sugar -  3/4 cup
  3. Pineapple (Fresh / Canned)
  4. Candied cherries (optional)
For the cake batter :
  1. All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
  2. Baking powder - 2 tsp
  3. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  4. Butter - 1/2 cup
  5. Sugar - 1 cup
  6. Eggs - 2 nos
  7. Milk - 1/2 cup
  8. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
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Method :

For the topping :

1.   Melt the butter & brown sugar together over the medium flame.

2.   Evenly spread the butter in the prepared baking pan.  Arrange the pineapples & cherries over the sugar mixture.

For the cake batter :

1.   Sieve together the flour, baking powder & salt.

2.   Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla extract & egg yolks one at a time.

3.   Add the flour mixture alternating with the milk, ending with dry ingredients.

4.   Whisk the egg whites till firm peaks and gently fold it in the cake batter. 

5.   Pour the cake batter over the pineapple slices & spread evenly.

6.   Preheat the oven at 180 C & bake it for 45 mins or until done.

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Enjoy baking :)

May 5, 2011

Curry leaf (Karuveppilai) Thuvaiyal

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Curry leaves are highly valued as a seasonings in the Indian cooking.  My mother always insist me to have the curry leaves along with the dish as it gots its own medical values.  And this kind of thuviyal is the best way to serve the kids & people of all ages.  It taste great with rice & idlies too.

Ingredients :
  1. Curry leaves - 1 cup
  2. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  3. Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  4. Tamarind pulp - 1 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Red chillies to spice (arround 3 to 4)
  7. A pinch of hing
  8. Oil - 1 tbsp
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Method :

1.   Heat oil in the pan, add urad dal, hing, red chillies and curry leaves.  Saute till little crispy.  

2.   Add grated coconut & fry it for a min till light brown in color.  Allow it to cool.

3.   Grind the coconut mixuture along with the tamarind & salt to taste to smooth paste.

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Serve it with rice.
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