Eggless Recipes

 

Eggless Banana Walnut Cake

 
 In a place like India were vegetarianism is very prevalent, there is a lot of demand for eggless cakes. But egg being a primary ingredient in cake making  its a very difficult ingredient to  replace and still  get satisfactory results.  Due to the heavy  demand for eggless cakes,  I had to resort to buying ready made eggless concentrates for my cake shop Picardo's  though personally I don't endorse these cake concentrates I had little choice for making eggless cakes.  Finally after much experimentation I have come up with a perfect recipe for making eggless cakes which is up to my satisfaction
 
 This tea cake is very moist  with a nice banana flavour.  I have added cocoa powder  in this recipe which gives it a very mild chocolaty flavour but primarily it helps me mask the soapy flavour of baking soda. It is recommended to bake this cake at least a day before you serve it, as this makes the cake easier to slice and most importantly it tastes better
 
For my blog I haven't added any icing but chocolate ganache will make an excellent icing for this cake.
 
INGREDIENTS (1kg )
160 gms of powder sugar
120 gms of pureed ripe banana.
60ml oil any unflavoured oil would do.
160 gms hot boiling water.
150 gms thick curd.
60 gms seeded and chopped dates.
1 tsp vanilla essence.
130 gms refined flour.
40 gms cocoa powder.
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
75 gms Walnuts
1 tsp mixed spice powder (optional)
 
METHOD
  • Grease a cake tin with butter and put a parchment paper so that the cake doesn't stick at the bottom.
  • Now mix together curd, oil and banana puree in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add powder sugar and mix well
  • Separately sieve together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Mix the walnuts with the sieved flour this will ensure that the walnuts are coated with flour, this process prevents the nuts from sinking down in the batter.
  • Fold flour mixture with the banana mixture.
  • Bring  dates and water to a boil and lastly fold this mixture in the cake batter.
  • Put the cake batter in the prepared cake tin.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 170 degrees for 30 minutes.
 
Quick Kiddie Treats




 
This blog update is dedicated to young moms who are always on a look out for quick treats for kids.  This recipe is so quick and easy that even the kids can make it themselves and enjoy it.  You require just two ingredients that is chocolate and Cadbury's Gems or M&M's or whatever colour full candies you can lay your hands on.

These can also go as great return gifts for your kids birthday party.

You will need


Dark Chocolate - 50 gms
White Chocolate-50 gms
Cadbury's Gems/ M&M's -small packet
Lollipop sticks
Cellophane bags
Colour full satin ribbons






Cling film a plate place lollipop sticks on it and refrigerate the plate for 10-15.













Spoon white chocolate or dark chocolate over the lollipop sticks.












 Let the chocolate set for some time . garnish the chocolates with Cadbury gems and refrigerate the lollies for 5 mins












Chocolate lollies are ready


 

Sweet and Salty Chocolate fudge


I remember back during my childhood days , a week before Diwali all my neighborhood aunts used to get together and make the traditional Diwali sweets like Karanjees, Rawa ladoos etc this ritual was a great way of making sweets and enjoying making it at the same time, but now with the  passing time ,most of women are working and finding time to make all this sweets is nearly impossible plus making them can really be a cumbersome job.  The current trend is to buy readymade sweets and distribute it. This alternative is much more convenient but I think to feel the festive spirit at least one sweet can be made at home. And I promise you my recipe  of Sweet and salty chocolate fudge will not take more than ten minutes of your time and when  packed in pretty packages makes a great gift plus this is also a great way to use up all the dry fruits boxes we receive during Diwali. This fudge is so easy to make even children can make it.
Ingredients
350 gms of Dark Chocolate (If you don’t get the chocolate slab even Bourneville bars will do)
I Tin of Condensed milk (I have used Milk Maid)


200 gms of mixed roasted and salted nuts (I have used Pista, Cashews, and Almonds but you can use whatever is available even salted Peanuts are very good alternative) 


Method


Roughly chop the nuts and chocolate.



Melt Chocolate on a double boiler








When the chocolate is melted add the condensed milk to the chocolate






Next add the chopped nuts and mix well







Now take a cake tin or ring and line it with cling film.







Now pour the chocolate mixture in that tin.





 


Level the tin with the back of a spoon or a spatula.






Refrigerate it for 5 mins.





 


Remove and de mould the fudge now with hot knife cut in to squares








 
You can get around 12big pieces with this recipe.  I have used a plain cello pane paper to cover and tied a ribbon around it to give it a festive look. 






Hope you all have a Happy ,Prosperous and Safe Diwali .

 

  


Foccasia/Pizza Bread




I recently ordered for Pizza from a popular Pizza chain and was appalled to know that a 12inch pizza would easily set you back by 500-600 bucks, now that’s big money.  Therefore this week thought of blogging about. The recipe for this dough I happen to get from a visiting Italian chef, this is a thin crust fresh dough pizza. And the same dough can also be used to make Foccasia which is a traditional flat bread of Italy.  Try this recipe it’s amazing to see the crusty bread and the aroma of the sauce and cheese bubbling away in the oven and for a fraction of the prize which you spend on a ready made pizza.



 This is Focaccia a very popular flat oven baked Italian bread it is seasoned with sea salt ,olive oil and herbs.

Ingredients

For the dough
500 gms Flour refined
10gms dry yeast
250ml water
50ml extra virgin olive oil
5gms salt
pinch of sugar

For the sauce
100gms Tomato Puree (Canned)
20gms chopped galic
10gms chopped celery

10gms fresh basil

 I have used a mix of Processed cheese and Mozzarella  because just using mozzarella can be quiet tasteless so prefer using both processed for its taste factor and Mozzarella for its stringiness.
In a bowl mix together all the ingredients for the bread that is flour, oil, water,salt ,sugar.


Knead the dough for 10mins till the dough is smooth and elastic.
Form in to a nice round ball apply some oil in bowl and cling film it.  The next process is proving the dough i prefer to keep it over night in a refrigerator.
In the morning it will double in size.
Punch the dough and flatten it out now divide the dough for the pizza you can take around 100gms of dough. and the rest can be made in a foccasia.

Now for the sauce heat oil in a sauce pan add chopped garlic and celery. next add the tomato puree and chopped basil. add salt and sugar to taste.
Strain the sauce in a soup strainer.
Now roll the dough evenly into a 10inch diameter and around 1inch thickness.

With the help of a spoon evenly coat the surface with the sauce.

Now cover it with both the cheeses and sprinkle some chopped basil over it.
Lightly pour some extra virgin olive oil over the pizza.
Bake in a preheated over at 200 degrees till you see the cheese is bubbling away

For the foccasia roll the dough into a rectangle, prick the dough with a knife add some sliced onion, some pizza sauce and some chopped onions and bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 15mins.






Apple/Pear Jam

Chocolates and dry fruits are the standard gifts which any one and every one thinks of but gifting homemade  jams would be such a unique and refreshing idea and jam is something which you generally find at the breakfast table of most homes and I am sure your gift will be well cherished one.  After a visit at the local farmers market I decided to make apple and pear jam as these fruits are very much in season therefore they wouldn’t be to heavy on the pockets at the same time the produce would also be of the best quality.



Ingredients

Apples ½ kg
Pears 1/2kg
Water 2 cups
Sugar 750gms
Cinnamon 1 stick
Star aniseed 2No
Vanilla pod 1 no (Optional) 
Juice &zest of 2 lemons

Method

Peel the fruits.
 






With the tip of the peeler now core the fruits
and remove the seeds.
 

Now chop the fruits and remove the vanilla seeds from the pod if you don't have a vanilla pod you may alternatively use vanilla essence.



 

Put the fruits in a heavy bottomed sauce pan add two cups of water, vanilla seeds the spices cinnamon and star aniseed.





Now cook the mixture i generally keep a butterpaper on top to stop the water from evaporating. Cook this mixture till the fruits are cooked and have become soft.


 
 

Purée the mixture now add the sugar and cook over a low flame till the mixture starts setting .This will take around half n hour.






Meanwhile keeps the bottles ready for bottling the jams  I have reused old bottles. First you need to sterilised the jars in hot steam for 10 mins and then wiped clean.





Pour the jam in these sterilised jars and seal them you can cover this will brown paper or a checked cloth and tie it with choir rope to give the country feel to it label them and they are ready for gifting.




Winter Veggie soup accompanied with Potato & Cheese biscuits  
 
 
 

When it comes to winter the first thought that comes to my mind is comfort food, now What could me more comforting than a nice bowl of hot soup.  This golden winter veggie soup promises to be just the right dish to be served in cold winter evening  with my absolutely light and flaky potato and cheese biscuits’.
Ingredients for the soup

250 gms Red Pumpkin
200 gms  sweet potatoes
2 medium sized onions
2-3 cloves of garlic
2-3 fresh Red chillies.
600 ml of stock (veggie or chicken any would do)
200 ml of butter milk
Few sprigs of basil
Sea salt

Method

Keep your oven for preheating at 180 degrees

Slice the pumpkin, roughly cut the sweet potatoes and onions

Put all this prepared veggies in a roasting tray  sprinkle some sea salt and olive oil.

Roast this veggies for 25 mins .  Blitz this mixture in the mixer.

In a sauce pan blend together the mixture and stock and give it a boil. Finish it with butter milk.

The pumpkin and sweet potatoes both will be on a sweeter side therefore the  addition of  butter milk t gives the soup its balance of acidity


Ingredients for Potato and Cheese biscuit
1 ½ cup of refined flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
100 gms chilled butter
1 cup mashed potatoes
100gms cheddar cheese or even your regular processed cheese will do.
2 tbls cheese spread
1 tsp garlic powder
½ cup butter milk
Sprigs of sage.

 
Method

In a bowl take some mashed potatoes, you may either go the traditional way of boiling and mashing potatoes or you can take a short cut just crumble some potato smileys which is easily available in any supermarket.

In that potato mixture add 2 table spoons of cheese spread, butter milk and garlic powder whisk it well.

In another bowl take the flour , baking powder and baking soda.  Add chilled butter make sure you mix the butter and flour with the tip of your finger.  The mixture sure resemble bread crumbs.

Now add the potato mixture and grated cheese in the flour and form in to a rough dough.

Don’t over work the dough just let  the ingredients form together.  As the lesser you work the dough you will get light and flakier biscuits’.

Flatten the dough with your hands to 1 inch thickness.

You can use a cookie cutter to get the round biscuit shape .

Keep this biscuits’ in a baking tray , Top the biscuits’ up with some sage and brush it some butter milk.

Bake this biscuits in a preheated oven  at 180 degrees  for 20-25 mins till it get a nice golden colour
 



 
Candied Orange Peel

 


Oranges just looking at them makes me smile they represent such homely and fresh feel in the kitchen reminds me of those Enid bylton  books I used to read as a child and would see pictures of grandmothers  preserving fruits in a background full of bottles of jams and jellies . I recently made this preserved orange peels  and I was really so happy with the results not only are they so easy to make ,they also are a great way to get that lovely citrusy feel  to your baked goods and when I put those preserved  peel in those pretty  airtight jars they make a such lovely display pieces  and to think of it they are eco friendly as well cause you can reuse the peels which you would have easily gone in the bin.

I know now your next thought would be when you can easily buy orange essence or candied orange peel from the market why take the trouble but somehow orange essence I always found was very synthetic and candied peel  which you buy easy made has the flavour but it’s so bitter plus  they look to so icky


I have taken malta oranges because the peel is quiet thick and easy to use  plus they also retain their shape when they are blanched you can use any type of thick skinned oranges. Peel oranges and remove any pith or lacy threads you see attached to it.

Now  blanch these orange peels in hot water (Blaching means plunge those peels in boiling water for a minute and then putting them in cold water ) This process you need to do it atleast thrice this process ensure all the bitter ness in the peel is washed away.

Lastly make sugar syrup the way you do it for a gulab jamun and  cook the peels in the sugar syrup for 5 mins.Let it cool down and  bottle these in those pretty airthight glass jars.


I like putting some cinnamon sticks and star aniseed they not only add the spicy flavour to the peels they enhance the beauty of the bottle as well.

These peels can also be candied just roll them in candied sugar and kept in  air tight containers.

 They can be coated with chocolate and make great candies for children and adults alike




Home Made Peanut Butter 

 
 

 

I have been reading a lot on health benefits of peanut butter .  When eaten in moderation its supposed to be an excellent source of protein. Fibre, healthy fats and antioxidants making it a good alternative over butter.  In addition to that peanut butter has a tendency to keep you satiated for a longer time making it an excellent mid morning snack.  Its just in recent years that the consumption of peanut butter has become fairly popular in the Indian markets .  It is a  great alternative to butter ,can be used as a icing I have used peanut butter icing for my chocolate beer  cupcakes http://veena-cakesbakes.blogspot.in/2014/01/chocolate-beer-cup-cake-with-peanut.html#links as chocolate and peanut butter is a classic combination.  If nothing else you can simply spread it on a brown bread , it makes a yummy sandwich .

Peanut butter is nothing but plain peanuts.  It’s also extremely easy to make .  Which gives you all the more reason to make it at home rather than going for the store bought one which is not only expensive , A jar of 350 gms of American Garden peanut butter will cost you around Rs 280 but also you don’t have any control over the amount of sodium , sugar , oil and preservatives added to it.  So go the healthy way and make your own peanut butter it hardly will  take 15-20 mins of your time.

 

Ingredients for making Peanut Butter


 

Peanuts -250 gms
Sea Salt ½ tsp
Honey-50 ml or alternatively Jaggery 75 gms
Good Quality Vanilla 1 tsp
Peanut oil/Olive Oil- 50 ml.





Method




Roast the Peanuts in a Microwave for 5 mins.  Remove the outer skin alternatively you can purchase the skinned variety.






In a coffee grinder add all the ingredients together and grind it.  Initially it will be all grainy but you need to go on grinding it






Till you start getting a smooth paste this process will take atleast 4-5 mins of blending in the mixer.  Instead of vanilla you can add cinnamon, chocolate chips etc.  Store it in a dry bottle .