Mar 12, 2014

Basic Fat Free Sponge Cake

 Happy birthday to you.
 Happy birthday to you.
 Happy birthday to you dear bhai...
    All the happy birthdays means cakes, be it tiny cupcake or huge multi tier cake. We all celebrate birthdays by cutting cakes. My son always plans many days before his birthday what kinda cake he wants, and i spend many days researching various cake books, websites and blog hoping to make kinda cake Neil will love. He is sucha cutie pie, he loves all cakes made by his momma, no matter how good or bad they seem to me.
  Anyways, this post is about me wishing my dearest brother HAPPY BIRTHDAY. He is away in a farway land, alone celebrating his birthday due to official reasons. He is my elder brother and has always been der for me since I was born. He is my guide and friend. I know, I can always turn up at my brother's doorstep to enjoy for a celebration or just when I need a shoulder to cry. Oh! How much I miss you.... Hoping to meet you soon.
   This Post is about Basic Fat free sponge cake. Its a perfect cake to frost and decorate. Its very simple to make, light as feather and can soak up any flavors. Picture below is Pineapple Pastry, which is next upcoming post. The best part about this cake is its FAT FREE... No butter/ shortening/ oil, it becomes spongy because of eggs. So please read instructions well and get ready to enjoy..

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 ¾ Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 6 Eggs separated
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180C/ 350 F.
  • First lets make cake flour, remove 2 tbsp all purpose flour from 2 cups and substitute with 2 tbsp cornstarch. You can use the 2 tbsp all purpose flour to coat the baking pans.
  • Ok, lets talk about baking pans. If you are going to frost the cake, either you can use two 9-inch square/round baking pans, or bake in one pan and slice horizontally (that's what I do).
  • Once we decide which pans we are going to use, lets us discuss how to prepare the baking pans.This sponge cake has no fat added to it, hence the cake will stick to your baking pan, if you don't prepare them well. So how do we prepare the pans. You have two options:                                                                               a)  Grease the insides of the pan evenly with butter/ shortening/ ghee using a pastry brush. Sprinkle the pan with 1-2 tbsp of all-purpose flour. Tap pans gently on the kitchen counter to ensure the flour spreads and covers the pan on the base as well as sides  Remove the excess flour.                              b) Coat the pan with thin layer of butter/ shortening/ ghee and cover the pan with parchment paper to ensure easy removal
          Set pans aside till ready to use.
  • Eggs... Its better to use refrigerated eggs, as they are easier to separate. Lets get ready to separate the egg whites from the yolks. You can either separate using fingers, or jumble between egg shells. Separate each egg individually as if any egg breaks and yolk gets mixed, you need not discard entire batch.
  • Add vanilla extract to egg whites and start beat them in a grease free bowl. ensure that bowl is absolutely clean without any oily residue. because if you have any oil, egg white wont form peaks.Once soft peaks are formed start adding sugar, little at a time. The whites should form stiff peaks, such that when you invert the bowl, egg whites maintain shape and doesn't fall. This is your meringue.
  • Beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl, such that they should be pale and thick and the color changes to light yellow.
  • Sift cake flour (all purpose flour + corn starch) and baking powder thrice ensuring no lumps are present.
  • Now gently add in yolks in whites and make egg mixture.
  • Slowly add in egg mixture by turning dry ingredients into the wet in a circular inward to outward motion. Do not beat or mix vigorously. The main purpose of folding is to allow more air into the mixture and to avoid flattening the frothy eggs. 
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes till cake is done and springs back on touch and toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the centre of the cake.
  • Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then invert cakes onto cooling rack. 
  • Let cool completely if you are going to frost it.

Mar 9, 2014

Special egg omelette

 Lazy sunday morning...
When you can roll in bed till late...
No hungry mouths to feed....
No tension about what to cook for lunch box...
No guests dropping in, so no elaborate cooking required....
                             I am already day dreaming of such a lazy morning when I just wanna lay down and enjoy food cooked by me (nah) or cooked by someone special (sounds just right). But though I am lazy, food should be great but quick to make. When words like great, quick, delicious come to my mind, they all point towards one name "EGGS". 
                         So here is what I came up with, this simple dish which is great for a quick breakfast, with the ingredients readily available in kitchen pantry. Nothing exotic, difficult, simple comfort food .Eggs wonderfully seasoned with chillies and jalapenos. Trust me it will become one of your HOT favorites. Eat with some toasted bread. Enjoy.
Serves 1-2
Ingredients:
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cheese slices
  • 2 red chillies sliced
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 medium tomato sliced and seed
  • 1 jalapeno sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
 Procedure:
  1. Take deep frying pan and add olive oil and garlic. Let it cook until you feel strong smell of garlic, it takes about minute or so.
     
  2. Then add chillies, onion, tomatoes, jalepenos and mix well with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Let it cook for 1-2 min.
       
  3. Then crack the eggs into sauce, pop the lid on and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
     
  4. Cook for 5 minutes if you like your egg yolks gooey or 7 minutes if you like egg yolks completely cooked.

     
  5. Remove from the heat and place cheese strips on the top, cover it.Now its time to toast your bread. By the time bread is toasted, the cheese melts on the omelet and you serve hot omelet with beautiful toasted  bread.

Mar 5, 2014

Chocochip Cookies

                       Chocochip cookie is one of the most amazing gift which America has gifted to entire world. Chocochip cookies are available all over India now. But trust me if you havent tasted the warm chocochip cookie baked fresh outta oven, you are missing heaven. This cookie is absolute sin with rich butter, chocolate chips and brown and white sugar. All the ingredients bind together to form rich chewy cookie at the center and crisp at the edges.

      And the best part is chocochip cookie is simple to make and is hit with kids, My son absolutely looooves them. Here I have drizzled some melted white chocolate over the cooked to make double chocochip cookies. Its simple equation more chocolate = more better...

Makes 12 large cookies or 24 small ones
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter crisco/ butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup semisweet choco chips
  • 1/2 cup melted white chocolate

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F/ 190 C.
  2. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together crisco/ butter with sugar, till it becomes smooth n creamy. Add in the beaten egg and whisk till its well blended.
  4. Now add in flour and mix with a wooden spoon or silicon spatula .
  5. Add in chocochips and form the dough.
  6. Make balls and flatten with fork.
  7. Place the cookies on  silicon mat or parchment covered cookie sheet and bake for about 10 mins for smaller cookies and 12-13 min for the larger cookies. DO NOT OVERBAKE THE COOKIES. you should remove the cookies when they are cooked but yet soft.
  8. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies on cooling rack so that the steam doesn't make the under-surface soggy and cover the cookies with cloth till they cool down completely. this allows the cookies to be perfectly done. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.Drizzle with melted white chocolate.
You can have this just like that or dunking in milk or apply some nutella between two cookies and have chocohip cookie sandwich or.... anyway you eat it, its going to taste great