Oreo Cake

Yes.. you read that right! O-R-E-O cake – A delectable chocolate cake, topped with a frosting made from fresh cream and crushed Oreo biscuits.

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Coming to the cake… OMG! I’ve outdone myself this, in my own eyes, that is. The cake is very, very simple. For the first time the instructions called for – “put all ingredients in a mix bowl, mix and bake”. It was a one step cake.
Similar to the butter cream frosting that I made for my multi coloured cake, I’ve had poor results with fresh cream frosting before this time. The frosting I made for this Oreo cake was just out of this world. It was just “whip the fresh cream till it forms soft peaks and then fold in the crushed oreo biscuits”. I added only a couple of tablespoons of sugar as the biscuits were already sweet.

And I learned the trick to get the best whipped cream –  make sure it’s really, really cold before you whip it. In fact I placed the fresh cream in the freezer for about 20-25 minutes before whipping it. And I made this from fresh cream that I collected at home everyday.

Thanks to Rachel from Bakerita.com, that’s were I got this recipe from.

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Like always, I have to work on the finishing to make it look better. I wish I could get hold of all the necessary tools, like a turn table, icing spatula… etc. I hope the Big Man is listening. 😀5

Multi coloured cake

I’ve had a great day today doing my favourite thing in the kitchen – baking!

I baked a multi coloured cake.
Have a look see…

IMG_1888I made it complete with icing using a simple recipe of butter cream icing. Never has my icing come out so well. Either it used to be very watery or the butter used to split. The bottom most layer is brown – got by adding cocoa powder, the next layer is orange and top most layer is green – both got by adding a few drops of food colour.

If you’d see me now I’m smiling ear to ear….

More images of the glorious cake.

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Choco-Vanilla cup cakes

I’ve had my eyes set on this rainbow cake for while now, but have never had the courage or patience to try it. But I took a baby step and made cup cakes with only two colours – chocolate and vanilla / plain. Though in the original recipe, they made separate cakes for each colour, I poured the chocolate batter on the vanilla batter in my version.

Outside and inside view of the cupcake

Outside and inside view of the cupcake

Now that they’ve turned out well, I hope to make rainbow cupcakes… soon!

And I’ll let you in on a secret here – I didn’t have those paper cups in which you make the cup cakes, so I just used disposable paper cups – in which you drink tea and coffee. I just greased it a bit before adding the batter and conveniently tore off the paper cup before devouring the cake.

The recipe for the cake is taken from the same you tube link given above. Thanks to Cookies, cupcakes and cardio for this awesome idea. Rainbow cake… you’ll soon be baking in my  oven!!!

Stuffed pooris

Winter holidays are here and it’s a challenge making something new everyday to feed the little boy. With the aim of making something new and interesting I tried making pooris in different shapes, that were cut using a cookie cutter, and had a little stuffing made from potatoes, sweet corn, peas, carrot, salt and pepper.
Result?
Words straight from the horse’s mouth… ‘Amma! These are super! 100% super!’

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Pooris are a very popular dish in India. They are made from whole wheat flour. A dough is made by mixing whole wheat flour and water. I add a pinch of salt while making the dough, for taste.  The dough is rolled out into thin circles and deep fried.
There are many varients of  pooris. While some keep it simple (like the one I’ve made here), you can add carom seeds or a little finely chopped fenugreek leaves. Some people add pureed spinach while making the dough. These will lend yummy, green coloured, very healthy pooris.
Another varient is where the dough has only ‘all the purpose flour’. In this recipe, you mix the flour with yogurt instead of water and leave it sometime before making the pooris. The outcome is some yummy tasting ‘batura’.

Pooris are accompanied by gravies of all kinds. Potato gravy, mix veg gravy (I’ve made my version here) or chick pea gravy.
Since my version was a quick fix snack, I served it with tomato ketchup.

My recipe is quite simple, really. I mixed:
1 small mashed potato
1/4 cup boiled sweet corn
1/4 cup boiled peas
1/4 grated carrot.
salt and pepper to taste.

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Roll out the dough. I used the cookie cutters and made 2 pieces of each shape. I have 6 different shapes. I put a little stuffing between two pieces and pressed the sides and then deep fried it in hot oil.

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Voila!

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I think these will make wonderful tiffin snacks too. I can think of so many other stuffing suggestions – paneer (cottage cheese), onion and carrot, cabbage and carrot, just peas and potato…..

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge.our-growing-edge-badgeThis event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Louise at Crumbs and Corkscrews

Rich fruit cake

Yes, yes… I baked some rich fruit cake. It seemed like a perfect way to end the year and begin the next one. Not sure if my cake will last till the last day of this year, though.

I’d like to thank ‘Sailu’s Kitchen‘ for the recipe. It is a tedious process and I did not take any short cuts. I’m normally the kind who’ll find a short cut, but this time I followed the recipe meticulously, including the measurements.

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The result is fabulous. The sweetness, the spices, the dried fruits… everything is just perfect. My cakes rise well, but sometimes they just collapse in center or they don’t cook all the way. I’m surprised how well this cake turned out. The batter is quite a large quantity and my oven bakes only one cake at a time. I had to bake the second cake almost after one hour and it turned out well too.

The cake is dense and rich. The recipe is great. This is surely not the last time I’m going to making it. 🙂

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Let’s get busy…

Mimi was getting bored this afternoon, so I asked him to assemble all his vehicle toys in one place and then count them. What we are seeing here is his collection of vehicle toys, collected over a period of almost 4 years.

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And then he devices a way to keep me busy by asking me to count them. I wasn’t even getting bored in the first place. Anyway…

Here you go… 71 vehicles – including cars, planes, trucks, bull dozers, SUVs, jeeps, buses, a fire engine, bikes and auto rickshaws. Some cars have 3 wheels some have 2, some are intact and a couple have only the body and also I think I saw just a chassis somewhere…

Who spent a more busy afternoon, you think?

Bharleli vangi (Stuffed brinjal)

If you’ve followed or read my blog posts, you’ll know that we are a family of foodies. Trying new recipes at home is one of our (yes, Big Man also likes trying new dishes) hobbies. But it’s mainly me who does the trying out. Big Man only throws in the ideas…

I’ve tried several recipes of stuffed brinjal, but the one I made yesterday has been the best so far. The gravy was creamy and rich and the mix of all the spices was just amazing. It was so good, that Mimi, who is a little fussy with new foods, also ate and asked for me. That’s like THE biggest compliment.

I got the recipe from here.

There seems to be a problem with the site, Here’s the full URL
http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/bharli-vangi-recipe-bharli-vangi/

It tasted great with hot chapatis and rice. What more, it tasted even better when I ate some left over today….

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