Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Mickey Mouse Club house themed cake for my little princess

On this April 13 th, she turned three. How fast the time flies ….? I still remember my first kiss on her…..It was like kissing a beautiful rose, sprinkled with dew drops….My lips pierced into those dewdrops, gently touching the silky rose petals…and that moment was like millions of stars twinkled in me and simultaneously on the other side, an anxiety of a mother was shadowed in my eyes…Oh God!  capitulating everything on you…..

“Itz a mickey mouse club house
Come inside and sing inside……..”

The waves of this music are recurring in my heart even when I’m typing this post.  I don’t know why  Rydhi  is this much in fond of mickey mouse  (in her terms “mickey moush”).  When they dance in the TV, she used to jump in our couch with an excited face.  This has made us to have a drive to our childhood…..where in those days, waiting for “The jungle book” , which was telecasted in Doordarshan (only channel available in those days for us ) and truly Anish and me love Mowgli even now and I know at least some of you are still in fond of it.

On this birthday, I thought of doing a themed cake and was certain about the theme. As parents, we all love to give the best one for our kids right…? So this time, I haven’t gone for any gateau….but focused on the fondant decorations. This was not a well planned one.

This was my first humble attempt on making figurines. While making the cake toppers, Anish was there with me giving the correct feedbacks. Five cakes were baked for the three layers. I had an 8 X 3 inch pan. So for the middle layer, I baked a single cake, which is Hershey’s chocolate cake. For the bottom and top layers, I baked a fondant friendly cake, which is firm enough. I have done the cake with marshmallow (mini marshmallow) fondant. The figurines are also made with this fondant but was made a day before to make it strong.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Pear Cobbler

How was your days...? Mine was a little bit sick with fever and now getting better. I'm excited to tell you that sun has removed the mask of clouds, and started to smile and shine as ever.....and I feel very happy to see children playing outside, making wooden cart, running and exploring......kept me to have a journey to my early days.....Each of us have such a good frame of flashes with a good aroma of memories right...?

Fruit cobbler is one I always wanted to make.....but it was always postponed due to simple reasons.....This was yet another dish which I promised you the visit in  the Pear Burfi post.  This is a fruit based baked dessert and I made in individual 4oz ramekins and I got the recipe from here. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Chicken spring rolls

Hi my dear ones......Hope you had a great weekend. Today I have a delicious snack recipe to share with you. After  Uzhunnu vada (no baking powder) and diabetic friendly Oat meal crackers, this is another promising tea time snack. 

One fine evening, we visited our cousin aunty and she had given us hot chicken spring rolls. It was simply awesome and she shared the recipe. On that very day itself, it came inside my mind to give it a try. Thank God! that "time" came now  only as I was in a hibernation mode those days.........

Chicken spring rolls can be altered as veg spring rolls or any meat spring rolls as per  your fillings, just like empanadas. First step is to prepare the filling and then do the pan cakes so that the spring rolls will be ready soon. 

Friday, 28 March 2014

A decorated Vanilla Sponge Cake- Happy B'day to my little Bloggie ...!

Marshmallow fondant

Thank Lord!
Dear Bloggie....
On this first blogoversary, I must appreciate your patience to bear me as your owner. At times I have ignored you without feeding.......but you uncomplainingly waited for the next post. I felt immense pleasure whenever I dress you up with decorated cakes.....and I sense your attractiveness whenever I do so.....So for your first birthday......I wanna make up you with a fresh and the best costume in my wardrobe.........and I'm sure that this is not a perfect one and hope you would forgive me as I haven't done anything perfect :P

Marshmallow fondant

Thanks to all of you for your great support and encouragement. Now a daughter when gets up in the morning, first ask me......"Mamma...cake undakki thaaa....!!!" (mamma.... prepare a cake for me). Initially....I was surprised to hear that. Then I understood the reason, that recently I made Tiramisu from scratch...(starting from the lady fingers). So with her breakfast, I have given some lady fingers (she calls it a cake)......And now....Everything got finished.....but poor her little world, still dreaming of the cake...

Marshmallow fondant

So when my daughters demand and my bloggie's b'rday clubbed up, I had to make a decorated delicious cake. For decoration, I made marshmallow fondant. The recipe of the sponge cake is adapted from here.  

Marshmallow fondant

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Black Forest Cake/ Gateau

black forest gateau

Hope u had a wonderful time. Now, I'm much excited to tell you that the plants are well dressed with their buds blossomed and passing a divine smile to amuse us. Indeed, I too feel that dynamism in me.

black forest gateau

I baked this cake for our wonderful friends where Anish was staying in a so called "bachelors apartment" for a month before me and Rydhi arrived. They have taken good care of him. So, while baking this black forest gateau, I could hear him saying, "It must be good, it must be good, .......". By Gods grace, it came out well.

black forest gateau

This cake is soft and spongy with the rich flavor of cherries and the lightness of whipping cream. I referred many black forest gateau recipes and concluded to this one, including my own additions. For the whipping cream frosting, please use a heavy whipping cream and check for its sweetness. If it is not sweet, it will be stabilized only after the addition of sugar and else, beat on high for 10 minutes (taken directly from the freezer). Just before frosting, make sure to beat it again till you get stiff peaks.

black forest gateau

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Pear Burfi / Pear Fudge bars

pear fudge bars

Hi all...How wz ur weekend? For you, today I have something sweet to share. Ohh...! itz all about customization .... This is my first post on our traditional Indian sweets. I'm really excited to post a customized version of our traditional sweet recipe.

pear fudge bars

This time we bought a batch of pears. Out of these, I made three dishes - starting from the smoothie and the rest of them will be visiting u soon......

pear fudge bars recipe

Two days before, we got kaju burfi from our sweet neighbors. It was nice and pretty.....and that made me to think of making burfi's out of my remaining pears. and...not a bad idea.......right :-)?

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Ciabatta Loaf

ciabatta recipe

Hope you all are having a great time. I always love to bake different kinds of bread and I really wanted to join the group - "We knead to bake", where they bake different kinds of beautiful breads. This time I too joined in the group to enjoy the bread varieties to boost up our taste buds and view the art of baking bread in different approach. Ciabatta is an Italian white bread with a very few ingredients. Thank Lord! for helping me to make this beautiful Italian bread.

I must thank Manju  who blogs at Manju's eating delights, as she has answered my yeast related queries and given a good solution for my endless worries. "Why my yeast is not proofing ?" This question was the pal with me for a couple of days. I never faced such a gloomy situation before. I'm using the same brand of yeast and then what happened....? A good clarification has been given by Manju......

ciabatta loaf recipe

For this episode of bread baking, Aparna has given us the chance of baking our own bread. I decided to bake Ciabatta loaf same as she has done. I never heard of such a breed of bread before. Itz so enthusiastic to learn newer and newer stuff. The thrill we feel when our hard work gets satisfactory output is simply incomparable right...?

My bread has gone a little bit dark brown so I recommend you to take the bread out of the oven when it is just golden brown and puffed up. After 20 minutes of baking, please do check the bread in the oven periodically to avoid my kind of situation. These videos will help you for the  shaping of Ciabatta and for the mixing and folding the dough, please watch this video too 

ciabatta loaf recipe

Recipe source :Aparna and Kitchn

To prepare Biga

Half cup all purpose flour
One- fourth teaspoon of active dry yeast
One-third cup of water

To prepare Ciabatta Dough

The Biga
Half teaspoon active dry yeast
Two cups of all purpose flour
One teaspoon salt
One cup water