Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ch0Colate Yoghurt cake

As i said that cooking has been my love, but guess my love for someone else have superceeded this time. Anyways i baked a cake after a long time, that also since my folks at office wanted me to. I am not a big fan of sweets, nor is my family. and also since i have atlast started shedding my extra kilos, so i have started looking into all that i eat now a days.
This came was baked a week ago, and since my camera is facing some probs, so couldn't click pictures also that well. Thanks to the blackberry camera that it is still working. But the pics are not that great. The best part about this cake is that it is damn easy, and the inclusion of yoghurt makes it different. yet it is very soft, gooey in the middle because of the chocolate ganache, and had grated chocolate bar on the top of this cake. I took this recipe from a book by Wendy Sweetser, and i must say she is easy to follow.
Here goes the recipe of this yummy cake.

INGREDIANTS:


  • 3 large eggs
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 150g natural yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 75g light muscavado sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 50g cocoa powder





METHOD:


  • Grease a square cake tin. and also dust with some flour to avoid sticking, and then tip of the excess.
  • Preheat oven to 170degree C.
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs, oil, yoghurt, honey & sugar until combined well.
  • Sieve the flour, cocoa & baking powder in a bowl and fold into the oil mixture.
  • Pour into the greased cake tin. And bake for 50 mins.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 mins and then take out and cool in the wire rack.
  • Spill the cake into half and then spread the ganache, and sandwich both parts of the cake together. If you want you can cover the sides also with the ganache.
  • Finish o the cake with chocolate shavings. And then cool and serve.


I had a small piece of the cake. And it was good. I wanted to send some of it for my dear love, but there was no way. Guess that would have added more sweetness to it. But u remember to add heaped quantity of sugar and honey, because while enjoying this, you need to forget your calories.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Apple & Raisin Muffins

hello people,
 I am back after a long time. life had taken a 360degree turn. i had almost stopped cooking, because i had kinda lost inspiration. and people like me who like to cook, and keeps experimenting often needs inspiration. was pretty upset due to some personal problems, which had left me completly numb. but thanks to God, for making friends. and for bestowing me with such great friends, who has been beside me during this hard time.

i would also like to talk about the person who has walked out of my life. i might have done wrong stuff, but at the same time i had also put in various other things into this relationship. and i still continue to love you. u left me, so u have kinda lost the oppertunity to taste some great food. Here goes the recipe for some mouth watering muffins, which is not only yumm, healthy too. here goes the recipe for this:

INGREDIANTS:


  • Apple....................................................... 2 nos
  • Eggs......................................................... 2 nos
  • Self- raising flour....................................... 2oogm
  • Baking powder......................................... 1tsp
  • Cinnamon powder.................................... 1tsp
  • Whole wheat flour..................................... 50gm
  • Caster sugar.............................................. 120gm
  • Semi skimmed milk.................................... 135ml
  • Sunflower oil.............................................. 4tbsp
  • Raisins....................................................... 100gm
  • Vanilla extract............................................ 1tsp


METHOD:




  • Preheat oven to 180degree C.
  • Chop/grate the apples. and soak the raisins in water.
  • In a bowl mix together the self raising & whole-wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder & the caster sugar.
  • In another bowl mix together the eggs, milk & the sunflower oil & vanilla. Mix well.
  • Pour in the wet ingrediants into the dry & mix well.
  • Then stir in the grated apples & the raisins. Mix well, incorporating the fruits into the previous mixture.
  • Line the moulds with paper cups, and divide the mixture between 12-16 muffins, depending on the size.
  • Bake for 25 mins. Then cool in wire racks for 10mins.
  • Ready to store or eat warm.


Well, the original recipe said 125ml milk, but i had to add 10ml more, if u feel you can manage with 125ml, bingo!!!! I had grated one apple and has chopped the other one, so as to add some bite size chunks into my muffin. I had used two beautiful red apples, but you can also replace with green apples. I am sure you will enjoy d tang & the crunch. I had also added a bit of brown sugar, along with the caster sugar. Remember, muffins should always be a bit undone.

My office folks enjoyed it. and U missed it!!!!! But i will always continue to love you.