Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Let me start the post by wishing all of you a very Happy and prosperous New Year!I know it's a bit late but hey,better late than never,right ;)
Lots of things happened in 2015,it was a year of firsts for Arjun(and for us too!)and the biggest milestone was his first birthday.Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I'd be baking his birthday cake for a party of 50+ people but I did.I'd been planning his birthday ever since he was only a few days old and thanks to God almighty,everything went well as planned.
I'd been thinking of updating the blog at least once in a fortnight but things are moving at quite a slow pace.I thank each one of you who mail me,comment here and try to keep the blog alive.One of my plans(not resolutions,coz those are broken soon:) is to spruce up the blog this year.I hope I am able to do justice to the plan.
Off late,I've started to write down recipes in my recipe diary just like old times.It just is so convenient when I have to look up a recipe.With my 1 year old around,it is not easy switching on the laptop or searching the phone,so this one sounds like a great idea,just look up the diary!This recipe is one such.I'm a sucker for recipes with Apple-Cinnamon combo and that combined into a cake is just a one-way ticket to Nirvana!

Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake
Recipe source - Allrecipes


Ingredients

Brown sugar - 1/3 cup
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
White sugar - 2/3 cup
Butter - 1/2 cup,softened
Eggs - 2
Vanilla - 1 1/2 tsp
All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Baking powder - 1 3/4 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Apple - 1,peeled and chopped

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).Grease and flour a 6 cup bundt pan.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. 
Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
Combine flour and baking powder together in a bowl; 
stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. 
Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and half the brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. 
Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Arjun is ONE!

A week back we celebrated Arjun's First Birthday,can you believe it?He turned ONE,I mean,wasn't it few days back I shared the Happy News with all of you?Apparently not,time just flew past without us even noticing and just like that he grew up from an infant to a toddler :)
Arjun is ONE Just like every mother does,I started planning for his birthday right from the time he was a few days old.Plans kept changing a number of times and in the end we decided on having a small get together of very close family and friends.Date was fixed,venue was decided and menu chosen too.I had decided to bake his Birthday cake despite knowing I get stressed if at all there are any glitches.I chose quite a few cake designs and discussed with Ajay.He was very clear-I either bake a simple cake or else we'll outsource the cake.

He knows me too well.Whenever there is a cake order and if there is even a minor problem,I stress.It is a different thing that I've overcome that stage of fearing-if-anything-goes-wrong,but I didn't want to take a chance.I chose a very simple cake design and decided to stick with it.
Arjun is ONE Call me fortunate that I have the Cake Goddess Subhashini at my beck and call for any doubts I have and I had plenty!I hadn't done a tiered cake before and she rendered her full support to me.A week back,I purchased all the ingredients required and planned on a timeline around which I had to start baking/filling/crumb coating the cake.
Arjun is ONE The flavors were decided much earlier too.I am a big fan of Neapolitan cake and the flavors were inspired by that one-base tier was Vanilla with Caramel filling,middle tier was Chocolate with ganache filling and top tier was Strawberry with ganache filling.I baked the cake one day in advance,cling wrapped and refrigerated it.The fillings-ganache,caramel sauce and the frosting-white chocolate ganache too were made a day in advance.
Arjun is ONE 
I thought I had everything planned and ready but things were not supposed to be so smooth.Sadly,Arjun fell ill on the day of the party.He was running high temperature and all my cake plans came to a halt.Luckily,I had both sets of parents around and somehow I managed to pull it off.Not without the help and support of our parents,Ajay,Subhashini and last but not the least,my maid who made sure everything was cleaned and organized :)
Arjun is ONE Party went on well by God's grace and seeing happy faces all around made every effort worth it :)I am already looking forward to his second birthday :) :) 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tomato Biriyani | Easy Rice Cooker Recipes

Tomato Biriyani
Repeating a recipe twice or thrice after trying it out for the first time,that too in a span of 10 days does say a lot about the recipe isn't it?I had bookmarked this recipe from Yummy Tummy a while back but never got a chance to try because mention Tomato rice or in this case Biriyani Ajay makes a face.He likes vegetables in his biriyani or else it has to be a non-vegetarian one.
Tomato Biriyani
One day when I was alone for lunch,I made this.These days getting everything ready for cooking seems to occupy a lot of my time.I have to keep a tab on Arjun who is now too anxious to know what is inside my kitchen cabinets :) All cooking happens when he is asleep and I schedule everything around that time.
Once you have everything ready,cooking this one is a breeze.Primarily because it is made in rice cooker.You can try making it on stove-top too or pressure cooker as well.

The best part is that Ajay loved this one.He tasted whatever was leftover for dinner and the flavors were spot on.I made this again for a ladies lunch potluck and they loved it too.I feel the recipe is a good base for adding core ingredients of your choice,maybe mushrooms or even paneer and green peas!
Tomato Biriyani
If you are a Biriyani lover like me,don't forget to check out some of my favorite Biriyani recipes

Cauliflower Biriyani
Mushroom Biriyani
Baby Potato Biriyani

Tomato Biriyani
Recipe source - Yummy Tummy

Ingredients

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Ghee/Oil - 1 tbsp
Fennel seeds/perumjeeragam - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1' piece
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 2
Onion - 1 medium,sliced
Green chilly - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Tomato - 2 medium,chopped finely
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup,chopped
Mint leaves - 1/4 cup,chopped
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Bread cubes fried - optional

Method

Tomato Biriyani 
Wash the rice well in running water twice or thrice and soak in enough water for 30 minutes.
Tomato Biriyani 
In a kadai add oil/ghee and splutter fennel seeds.Add cinnamon,clove and cardamom and stir for a minute.
Tomato Biriyani 
Mix in the onions and green chilly and stir till the onion starts changing colour.
Add ginger garlic paste and stir for a minute after which add the spice powders - chilly powder,garam masala and haldi.
Tomato Biriyani 
Mix in the sugar and salt to taste and give a good stir.
Add the tomatoes and mix well so that the masala coats the tomato pieces.Let it cook till the tomatoes turn mushy.Mix in coriander and mint leaves and switch off the flame.
Tomato Biriyani 
Add this into the rice cooker,top with soaked and drained rice and mix in coconut milk and water.Check the seasoning and switch on the rice cooker.
Tomato Biriyani 
Fry some bread cubes in oil(if you are using)till golden brown and drain on a kitchen towel.
Tomato Biriyani 
Once the rice is cooked,fluff it up using a fork and add the fried bread.
Tomato Biriyani
Serve with raita and pickle.


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