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Monday, 16 September 2013

HOW TO: whip low fat cream to stiff peaks

I love frostings.....
And I love whipped cream frostings the most...
They are easy to whip up and taste divine. Though they are too delicate to stand up on their own for long at room temperature, I still love them....so what!! every good thing has a shelf life, right?!
Now what do you do, when all you have in the name of cream is a 25% light cream? Experts will cite its low fat content and dismiss it as non-whippable.....
No, don't throw that carton away....it can be whipped for frosting, believe me!!
Here's a pictorial:



Friday, 13 September 2013

HOW TO: make Mascarpone cheese at home!!

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened had "Google" or "Pinterest" not been there? Yieeeps.....scary no?!! We wouldn't have had any new dishes (a.k.a. Pins) to drool upon....and would still be struggling with certain basics in cooking/ baking.....like this one: "Mascarpone cheese"...

cream cheese


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Peanut Butter Naan-khatai.....Eggless Peanut Butter Cookies

Hello friends! After an exceptionally long break from blogging, I'm back, with a treat for you all:
PEANUT BUTTER NAAN-KHATAI
Oh yes! you heard read me right dear....

P.E.A.N.U.T B.U.T.T.E.R N.A.A.N.K.H.A.T.A.I

Eggless peanut butter cookies

Sounds different?! Yes!! And, believe me...it tastes so rustic and smooth, it's hard keeping your hands off!!

Friday, 26 July 2013

MY VERY FIRST AWARD!!

Yay..!!! I've got my very first award....

The Awesome Blog Content award:














This award has been passed on to me by my close blogger friend Harini, a very sweet person whom I met after I started blogging....She blogs beautiful recipes on Cook Click n Devour and is very talented and helpful.....a real gem of a person!Do check out her tips section, it's really helpful!

Now, this award comes with a few rules:
a) Add the ABC Logo to your new blog post: Done!

b) Write one word/ phrase about yourself that begins with A,B,C etc.: Ummm, I'd say it is "Persistent"...

c) Nominate some blogs; leave a comment on those blogs to let them know: I nominate my blogger buddies:-

*Shanthi @ Iyengar Cuisine

*Vijayalakshmi @ Virunthu Unna Vaanga


*Saranya Balaji @ saraniskitchen


*Nilu A @ kitchenserenity


*Sharanya @ Sara's Tasty Buds


*Preeti @ jopreetskitchen



Happy Blogging to all of you dear friends!!
Tkcr,


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

CHALLENGE #3: CHOCOLATE PINWHEEL AND ZEBRA COOKIES


For us "Home Bakers", the challenge for June'13 was suggested by Vijayalakshmi of Virunthu Unna Vanga (which means "Inviting for a feast"). After trying our hands on Pizza and cake, it was time for some Cookies! Viji gave us four different types of cookies to choose from, and being the chocolate lover that I am, I picked up Chocolate pinwheel cookies. I tweaked the dough a bit and turned them into Zebra Cookies, as well.....





Pinwheel cookies!












Zebra cookies!









Tuesday, 9 July 2013

LIGHT AND MOIST DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE

This Sunday, I was taking stock of my posts uptil now.....and suddenly it hit me, that I don't have any post on "chocolate cake"!! Now, THAT, is an utterly shameful moment for a chocoholic like me! You know, I am that kind of a person whom you can wake up at 2:00 a.m. (not 12:00, as I usually sleep at 12...;)....lols), serve me chocolate, and I'll forgive you for the sin you've committed in waking me up!  
Anyways.....after this moment of realization, I was devastated and depressed. Now, there is no better a cure for depression, than "chocolate"!.....even if the depression springs from chocolate itself! And so I went about my task of preparing a chocolate treat for me and my blog baby.....

chocolate cake 2 eggs

Monday, 1 July 2013

Eggless Jam Swirled Muffins (Baking Eggless July Challenge)

To kick-up my baking skills a notch, I have recently joined Gayathri's "Baking Eggless" group, wherein we have to convert an "egg-bake" into its "eggless" avatar. At the beginning of each month, we are given a baking recipe (containing eggs) to try, by Gayathri; and after conducting our trials & errors, we have to post our final successful bake, at the end of the month. Here the focus is on conversion (to eggless), rather than on creativity; albeit minor variations to suit your tastes are allowed. Sounds fun and interesting, right?! Well, this is what drew me to joining her group. You too can become a part of this fun and frolic....hop over here! 
For June, challenge was suggested by Priya....Jam swirled muffins. The original recipe is from Patricia's Technicolor Kitchen, who adapted Dorie Greenspan's Lemon poppy-seed muffins.
So here is the result of 'my' baby steps in recipe-engineering...
moist spongy soft muffins