Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chef's update..Eggless Cake

As mentioned in the last post, after cookies baked cake as well. Infact I was baking cake after a gap of three or four months. In April my sis visited us and she had baked varities of cookies, cakes etc... and we all enjoyed it. May was another busy month and my laziness caught up.... Now I have started again, along with cookies baked cake as well. This time I tried the "Banana Choclate Cake", following my sis recipe with slight changes as suggested by her. It came out well.

You need

Maida - 1 cup
Arrowroot powder - 4 tblspn ( you can use corn flour)
Cocoa powder - 4 tblspn
Baking Powder - 1 tblspn
Baking Soda - 1 tblspn

Mashed Banana - 1 Cup
Brown Sugar - 4 tblspn
Honey - 3 tblspn
Oil - 1/3 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup + 2 tblspn
Yogurt - 2 tblspn
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tspn
Cashew to Garnish - Optional

Have a view of my Banana Choco Cakes.


Sift the fry ingredients together - Atta, multigrain flour, arrow root powder, coco powder, baking powder and cooking soda.

Mix banana, brown sugar and honey well. It smells like Panchamritam. Add milk and whisk till blended, followed by yogurt. Finally add oil and vanilla essence. Beat till everything is blended nicely.

Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet mix, mixing after each addition. Transfer to a greased baking tin. I usually dust the greased with some flour before transferring the batter. Garnish with few cashews on top. If you wish you can add some to the batter too.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 35 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.

The cake was very moist and spongy. Perfect sponge cake with chocolate flavor and no hint of banana. For those who you like the cake to be sweet, you can increase the sugar by 2 tablespoon.

Since my hubby likes sweet, he wanted it to be little more sweeter, so in the above you can add some more sugar to taste it better. More than eating all this, Gowri's interest is in preparing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Chef in the making

Gowri is very much interested in cooking and she is the one who manages to get me out of my cozy to try cookies/cakes etc.Before I start about this, I would like to share about My sister - Jayasree who is very good in cooking and manages her cooking blog Kailas Kitchen. Recently she got an opportunity to be part of cookery show for a Malayalam Channel - "Jai Hind" which is expected to be aired soon.

Coming back to the topic, you must have understood now who is the inspiration for Gowri- yes it is my sis. Gowri spents atleast one month of her summer vacation with my sister. She gets opportunity to see different varities of dishes/cookies/cakes etc prepared specially during her visit and has developed some interest in cooking. Gowri not only encourages me to cook but she comes to help me also in the kitchen to pick up things, measure, mix etc.. She understand the recipe and manages to explain to me or her periamma's how to prepare cakes/cookies/French Fries/Pizza.................list goes on.

Most interesting part is sometimes she tell me " I have taught Kunjumani Periamma(this is how she address my sis) how to prepare Burger/French fries etc)...........she manages to say with that much confidence you might believe it :)

Last week, after a long gap, i decided to bake cookies and she was my help in kitchen. Of course I followed the recipe sent out by my sis and online help from her over phone. Here is the eggless cookies recipe if you wish to try after reading this.

Preparation Method :

Maida - 2 cup
Cooking Oil - 1 Cup
Powdered sugar -1 cup
custard powder/corn flour/arrow root - 1/2 cup
baking powder - 3/4 tspn
baking soda- a big pinch
vanilla essence - 1 tspn

Seive the dry ing. together - maida,bak. pwdr, soda
Mix oil and sugar till well blended.
Stir in the dry ing into oil+sugar. add essence. mix well. if stiff add milk
180 C for 35 mts (Adjust according to oven you have)

If using coconut, reduce 1/2 cup maida and use coconut instead and reduce oil.

Shall post in the next Eggless Banana Choclate Cake.

Enjoy trying the cookies. Thank you Gowri for making the lazy goose work !!!!!!!!!!

Summer Holiday Homework 2010(Class-I)

Milestone achieved for my blogging. Finally, am happy to post the 25th post in the blog, though it took me almost 2 years.

This one is on the Summery Holiday Homework for Class Ist. As last year, there were stuffs to be written, colouring and activity sheets. Written and coloring was done by Gauri with my assistance and activity sheets and designing the cover sheet by myself.

This year two Activity were there - One to make Ganesha with Beads and second one to make Peacock with Ice Cream Spoons. Below are the pics of them.

Finally, the Front Cover:

For more pics, click this link : Summer Holiday Home Work 2010