Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cake Trouble shooting

BM # 51
Day : 26
Theme : Baking

While baking cakes many a times we ask ourselves....
Where did I go wrong?

Cracked surface or holes
The batter may have been over mixed.
Too much flour may have been used.
Too little baking powder or baking soda.
Oven may be very hot.

Sinked center
The batter may have been over mixed.
There may be too much fat, sugar or leavening agents.
There may not have been enough liquid.
Oven temperature may have been low.

Cake didn't rise
The batter may not have been mixed evenly.
Too much or too little fat.
Old baking powder may have been used
Not enough leavening agents.

Hard top crust
Long baking
Wrong oven temperature.
Extra sugar, baking powder or baking soda.

Cake falls apart
Too much baking powder, baking soda, sugar or fat.
Improper mixing of batter.
Low oven temperature.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Orange and Dulce de leche Brownies

BM # 51
Week 3, Day : 6
Theme : Baking
Theme of the week: Muffins and Brownies

Since a very long time I have been wanting to make Dulce de leche. I remember Rajani making it and then my daughter, I was constantly being reminded but somehow never got down to making . The Baking marathon was my chance to work on it and I made sure that I make something interesting with it. The recipe for Dulce de leche shall follow soon, for now I have a Brownie with it.

Again I wanted to add another flavor to my chocolate brownies, and what else could I add but for orange. I added the orange cream biscuits and truly the aroma of these brownies filled the house. The only blunder I made was preheated the oven at full which made the Dulce de leche dark on top. The minute I realized I immediately tented it with a foil, so that I could save them from that ugly burnt black.

I was lucky they were saved and I have to admit these are one of the best brownies I have had till date. My daughter loved them and I was glad to pack half of these for her.

I wonder how I am going to do my bakes in daughter is shifting to Chennai and she and the kids have always appreciated and enjoyed these bakes. So many times I bake solely for her. I will really miss her , but I guess that's life.
Coming to todays recipe...

Orange and Dulce de leche Brownies

140 gms APF
115 gms butter
225 gms sugar
170 gms semi sweet chocolate
25 gms Cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 orange cream biscuits
3/4 cup dulce de leche
Grease a loaf tin and line it with parchment paper.
Melt the butter and add chocolate pieces.
Stir till smooth.
Let cool.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
Whisk lightly.
In another bowl whisk the curd and vanilla extract.
Add the flour gradually.
The batter will become thick.
Spread half the batter in the prepared pan.
Arrange the biscuits in a neat row.
Spread rest of the batter.
Spread the dulce de leche and swirl it with a fork.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Once again let me remind you that tomorrow is Sunday !..and I have a special post tomorrow too !!

Also linking it to Valli's Anniversary Mela

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Eggless Nutella and Coffee Brownies

BM # 51
Week 3, Day : 5
Theme : Baking, 
Theme of the week: Muffins and Brownies

I love Nutella, it is a form of chocolate right so no reason not to like. The only hitch is I do not eat it, keep it in a shelf away from my eyes, and remove it only when the grand kids come in. I simply love the flavor and texture of this spread and thought of brownies with them. The coffee enhances the flavor, but don't use a very strong one.let it not dominate . Walnuts definitely taste good but if you want to skip them, no issues. To give these a different look I baked these in a terrine mould and cut slices.

Nutella and Coffee Brownies 
3/4 cup Nutella
1 cup oats, grind to a coarse powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup eyogurt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
3 tbsp sugar
Vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
In a mixing bowl combine oats, cocoa powder, coffee powder and baking powder.
Mix well.
Melt the Nutella in a microwave or on a double boiler.
Mix Nutella ,yogurt, oil, milk, sugar and vanilla extract.
Slowly mix the dry and wet ingredients.
Add chopped walnuts .
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg for about 20 minutes or till done.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eggless Oreo Cookie Brownies

BM # 51
Week 4 , Day : 4
Theme : Baking
Theme of the week: Muffins and Brownies

For Day 4 this week, I made these Brownies with kids favorite Oreo .These are the brownies which fascinated me a lot and I craved to bake them. To be frank these were baked about a year back with Nandini giving me the recipe.I wonder how they hid in my camera. 

Anyway these brownies taste awesome, very crunchy and moist at the same time. The Oreo cookie gives it a wonderful color, besides the super delicious taste.

Oreo Cookie Brownies
Cookie Dough
Layer 1
175 gms APF
1 tsp baking powder
125 gms butter
85 gms brown sugar
55 gms castor sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp flax seed powder + 3 tbsp water
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Place all ingredients for the cookie dough in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.

10 Oreo Cookies

Brownie Batter
Layer 2
50 gms butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp flax seed powder + 2tbsp water
1/3 cup buttermilk +1 tbsp
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup APF
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa
Pour all the ingredients into a bowl in the same order as listed.
Beat till well-blended.

Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
Spread the cookie dough in a greased pan.
Arrange a layer of Oreo cookies.
Pour the brownie batter.
Bake at 180 for about 30 -35 minutes.
Let cool , before removing from pan.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eggless Chocolate Brownie Muffin

BM # 51
Week : 4, Day : 3
Theme : Baking
Theme of the week: Muffins and Brownies

These brownie muffins are a recipe from the treasure of Tarla Dalal. While going through one of her magazines I spotted these and found the recipe quite interesting. It is a fusion of brownie and muffin. This was one brownie muffin which was loved by my daughter a lot , though I found it a little buttery but could not resist had an amazing taste.

Chocolate Brownie Muffins
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) chopped dark chcolate
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup condensed milk
3/4 cup APF
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla essence
Butter for greasing
Melt the chocolate and butter with 2 tablespoons of water over gentle heat and mix well so that no lumps remain.
Remove from the fire, add the condensed milk and mix well. Cool to room temperature.
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts and vanilla essence and mix gently.
Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into 8 greased and dusted muffin moulds.
I baked them in these takeaway containers.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 20 to 25 minutes or until a knife or skewer inserted into the brownie comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack and unmould each muffin.
Serve warm.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eggless Lemon Bluberry Muffins

BM # 51
Week : 4 Day : 2
Theme : Baking
Theme of the week: Muffins and Brownies

Next in the muffin series is Lemon and Blueberry muffins. The recipe is from a very old book which has vegan recipes. It called for fresh berries, but since it's difficult to get these I used dried ones. Unfortunately I did not have the amount required , so I used what I had. I understand that the fresh ones would have given a much better taste to the muffins, but all the same the combo of lemon and blueberry is one universal one and tastes real good.

I served these with some sugar glazing, as I had cut down the sugar ,realizing later that they need to be more sweet .

Lemon and Blueberry muffins
2 cups whole wheat flour
11/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of 2 lemons
3/4- 1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
1 cup blue berries
Pre heat oven to 180 deg.
Grease the muffin moulds.
In a bowl, mix flour,baking soda, salt and lemon zest.
In another bowl combine sugar, milk, oil , lemon extract and vinegar.
Mix well.
Add the flour mix to it , mix well till well blended.
Mix in the blue berries.
Fill in the greased moulds, just about two thirds.
Bake for about 20 minutes or till done.
After removing let stand for 5 minutes.
De mould.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Eggless Banana Walnut Muffin

BM # 51
Week : 4 ,Day :1
Theme : Baking
Theme of the week:  Brownies and Muffins

We begin with week 4 and this week I shall be posting Muffins and Brownies. The first three days it's muffins.

For today I have chosen Banana walnut muffins. I do not eat bananas, so I hardly use them in my baking, they definitely lend a prominent flavor to the bakes. Of course it is a very good egg substitute. I made these muffins when my granddaughters came from Japan. They loved them and my daughter was happy that the little one year old was asking for more. She was happy to feed her with these as they would provide her with sufficient energy. Well even I had one of those, but with that chocolate sauce. What do you do to your love for chocolate?

Banana Walnut Muffin 
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 bananas, chopped
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp oil / butter for greasing

Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Keep aside.
Place the butter in a bowl and beat till soft and creamy.
Add sugar and mix well.
Add the bananas to it and mix well.
Add the vanilla essence, walnuts, milk ,oats and the prepared sieved flours to it and mix lightly till the mixture is smooth and no lumps are remaining.
Pour into greased muffin moulds.
Bake at 180 deg c for 15-20 mins.

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