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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Baked Donuts / Doughnuts (No-Knead)






Who doesn't love donuts?  We all do, right? 

I love baked donuts more than the fried ones.... I know, fried ones tastes more yummy than the baked ones. 

But iam a person who try to avoid or lessen the use of unhealthy stuffs in my cooking or baking. Somethings cannot be changed to get the required result, but some ingredients or method can be changed. Thats how i ended up baking donuts....

This is not the first time iam attempting to bake donuts....No....I tried many times and was not at all satisfied with the texture or taste of the end product. But, this one is just right...A sure keeper in my recipe book. So, here iam sharing this with all my friends out here.

The main attraction of this recipe is that, no workout needed for your hand muscles, to make these yummy ones... In short.......No kneading required. Just mix and let the yeast do its work......  Isnt it a relief? 

Do try it out and let me know... 


Ingredients

Maida 3 ¾ cups (575g)  
Dried yeast (active or fast action) 2 tsp
Salt  1 tsp 
Milk (warmed) ¾ cup (200ml)  
Butter (melted ) ¾ cup (170g) 
Eggs 4 (room temperature)
Honey ¼ cup ( 80g) 
Vanilla extract 1 tsp 



Method

1. In a large bowl add maida, yeast and salt. Mix well together. (Dont put salt on top of the yeast)
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, honey, melted butter and vanilla extract.
3. Mix the wet into the dry with a spatula until you get a wet loose dough. Cover tightly with cling film and lay a towel over the top. That’s it, no machine needed!! You may have some lumps in the dough but don’t worry, they will disappear. 
4. Leave it at a warm place and let it rise for 2-3 hours. 
5. Once doubled in size, place the dough in the fridge overnight, roughly for 12 hours. The dough will be loose but will firm up when chilled. Don’t try to knead after 3 hours, it needs to be chilled 
overnight. 
6. Next day, to form your Donuts: On a floured surface, roll out your dough to ¼ of an inch thick. Using a round cutter cut out round pieces of dough. To cut the hole in the middle , use a smaller sized cutter. Even the small rounds also can be baked as such.
7. Place them on a baking tray lined with butter paper.  
8. Cover your donuts with a towel and leave to rise again at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. You will know when they are ready, because they will puff up.
9. Gently brush the donuts with melted butter.
10. Bake at 190 degree celcius for 15 minutes. Keep a close eye on them, so they don’t get too brown. 
11. Once out of the oven, dip them in the glazes. Do this straight away, because it soaks into the warm donut and creates a lovely crisp glaze. 
12. Enjoy them fresh.





Note:

1.The dough can be kept for 3 days in the fridge.


Vanilla Glaze

Ingredients

Powdered sugar 1 ½ cup (187g) 
Milk 2-3 tbsp 
Vanilla extract 1 ½ tsp

Method

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
2. Whisk until silky and smooth. 
3. If you want it thinner add a little more milk
4. Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks. 

For Chocolate Glaze, add 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, along with the other ingredients mentioned for the vanilla glaze.








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Monday, 29 February 2016

S'mores Cookies




A s'more is a traditional night time campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a fire roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. (Wikipedia)


My elder daughter is a big fan of marshmallows and she was telling me to bake s'mores cookies for a very long time. Searched in net and saw that there are many ways to bake them. The traditional one is much different from the ones people bake.

Couldn't get hold of graham crackers, which is to be used in these cookies. But, it didn't stop me from trying these cookies. Tried baking them with easily available ingredients.... So, these are the ones which I baked for her. Do try out and enjoy!!!





Ingredients

1-1/3 cups All Purpose Flour/Maida
1-1/4 cup Crushed Graham Crackers (I used digestive biscuits)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter (softened at room temperature)
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Grated Chocolate (optional )
Marshmallows
Chocolate (cut into little squares)



Method

  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, grated chocolate, salt, baking soda and biscuits. Keep this aside.
  • Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter with both kinds of sugar, add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. 
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until your dough has come together.
  • Preheat your oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  • Take small portions of the dough, roll it between your palms and flatten it a bit. Place them on a baking tray, lined with baking paper.
  • Bake them for about 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges, remove from the oven.
  • Place a small piece of chocolate on top of each cookie, followed by a small piece of marshmallow and pop them in the oven, just for about a minute or until the marshmallows start to lightly brown.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately top them with another little piece of chocolate. Allow to cool slightly, before removing from the tray.
  • Serve and Enjoy!!!




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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biriyani




This time its a rice dish that iam sharing. Everyone love biriyani. But have you tasted a Dum Biriyani?

Dum is the process of making biriyani. Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani is one of the famous among them.

Dont be alarmed by seeing the list of ingredients :) Iam sure all of them would be easily available in your pantry. Its a bit lengthy process but believe me, its worth it....

Hope you will love it. Do let me know how you liked the taste...

Ingredients

2 Onion (thinly sliced for deep frying)
½ cup Oil

For cooking rice:

1 ½ cup Basmati rice (soaked for 30 minutes)
2 Green Cardamoms
2 Black Cardamoms
2 Cloves
1 inch Cinnamon Stick
1 Bay leaf
2 Mace strands
3 cups Water
Salt to taste

For the Vegetable Gravy:

½ medium sized Cauliflower (cut into florets)
1 medium sized Carrot (cut into cubes)
1 medium sized potato (cut into cubes)
1 cup French Beans (cut into pieces)
½ cup Peas (optional)
2 medium sized Onion (thinly sliced)
1 Green chili (slit into half)
2 tbsp Ginger (julienned)
1 tbsp Garlic (finely chopped)
1 tsp Shah Jeera
2 Green Cardamoms
2 Black Cardamoms
2 Cloves
1 inch Cinnamon stick
1 Bay leaf
2 Mace strands
100 gms Curd (whisked)
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
½ tsp Red chili powder
2 tbsp Cashew nuts
1 tbsp Raisins
2 tbsp Almonds (sliced)
3 tbsp Ghee
Salt to taste
¾ cup water

Herbs for the assembling:

½ cup Coriander leaves (chopped)
½ cup Mint leaves
100 gms Curd (whisked)


Method

Wash basmati rice and soak it in water for about 30 minutes.

Heat oil in the a cooker for deep frying. Add the sliced onion in it and fry for 2 minutes or till it becomes golden brown colour. Transfer the fried onion onto a tissue paper and keep aside.

Put the soaked basmati rice along with 3 cups of water, salt, green cardamoms, black cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and mace strands in a thick bottomed pan. Mix and keep it on high flame. When the water starts to boil, reduce it to low flame and cover it with a lid. Let it cook till the rice is half done. Transfer the rice on to a bowl and keep aside.

Heat ghee in a cooker and add shah jeera, green cardamoms, black cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and mace strands. Saute for 1 minute and then add the sliced onion. When the onion starts to change its colour (it might take 2 minutes), add green chilli, ginger and garlic. Mix well and sauté for 1 minute. Now add turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well. Add the vegetables and and sauté for 2 minutes. Adjust salt. Add curd and mix again. Pour 3/4th cup of water and mix well. When the water starts to bubble, reduce it to low flame and cover it with the lid. Let the vegetables cook for about 3 - 4 minutes. Now add the chopped almonds, cashew nuts and raisins. Let it cook uncovered for another 1 minute. Transfer the contents into a bowl and keep aside.

For assembling Dum biriyani:


Spread half of the vegetable gravy in the cooker. On top of it spread half of the cooked rice. Pour little curd on it. Spread little fried onion, coriander leaves and mint leaves on its top. Spread the remaining half of the vegetable gravy. On top of it spread the remaining cooked rice. Pour little curd, fried onion, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Place an aluminium foil on top of the cooker and place the lid on it to create the dum effect. Heat a tawa on high flame. When it becomes really hot, reduce the flame to low. Place the super cooker on the hot tawa for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and the aluminium foil and serve it hot.




* I usually take the quantity of the spices as per my taste. So you can always adjust it as per your taste*


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