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Chocolate Vanilla Mix Cake

 

Chocolate Vanilla Cake

Chocolate Vanilla Cake

 

This is my  little son Kevin’s Favourite flavour….whenever he asks for a cake it would be Chocolate Vanilla Mix Cake!!!!He likes this with lots of icing…but here its a simple cake only.

 

Things you need are that of a basic vanilla cake….

 

Ingredients

Butter (Cooking Butter) -200gms

White Cooking Butter

White Cooking Butter

Castor sugar/powdered sugar – 200gms

Eggs – 4 whole

Plain Flour/Maida – 200gms

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Baking soda – 1/4 tsp

Vanilla essence -1 tsp

Cocoa powder – 2 tbsps

Milk – 3 tbsps

 

Method

In a mixing bowl take butter at room temperature and add the powdered sugar cream together till soft and add eggs one after the other and combine well…do not overbeat it may curdle….

Sieve the dry ingredients..plain flour,baking powder and baking soda and keep.

Mix cocoa powder in the milk and keep.

Now add the vanilla essence to the butter sugar mixture and fold in the dry ingredients and incorporate  the air well into the batter by folding the flour only in one direction.

Divide the batter into two portions and  in the second portion mix in the milk  and cocoa mixture and combine well.

Preheat the oven to 180 degree C .

Grease the cake tin and dust with flour and pour in the vanilla batter first and then the chocolate cake batter over the vanilla and pass a knife over the batter.

Chocolate and vanilla mix batter in the cake tin

Chocolate and vanilla mix batter in the cake tin

Now place the cake tin in the middle rack and bake at 180 degrees C for about 25-30 mins as there is hollow in the middle.

Finished cake

Finished cake

When the cake tin is put upside down you get this wonderful chocolate vanilla mix cake…

Sliced Cake

Sliced Cake

Cakes And Cupcakes

Cakes And Cupcakes

 

Bake ….Serve ……And Enjoy…

 

 

 

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Coffee Cake

 

Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

 

You know what….this is the perfect Coffee Cake for Tea Time!!!!!!!This cake tastes better the day after you bake it…Very simple and easy….try out this and enjoy baking.

Things you need are

Cooking Butter(White Butter) -200 gms at room temperature.

Castor sugar or powdered sugar – 200 gms

Eggs whole  – 4large

Plain flour/Maida – 200gms

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Baking soda – 1/8 tsp

Instant coffee powder – 2 tsps  mix into 2tbsps of warm water

Method

All you need to do first is sieve the dry ingredients ..plain flour,baking powder and baking soda and keep.

Take a mixing bowl drop in the butter and powdered sugar and cream well till soft,can use a normal whisk or hand mixer.

Add eggs one by one and whisk gently,pour in the coffee mixture and combine.

Lastly fold in the sieved dry ingredients and combine by folding technic  to get the cake batter

Coffee Cake Batter

Coffee Cake Batter

 

Now preheat the oven to 180  degrees .

Take a cake pan/tin and grease it with butter and dust flour and shake off the excess flour and pour in the cake batter into the cake tin.

Place the cake tin in the middle rack and bake for about 20-25 mins.

Check the cake after 15-20 mins with a skewer or skarp knife for doneness….the skewer should come out clean..if something is sticking …bake further a couple of mins till done.

Baked cake in the tin

Baked cake in the tin

 

When done remove and place to cool and turn upside down on to large platter.

Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

Slice and serve as you wish.

 

Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

 

Bread Pizza

Bread Pizza

Bread Pizza

Ingredients

Sandwich Bread Slices – 6

Pizza sauce or tomato ketchup – 4-5 tbsps

Mozzarella Cheese shredded – 1 cup

Mozzarella cheese

Mozzarella cheese

To prepare the vegetables for topping you need

Oil – 1tbsp

Sliced onion – 1 cup

Sliced carrot 1/2 cup

Green chilli – 1 minced

Spring onion – chopped 1/2 cup

Salt and Pepper for seasoning

Method

First heat a pan and add oil saute the sliced onion,carrot,green chilli and white part of the spring onion fry well and season it with salt and pepper and take off the burner and keep.

Prepared veggies for topping

Prepared veggies for topping

Take the bread slices and place them on the baking tray and spread sauce well,then spread the prepared veggies and remaining spring onion greens.

Bread Pizza

Bread Pizza

Now top with the Mozzarella Cheese

Place the baking tray under the grill in the oven as shown

under the grill

under the grill

Grill till the cheese melts and slightly browned..thats it..Easy Cheesy Vegetable Pizzas are ready to Gobble up.

If you do not have the grill oven can use your Microwave oven…But this takes 1-2 mins only and the cheese do not brown…only melts!!!!

Veg Bread Pizzas

Veg Bread Pizzas

Oven Roasted French Beans and Potatoes with Garlic Chilli Flakes

Oven Roasted French Beans and Potatoes with Garlic and Chilli Flakes

 

This is another Roasted Vegetable Dish…Prepared using French Beans,Potatoes,Garlic,Chilli Flakes and Olive Oil..This is simple and baking is fun…ofcourse Baking is Roasting ..Roasting is Baking…Because We use the Same Oven,Same Settings,Same Dishes or Trays but only thing is while baking we do not stir or disturb the dish whereas While Roasting We can stir or turn the things that are Roasted and Browned…..

Thing needed for this dish are

French Beans – As many as you wish…I used approx 500gms

Potatoes 2-3 med peeled and washed.

Garlic pods – 2 big grated

Red Chilli flakes – 1 tsp

Black Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp freshly ground

Salt to taste

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsps

Prepare vegetables by cutting beans into 2” pieces diagonally or as you like after removing edges and washing and cut potatoes into wedges.

Place them in the Baking Tray or You can use Pyrex Glass Dish.

Veggies in the Roasting Tray.

 

Now sprinkle chilli flakes and grated garlic over the veggies.

Veggies with Garlic and Chilli flakes sprinkled

Drizzle olive oil and add salt and toss well.

Pre-heat oven to 240 degrees C and place the Tray in the Bottom rack of the oven and Bake (Roast)..Stir every 5-10 mins till browned on all sides Take care  while stirring as the oven is hot Use the mitten and long spatula. Sprinkle pepper powder just before you remove out of the oven and stir.

 

Roasted Veggies

Light Chocolate Cake

 

LIGHT CHOCOLATE CAKE.

Ingredients.

•All purpose flour or plain flour(maida) – 150 gms
•Butter – 150 gms
•Powdered sugar or castor sugar – 150 gms
•Eggs – 3 large
•Baking powder – 1 tbsp
•Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
•Cocoa powder – 1 tbsp

METHOD.

1.Weigh the butter and cut into small cubes and let the butter come to room temperature.
2.Blend the sugar to prepare castor sugar and keep aside.
3.Sieve flour,baking powder and cocoa powder together to get well mixed keep these dry ingredients aside.
4.Now take a big mixing bowl and beat butter and sugar powder until creamy and eggs one by one and continue beating add vanilla essence and mix well.
5.Remove the hand mixer and fold in the dry ingredients just see u mix them well together .
6.Grease the baking tin well with butter and dust flour over it and shake off exess flour.
7.Pour the prepared cake batter into the tin see that there is not much in the centre level with spatula.
8.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and place the cake tin in the middle rack.
9.Bake it for about 30-40 mins.We can check after 25 min by opening the oven door and inserting a wooden skewer or sharp knife the skewer should come out clean and dry,if any batter sticks to it close door and continue baking for another few minutes.
10. Take care while doing this cause everything will be hot.When done remove and let it become warm before you turn the cake. cool over a wire rack.

Have a nice tea time with this cake.
By Kezia Mary.

Brownies

 

Brownies

These Brownies are rich in chocolate and no nuts,we can add walnuts,almonds or hazelnuts to this recipe to have a different taste of a nutty brownie.

Things you need

Dark Cooking Chocolate – 100 gms
Unsalted Butter – 100gms cut into cubes
Vanilla Essence – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/8 tsp
Sugar – 2/3 cup Powdered
All purpose flour (Maida) – 2/3 cup
Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp
Eggs – 2 whole

To Prepare

Take a Stainless steel bowl and place the broken pieces of dark chocolate and butter cubes in it.
Place another vessel of water to boil and as it starts to boil,carefully keep this bowl of butter and chocolate over that and melt while stirring.Or use double boiler.
Chocolate is not to be melted on direct heat or flame
After melting keep aside,and take a mixing bowl and pour the mixture into it,then add salt,sugar and eggs and beat well,add vanilla essence too.
To this add the flour and baking powder and mix well.
Grease a square or rectangular Pyrex glass baking dish or cake tin and pour into it.
Preheat oven to 180 C and place in the middle rack and bake for 20 – 25 mins.As usual check with a skewer or sharp knife by inserting in the middle and it should come out clean.
Turn off the Oven and remove the dish using oven mitten and allow to cool and cut into Squares.

Rich chocolate Brownies are Ready to serve…But they taste better the next day…..So Wait to get the original taste of this Brownies…

By Kezia Mary.

Chocolate Cake Bars

 

Chocolate Cake Bars

Ingredients

Plain Flour – 300 gms
Soft Light Brown Sugar – 175 gms
Eggs – 3 whole
Sunflower oil – 180 ml
Cocoa powder – 2 tbsps mixed in 3 tbsps of boiling water
Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Plain chocolate – 50 gms chopped
Oil for greasing – few drops

Preparation

1.Grease a 20.5 cm square tin or a rectangular one and dust it with flour,remove exess flour by shaking off.
2.Preheat oven to 180 C .
3.Sift flour and baking powder and keep.
4. In a mixing bowl take the cocoa powder and add boiling water and mix well then add oil and brown sugar and whisk well to mix and add eggs beat well to combine.
5.Now add the dry ingredients that is the sifted flour and baking powder mix to the wet ingredients combine well with the spatula,add chopped plain chocolate and pour into the greased tin,spread equally and place in the middle rack of the oven.
6.Bake for 30-40 min,If you use a rectangular tin and spread the batter in thin layer it bakes more faster it takes only 20-25 mins,but always check for doneness with the skewer in the middle of the cake,If the skewer comes out clean it is done .
7.Remove and cool,keep covered in a foil overnight.This is so soft and chocolaty.Cut into bars and serve.

NO ESSENCE ….NO BUTTER….STILL SMELLS GOOD.
Try this Easy Chocolate Cake Bars.

By Kezia Mary.

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