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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chocolate Cupcake | Chocolate Cupcake with Whipped cream frosting | Christmas Special Recipes

Cupcakes may come in many flavours, but the chocolate cupcakes are still everyone's favourite. It's my dream come true to make cupcakes decorated with frosting and sprinkles. Since we don't prefer butter cream frosting, I tried it with whipped cream. The cakes turned out to be super spongy and looks adorable. Though the decorations I made are not professional, we loved it.  This is one of the best holiday dessert in this festive season. Let's go for the preparation steps:
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake | Tutti Fruit Cupcake | Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake| Christmas Special Recipes

Tutti Frutti gives me some nostolgic memories. Mom always have tutti frutti in her pantry. Whenever she makes vanilla ice-cream, the simple topping she uses is the tutti frutti. She even makes tutti frutti as stuffing when she makes kozhukattai. Even I love to have this ingredient in my recipes. Already I have posted tutti fruti cookies here. This time I made a loaf cake and cupcake using it. The cake is absolutely soft and fluffy. Here, we go for the step-by-step preparation of this delicious plain sponge cake.

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Chicken Kuruma | Chicken Gravy | Chicken Recipes

When it comes to chicken curry, I mostly make mom's varutharacha chicken curry which I posted here.  My friend gave me this yummy chicken kuruma recipe and it goes very well mainly with tiffin. It resembles the taste of the salna we get in hotels for Parotta. This is also one of my family favourite chicken dish which I make. Off to the recipe:

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Brownie Recipe | Christmas Special Recipes

Yet another recipe from Gateway's Pastry Chef Joe Francis. I prefer to have milk chocolate rather than dark chocolate. Jany, on the other hand, has always been a dark chocolate addict. So I always wanted to try a brownie for him. When Joe gave the recipe, I was super excited and gave it a try. The chocolate brownie is very rich and can be served as a dessert with a dollop of vanilla icecream. These brownies are very soft, moist, dense, fudgy and chocolaty. The walnuts add extra zing to the brownies. So this is for all the chocoholics out there. 

The only challenge with all Brownies is how long they should be baked. This is a fudgy brownie and these brownies are done when the toothpick inserted still has a little batter clinging to it and a few moist clumps. The top of the brownie will have cracks. The brownies are over baked if the toothpick is clean. Always use cooking dark chocolate for this recipe. If you are looking for a cakey brownie, then you should bake my Eggless Walnut Brownie. I have a peanut butter banana fudge brownie recipe as well in the blog.
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Monday, December 08, 2014

Homemade Ghee | How to make Homemade Ghee from Homemade Butter | Desi Ghee Recipe

Nothing can beat the homemade stuff. I made this ghee around 1.5 years back when my Mom was with me. She collected the milk malai on a daily basis and stored it in the fridge for a month. Later she brought it to Chennai and I tried this homemade ghee and homemade butter. Happy tasted this aromatic and flavorful ghee for the first time when she was one year old. Mom was super excited about the outcome of the ghee. It was lying in my draft for such a long time now. Let's go to the preparation steps:
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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mutton Dalcha | Mutton Toor Dal Curry | Dalcha

Yet another new and aromatic mutton curry which can be accompanied either with biryani or plain rice. Jany likes it to the core. Nowadays he often asks me to prepare this curry whenever we get mutton. Mutton Dalcha is a very famous mutton curry from Hyderabad with fantastic flavors. In this recipe mutton is cooked along with toor dal and flavored with spices. Let's see the preparation steps:
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Oats Raisins Walnut Cookies Recipe | Oats Cookies | Christmas special Recipes

December is one of my favourite months. I am preparing myself to post more cakes and cookies during Christmas time. Recently, I attended a baking session with chef Joe Francis of Gateway International Hotel and he taught me a few cakes and cookie recipes. This is the first one I tried from that list and it came out really well. He also taught me the Chocolate Sponge Cake and Chocolate Walnut Brownie. If you are looking for more cookie recipes, then please try the below cookies:
Final pictures updated on 01/June/2020

Ingredients:(Got around 40 cookies)
Oats - 1 and 1/2 Cup  
Flour - 3/4 Cup 
Butter - 200 gms 
Brown Sugar - 1/2 Cup 
White Sugar - 1/2 Cup 
Eggs - 2 
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp 
Cinnamon Powder - 1 tsp 
Raisin - 100 gms 
Broken Walnut - 100 gms 
  Salt - a pinch 

Method:
1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. In a large wide bowl, cream the butter, sugar and eggs together.
2. In another bowl mix the flour, raisin, oats, cinnamon, walnut and salt. Now mix the dry ingredients with the butter, sugar, egg mixture. Refrigerate it for 30 mins.
3. In a baking tray line the butter paper and place the cookie dough roughly. I used a tablespoon to get the equal-sized cookies.  Preheat the oven at 170 deg celsius and bake it for 18 - 20 mins or bake until the cookies turn light brown.
The cookies will be very soft as soon as it is out of the oven. But after it cools completely it turns crispy. The Yummy crispy and crunchy cookies are ready to be served with evening coffee.

Points to remember:
  • The cookies will expand while baking. So leave enough space between the cookies. Also, it is not required to flatten the cookies and it flattens while baking by itself. 
  • The cookies will be very soft as soon as it is out of the oven. But after it cools completely it turns crispy
  • The temperature and baking time varies between ovens. So bake until the bottom of the cookies turns light brown.
  • The sugar should be completely dissolved before adding the dry ingredients(flour, maida etc), so whisk it accordingly.
  • The dough has to be refrigerated before baking. 
  • You can make the cookies a little big but you have to bake it longer.

Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya

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