Thursday 27 November 2008

White Sauce


Butter -2 tbsp
All purpose flour/ Maida -2 tbsp
Milk -1 cup
Pepper powder -1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste


Melt butter in a saucepan, stir in flour and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Whisk in milk and cook, stirring, over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until mixture thickens. Turn off flame and add salt and pepper to taste.
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Wednesday 19 November 2008

Fish n' Chips

500gms Sole Fillet, skinned
Lemon juice
Salt and white pepper
1/4 cup flour
Oil for frying
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp oil
3/4 cup beer
1 egg white
pinch of sugar
  • Cut each fillet diagonally into 2 piecesWash fillet in lemon and water. Season with salt and pepper. Chill while you prepare the batter.
  • Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Let stand until dissolved.
  • Place flour in a bowl with the salt and sugar. Make a well in the center. Add the dissolved yeast, oil and 2/3 of the beer. Stir with a wooden spoon just to combine. Stir in remaining beer. Let the batter stand, covered, in a warm place for 30-35 minutes, until it has thickened and become frothy.
  • Dry fish with paper towels. Stir together remaining flour, pepper and salt in a plate.
  • Heat the oil.
  • Whip egg white until it forms soft peaks and fold into batter.
  • Coat fish with seasoned flour, patting so they are evenly coated. Shake off excess flour. Using a 2 pronged fork, dip the fish into the batter. Lift it out and hold it over bowl 5 seconds to drip off excess batter. Carefully lower the piece of fish into the hot oil and deep fry, turning once, until golden crisp.
  • Serve the fish drizzle with fresh lemon juice, french fries, tartar sauce and tomato sauce.

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Tuesday 18 November 2008

Dark Chocolate cake with Butter Icing

Dark Chocolate cake with Butter Icing
(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens "Cooking for Today Cakes")
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾cups granulated sugar
⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½cups water
¾ cup cooking oil
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla essence

  • Grease and lightly flour two 9 inch baking pans. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add water, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixture on low to medium speed till combined. Beat for 2 minutes on medium to high speed. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake in a 350°F /180°C oven for 30-35 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Arrange the cake in to desired shape and frost the cake with butter icing or fill and frost the cake with whipped cream.

Butter Icing
Butter-100 gm
Icing Sugar/ Powdered sugar-200 gm
Vanilla Essence-1/2 tsp
A few drops of food colouring
  • Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Then add the remaining icing sugar and vanilla essence and beat until creamy.
  • Add the food colouring and mix well. 4. Add extra icing sugar to thicken or 1-2 table spoon milk to make more runny if necessary.
Other cakes I made following the same recipe:
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Friday 7 November 2008

Cat Shaped Birthday Cake

Birthdays have always been associated with joy, cheerfulness and smiles. Birthday parties, cakes, gifts, songs, there is a long list of all the things, which can make a birthday celebration all the more joyful and blissful.

My 4 year old son wanted to cut a cake for his mom's birthday and mom made a Cat shaped Chocolate Cake and decorated with Butter Icing.......

"All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much."

P.S- I promise I will come up with the recipe in a couple of days....

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Sunday 2 November 2008

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vinegar

Mix all of the ingredients well with a mixer. It should be brown and smooth. Free of lumps. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Cupcakes will turn out moist and delicious.
Buttermilk or milk may be substituted for water. Melted butter may be substituted for oil.

Recipe Source: COOKS.COM
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