Tuesday 31 December 2013

Best of 2013

How fast time flew by! It feels like just recently we celebrated New Years and it’s the last day of the year so soon!!!  2013 was not the very best for me....  But I am thankful for all the blessings God give us all throughout the year, for protecting us and keeping us safe and healthy to see another year.... Blog wise also I was not regular, taking a lot of breaks in between.... But some good things like winning the DMBLGIT for my Orange Soaked Bundt Cake and also more recently being acknowledged as one of 30 best Indian Food Bloggers by Awesome Cuisine :)... This year I was able to do my first wedding cake for my brother’s wedding and it was like a dream come true.... Another proud achievement was a Two- Tier Fondant Cake I made.... I am thankful to all my readers, friends and family  for encouraging me every time and I hope to come up with more recipes in the coming year...  Here are some of the most popular posts from 2013 on Swapna’s Cuisine :)....

Mango Cheese Cake 

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Friday 27 December 2013

Classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Marshmallow Crème Filling ~ December Daring Bakers' Challenge

Daring Bakers Chocolate Whoopie Pie Recipe

Whoopie pies are a cross between a cookie and a cake (not a pie!), with two round, mound-shaped halves sandwiching a sweet creamy filling. 

The December Daring Bakers' Challenge had us all cheering - the lovely and talented Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes was our hostess and challenged us to make fun, delicious and creative whoopie pies! Delicious little cake-like cookies sandwiching luscious filling in any flavors we chose... What else is there to say but "Whoopie!"

Since this is the first time I am making Whoopie Pie I wanted to stick to the Classic Whoopie Pie recipe. For filling I couldn’t find Marshmallow Fluff/ Marshmallow Crème in the market here, so I had to make it at home. Found an easy recipe for the fluff on the net. It was really fun making whoopee pie, marshmallow fluff and the filling all from scratch. This time my super picky eater son loved the whoopie pies and he was the one who ate the most!
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Wednesday 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas to All :)

Santa Clause Cake
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Monday 23 December 2013

Candy Cane Cookies

May this Christmas fill your hearts with warmth, peace and joy! We Wish You and Your Loved Ones A Holy and a Blessed Christmas!
Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

During Christmas season I try to bake at least one new cookie every year. This year I tried the Candy Cane Cookies for my little one's school Christmas party. It was a little more time consuming than I expected but it was fun. Hope all of you are ready with your Christmas menu and if you are looking for ideas please go through my Christmas special menu
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Tuesday 17 December 2013

Chicken Biriyani / Kozhi Biryani

Like I said in my Mutton Biriyani post there are plenty of ways to make biriyani and every household has their own unique recipe for the same. This recipe is from my mom which many moons ago was published in Vanitha magazine. Whenever I make chicken biriyani I stick to this recipe as it is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving. So if you are planning to make biriyani on Christmas or New Year try this one and let me know :)
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Friday 13 December 2013

Classic Fudge Brownie

Classic Chocolate Fudge Brownie Recipe

As Christmas and New Year’s draw close, everybody must be busy baking cakes and cookies… I too have baked my first batch of Christmas Fruit Cake… To ring in the festive cheer I thought of sharing this decadent Classic Fudge Brownie, a perfect Christmas gift if you don’t want to make fruit cake and cookies… These are quick and easy to put together; yet immensely rich and satisfying; I am sure people will definitely love this little bite of chocolate heaven! Always use the best quality dark chocolate and cocoa powder for making brownies. The original recipe uses pecan nuts, since I didn't have pecans I used a mix of cashew nuts and almonds… You can reduce or completely omit nuts in this recipe if you so desire… do try this heavenly little bits this holiday season and enjoy it as is or serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce!  
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Friday 6 December 2013

Gingerbread Doughnut Muffins

Gingerbread Doughnut Recipe

Holidays are around the corner I am sure everybody is looking for an easy yet different recipe to try out. I found this irresistible breakfast treat at Annie’s Eats and after reading the recipe, I found myself in the kitchen baking these! The spices that go into this muffin, the cinnamon-sugar topping and of course the name all inspired me to try it immediately :)... These are soft and tender and with the right amount of mixed spices, it is a real treat on a lazy holiday morning to share with family and friends over a cup of coffee or hot chocolate... the best thing about this recipe is you can prepare and serve in less than one hour....You can even bake them in a doughnut pan too..... Try these muffins during this festive season.... 
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