Eggless Carrot Cake

               I wanted to make something unique, healthy and easy that can be made in a jiffy. I had two options – orange cake / carrot cake. Finally I decided to make carrot cake. This recipe is very easy to make and needs very less time. It has wheat flour and carrots as main ingredients.  I made it one evening and Krish was surprised to see this and we both loved this cake.
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INGREDIENTS 
Wheat flour – 1 1/4 cups
Curd – 1 cup
Grated carrot – 3/4 cup
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Oil – 1/4 cup + 2tblsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda (Sodium bi carbonate) – 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
Salt – A pinch
  • Measure wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sieve them in a bowl.
  • Wash, peel and grate the carrot. Keep aside.
  • In another bowl, mix sugar, curd, vanilla essence and oil.
  • Now mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  • Finally add the grated carrot and mix well with the batter.
  • Now the batter is ready to be poured in the cake pan.

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  • Meanwhile pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 3 minutes. Linen the cake tray with butter paper.
  • Pour the batter in the cake tray till 3/4th of it.
  • Bake the carrot cake for 30 minutes or until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake, and remove it from the cake tray.
  • Store it in the room temperature for 2 days.

 

 

 

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Multigrain Biscuit

Biscuits and cookies are always everyone’s favourite. Multigrain biscuit is an healthier one when compared to other biscuits. Today is my dear parents’ wedding anniversary and I dedicate these heart- shaped biscuits to them. They are my backbone and strength.

Parents are the only persons  in this world who shower unconditional love upon us and whom we can trust completely. When we are sick, they ask us now and then about our health, when we are upset, they listen to us patiently. If there is no call from us, they will become restless. This kind of love and care can be showered only by our parents.  Nobody in this world can take their place. Sometimes, we live in this world, only for them.

I thank my dear amma appa for supporting and encouraging me in every single step I take. You always guide us but never dominate.  I started writing this  blog because of your support and encouragement. We are lucky and blessed to be your children. Nobody in this world can take your place.

Happy happy wedding anniversary from your children – Cheeru, Ranju and Krish…

INGREDIENTS

Wheat flour – 45 gm

Rice flour – 45 gm

Ragi flour – 45 gm

Oats – 45 gm

Cornmeal flour – 45 gm

Margarine – 150 gm

Sugar – 100 gm

Salt – To taste

Milk powder – 15 gm

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Milk – 32 ml

Food colour – 2 drops(if necessary)

Essence – 1 tsp

  • Weigh all the dry and wet ingredients separately.
  • Mix fat and sugar well. Then add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  • Knead them well into a soft dough.
  • Make balls and roll it out like a roti.
  • With the help of a cookie cutter, cut them to a desired shape.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 200 degree celsius for 3 minutes.
  • Arrange the shaped cookies on a baking tray.
  • Bake them at 140 degree celsius for 25-30 minutes.

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Eggless Whole wheat banana bread using Applesauce

Baking bread and cakes using multigrain flour and whole wheat is always a healthier option than using plain flour/ All purpose flour.  This is my first experiment with wheat flour. I got to know about the applesauce from my Sister-in-law.

Applesauce takes the place of oil and butter in this banana bread recipe. I am very careful saying this because this isn’t a universal rule in the baking world. It requires testing. Oftentimes when applesauce is subbed for butter, you’re left with a very mediocre baked good.  Some recipes just cannot be made without fat. But banana bread is not one of them. In fact, applesauce is a wonderful, healthier ingredient you can work onto a lot of breads and muffins. Again, some testing is often needed before you land on the perfect combination of ingredients.

I made this and gave it to my uncle’s family. They liked it and said that they haven’t tasted a bread  like this. Yes!!! you can feel the aroma of banana while baking and its taste while eating it. Make this and surprise your family.

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INGREDIENTS

Ripe Bananas – 4

Whole wheat flour – 1.5 cups

Baking soda- 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Sugar/Cane sugar –  1/2 cup

Salt-  A pinch

Vanilla essence – 2 drops

Tuti-fruiti/Walnut – few

Applesauce –  made with 3 apples

Applesauce

Apple – 3

Honey – 1 tsp

Lemon juice- A drop

Applesauce

  • Wash and peel the skin of the apples.(I didn’t peel the skin, since it is healthy).
  • Pressure cook the apples or just cook it in an open pan until it is mushy.
  • Mash it well or grind it to a fine paste.  Add honey and lime juice.
  • Apple sauce is ready to use.

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius. Heat both the top and bottom elements.
  • Wash, peel and cut the bananas. Grind them it to a fine paste with sugar. Transfer them to a bowl.
  • Add applesauce, baking powder, baking soda, salt,  vanilla essence and give a quick mix.
  • Now add the sifted wheat flour and mix well without any lumps.
  • Add the tuti-fruti or chopped walnuts into them. Mix well.
  • Grease the bread pan and add the bread batter into it.  usually while baking normal bread, we fill only half of the bread pan. But here you can almost fill the pan.
  • Now bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 deg C for 45 minutes. The timing varies from oven to oven.  Insert a toothpick and check if it comes out clean. This will help you to know if it is baked or not.
  • After baking, cut it into slices and serve with tea or coffee.

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Italian Butterscotch Rolls

Italian rolls is the first recipe I made using my New OTG.  With a bit of fear and excitement I made this recipe.  This is a simple and easy rolls that can be made in one hour. I thank my friend for teaching me this recipe.  io distributed this rolls to my neighbours and they too loved it. Waiting to experiment more and more with my OTG. Hope you will enjoy this recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

Dough

All Purpose flour – 1 1/2 cups

Dry yeast – 1 tsp+1/8 tsp (or)

Wet yeast – 2 tsp+ 1/4 tsp

Warm milk- 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup

Sugar – 2 tbsp

Butter- 1 1/2 tbsp

Vanilla  essence- 1/2 tsp

Salt- 1/2 tsp

Raisins/ Tuti-Fruti/Orange marmalade

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  • Dissolve the yeast in warm milk. Allow it to mix well.
  • In a bowl add All purpose flour, sugar, salt, butter, Vanilla essence and mix well.
  • Add the yeast mixture and knead it well into a smooth dough.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, close the lid and allow it to ferment for 30- 45 minutes.
  • If you check the dough after 30 min, it would have doubled in volume.
  • The dough is ready.

Pastry Cream

All purpose flour – 1/4 cup

Milk – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup

Butterscotch essence – 1 tsp

Yellow food colour – A pinch

Butter – 1/2 tbsp

Salt – A pinch

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  • Mix the flour with half the quantity of milk without lumps. Keep aside.
  • Heat rest of the quantity of milk with sugar, salt, essence and food colour.
  • When it boils, add the flour mixture.
  • Stir continuously in medium flame until it thickens.
  • Allow it to cool.

Method

  • Soak the raisins for 30 min in water.
  • Take the dough and roll it out evenly like a roti.
  • Take the pastry cream and apply it over the rolled out dough. Leave half inch on all the sides.
  • Then, roll it tightly and gently. It will look like a log.

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  • Cut it into half inch thickness.

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  • Place one raisin on top of each disc.

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  • Apply butter on the baking tray and arrange the discs on it.
  • Pre heat the oven at 200 degree Celsius for 5 minutes.
  • Bake the rolls at 175 degree celsius for 20- 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and brush it with butter.
  • The rolls will stay for 4 to 5 days. You can refrigerate it.

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