Eggless Fruit & Nut Banana Bread

Fluffy, Moist, Dense and loaded with my favourite fruits and nuts, this banana loaf is definitely a must try.

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If you are a banana lover then this recipe is definitely for you. On the contrary if you don’t like bananas then you might definitely fall in love with these after you eat this loaf. This recipe is by far the best recipe on my blog. Reason being its extremely easy to put together and I can absolutely swear by this recipe every time. If there is one thing I would love to bake any day and any time would be this loaf.

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Dark Chocolate Loaf (Eggless)

Those moments when your house is filled with the aroma of a chocolate loaf baking….are the moments I live for. This dark chocolate loaf is surely going to melt your hearts.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I am sorry for being away for 2 weeks now. If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that I was in Kathmandu during the Nepal Earthquake,25th April 2015. Those were really tough days but now things are much under control. Nepal is fighting back and a new Nepal is going to build soon. This recipe is the one I was supposed to post 2 week ago. I haven’t really baked or cooked much these 2 weeks.

P.S- Please #PrayforNepal Guys!!!!

This Dark Chocolate Loaf was for my Mom as she is really fond of loaf cakes. Its one of her weaknesses. So this Mother’s Day what better than posting My Mom’s Favorite Recipe.

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Who doesn’t love a slice of rich dark chocolate loaf? I hardly know of anybody. And if you are one of those, please do not speak to me 😛 Just kidding guys. But really, this is one thing that you definitely need on a Sunday. A slice of these along with a cup of coffee and your favorite movie is enough to distress from all that you went through during the weekdays. This is totally how I love spending my Sundays. :3

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I baked a Pistachios,Nuts and Chocochip Loaf a few months ago which was quite a hit. I haven’t baked loafs since then although I was craving them since long. I don’t know why but I have this special attachment with a beautifully risen loaf. Do you feel the same???? If I am going through a really bad day, all I want to do is Bake. It is theorapatic. It is the best way I can relax.

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When we talk about chocolate cakes or loafs, I personally do not like it too sweet. I made this loaf once before but it was a total disaster. I used sweet milk chocolate and it ruined the entire loaf for me. It turned out too sweet and I hated it like anything. I was so upset that I didn’t want to give it another shot, until I tried them now. This time I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate along with Hershey’s Cocoa Powder and my loaf came out exactly the way I wanted it to. It wasn’t sweet or too bitter. Just perfect to my liking.

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P.S- Trust me guys, a sweet chocolate loaf is just not worth it…. Try this one!!!

Generally, I post a fuss free and easy recipe on a Sunday for all you guys. And most of you must be wondering looking at the picture that this ain’t EASY. But here is the surprise…This loaf is ready in about 50 mins from start to finish and you have to do nothing while its baking. Yes this is TRUE. You really don’t need to be pro at baking to make these. Just follow the steps and measurements and you are good to go. As i always say, please follow the measurements to the par while you are baking and your end results would be amazing.

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 P.S- The Correct Measurements are extremely important while baking.

I also added dark chocolate chips to this one. I feel they enhance the flavor and texture of the cake all the more. Also it gives it a little bite and crunch and I absolutely love it. It is entirely optional though. You could also replace it with hazelnuts, cashews or any other nuts or dried fruits of your choice.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: DARK CHOCOLATE LOAF

Makes: One 9″ Loaf

Prep Time: 15 mins

Baking Time: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • All Purpose Flour- 200 gms
  • Unsalted Butter-50 gms
  • Sugar-100 gms
  • Salt-1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder-2 tsp
  • Baking Soda-1 tsp
  • Hershey’s Dark Chocolate- 1 bar
  • Hershey’s Coco Powder- 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips-1/4th cup
  • Vanilla Extract-1 tsp
  • Yogurt-1/2 cup
  • Oil-1/4th cup

PROCESS:

In a bowl sift together all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and coco powder. Set this aside. Sift twice if possible.

In another bowl melt the dark chocolate. I melted it in a microwave stirring every 3 seconds until its is smooth.

Now beat the butter, sugar together until it is combined. Add oil and melted dark chocolate and whisk everything until smooth. Make sure you do not over beat it.

Now add the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients,,alternating with yogurt until everything is smooth and combined. The mixture need not be very watery. It will be thick so don’t worry.

Add vanilla extract and this mixture is ready. At the end add half a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips.

Line your loaf tin with some parchment paper, and add the mixture. Bake in a pre heated oven for 40 mins at 180 degrees.

Your amazing dark chocolate loaf is now ready.

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Nutella Bread

If you want to try your hands at baking a sweet bread… then this one is the first thing you should be baking. A bread slathered with NUTELLA… Doesn’t is sound amazing??

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Sunday is my favorite day for writing a blog post. I don’t know why, but I enjoy writing on Sunday’s. Generally I post a recipe early morning on Sunday’s so that if you guys wish to try the recipe you may do so. But I kinda got late today. Nonetheless, I know that this recipe is too luscious to be ignored. If you are a NUTELLA lover (which I am assuming most of you are), you definitely need to try this bread…..

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If you are following me on INSTAGRAM, you would know that I have decided on certain fixed days for my blog post. I am now onward going to publish a new post every SUNDAY and WEDNESDAY. The reason behind this is that most of you keep messaging me about what would be my  next post or when is it coming out. So, I decided to fix days for the blog post so that you guys are more aware about it. Also, I am trying to click as many WORK IN PROGRESS pictures as possible so that it helps you create the recipe same as I did. Guys, I try to keep the recipe as simple as possible, but if you have any doubts or queries please feel free to message or email me. I would be more than happy to help.

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Coming back to this recipe, this was my very first attempt to a sweet bread. I just did my Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes and Herbs Foccacia Bread recipe last week and it was a huge hit. But savory breads are a little easier in comparison to the sweet ones. Not like the making process is any lighter. But it just tastes amazing with so much of flavor. In case of sweet breads its a little tough that ways.

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The only thing that Kills me about this bread is that I just got a tiny little bite of it. I am not kidding guys. All I got was a tiny little bite of it. That is it. I was so so happy and excited with the victory of having nailed it in my first attempt that I didn’t even care of eating the bread.I was just too happy to smell it, admire it and photograph it. I wanted to click the best of pictures for this one. I hope I have clicked it well…what do you think??? hahaha… I can be so naive sometimes 😛

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Bread making has always been on my mind but I always thought that this is not something I can do. It used to scare me. Though I had like a zillion of bread recipes written and developed I never ever gave it a shot. Unless, last week. When my Foccacia bread was successful, I wasn’t as much scared as I used to be.This bread is a true delight to the senses. TRUST ME !

P.S- This bread not only tastes good, but looks and smells good too. It is totally a treat.

This bread does not require any fancy ingredients. The recipe is fairly simple. Also the use of yeast in this bread is really less. That is because we do not want the dough to rise high high high and lose its shape. The final rise in the bread is more of swelling and not of doubling. If you are good at kneading the dough then this one is surely a must try. You can definitely use a dough kneader to knead the dough but you need to knead it for atleast 10 mins.

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The process is fairly simple. You need to mix all the ingredients to make the dough. Make sure you knead the dough well and let is rise. Once the dough has risen, roll it out into a rectangle, spread NUTELLA on it and roll it into a log. Cut the log from the center, and start twisting the ends overtop each other. Bake and your bread will be ready.

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P.S- The best part about the bread is the swirls of nutella in between.

Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE:NUTELLA BREAD

Makes: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 2 hours( Includes dough resting time)

Baking Time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 200 gms
  • Yeast- 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar-1/2 tsp
  • Warm Water- 1 cup
  • Salt- 1 Tsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Nutella- 1/2 cup
  • Cornmeal- for dusting
  • Butter- for brushing

PROCESS:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in  1/4th cup water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to activate. Meanwhile combine flour, sugar, salt, vinegar in a bowl. Add yeast mix and the remaining water and start kneading the dough.

Dust the work surface with some flour and knead the dough for 10 mins until it is smooth. Lightly grease the bowl with oil and place the dough in it. Cover loosely with a plastic wrap, and let it rest in a warm place for an hour or until its double in size.

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Punch down the dough as shown in the picture to remove excess air. Roll the dough to form a rectangle, roughly about 10*12″. Spread Nutella in an even layer on the surface, leaving the sides.Roll tightly to form a log. Dust the parchment lined baking tray with some corn meal, and place the log in it. Now cut the dough down the middle with a knife, leaving one end intact. Twist ends on top of each other,making sure to turn the cut side towards the top. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap for another 20 mins.

Brush the braided bread with some butter.Bake for 30 mins at 160 degrees in a pre-heated oven. Remove and let it cool in a wire rack.

This bread is good to go for upto 3 days. ENJOY!!

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Classic Margherita Pizza Cups

They say happiness comes in small packages 🙂  This recipe is nothing less than that. I am sure you love and adore all the toppings of your favorite pizza but nothing beats a simple, yet CLASSIC MARGHERITA PIZZA!!!

This pizza cup recipe is a tiny version and is surely a hit and one of a kind.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I know most of you are going to hate me for not posting recipes through out the week since past 2 weeks. I am really sorry guys. I have a really special surprise for you guys. Something I have been planning for months now. But i am only going to talk about it once it is completely ready to be showcased. Why spoil the fun right??? Its a really special project for me and i am busy with that. I promise once that is over and I am back to the normal routine, i am going to post 2 recipes per week as always or may be 3.

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Nonetheless, coming back to this recipe, I want you guys to try it as soon as you read the post. The reason is that these are really really easy to make and also amazingly delicious. I don’t think I have posted a easier recipe than this. If you are a pizza lover, then get the ingredients and start baking them right away guys.

Honestly, I love my pizza loaded with a variety of toppings right from mushrooms to bell peppers to caramelized onions and what not. To me a pizza without topping is like a cupcake without frosting. I heart my toppings that much. But sometimes the simpler the better. Once in a while, I love to indulge in a Classic Margherita Pizza. The combination of cheese, tomato and basil is enough to get your taste buds dancing. So, I decided to bake these yummy-licious pizza cups.

P.S- My love for single servings is inseparable. Result: pizza cups. 😛

These pizza cups are the best blend of easy and satisfying food. Plain and simple, it just tasted GOOD. Also these are fulfilling without too much grease and gunk weighing you down. Now these pizza cups aren’t bite sized. They are filling as it is loaded with cheese. So, 2 to 3 of these along with salad or soup can make one heck of a meal. Please invite me if you are making some. I am tempted to eat them again as i am uploading the pictures..but they got over in minutes guys..

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These pizza cups aren’t made out of any pizza dough or pizza base. A pizza base becomes too thick for making cups. These are made out of tortillas as they fit perfectly as the base for the cups. Now, I make fresh tortillas for the cups and I am going to list down the recipe of making fresh tortillas too. But you can easily get a store bought one to make these. Making fresh tortillas is not at all important.

Besides the dough, there are only 4-5 ingredients here.Use your favorite homemade tomato sauce – not too much. Good quality mozzarella. Fresh, plump, juicy tomatoes. Lots of fresh basil… and bonus if it’s from your garden. Season with fresh ground pepper. That’s all.

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So lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: CLASSIC MARGHERITA PIZZA CUPS

Makes: 10 to 12 

Prep Time: 30 mins( if you are making fresh tortillas)

Baking Time: 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Tortillas: (Optional, you can use store bought tortillas)

  • All purpose flour: 1 cup
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Oil or shortening: 2 tbsp
  • Water

For the recipe:

  • Olive Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Roasted Garlic- 2 cloves finely chopped
  • Your favorite pizza or tomato sauce: 1/4th cup (To make pizza sauce at home: Saute garlic, onions and add tomato puree. Cook for 10 mins and add seasonings)
  • Mozzarella Cheese: 1 cup
  • Plum Tomatoes- 2 sliced
  • Basil- dried or fresh
  • Ground Pepper- to taste
  • Salt to taste

PROCESS:

If you are making fresh tortillas at home, then mix all the ingredients under the heading and make a soft dough. Cover the dough with a wrap for 15 mins. After that, divide the dough into equal parts and start rolling each one of them into circle. Make sure it is very thin. In a slightly greased non-stick pan cook the tortillas until they have light brown spots on each side. Do not over cook them. This quantity will make about 8 to 10 tortillas.

Once the tortillas are ready, cut them into circles of about 3′ to 4′ in diameter with the help of a cutter. Press the circled out tortillas in a muffin tray to form a cup like structure. I used 2 muffin trays to make 12 pizza cups.

Now brush these tortillas in the tray with olive oil and garlic. Add half a spoon of tomato sauce (either homemade or readymade).

Fill it 3/4th with mozzarella and top it with sliced tomatoes.

Bake these in a preheated oven for 15 mins at 160 degrees. Top with ground pepper and salt once baked.

They are ready to be served hot.

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Garlic Potato Stacks

Are you bored of the conventional boiled,mashed or fried potatoes?? Try my all new Garlic Potato Stacks which are so delicious that you cant just stop at one.

The ultimate Party Rockers!!!!!!

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Potatoes are everybody’s favorites. The form may be different though. Some of you would like it fried..some boiled..some mashed and some roasted but I hardly know of anybody who doesn’t like potatoes in any of these forms. Not that I am a calorie counter but I try and avoid fried potatoes as much as I can. I would rather roast them in the oven and eat them. But all this while I thought that no matter what, nothing can beat the taste of fried potatoes. Unless I tried this recipe.

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These garlic potato stacks are on top of my easy appetizers list. It is so easy to make and the end result is just unbelievable. I mean all you got to do is slice the potatoes..season them and then stack them together in a muffin tray. Bake them until brown and Voila….Your Potato Stacks are ready.

P.S- These are ultimate Party rockers.

The best part about this recipe is that you can make it any time you like. It does not require any fancy ingredient and is just perfect for your Sunday cravings. This one should definitely go up on my Fuss free Sunday recipes post. If you are following me on INSTAGRAM you would know that every Sunday I post a recipe which you could easily make without much to do. I think I should put up a separate page on the blog too regarding this. What say guys??? Let me know if you like the idea and I will definitely start working on it.

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Coming back to this recipe… you wouldn’t know what I am talking about until you try them. Craving for French Fries? No more because these potato stacks are unbeatable.

Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE: GARLIC POTATO STACKS

MAKES: 6 single serves

PREP TIME: 10 mins

BAKING TIME: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Potatoes: 3 large (Peeled and sliced)
  • Garlic Olive Oil: 4 Tbsp
  • Salt: to taste
  • Pepper: to taste
  • Garlic Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Onion Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika: 1/4th tsp

PROCESS:

Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly. Mix all the seasonings with the oil. With a pastry brush, brush the muffin tins with this oil.

Then layer a potato slice in the bottom of a muffin tin with a thin layer of oil mix brushed on it. Layer another slice of potato and brush it with the garlic oil. Keep repeating till is stacks up to the top of the muffin tin. You can also season it with salt and pepper.

Bake them in a pre-heated oven for about 25 to 30 mins or until they are golden brown.

Enjoy these potato stacks.

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Garlic Butter Spinach Bow Pasta

If you talk about a lazy Sunday evening, comfort food, it cannot get better than this Pasta recipe. 

Good Evening Lovely Readers,

I am quite a pasta person on Sunday’s (actually I can have it as every meal..each day)…. but especially on Sunday’s.. I like to take a big bowl of my favorite pasta and just sit in front of the TV. Obviously you don’t want to work too much in the kitchen on a holiday. All you one to do is cook a one pot meal and you are sorted. This pasta is totally one of those.

Spinach With a handful of ingredients this one makes the job fairly easy. Now, if you are not a spinach lover you can add any other vegetable of your choice. But trust me the spinach tastes amazing in this one. You can try broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, or even corns. Could it get any better for Sunday Supper??? No right.

I know most of you like your pastas in olive oil..at least I do. But try this one with butter and it tastes super amazing. Please do not count calories when making this. 😛   ( Its a warning) Though it does not have much calories as it has no cheese or sauce. Simple yet satisfying.

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Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE: GARLIC BUTTER SPINACH PASTA

Makes: Single serving 

Prep Time: 15 mins

Making Time: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Bow Pasta : 150 gms or 1 cup (Boiled)
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Garlic- 3 to 4 cloves finely chopped
  • Spinach- 1 cup
  • Oregano- 1 tsp
  • Chili Flakes- 1 tsp
  • Mixed Herbs- 1 tsp
  • Salt and Pepper- to taste

PROCESS:

Boil the pasta per your liking. In a heavy bottom pan,add butter and saute the garlic and spinach. Cook for about 2 mins.

Add pasta… rest of the seasonings and you are ready to go.

Serve hot. You can top it with some cheese if you like.

Caramelized Onions, Tomato and Herbs Focaccia Bread

This homemade recipe of Focaccia Bread is surprisingly simple but makes rich, flavorful, chewy yet soft bread that you are going to fall in LOVE with!!! 

If bread making scares you like it scares me, but you can’t resist a fresh and warm baked bread then Focaccia is the best way to begin with.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

If you wish to bake a bread from scratch at home and don’t know how to go about it..then Focaccia is the perfect choice. For all of you who do not know what Focaccia is:

Focaccia is a flat and oven baked Italian Bread similar to style and texture to a pizza. It is popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with salt, olive oil, herbs and may be topped with onion, tomatoes and any other topping of your choice. The best part about it is that this focaccia recipe is an absolute doodle and you can have great fun playing with the toppings 🙂

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Focaccia dough is really similar to a pizza dough in texture consisting of flour, oil, salt, water and yeast. If you are working with yeast do not worry at all. Just follow the recipe step by step and a perfect bread will be ready. I always feared working with yeast initially but not anymore. It an amazing thing to work with.

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The intoxicating smell of yeast, the wet stickiness between your fingers; the magical billowing quality of the dough when a warm spot turns it into a living thing.  These are the pleasures of bread making.  And these are the pleasures I was almost wholly unfamiliar with. Until now. I have tried making it long ago but the result wasn’t what i was looking for. This focaccia bread came like a real surprise as it looks amazing and tastes just like a bakery one.

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In this one, i have flavored the dough too with herbs, pepper, garlic powder and salt. Again the choice is entirely yours. Even for the topping. To begin with you may just top the bread with some herbs and olive oil. I have used caramelized onions, tomatoes, herbs and parmesan cheese. This takes the bread to a whole new level.

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Few important things that you need to keep in mind before beginning to make this bread is:

Yeast: The quality of yeast is really important while making the bread. I have used a yeast from SOLAR. You can use any brand from a grocery store near you. Make sure the yeast is not too old as it would not give you similar results. Also when you dissolve the yeast in water..the water should be just warm. Too hot water would kill the yeast and cold water would not activate the yeast.

Kneading the dough: Kneading the dough is the most important part in bread making. Once you have combined all the ingredients of the dough together you have to knead it for about 8 to 10 mins. This helps to form the gluten in the bread. If you knead the dough perfectly you get a really nice textured bread. You cannot skip this step.

Letting the dough rest: If kneading the dough is important then this step too is equally important. You need to let the dough rest for atleast 1 hour in a warm place which will help it rise. No matter how excited you are to start the baking immediately. Do not skip this step.

Measurement of Ingredients: I always keep on repeating this that when you are baking anything, measurement of the ingredients is very important. Do not add anything more or less. Follow the recipe to get perfection.

P.S- I am sure you will fall in love with this Focaccia Recipe.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

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RECIPE: CARAMELIZED ONIONS, TOMATOES & HERBS FOCACCIA BREAD

Makes- 1 ( 9 /12 ” bread)

Prep Time: 2 hours (Includes dough rising time)

Baking Time: 20 to 25 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Dough:

  • All purpose flour- 2 1/2 cups
  • Salt- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar- 1 tsp
  • Dry Active Yeast- 2 1/2 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup (keep 1/4th cup aside to mix yeast)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 1/2 cup (extra for drizzling)
  • Garlic Powder- 1 tsp
  • Ground Black Pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Dried Mixed Herbs- 1/2 tsp

For the Toppings: 

  • Onion- 1 large thinly sliced
  • Honey- 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes-2 medium sized (cut into 1/4th inch slices)
  • Mixed Herbs- 2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese- 1/4th cup grated

PROCESS:

Firstly, in a medium bowl stir together yeast, warm water and sugar. Let is rest until the yeast is bubbled up for about 10 mins.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, 1/4th cup olive oil, salt, herbs, pepper, garlic powder. Pour in the yeast mixture along with the rest of the water and combine it together. The dough will be really sticky and wet at this stage. Turn the dough into a well floured surface and knead it until the dough is smooth. Knead for about 10 to 12 mins.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen wrap and let the dough rest in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. This should take around an hour.

While the dough is resting, heat a tsp of oil and add onion slices over medium heat and add honey. Cook until the onions have turned light brown and caramelized..

Once the dough has doubled its size..punch it down to remove excess air. Press it into a lightly oiled baking tray and shape it to a rectangle or any other shape. It need not be too neat. Now poke holes using your fingers. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and let the dough rest again until it puffs up for about 20 mins.

Top the dough with caramelized onions, tomatoes, herbs and cheese. Bake the focaccia in a pre-heated oven for about 20 to 25 mins at 180 degrees or until golden brown.

Cut into pieces and serve.

This bread is good upto 2 to 3 days.

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Mini Apple Galettes

Can you wake up to a better morning..than to the aroma of these apple and cinnamon Galettes. I bet not.

Hello Lovely Readers,

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I can’t tell you how amazing is the aroma of these amazing apple galettes. I just couldn’t hold on for them to be out of the oven so that I could dig on them. These were over in an hour guys. REALLY.
I baked and shot these early morning today. I was craving a warm apple pie since last night and I couldnt wait until morning to bake. I started working on them as soon as I woke up. I think that totally defines a foodie. Nonetheless..once I started working on the recipe, I thought why not make galettes instead of pies because I simply love the rustic look of these galettes. Also..instead of making a whole big galette I went for a single serve one. If you follow my blog you would know that I rather prefer single servings for my desserts. Isnt that good.

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P.S- The single serve idea behind all my desserts are that I do not like to share my dessert. PERIOD!!

Long ago I wasn’t a fan of apples in my dessert. Even when I went to a bakery I would definitely pick desserts with strawberries..blueberries..chocolate or any other flavor over apples. But once I tasted an apple pie and I thought it was the best. When I first baked an apple pie(click here for recipe) I was amazed with the way they turned out to be. Ever since I have been a huge fan of the apple and cinnamon combination and I look for ways to incorporate them in baking.

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Coming to this recipe…I believe apple galettes are really fuss free In comparison to apple pies. All you need to do is place your apple and cinnamon mix on a rolled out pie crust and fold the edges. Yes..they are really simple. There is no fuss in making these galettes. You need to have a perfect pie crust to make these. You can either use a store bought crust or make it all by yourself.

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P.S- You can replace apples by strawberry..blueberry..mangoes..nuts…anything of your choice.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: MINI APPLE GALETTES

Makes-4 to 5 single serve or One 9″ Single crust pie
Prep Time- 20 mins
Baking Time- 20 mins

Ingredients:

For the pie crust:

  • All purpose flour- 100 gms
  • Butter- 40 gms
  • Sugar- 20 gms
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  • Water- 2 tbsp

For the Apple Filling:

  • Apples- 2 medium sized diced or slice
  • Cinnamon powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon Juice- 1 tsp

PROCESS:

In a bowl mix all the ingredients for the apple filling and keep aside.

In a separate bowl..add flour and butter. Rub the butter and flour together until a grainy mix is formed. Now add rest of the ingredients and form a dough by just combining everything together. Dont add excess water.

Now divide the dough into 5 equal parts and start rolling each one into a 4″ circle. Place the apple mix in the centre leaving atleast 1 inch edges to fold. Fold the sides inwards toward the filling.

Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on top too.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and bake the galettes for 20 mins at 180 degrees in a pre heated oven.

Serve warm with caramel sauce or ice cream.

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Blueberry Pie Cookies

What do you do when you are craving both pies and cookies at the same time? Nothing much…You follow my recipe and bake these pie cookies ❤

Hello Lovely Readers,

Blueberry

This week has been really hectic and I baked and shot like almost 5 recipes. I know you guys must be wondering that I haven’t posted any of those since like 5 days but I just couldn’t manage to do it. So here I am today, posting my most favorite recipe of what I shot.

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If you have been following my blog, you would know that I always do a mix of recipes through out the week. Like I post at least 1 dessert and 1 savory item on the blog per week. I avoid baking desserts through out the week. Though whenever I am thinking of what to post next all I can think of is some amazing dessert 😛

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P.S- If you are fond of Cookies then this one is definitely a must try for all you Cookie Lovers.

Pies and Tarts are my ultimate favorite. Like you can find a lot of pie recipes on the blog. I prefer them over cakes honestly. My last strawberry hand pies was my absolute favorite. I am thinking of doing savory pies on the blog. Do you have any flavor or ingredient suggestion for the savory pies? Do let me know and I will definitely try them out. I do have a caramelized onion tart on my mind but I am still working on the recipe. 😛

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I can go on and on discussing about my plans but lets now discuss what all of your are here for : Blueberry Pie Cookies       I had a box of Fresh Blueberries lying with me and I was wondering what should I bake. The first thing I thought of were blueberry muffins. But I had made a batch of my banana muffins (the recipe of which you are going to see soon) and I didn’t want to indulge in muffins again .So I was really confused between blueberry cookies and pies. I was literally craving both. Trust me. But my box of blueberry could suffice only 1 recipe. So I baked these beautiful blueberry cookies in the form of a pie.

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P.S- Each and every bite of these offers the very best part of an actual Blueberry Pie, with all the convenience of a Cookie. You need no fork to eat these…Yippie

SERIOUSLY!! THIS IS THE BEST COOKIE I EVER HAD.

You know what I love the most about a blueberry pie or any other pie is the oozy baked sugar, chewy-ish bits of baked fruit that gets all caramelized to the crust…I am craving them again guys while writing this post .. but they were over the very same day. Anyways, that is my absolute favorite part of a fruit pie. How great are those sticky little chewy bites. Oh Gawd!! Those gooey and warm bites of Pie Heaven are my inspiration for these cookies.

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I have made various pies with different fruits right from apples to strawberries to mangoes. But Blueberry is my ultimate favorite as there is no pitting or peeling involved in case of blueberries. Mix the blueberries with sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest for an amazing flavor. These pie cookies have not been made with any artificial dough. I have made fresh dough and fresh blueberry jam for these cookies.

P.S- For the best flavor use Fresh Blueberries.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: BLUEBERRY PIE COOKIES

MAKES: About 6 to 8 cookies

Prep Time: 45 mins (includes dough chilling time)

Baking Time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the cookies dough:

  • All purpose Flour- 100 gms
  • Butter- 50 gms
  • Vanilla- 1 tsp
  • Sugar- 3 to 4 Tbsp (can vary according to how sweet you want. This one is just about perfect)
  • Chilled Water- 2 Tbsp
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Baking Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Granulated Sugar- For sprinkling

For the blueberry jam:

  • Fresh Blueberries- 80 gms
  • Lemon Juice- 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Sugar- 4 Tbsp
  • Lemon Zest- 1 tsp
  • Water- 2 Tbsp

PROCESS:

In a saucepan mix all the ingredients under the blueberry jam and cook it for 5 to 10 mins on slow flame. Make sure you keep stirring. Close once the blueberries have cooked and reduced to a jam like consistency. Let it cool.

On the other hand, in a large bowl, take flour and add butter. Rub the butter and the flour together with the help of your fingers until you get a grainy mixture of flour. Add in the rest of the ingredients and form a dough. The dough wouldn’t be very fine but that is how it is supposed to be. Now cover it with a cling wrap or a foil and put it in the fridge for about 30 mins.

Once the dough is chilled roll is out by dusting some flour on the work slab and cut in into atleast 1/2 inch thick rounds with the help of a cookie cutter. Use the rest of the dough by rolling it and cutting it into thin strips.

Now place the blueberry mix on the surface of the round cut cookies and top it with thin strips in a criss-cross manner.

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Once these cookies are ready, place them in a tray lined with parchment paper and place the tray for at least 10 mins in the refrigerator. Now sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.

Bake them for about 20 mins at 160 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

And Voila…. the best blueberry pie cookies are now ready. Enjoy them with a glass of milk or coffee or they are just amazing as it is.

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Freshly Baked Out of the Oven

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

Hello All you Lovely Readers,

Summers are almost here and I am all set for the summer recipes this season. I have quite a lot of them lined up. To begin with is the Roasted Garlic Hummus. Now, I had a lot of you requesting me for Lebanese Food. Right from pita bread to hummus to a lot more. It was quite on my mind to do pita chips also guys but today I am only doing a perfect hummus recipe at home. Although you can check out my whole wheat pita chips recipe (here) which I had done long ago.

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Now for those of you who don’t know what Hummus is: Hummus is a dip which is made out of cooked and mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. It is mostly served with pita bread but you can widely use it as a salad dip and have it with cucumbers,carrots, and also chips. I prefer it that way. They are high in nutrition and are perfect to eat those raw vegetables with a lot of taste….YUMM 🙂IMG_20150312_172656_wm

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I think this is the easiest thing I have made soo far. Trust me when I say this. Hummus is a proof that some of the best tasting things in life are the simplest to make. It can be rustled up with just 5 to 6 ingredients and requires no cooking at all- only a food processor. (Really *WINK*)  The hummus recipe below will give you a perfect basic hummus recipe and also a solid base from which you can work on to experiment more new flavor if you like.

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As I mentioned earlier that Hummus is a chickpea based dip and a staple at any Levantine Table spread. It was mostly popular in Middle East, Turkey etc but now is famous across the world. What I love about hummus is that you can really experiment with it. You can include spices such as coriander seeds, cumin, paprika , dried chili flakes and all sorts of things. You might also come across hummus blended with red-paprika, sun dried tomatoes, and even caramelized onions.

P.S- The best part is there are no hard and fast rules with the flavoring of hummus. You can have fun and experiment with the flavors when at home. Once you have mastered the basic recipe you can flavor it with whatever takes your fancy.

I love the flavor of roasted garlic and I had to add it in these. All you have to do is remove the head of the garlic, drizzle it with some olive oil, and roast it in the oven for 15 to 20 mins at 180 degrees. Its the best thing ever. You can also fry the garlic if you don’t want to bake it.

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Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: Roasted Garlic Hummus

Makes: 1 bowl dip

Prep Time: 5 mins

Making Time: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chickpeas- 200 gms soaked ( You can also use the canned ones)
  • Yogurt- 4 Tsp ( You can use Tahini Instead of this)
  • Roasted Garlic- 2 to 3 cloves( Don’t add more than this)
  • Sea Salt- 1 tsp
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 6 Tbsp ( Some more for drizzling)
  • Lemon Juice- 3 Tbsp
  • Paprika- 1 tsp ( Some extra to drizzle on top)
  • Coriander- 2 Tbsp (Optional and extra to add on top)

PROCESS:

Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and and tip into the food processor. Add the yogurt, roasted garlic, salt, lemon juice, coriander, paprika and olive oil. You can also add some water for a better consistency. Blend until everything is smooth and combined.

Now tip it into the serving dish and drizzle it with some extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle some paprika and finely chopped coriander and some chopped roasted garlic.

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Marshmallow Cupcakes Blogiversary Giveaway Contest

Thank you everyone for all the lovely wishes that you sent me on my 1st blog anniversary. Yesterday was a really really special day and I am extremely happy.

Moist and Light Chocolate Cupcakes topped with melted marshmallow and sprinkles. These couldn’t be better.

Hello Lovely Readers.

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If you love marshmallow’s you are going to adore these cupcakes. These cupcakes are light, fluffy and topped with melted marshmallow as the frosting for the cupcakes. Could it sound better than this?? I guess not. The marshmallow frosting is extremely easy to do unlike others and just takes about 5 mins. All you have to do is pop in the marshmallow 5 mins before the cupcake is baking in the oven and this beautiful marshmallow cupcake is ready 😀

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I stumbled on these by accident, a sort of kitchen experiment! I was craving to eat cupcakes and was too lazy to whip up a frosting. I had a bag full of marshmallows with me. I thought why not try these as a frosting for my cupcakes. I was so pleased with how they turned out them. I used pink marshmallows and they look absolutely gorgeous. Once cooked the marshmallows give the cupcakes a soft, molten texture. It makes a lovely contrast against the crumbly cake surrounding it. Minimal or no icing is needed as these are already quite sweet. If you wish you can add these on top of your butter cream frosting too…but for me these were enough.

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P.S- These are really addictive. Make sure you make a huge batch 😛

These cupcakes are a savior when you are running out of time and want to bake something out of this world. Also, no matter how much I love cupcakes with frostings, this one is my all new favorite. If you are fond of marshmallows then this one is definitely a must try for you. Also, if you are a beginner and are not to pro in making cupcake toppings and piping them then you should definitely start with this one. If you are using mini marshmallows then you need to use 3 to 4 marshmallow per cupcake but i used a bigger one which suffices each for a cupcake.

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I have made a chocolate batter for these cupcakes. You can keep it plain with just vanilla flavor or give it any flavor you like. You can also add a lot of chocolate chips to these. The choice is entirely yours.

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So lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: MARSHMALLOW CUPCAKES

Makes: 8 cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 mins

Baking Time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Cupcakes:

  • All Purpose Flour-1 1/2 cup
  • Butter- 1/2 cup
  • Sugar-3/4th cup
  • Baking Powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda- 1 tsp
  • Buttermilk- 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract-1 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder- 4 tbsp

For the Frosting

  • Large Size Marshmallows- I used Pink
  • Sprinklers

PROCESS:

Beat the Butter and Sugar in a bowl until it is light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract, buttermilk and mix until a smooth consistency. Now in a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda,and cocoa powder.

Mix the wet ingredients in the dry one and whisk it with a spatula. Do not over mix.

Now line a cupcake tray or muffin tray with liners and pour the batter. make sure you fill only 3/4th of the tray. Bake these in a pre heated oven, for 20 mins at 180 degrees.

Once they are done, pop in one marshmallow on each cupcake and bake further for 5 mins until the marshmallows are soft…then put it in microwave mode for 3 mins. Once u put the cupcakes in microwave the marshmallows will rise really high. But don’t worry, it will come back to normal.

Now your cupcakes are ready with a frosting. Let it cool down. Add sprinklers or you can also top it with your favorite topping.

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As you guys know, it was my Blog Anniversary yesterday. And I am thankful to each one of you for all your love and support. 

I am holding a GiveAway Contest on Facebook & Instagram. Please participate and you could get a chance to win amazing goodies from Propshop24.

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Now most of you send me the pictures of what you cook from the blog. Its time to get awarded for that.

Enter the contest and get a chance to win these quirky and fun baking essentials from PropShop24 (Owl cake mould, Owl Spatula, Chocolate Mould and Doughnut Diary). To Enter the Contest:

1. Follow & Like @cookingdiarybyshruti on instagram and facebook.
2. Make anything of your choice from my blog and post the picture.Tag me and also use a hashtag#CDBSturns1
3. One of you who tries maximum number of recipes from the blog and whose pictures I like the most will win these amazing gifts.

Time to Cook Guys…Make me Happy 

The CONTEST is on upto 20th March 2015.

Contest open in India only!!

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Eggless Nutella Brownies

Chewy, Fudgy, Dense, Rich, Crumbly and Chocolaty…This Nutella Brownie have been made completely from scratch and you will never make a box mix brownie again!!!

Firstly, I would like to wish all you lovely women a Very Happy International Women’s Day :*

This Women’s Day Celebrate Yourself :- Be Unstoppable

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Hello all you beautiful people,

I have a really good news to share with you guys!! Guess what is around the corner??? Its my 1st Blogiversary. Yes guys its about to be a year. I really couldn’t believe it when I got a notification that its almost a year now. WOW, this journey was superbly amazing. I want to thank each one of you who made it possible. I am really really excited and thrilled. Do watch out my Instagram and Facebook page as I have huge surprise lined up for you guys 😀

Sigh.. I can go on and on about how excited I am for my blog anniversary but coming back to what you are here for is this perfect homemade nutella brownies. Is there anything better in the world that can make you happy than a rich, chocolate , fudgy Brownie? I guess No. My Nutella Brownies are a real good deal. You are going to enjoy every bit of it. Its a brownie in its purest form. There are no fancy ingredients in this one. This is my secret and ultimate favorite brownie recipe.

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P.S- I just baked it like 2 hours ago and more than half of it is over. 😛

This is a plain and simple nutella brownie. I haven’t added any sort of frosting or layering to this one. I wanted to keep it as simple and pure as possible. Now, most of you must have made brownies before and you might have a secret brownie recipe too. Like everyone has a secret brownie recipe…:D

There are a lot of favorite recipes but today I am going to show you how to make chewy, fudgy, homemade brownies. When you say a brownie is chewy it means that it has a really dense structure but still a little crumbly. But a Fudgy brownie are moist with an extremely chocolaty interior. I like my brownies to be a mix of both.

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Before making a perfect brownie you need to know your ingredients really well. I was only able to develop this brownie recipe after a little practice, trial and error.

Lets get started with the recipe.

RECIPE: EGGLESS NUTELLA BROWNIES

Makes- 16 brownies pieces

Prep Time- 15 mins

Baking Time- 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 150 gms
  • Sugar- 80 gms
  • Cocoa Powder- 60 gms
  • Baking Powder- 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda- 1 tsp
  • Vanilla- 1 tsp
  • Nutella- 4 tbsp
  • Oil- 60 ml
  • Milk- 50 ml
  • Apple Sauce- 1/2 cup ( Peel and puree 1 apple with 1 tbsp honey & 1tsp lemon)

PROCESS:

In a bowl sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda.

In a mixer, add apple sauce, milk, oil, vanilla extract,sugar, cocoa powder, and nutella. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. Make sure there are no lumps.

Now mix the wet ingredient into the dry ingredients with the help of a spatula. Do not overmix.

Pour it into a 8 by 8″ baking dish lined with parchment paper and bake it in a preheated oven for 30 mins at 200 degrees.

Do a skewer test to see if your brownies are baked nicely. If not bake for 5 more mins.

Lets your brownies cool on the wire rack for atleast 1 hour. (I know this is the most difficult time) and keep it in the fridge for 30 mins.

Cut them in to equal squares once cooled down and dust it with sugar if you wish.

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Spaghetti Italiano

If you talk about TASTY & EASY yet COMFORTING food….the this one has to top the charts. It is always on the rim when I am thinking of eating something quick and easy.

Hello all you lovely people,

I need not say much about this recipe. This one really really easy to put together. All you have to do is boil your spaghetti, throw in your favorite toppings and season it. Thats it!!! Sounds super easy doesn’t it?

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If you ask me, I prefer my spaghetti without any sauce. I like it light and simple…loaded with my favorite toppings. #Nocheese 😛 Although I am huge fan of mushroom cream cheese sauce and I can have it like everyday but that one is loaded with a lot of calories. I have a lot of requests for a red sauce pasta with the perfect restaurant style sauce. I think I will be doing that one soon. Now, coming to this one, its the simplest recipe ever. Even a kid can make this one it is that easy.

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P.S- If you are looking for an easy, comforting food….Try This One !!!

I like this spaghetti because it is light. I love the infused flavor of garlic and extra virgin olive oil which are total taste enhancers of this recipe. You have to use a generous amount of both if you really want to enjoy the flavors. Now, you can only use garlic, olive oil and seasoning in this spaghetti. But I add a few veggies to add additional flavors and texture to it.

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Lets begin with the recipe.

RECIPE: SPAGHETTI ITALIANO

Makes: Serving Good for two

Prep Time- 10 mins

Making Time:10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Spaghetti- 1/4th Packet Boiled  ( I have used a really thin one)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • Garlic- 5 to 6 cloves
  • Broccoli- 1/2 cup blanched (optional)
  • Zucchini- 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Mushrooms- 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Onion- 1 diced
  • Salt- to taste
  • Pepper- to taste
  • Oregano- to taste
  • Chili Flakes- to taste

PROCESS:

Boil the spaghetti up to your liking. Do not over cook it. Make sure you give your spaghetti a cold water bath after boiling so that it does not stick together.

In a heavy bottom pan add olive oil, once it is heated add garlic. I like to cook garlic a little longer to infuse its flavors.

Add the vegetables, spaghetti and all the seasoning together.

Just saute everything for a minute.

Your Spaghetti Italiano is now ready.

NOTE: The vegetables are optional. You can add any vegetable of your choice. You can add baby corn, capsicum, bell peppers, corn, olives, beans and a lot more. Or you can just escape the vegetables completely.

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Strawberry Hand Pies

These Strawberry Hand Pies are flaky, sweet, juicy and baked to perfection. These were so yummy that I actually wanted to sell them at a bakery and wanted everyone to taste it. #Justathought 😛

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Hello all you lovely readers,

Did you enjoy the series of post for valentines special on the blog? Well I got a lot of feedback where in CDBS readers shared the pictures of all that they made. The Vanilla Shortbread Strawberry Trifle with Fresh Strawberry Sauce was a huge hit. That was one of my favorites too. Well I will be sharing all the feedback by the end of the month. I was supposed to do it for January too but it somehow didn’t work. But I promise from this month onwards the CDBS Monthly Highlight page will definitely be up.

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P.S- If you too want to be featured on the blog, do share your pictures and experience of cooking from CDBS. I would love to share it with the world. ❤

This month has been extremely special. Yes, a lot of amazing posts and feedback is one reason but the most amazing thing that happened a few days ago is Chef Kunal Kapur liked a few pictures of CDBS on Instagram. So did Farah Khan Ali ( Jewelry Designer). I was really taken aback by this. It was such a wonderful feeling. For more updates on that you have to follow me on INSTAGRAM: @COOKINGDIARYBYSHRUTI.

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Coming back to this recipe, its my ultimate favorite. Strawberries are there in the market for a last few weeks and I am trying to make the most of it. Honestly, it was a strawberry custard creme tart which was in my head. But then I had made a similar version with mangoes last year. (Click Here for the recipe of Mango Tarts). My mom was really craving them. Since she is out of town, I didn’t want to bake it.

P.S- You will see them on the blog soon 🙂

A bite sized pie has always been in my head. Its easier to serve and because it is bite sized you can really cut onto the portions. (Although this has never been on my mind)

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I know most of you find it really difficult to try a pie or a tart because of a simple thought i.e if it will come out the way it should. You can read my post of Mango Custard Creme Tarts for a detailed post on how to make it. The important thing to know while making a pie is that your crust should be perfect. It should be flaky and fudgy. You don’t want the crust to be either too crisp or too soft. It just has to be perfect. There is no other way.

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P.S- There are a few simple rules you need to follow while making a pie to bake it to perfection.

These strawberry hand pies are really easy to put together if you make a perfect pie dough. Once the dough is ready you are sorted to make these. I have mentioned some common mistakes that you could possibly make while making Pies. If you avoid these, you can bake them easily.

Some Common Mistakes that you can avoid while making Pies are:

1. Not Chilling the Pie dough:

I did this mistake for the first time when I made a pie. My pie was hard as a rock. Nothing beats a tender and flaky pie crust. And the key to make a perfect pie crust is chilling the dough for atleast 30 mins. If you are wondering why is this important is because it lets the butter to solidify again and lets the gluten relax and deactivate. If you don’t follow this crucial step your pie crust is most likely to shrink while baking.

2. Not using Chilled Butter:

Baking is really about the rules. We tend to avoid things like this when mentioned in the recipe. It seems less important. But you need to keep every step in mind while baking. Using a chilled butter is really important while kneading the dough. This helps to deactivate the gluten that can be formed while kneading. If you use a warm butter it will activate the gluten in the dough.

3. Over Kneading the Dough:

Whenever you make a pie crust, just combine the dough softly with your hands. It need not be perfect. It will be crumbly. Over Kneading the dough will never give you a flaky crust. Just combine the dough together and refrigerate it.

4. Throwing the pie right into the oven before baking:

Another really common mistake. You need to chill your pie for atleast 15 to 20 mins before you put it for baking. This is because while you are working with the dough the temperature of the dough rises again because of the warmth of your hands. You have to chill it again once you have filled it with your filling so that the gluten is deactivated.

5. Serve it while its hot

I know its really difficult to stop yourself once it is out of the oven…But a hot pie directly from the oven is a really bad idea. You need to cool it for atleast 1 hour before serving so that it sets naturally. Allow it to cool down.

You can make these hand pies in any flavor you like. Right from apples to raspberries to blueberries. You can fill in anything you want. I have caramelized the strawberries with some sugar to avoid the sourness in them.

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Lets begin with the recipe.

RECIPE: STRAWBERRY HAND PIES

Makes- 7 to 8 pies

Preparation Time- 1 hour( includes dough chilling time)

Baking Time- 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the pie crust:

  • All purpose flour- 120 gms
  • Chilled Unsalted Butter- 60 gms (cut in cubes)
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Baking Powder- 1/4th tsp
  • Sugar- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Salt- 1/4th tsp (if you are using salted butter you can skip this)
  • Chilled Water- 2 to 3 tbsp

For the strawberry filling:

  • Finely chopped strawberries- 1 cup
  • Castor Sugar- 4 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice- 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon Zest- 1/2 tsp

PROCESS:

In a bowl mix together all the ingredients of the strawberry filling and keep aside in the refrigerator for cooling.

In a clean work surface, take the all purpose flour and add the chilled butter in cubes. Use a fork to break down the butter until the flour become crumbly.

Now add sugar, salt and baking powder. Make sure you work with really light hands.

Mix the vanilla extract and water together. Now drizzle 1 tsp of the mix at a time to combine a dough.

Do not add excess water. Just add enough to combine the dough. The dough will be crumbly. Form a ball, cover it with a cling wrap and let it chill for atleast 30 mins.

Once the dough is chilled…roll it out roughly till it is 1/2 inch thick, and cut out small circles of it as shown in the pic below.

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Now fill in the filling, cover it with another circle, and close the ends with the help of the fork. Also punch the fork a few times on top so that there is space for some air and the pie doesn’t burst.

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Once these are ready, chill it again in the fridge for about 20 mins before baking.

Bake in a preheated oven for 20 mins at 180 degrees.

Let it cool and enjoy.

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Vanilla Shortbread Strawberry Trifle with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Dont know where to find the easiest recipes for your Valentines Day Special Menu. Well your search ends right here. Find a series of valentines special recipes on the blog.

Hello Lovely readers,

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I think this season I have been highly obssesed with my favorite strawberries. I have possibly included them in most of my dessert ideas. I also made a strawberry meow toast for my sister who is crazyy about cats. Check it out on my Instagram or Facebook page.

P.S-  The is more of it coming on the blog with Strawberry Icecreams, Jam and Pancakes on my mind.. ❤

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Today on the blog are these classy looking Vanilla shortbread strawberry triffle topped with fresh strawberry sauce. Its not a rocket science at all..its really simple to put together. The main highlight of this dessert is fresh strawberry sauce which gives it an edge. All u have to do is layer the triffle in either personal servings or it can also be prepared in a pudding bowl.

This dessert can be considered almost guilt free because the sugar content isn’t too high. Also it doesn’t have any sort of butter or fats. Also if you wish to make it more healthy you can replace the whipped cream with your favorite flavored yogurt. Another option is the shortbread that you use can also be replaced by a healthy brownie or any other low calorie cake.

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The main highlight of this dessert recipe is the topping. I have topped it with fresh strawberry sauce and I think its the best thing. It just adds so much more flavor to the dessert. The strawberry sauce can be prepared in just about 10 mins. Also you have to do is put the strawberries and sugar or honey in a pot and cook it in slow flame until the strawberry leaves its juices and is cooked with sugar.

P.S- The strawberry sauce can be used with other desserts too. You can store it up to 3…4 days.

To ease the process of making this dessert you can easily buy a shortbread or dry cake from the market. I have used a custard flavored shortbread. You can use any flavor of you choice. You can give it an entirely new taste.

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Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE: VANILLA SHORTBREAD STRAWBERRY TRIFFLE

WITH FRESH STRAWBERRY SAUCE

Makes- 3 to 4 personal servings

Prep Time- 15 mins

Making Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Vanilla shortbread sponge- 1/2 loaf
  • Sweet Whipped Cream- 1 cup
  • Fresh Strawberries- 2 cups choppped
  • Sugar or Honey- 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla essence- 2 tbsp

PROCESS:

In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add 1 cup fresh strawberries and sugar and let it cook on low flame until the sugar melts. Keep stirring in every few minutes. Cook on low for at least 10 mins.

After some time the strawberries will be completely cooked and will reduce to form a semi liquid sauce with strawberry pieces.

Keep the sauce aside and let it cool down.

Meanwhile add vanilla extract to your whipped cream.

Now in a serving glass add a layer of whipped cream. Top it with shortbread cake cut in cubes.

Add a layer of freshly chopped strawberries. Again add a layer of whipped cream

Lastly top it with the fresh strawberry sauce.

You can also add chocolate chips or sprinkles as per your liking. This is optional.

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Nutella, Strawberry & Cream Crepes

This is the easiest & quickest dessert ever. Aren’t you tempted to try them straight away looking at the pictures. A combination of Nutella & Strawberry is to die for.

Hello Lovely Readers,

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Well, if you have been following the blog and a last few recipes, you would know that this month I am doing a lot of easy, no-bake, egg less… Valentines Day Special Recipes. Have you tried making the Chocolate Mousse I posted on weekend? It is supremely easy to make and a must try if your loved ones love chocolate. Click the above name to open the recipe directly.

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Crepes is a French Dessert. You can also call it a very thin form of pancake. Crepes can be both sweet and savory. The savory crepes come with a great variety of fillings right from mushrooms to cottage cheese to tofu to soya. You can make them with any filling and eat it for lunch or dinner. However crepes are also popularly eaten in a sweet from. You can have it for breakfast as well as a dessert. I am yet to try a savory crepe. There is already a caramelized banana crepe on the blog. Today, since its valentines special, I couldn’t think of a better combination than nutella, strawberries and cream.

Step by Step Process 

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P.S- These crepes are absolutely mouth watering and yummy.

I think this one is the most easiest no bake dessert I have made so far on the blog. The best part is that you can make lots of crepes and store them for the future. While serving all you got to do is heat the crepes in a microwave… fill in your favorite filling…add your favorite topping and you will be good to go. I feel this is perfect for your valentines special menu because it can be prepared in advance and is so easy to put together.

When I first tired my caramelized banana chocolate crepes, I was really doubtful as to how they would turn out. The most challenging part I thought was to make an eggless version of crepes. Also crepes are more like a breakfast affair, to make a sweet version was a task. Also it is supposed to be extremely thin in comparison to pancakes. But to my surprise they turned out extremely good.

P.S- You a good non-stick pan and your crepes will not stick.

Lets get started with the recipe.

RECIPE: Nutella, Strawberry & Cream Crepes

Makes- 2 to 3 crepes

Prep Time- 10 mins

Making Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 3/4th cup
  • Baking Powder- 3/4 tsp
  • Milk Powder- 1 tbsp
  • Powdered Sugar- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- 1/4th tsp
  • Milk- 1 cup
  • Cinnamon Powder- 1/4th tsp(optional)
  • Melted Butter- 2 Tbsp
  • Strawberries- 1 cup
  • Nutella- 1/2 cup
  • Whipped Cream- 1/2 cream

PROCESS:

Add flour, baking powder, salt, milk powder, powdered sugar, cinnamon powder, melted butter, milk in a bowl and whisk everything well to a nice pouring consistency.

Brush some oil on a frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown.

Cook till brown spots appear on the crepe. Be careful while turning it.

Apply nutella on the thin crepe and add some sliced strawberry and fold it to make a cone like shape. You can even fold it to a quarter or just roll it.

Serve it with some whipped cream.

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Chocolate Mousse

Chocoholics Beware!!! This delicious Chocolate Mousse has a rich Chocolate Flavor and is light and airy with a velvety smooth texture.

Its February… the Valentines Special Month ❤ ❤

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A spoonful of my Eggless Chocolate Mousse and I assure you that you will be hooked to this forever 🙂 I believe mousse is what you could call a grown up chocolate pudding. Although a chocolate mousse does seem like a really complicated recipe but it is simple yet an elegant dessert. This Chocolate Mousse Recipe uses only a few ingredients, but its chocolate flavor is rich, & its texture is silky smooth, airy and almost foamy.

P.S- Foamy is the apt description for a mousse because “Mousse” in French means “FOAM”

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Valentines Day is really special occasion for people in love. They like to do everything super special for their loved ones. I do not believe that it should be the only day to pour in all the love but for many of you out there it truly is a special day. I appreciate that an therefore there will be a series of easy valentines special recipes this month for all of you.

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I am sure you would want to cook something spectacular for Valentines Week. Valentines week calls for really gorgeous looking desserts and recipes. But obviously you do not want to spend much time in the kitchen. Do You? The recipes have to be easy and beautiful at the same time so that they can be enjoyed with your loved ones.

P.S- So please hold yourself as there are a lot of EASY…EGG LESS…QUICK…NO BAKE recipes coming up on the blog this month.  🙂

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Chocolate Mousse is everybody’s all time favorite. I mean if you love chocolate you ought to love the rich & creamy chocolate mousse. There are a lot ways to make chocolate mousse. Mostly a chocolate mousse requires the usage of eggs or egg whites to make it fluffy and creamy. When you fold in the egg whites in chocolate it really gives it a smooth and rich texture. Nonetheless..I bring to you an EGG LESS version of Chocolate Mousse and trust me there is no compromise in the texture or the flavor of this mousse.

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Usually you can make the easiest mousse by folding in chocolate with a good heave whipped cream and let it set in the refrigerator for that desired texture. However in this recipe I have used a secret ingredient which makes the mousse so light and fluffy is marshmallows. Yess..you heard it right. MARSHMALLOWS are the secret star ingredient of this recipe. It is entirely optional. This foamy chocolate mousse is a combination of melted chocolate, marshmallows and heavy whipped cream. The marshmallows contain gelatin and it is the gelatin that helps the mousse to set. It truly gives it the same softness and foamy texture that comes with egg whites.

Please remember that the marshmallows are a completely optional ingredient. Since, it has gelatin most of you wouldn’t want to use it. You can skip using marshmallow entirely and go ahead with the rest of the ingredients as given. Just refrigerate the mousse for at least 2 hours to give it a settled finish.

P.S- Melted Marshmallow is the Secret Star Ingredient of this recipe 🙂 (Optional)

Since there are really few ingredients in a Chocolate Mousse recipe it is really important for you to pick the best quality of chocolate. Use a good quality semi sweet or bitter sweet chocolate that you enjoy eating. My preference is semi sweet chocolate with atleast 60 % of coco content. However, to make a perfect and classy chocolate mousse..even the best quality chocolate is not enough. You need to mix together some coffee into your chocolate while melting it to really bring out the rich flavor of chocolate.

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This chocolate mousse can be used to fill cakes or tarts too. But I personally prefer a scoop of these beauties in my favorite pair of glass. You can garnish it with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, raspberries or strawberries. I obviously chose strawberries. Don’t they look lovely.

You can serve them directly but would taste amazing when you serve them chilled after placing them in the refrigerator for a few hours.

P.S- So all you boys & girls..gear up..and make these choco-licious and foamy Chocolate Mousse for your loved ones this valentines day ❤

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Lets get started with the recipe.

RECIPE: CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Makes: 3 to 4 glasses 

Prep Time- 10 mins

Making Time- 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Semi Sweet Chocolate- 200 gms
  • Marshmallows- 100 gms (Optional- You can avoid it if you don’t eat gelatin)
  • Unsalted Butter- 2 Tbsp
  • Castor Sugar- 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • Strong Coffee or Espresso- 2 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract- 1/2 Tsp
  • Heavy Whipped Cream- 150 gms
  • Shaved Chocolate or Strawberries- For Garnishing (Optional)

PROCESS:

Put the marshmallows, butter, semi sweet chocolate and coffee powder mixed with 1/2 cup boiling water into a pan and let everything melt down. Keep stirring constantly. For a quick result make sure you chop the marshmallows into smaller pieces.

If you are not using marshmallows then skip it and add rest of the ingredients in a pan and move further.

Remove from heat once the chocolate mixture has melted and a smooth consistency is formed.

Meanwhile the mixture is cooling, whip the cream  with vanilla and sugar until soft peaks are formed. Make sure the cream is not too stiff. Although it should be a heavy good quality whipped cream.

Fold in the cooled down chocolate mixture into the cream. Be as gentle as you can and use a cut and fold technique to mix it.

Serve in your favorite glasses. Make sure you only fill 3/4th of the glass so that you can garnish it with your favorite topping. I garnished it with strawberries. You can use whipped cream or shaved chocolate or raspberries or blueberries. The choice is yours.

Let the mousse set in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Your easy, no bake, chocolate mousse is now ready. 🙂

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Raw Spicy Zoodle Salad

This year you will see a lot of easy and less ingredient recipes on the blog.

Hello Lovely Readers,

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Yes. You heard it right. Last year I did get a lot of feedback from most of you asking me to post savory recipes and easy recipes which do not require baking. Though eggless baking is my forte and I love to put up those on the blog I will also try to add a lot of DIY easy recipes on the blog.

ZOODLES!! Also known as zucchini noodles is the STAR ingredient of the recipe.

Everyone is shifting from noodles to zoodles these days. And why not? They are way more healthier than noodles. You definitely need a Spiralizer to get those perfect zoodles..But incase you do not have one you can use a regular grater to do so. It wont be perfect but will give you long spirals of Zucchini which very much does the job. This salad is definitely my new found love. It is supremely rich in nutrition and a bowl filled with flavor and health. With a shelf life if up to 2 days without the dressing this is definitely a perfect option when travelling. It is filling and can be a perfect crunchy snack for those hunger pangs. 🙂

P.S – I am in love with the addition of Red Cabbage.

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The red cabbage is really high in fiber ans looks beautiful when you add it in a recipe. It is easily available in the markets these days. I never picked them until I thought about adding it to the salad and I am completely in love with these beauties. They are absolutely gorgeous. This sald is raw and has nothing cooked. So all you have to do is mix all the ingredients together and you are sorted. If you want to prepare it in advance for an early dinner or lunch you can mix everything together and just add the dressing when ready to serve. It truly is divine.

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The dressing is spicy and the special addition of Mustard is like a cherry on the cake. The base is definitely of Olive Oil and Lime. The dressing does have a lot of spices yet has a balanced flavor with the addition of honey.

Lets get started.

RECIPE: Raw Spicy Zoodle Salad

Makes- A bowl

Prep Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Salad

  • Zucchini- 1/2 Spiralized or Grated
  • Carrot- 1/2 Grated
  • Red Cabbage- 1/2 cup Grated
  • American Sweet Corn- 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro- Chopped

For the Dressing

  • Olive Oil- 2 to 3 Tbsp
  • Lime Juice- 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Ginger- 1 inch grated
  • Jalapeno- 1
  • Mustard Sauce- 1/2 tsp
  • Honey- 1 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Pepper- to taste

PROCESS:

Grate zucchini, carrots and red cabbage. Add all the other ingredients under the salad heading in a large bowl and mix together.

Mix all the ingredients under the dressing section until it is of a fine consistency.

Pour the dressing over the salad, mix well and you are ready to serve.

Your Raw Spicy Zoodle Bowl is now ready.

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Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Yogurt Mint Dressing

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Strawberry Jello Mousse with Nutella Ganache

Looking for a dessert which is light and pretty? Easy, Guilt Free, Low-fat, Low sugar Strawberry Jello Mousse with Nutella Ganache. So yummy and so pretty, this dessert is completely party worthy. This 3 ingredient no bake dessert is absolutely the star recipe of this year on the blog.

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Hello Readers,

If you have been a regular reader on the blog, you would no how much I love strawberries. I mean there would be most of you who are fond of strawberries but I love them with all my heart. I wait the entire year for these yummy babies. They are on top of my list when it comes to making desserts. I believe they are the star ingredient in a dessert.

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P.S- If I had to share a little secret with all of you, I prepare a separate list of things to make with strawberries throughout the year so that i can make all of them when Strawberries are in season 🙂

This dessert is a complete win- win. I mean who doesn’t love the combination of Nutella & Strawberries. I believe its a match made in heaven. Secondly with just 3 ingredients this dessert doesn’t require any baking. It is a NO BAKE dessert and that is the best part. So all of you who want to make amazing single serve desserts without any hassle of baking, this one is just the best for you.

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These shots look really beautiful but the best part about it is the making process. Its so much fun to make jellies. It truly reminded me of my childhood days. This is a really easy dessert. So even your kids or the younger ones can make it without any difficulties. If there would be a contest for the easiest dessert this one is surely going to be on boards.

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All you have to do is make the jelly, the strawberry mousse and top it with nutella ganache. You only need 3 ingredients which is Nutella, Strawberry Jelly Crystals and Cream.

Lets get Started.

RECIPE: STRAWBERRY JELLO MOUSSE & NUTELLA GANACHE

Makes- 5 to 6 shots

Prep Time- 15 mins

Making Time- 1 hr ( includes the chilling time)

INGREDIENTS:

  • Srawberry Jelly- 1 packet any brand
  • Whipped Cream- 1 cup
  • Nutella- 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Strawberry- 1/2 cup

PROCESS:

Prepare half the jelly according to the instructions given in the pack. Set aside 1/3rd cup of the mixture and add freshly chopped strawberries to the remaining strawberry jelly mix.

Spoon this mix into shot glasses. Chill the glasses at an angle until the jelly is set for atleast 30 mins.

Meanwhile, fold in half the whipped cream into the measured 1/3 cup of strawberry jelly mix. Fold in the whipped cream lightly until a creamy texture is achieved.

Spoon in this mix in the set jelly glasses.

Mix in the remaining whipped cream with nutella until its smooth. Top this mix on top and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Enjoy the easy dessert. Serve Chilled.

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Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips

Bored of thinking what to make as a quick party snack or starter? Want to make something quick, easy yet impressive? Want to crunch something along with your hot winter soup? Well, if answer to all these is a Yes,

Then you surely need to try these Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips. These are a quick 15 mins starter and gets ready in a jiffy. ❤

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Hello my lovely readers,

I am constantly striving to try making recipes which are ready in no time. I mean obviously there are days when you don’t want to bother yourself much or are extremely hungry that you need something amazing urgently to kill those hunger pangs. Well, the latter happens with me most of the time. So here is my another quick starter recipe which I call the Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips 🙂

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The recipe that I have used to make these Pizza Strips isn’t something new, though the idea is quite innovative i feel. I don’t know how many of you can relate to this, but decades ago when people didn’t know how to make the restaurant style pizza sauce at home..all they did was to apply tomato ketchup as the base sauce for the homemade pizza and throw in some cheese and it was ready. It was much later when people started making a specific kind of pizza sauce at home. However, I still know a lot of people who just use ketchup as the base. In this recipe of pizza strips I have done something similar.

P.S- All you need to do is to add some Italian seasoning to make it taste much better.

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This is totally an evening snack to munch on and doesn’t make you full. You can crunch these along with your hot bowl of soup in the evening or simply serve it as a starter along with some dip or mustard sauce. It is super easy to prepare and even if you are not much aware about cooking and baking this one is totally a hands down…..its that easy.

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You can prepare the strips in advance, and just bake them when your guests arrive or you are ready to eat. You just need to mix a couple of ingredients, apply them as a base to a thin pizza base, top it up with cheese and cut them in thin half inches strips. The baking time is just 10 mins as the base that we need to use in this recipe is a thin one and it will get crunchy in no time.

P.S-Bake them just till you get the desired crunch. Do not overbake!

RECIPE: CRUNCHY ITALIANO PIZZA STRIPS

Makes- 10 to 12 strips

Prep Time- 5 mins

Baking Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Thin Crust Pizza Base- 2
  • Tomato Ketchup- 2 tbsp
  • Tabasco Sauce- 1 tsp
  • Chili Garlic Sauce- 1 tsp
  • Red Onion- 1 small finely chopped
  • Bell Peppers- 1/4 finely chopped
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Roasted Red Chili Flakes- to taste
  • Mixed Herbs- to taste
  • Processed Cheese- 1/2 cup grated
  • Olive Oil- to coat

PROCESS:

Brush some olive oil on the top side of the base and keep it aside. In a mixing bowl add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Apply a spoonful of mix on the base. Make sure you apply a very thin coat of the sauce mix..it is just to flavor the bread a little. Do not add excess sauce.

Sprinkle over cheese and tap it with your hands so that it sticks to the sauce. Cut the base into thin half inches strips with the help of a pizza cutter.

You may also sprinkle some chili flakes and mixed herbs on top for additional flavor.

In a greased non-stick baking tray, line these strips and bake them for 10 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

Every oven is different so make sure you first bake it for 8 mins and if they aren’t brown and crunchy,bake them for a few more minutes.

Your Crunchy Italiano Pizza Sticks is now ready.

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Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf

This Loaf totally defines the start of the fall winter season and also that Christmas is about to come. Loaded with a lot of nut..chocolate chips and Pistachios, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t fall in ❤ with this cake.

Moist, Fluffy, Nutty….My Pistachios,Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is the best Loaf Cake I made so far!!!!

Hello Lovely Readers,

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You know sometimes, once in a while, I am completely taken aback by something new that I try and it turns out to be astonishingly SUPERB. This Loaf would be the apt example of this situation. I was so happy with the end results that it left me awestruck. I mean just look at this beauty.

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I completely love the fall winters and they are my favorite part of the year. Right from wearing my favorite socks to those soft full sleeves, fall winters makes it up for everything. I kinda feel that baking is more fun during this season because we just tend to look for warm and rich flavors during this season. I personally like to gulp down something baked..right from cookies to muffins along my hot chocolate cup. Baking gives more pleasure and all those warm and gooey cakes and pies make the winter season all the more special.

P.S- Baking is much more fun during winters.

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How many of you love the Christmas Fruit Cake? I like wait for the entire year to eat a slice of those beauties. I love the fact that it is loaded with plums and fruits and nuts and how amazing all of these tastes. Well, i know most of you must be thinking that why am I talking about Christmas a month in advance. That is because my Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is very much inspired by the Christmas Fruit Cake. Since I was craving it so much I had to try making something which would kill my craving for the Christmas Cake. Obviously, I couldn’t bake one of those, because it requires a lot of preparations so I tried to make a loaf which is loaded with nuts and chocolate chips.

During my early stages of baking, I never baked a cake loaf or a pound cake. Although, ever since my childhood I have been extremely fond of sliced dry cakes, I never had the confidence to bake one. I always thought that these loaf cakes cant be made without the use of eggs or without any expert advice. Till today I prefer dry slice cakes in comparison to anything. My first attempt to a loaf cake was my Banana Chocochip Loaf and it was a victory. That was really amazing. It is my mom’s favorite and she asks me to bake it once a week..phew 😉

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It was my MOM’s 50th Birthday on the weekend and she didnt want any cake from the baker. All she demanded was for her favorite Banana Loaf. I was quite bored of baking that again and again. Its something with us food bloggers that we keep wanting to try something new all the time. So I promised my mom a loaf cake but I wasn’t sure as to what to make. Meanwhile, I was craving the nutty Christmas cake.. So I kinda mixed both the ideas and made a nutty pistachio loaf with a lot of chocolate chips. Voila!!!! It turned out to be amazing.

P.S- Its my MOM’s new favorite thing now 😛

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This Loaf has a lot of nuts and pistachios because I like that nutty flavor in each bite. I have added crushed almonds, cashews and walnuts. You can add or remove any of these according to your taste and preference. Also, the chocolate chips is not compulsory at all. If you want to keep it entirely nutty you may do so. I have added a whole lot of chocolate chips because, I love the bitterness. The only thing that I would mention is that if you at all are thinking of adding the chocolate chips add the bitter dark chocolate chips. The semi-sweet or the sweet ones would not go well with this loaf as they would overpower the flavor of the nuts and also make the loaf extremely sweet.

 

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Unlike my banana loaf I have used all purpose flour in this loaf. I haven’t replaced it with whole wheat. The flavor does change and I didn’t want to compromise on that. Again, its entirely upto you.

This loaf is extremely moist, soft and rich in flavor. Its tastes as good as a store bough slice of dry cake or even better may be. It is extremely easy to put together and is fuss free. If you are a beginner at baking, this loaf is totally for you. Ready in about an hour or so, this loaf will not disappoint you at all.

P.S- The loaf tastes best the next day once all the flavors are incorporated. Only if you have that much of patience eat it the next day. 🙂

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RECIPE: PISTACHIOS, NUTS & CHOCOCHIP LOAF

Makes- 9″ Loaf (One)

Prep Time- 20 mins

Baking Time- 45 to 50 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 1 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Castor Sugar- 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter- 2 sticks
  • Buttermilk- 1 cup
  • Apple Sauce- 3/4th cup( Boil 2 large apples in water,sugar and lemon juice for about 20 mins and then grind them to a smooth paste)
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Cashews- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Walnuts- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Almonds- 1/4th cup chopped
  • Pistachios- 1/2 cup thinly sliced
  • Chocolate Chips- 1/4th cup

PROCESS:

Sift together all purpose flour & baking powder and keep aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together apple sauce and butter for a few mins until they are combined. Now add sugar and beat the mixture well.

Now add the flour mixture alternating it with butter milk to for a smooth cake mixture. Make sure there are no lumps at all. Do not whisk much. Now keep the beater aside and fold in all the nuts and chocolate chips. Fold in these very lightly. Lastly, add vanilla extract and mix everything together….

Line a 9″ Loaf tin with butter paper. Also grease the sides. Add in the cake mix. Top with sliced pistachios and chocolate chips and bake for at least 40 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

Each oven is different. Therefore, bake for 35 mins first and poke a skewer to check if the cake is done or not. If it doesn’t come out clean you may bake it for another 10 mins.

Your Pistachios, Nuts & Chocochip Loaf is now ready. 

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Chocolate Dipped Sweetheart Cookies

Are you an extreme Cookie Lover? Don’t know how to bake amazing Cookies? Try these sweetheart cookies and I bet these would be the best you have tasted. ❤

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What can be more sinful than baking eggless, sweet, buttery and Chocolate Coated Cookies at home? Nothing Right? I love these cookies. They look so sinful and gorgeous than I cant stop adoring them. Its been quite some time that I have blogged something. So I though why not start with these amazing cookies. I have recently joined a workout session in a gym nearby.

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Yes..Yes i know..Foodblogging and gymming dont go together. Actually, I am doing workouts so that I can eat without any guilt. 😛 You know..I am not much of a calorie counter. Due to my initial days of workout, i really had a sore body because of which I didnt have the stamina to make something new or blog. Finally, Its been about more than a week and I am back in form. I kind of did a little cheating and had few of these cookies today. LOL.

P.S- These chocolate dipped cookies are to die for.

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Although these cookies give an impression of a lot of hardwork gone in to make these…These are fairly easy to bake. These cookies are ready in about 30 mins and its the easiest one could make. There is no hidden time when I say these cookies just took about 30 mins to bake and get ready. Ofcourse there is a dough chilling time which too isn’t much in this case. Just about 15 mins and you will be sorted with the dough.Easy to put together and really impressive these cookies are a must try.

Honestly, I love the entire process of making a cookie in comparison to the quantity of cookies I would eat. I just adore them. I have fairly about 1 or 2 of the batch of cookies I make and that is about it, But I love baking these. The aroma of a baked cookie in your kitchen is the best thing that can happen. So yes.. that is my favorite part.

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Its not been more than an hour that I have baked these cookies and more than half the batch is over. These cookies are that addictive. If you have kids at home, I would suggest you to make loads of them. I make a really small quantity of anything new that I make so that I don’t waste much things if they don’t turn out to be nice.

P.S- These Cookies take less than an hour to get ready.

RECIPE: CHOCOLATE DIPPED SWEETHEART COOKIES

Makes About- 15 cookies

Prep Time- 15 mins

Baking Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter- 60 gms
  • Castor Sugar- 50 gms
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tbsp
  • Dark Chocolate- 1 cup

PROCESS:

1. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Add vanilla extract and beat for some more time.

3. Add in flour and salt and make  a dough which will be a little sticky.

4. Make sure you refrigerate the dough for atleast 15 mins before you roll it out.

5. Once the dough is chilled, roll it out in a floured surface with about 1/2 inch thickness. With the help of cookie cutter cut out heart shaped cookies.

6. Line the cookies on a baking tray which should be lined with a cookie sheet.

7. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for about 10 mins at 180 degrees.

8. Once the cookies are baked and cooled down its ready to be dressed in chocolate.

9. Melt chocolate in a double boiler until it is in a smooth consistency.

10 Now dip half the cookies in them..Sprinkle some sugar and Let is cool in a baking sheet.

Your Chocolate Dipped Sweetheart Cookies are now ready.

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Piri Piri Corn Salad with Wholewheat Pita Chips

Piri Piri Corn Salad with Wholewheat Pita Chips is surely a great way to start the month of October. Healthy is surely Tasty too. My Piri Piri Corn Salad Just Defines That. ❤

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Heyiii All You Lovely Readers 🙂

Firstly, I would like to thank each one of you for all your love. Each day I receive alot of  Messages and Emails , and my day is just made with all the amazing things you say and it gives me confidence to do more better. I also whole heartedly welcome your feedbacks so please keep writing in. Also, I just reached my 1st Milestone on INSTAGRAM with 1000+ Followers 🙂 OCTOBER couldn’t begin more better than this…..Isn’t It?? Well there is a lot more to do…. but the first 1k followers are always special I believe. ❤

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If you have been a regular follower and reader of my blog you would know that I have been really excited about the month OCTOBER since my last blog post. October is my favorite month because Its my Birthday month and also because of all the Festivals and Celebrations around. Through out the month, I feel each day is a Celebration. My Piri Piri Corn Salad with Wholewheat Pita Chips just show that the celebrations have begun.

P.S- My Piri Corn Salad with Wholewheat Pita Chips are spicy, tangy, and healthy.

As you know, I started my new section SALADS in the previous month. The Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Yogurt Mint Dressing was loved by everyone. On one hand where that salad was cool…sweet…and very summery, this salad is very peppy. It is spicy..tangy and is served with wholewheat pita chips for that extra crunch. You can also eat it as a salsa with any other chips of your choice. I preferred homemade wholewheat pita chips. In this recipe you will learn to make both the salad and the chips. You can use the Whole Wheat Pita Chips and serve it with Soups, Salsa and even Pastas. It is really versatile.

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If you Love Amercian Sweet Corn you are surely going to love this salad. I have used a ready made Piri Piri Sauce to add in the spice to this salad. If you don’t have it you can also use Piri Piri Powder or make the sauce at home. The choice is totally yours. Now, whether you can make this sauce without any Piri Piri Sauce then my answer would be NO. I mean you will have a salad but it wouldn’t be a Spicy Salad anymore. However, if not this, I would suggest you to add a few chopped green chilies for the flavor.

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This Salad tastes amazing with Whole Wheat Pita Chips. It balances out the spicy-ness of the Salad. You can serve it with a ready to eat chips of your choice if you don’t prefer making the Whole wheat Pita chips. These are fairly easy to make and are ready in no time. This salad can be well prepared before hand and served when desired. I am in love with these pita chips. They are made without yeast. I will be doing a pita bread recipe soon on the blog. You can surely replace the whole wheat flour with all purpose flour (maida). The quantities and the recipe remains the same.

 Without much a do…lets begin with the recipe.

RECIPE: PIRI PIRI CORN SALAD WITH WHOLE WHEAT PITA CHIPS

Makes- 2 cups salad and a plate full of chips

Prep Time- 20 mins

Baking Time of Pita Chips- 15 to 20 mins

INGREDIENTS

For the Salad:

  • Partly Boiled American Sweet Corn- 1 cup
  • Red Onion- 1 Chopped
  • Tomatoes- 2 (Diseeded and Chopped)
  • Cabbage- 1/4th piece (Chopped)
  • Ginger- 1 Inch Chopped
  • Lemon Juice- 1 to 2 Tbsp
  • Piri Piri Sauce- 1 Tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Pepper- to taste
  • Taco Mix- 1 Tbsp
  • Cilantro- 2 to 3 Tbsp (Finely Chopped)
  • Roasted Red Chilli Flakes- 1/4th Tsp

For the Whole Wheat Pita Chips:

  • Whole Wheat Flour- 1 cup
  • Water- To knead the dough
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Baking Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Oil- 30 ml

PROCESS

1. In a large bowl, Take whole wheat flour, Oil, Baking Powder and knead a soft dough using adequate water. Knead the dough for atleast 5 to 7 minutes on a flat surface so that the gluten in the dough is developed. Cover with a damp towel and leave aside for 1 hour.

2. In another bowl, add Onions, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Corn, Ginger, Salt, Pepper, Taco Mix, Roasted Red Chilli Flakes and keep aside.

3. Now, take one fourth of the dough and roll it out. Apply Melted butter and fold it to form a Semi- Circle. Do the same with all the dough.

4. Grill this in the oven for about 15 mins at 180 degrees or until the dough is crisp. Once done, you can sprinkle over a lot of taco mix and cut them into triangles or any desired shape of your choice.

5. While serving, mix lemon juice and cilantro to the salad. Place them in your serving dish and top with a lot of pita chips.

Your Piri Piri Corn Salad with Whole Wheat Pita Chips is now ready.

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Strawberry Coconut Candies

Festive Season has just begun and so has my cravings for Sweets. I am sure that lot of you can relate to this. My Coconut Candies are one of the easiest and gorgeous looking dessert I have ever made. They melt in the mouth like Candies..And I love that Pastel Color…

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Hello Readers,

Festivals are just around the corner. I Love October for various reasons. Firstly, Because its my birthday month. Me and my Sister both have birthdays this month which makes it all the more special. And Secondly, because I love this entire festive feel and mood. Just makes one happy. Feels like there is some kind of celebration going on. I love Diwali and I wait for it the entire year. Festivals around…Definitely means a lot of FOOD around. Sweets, Snacks, Drinks and a lot more just enhance the Festive mood. Navratra  has begun today so begins the Festive Mood.

P.S- Wishing everyone a very Happy Navratra. You can enjoy these candies during your fast too 🙂

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When Festive Season is around, the first and foremost thing that comes in Mind are SWEETS. We Indians love having sweets and I guess we are born with a Sweet Tooth. Our meal isn’t complete unless we have a dessert. The preference and choices obviously vary depending on what one likes but everyone atleast enjoys having sweets. I personally feel that no matter how much we like the doughnuts and the cupcakes….Muffins or Crepes…Yogurt or Ice-creams…. We always have this soft corner for Indian Sweets. Nothing Can beat the flavor and taste of Jalebi…or Shahi Tukdas…or Ladoos..or Gulab Jamuns and a lot more. These sweets are like an integral part of our daily food consumption. I like a few, not all of these..Jalebi and Shahi Tukda being my favorite ones.

P.S- We are all crazy about Indian Sweets. Aren’t We?

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This is my very first attempt at making an Indian Dessert an I must admit I was really nervous. My Mom thought I was kidding when I told here that I was making these Coconut Candies. Although, she was really happy and amazed to see them at the end. I was nervous at making them because I really had no idea how are they going to turn out. Baking desserts is my favorite thing to do and honestly, i can come up with any mad idea and creativity but this one was completely different. It was scary because it was my very first attempt to something like this. The only difficult thing in my head was to be able to bind everything together and make perfect candies. I didn’t want them to fall apart.

P.S- To my surprise these came out extremely well.

These candies are sweet..have the flavor and goodness of texture..and above all I have given these candies a twist by adding a hint of strawberry flavor. It not only enhance the taste but also gives it a kick and makes it something amazingly different. If you do not like strawberry you can very well skip adding it onto your recipe. This step is completely optional or you can go ahead and try your favorite flavor. You could add chocolate or mango flavors to these. These sweets are prepared with the easiest and basic ingredients which are readily available in the kitchen for us. All you have to do is be careful while cooking these and you are sorted.

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I am sure this is not the first time when someone has seen the recipe of these amazing coconut candies. Its a very common recipe and I know most of you know it. But this is my version of it and I can proudly say that these were amazing. :)If you are beginner at making Indian Sweets, I would always suggest you to begin with this one. They are the easiest desserts I have ever made. They are almost ready in less than 10 mins and can be served immediately too. I have never made something so easy to put through.

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I have used a perfect ratio of Desiccated Coconut and Condensed Milk in this recipe. They are the main ingredients that we use in this recipe. All you have to do is cook the condensed milk with the coconut for about a few mins…add in your flavors and you are done with the most amazing dessert ever. I have used Strawberry Syrup to give it a even better flavor which is an entirely optional step. Once they are a little cooled down you can give them any shape of your choice and serve. As you can see, I served the candies in quiet an interesting way. This picture is inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest with a double coconut layering. I loved it and wanted to do something similar while serving. 🙂

RECIPE: STRAWBERRY COCONUT CANDIES

Makes about- 20 candies (Medium Sized)

Prep Time- 5 mins

Cooking Time- 3 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Desiccated Coconut- 100 gms
  • Condensed Milk-3/4th cup
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Milk- 2 Tbsp
  • Vanilla Extract- 1/2 Tsp
  • Strawberry Syrup- 2 to 3 Tbsp
  • Pink Color- A drop

PROCESS:

1. In heavy bottom pan, add the condensed milk and start cooking. Make sure you cook it on low flame and keep stirring so that it does not stick to the bottom.

2. After a minute add 80 gms of desiccated coconut and mix it together.

3. Now add sugar, milk, vanilla extract and strawberry syrup. Combine everything together.

4. Now switch of the flame and lastly add food color.

5. Let the mixture cool down a little before you start rolling them into candies.

6. Make small balls out of it and roll them in the remaining 20 gms of desiccated coconut to add that additional crunch to the candies.

7. You can now store them in a air tight container.

Your Strawberry Coconut Candies are now Ready.

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Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

These Muffins are Sinful, Moist and Fluffy. They are so soft that they melt in the mouth like a cotton candy. These Muffins are the best I have made so far. I ❤ These.

Hello Lovely Readers,

It has been more than a week that September has started. I haven’t made any new post so far. I really feel sad about it. Not blogging for more than a week is more like a nightmare for any blogger. I am going thorough a Root Treatment for my tooth which has just kept me away from my favorite thing. I hate going to the Dentist. Do you feel the same?Well it is much more better now. I just have a few sittings left. I am hoping for the best.

August is over. And I am so excited about September. Will be meeting my Sister soon…Gawd I miss her soo much. August was an amazing month. I received soo much appreciation from all you readers. The Cheesy Quesadillas with Spicy Salsa and my Apple Pie were a huge hit. I am still getting alot of messages for these. My timetable for September is quite exotic. I have planned new things. I hope they are executed well…So Stay Tuned…There is alot more coming on the blog.

P.S- Stay Tuned!! Lots of surprises await you this month.

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These muffins are really basic. There aren’t any fancy ingredients and the best part about these is that they are quite adjustable when it come to flavors. By that I mean is, If you do not like the flavors of Apple and Cinnamon you can very well change it. Or just keep it simple. Trust me these muffins are heaven on earth even when you eat them without any flavor. They are extremely moist and fluffy. Yes, I know most of you would be surprised with the fact that although they do not have EGGS , they are really moist. I felt scared picking them. One had to be gentle with these.

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Muffins are my Mom’s Favorites. She simply ❤ Muffins. Her favorite flavors are banana, chocolate and vanilla. She is motivating me to try some coffee flavor too which I would soon be trying. Nonetheless, I made these ones for her. Her eyes lit with joy whenever I bake muffins and just like a little kid she cant wait for them to cool down. She gulps in one or two without even letting them cool. She is super cute.

P.S- I ❤ my MOM. She inspires me each day.

I prefer my muffins sweet. By sweet I don’t mean they have to be extremely sweet or one cant have them, I just like them a little sweeter than normal. The choice is yours. The Apple Cinnamon Muffins are heaven on earth. The combination of Apple and Cinnamon just makes it the best thing in the world. I love the combination of Apple and Cinnamon…What About You?

They are fairy easy to put together and wont take long to bake. In order to make the muffins right it is really important that you choose the correct apples. Make sure that they are not too sour. We add a little extra sugar in the muffins in order to sweeten the apples too. Again it is entirely your choice if you want to add caramelized apples or just normal apples. You can make it simpler by just adding the plain apples so that they are not too time consuming. The apples will cook along with the batter.

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RECIPE: APPLE AND CINNAMON MUFFINS

Makes about- 10 muffins

Preparation Time: 15 to 20 mins

Baking Time: 20 mins at 180 degrees

 INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 100 gms
  • Whole Wheat Flour- 50 gms
  • Greek Yogurt- 3/4th cup
  • Baking Powder- 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda- 1/2 tsp
  • Castor Sugar- 1 cup
  • Cooking Oil- 45 ml
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Apples- 2 Diced
  • Cinnamon Powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- A pinch

PROCESS:

1. In a large bowl, add Greek Yogurt and whisk well until smooth with an electric meter.

2. Add Baking Powder and Baking Soda and leave aside  for 5 mins.

3. After 5 mins you will see that the yogurt would have started foaming up.

2. Now slowing add oil and whisk lightly.

4. Once its is white and foamy add sugar and whisk well.

5. Finally we will add flour mix to this mixture and combine everything together.

6. Now add vanilla extract and salt.

7. Lastly add apples and cinnamon and fold in lightly in the mixture.

8. Line a muffin tray with muffin liners and add the mixture into the tray.

9. Make sure you only fill 3/4th of the muffin tray.

10. Bake the muffins for 20 mins at 180 degrees.

11. Let them try on a cooling rack and you can digg on them once they are cooled.

Your Apple Cinnamon Muffins are now ready.

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Caramelized Apple Pie

Do you love eating pie but don’t know how to bake it? Do you love the apple and cinnamon combination? Do you wish to make a perfect pie at home? Well.. if Yes..Your search ends right here.

My Caramelized Apple Pie is perfect ❤

Screenshot_2014-08-16-01-46-10-1_wmIt feels amazing to be blogging after so many days. Being on holiday is fun..But as a blogger.. you somewhere down the line miss  blogging and your blog. Well atleast for me it has been really tough. All this while, I was so anxious about my blog. I couldn’t wait to get back home…Cook.. and Blog. Just after a day’s rest, I couldnt resist myself than to blog. Blogging is more like a therapy now… It makes me happy. Its like my food diary, where in I love to pen down my recipes for all you lovely people.

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An Apple Pie has been on my mind ever since I was on my holiday, and had it in one of the restaurants. I had to try it myself. So, as soon as I got back..I started working on my recipe. I am so glad with the final results. They tasted amazing. Making a pie is not a rocket science. You just have to follow a few important steps and once you are over them with perfection..you will have the best pie ever.I love the combination of Apple and Cinnamon. I believe its a match made in heaven. Your room will be filled with the aromatic fragrance of cinnamon..and its really difficult to stay away from that OVEN :p Though a pie doesn’t take alot of time, i couldn’t keep myself away.

P.S- Apple and Cinnamon are a match made in HEAVEN ❤

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If you are a regular reader of my blog you would know that I really love pies are tarts. Most of us do have this myth that pies and tarts are the same. Well there is a significant difference among them.

PIE: A pie is a sweet or savory dish with a crust and a filling. The sides of a pie dish or pan are sloped. It can have a just a bottom, just a top, or both a bottom and a top crust. Pies are served straight from the dish in which they were baked.

TARTS: A tart is a sweet or savory dish with shallow sides and only a bottom crust. Tart crusts are usually made from pastry dough: traditionally flour, unsalted butter, cold water, and sometimes sugar.

A pie usually has a bottom and a top crust and is served in the baking dish itself. So its quite different from the tarts. You will find a lot of tart recipes on my blog. A variety of Fresh Fruit Tarts.. Raspberry Tarts..Mango Tarts.. and a lot more yet to come. But baking a pie is my very first attempt. A pie can both be sweet and savory… it totally depends upon your liking and preference. I will be doing a savory pie really soon.

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This caramelized apple pie is my ultimate favorite. The taste of these caramelized apples is unbelievable. There are two ways you can make the apple filling ready for the pie. You can either cook them in butter and sugar and simmer it for some time so that the apples are cooked and caramelized. If you wish to opt a simpler option you can just mix sugar and cinnamon along with the apple and let it rest for some time. Once they are baked the apples would be caramelized. I prefer the first option. Although it is a little time consuming but its totally worth it. The apples become really soft and juicy and you really cant stop yourself.

P.S- My Caramelized Apple Pie is extremely Addictive.

The pie crust is really simple to make. There is no difficulty at all in making it. Just take the correct measurements and your pie crust will be ready. A pie takes about good 20 to 25 mins to bake. In case of an apple pie… you firstly need to bake the pie crust for about 5 to 7 mins..then add the filling and cover the pie from top and bake it again for about 15 mins. The pie is sweet and hence the crust need not be golden brown in color. A light brown color looks perfect. Do not over bake the pie. It has to be a little soft and chewy. If you over bake it the crust will become hard.

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RECIPE: CARAMELIZED APPLE PIE

Makes – Single 9″ Pie

Prep Time- 30 mins

Baking Time- 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Pie Crust:

  • All Purpose Flour- 100 gms
  • Castor Sugar- 50 gms
  • Unsalted Butter- 30 gms
  • Baking Powder- 1/4th tsp
  • Chilled Water- 2 Tbsp

For the Apple Filling:

  • Large Red Apples- 2 to 3( diced in cubes)
  • Sugar- 4 to 5 Tbsp
  • Cinnamon Powder- 1 tsp
  • Unsalted Butter- 2 Tbsp
  • Salt- A pinch

For Serving: (Optional)

  • Ice-Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Apricot Jam

PROCESS:

1. In a large bowl, add flour and butter. Rub the butter with your hands until it is evenly mixed with the flour. Now add sugar, baking powder, water and form a dough. Do not over knead the dough.

2. Once the dough is ready cover it with a plastic wrap and let it set in the refrigerator.

3. In a heavy bottom pan, heat butter and add the diced apples to it. Let it cook for about 2 mins. When the apples simmer down a little, add sugar to it.

4. The mixture will start bubbling up, and the apples are caramelized , add cinnamon and salt and turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down.

5. Take out the dough, and roll it into a circle larger than 9 inches in diameter so that it can cover up the pie tray. Once the dough is rolled out.. Line it in a 9″ pie dish. Make sure it is at least 1/2 cm thick.

6. Circle out the remaining dough, and cut thin strips to cover the pie from top.

7. In a pre – heated oven, bake the pie crust for about 6 mins at 180 degrees.

8. Once the crust is half baked, take it out and add the apple filling. Now cover it with thin strips in any combination your desire..You can either make only vertical lines or make square boxes by putting one horizontal and one vertical line.

9. Now bake it for 15 mins at 180 degrees.

10. Let it cool a little. Serve warm directly from the baking dish.

Your Caramelized Apple Pie is now ready.

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Sugar Kissed Strawberry Cookies

Looking forward to bake something for your loved ones? If Yes, These Sugar Kissed Strawberry Cookies are perfect! Bake these and see your loved ones SMILE ❤

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What can be more sinful than baking sweet, buttery, eggless and flavored cookies at home? Nothing right. These cookies are really pretty and you would love to bake them. The color is so gorgeous that I was in Awe with these. They are not too sweet and just taste perfect. I call them Sugar Kissed because the sugar dusting on top just enhances both its appearance and flavors. If you don’t prefer a sugar dusting on top you can alter it with coco or sprinklers or chocochips but trust me nothing replaces the sugar dusting for these cookies.

P.S- You will fall in ❤ with these cookies.

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I tried my Double Chocolate Chip Cookies a while ago and they tasted yumm. This time I wanted a flavor different than the regular chocolate or butter in the cookies. When I am willing to try a new flavor to my dish… The first thing that comes to my mind are STRAWBERRIES. If you are a regular reader on my blog, I am sure you know my love for strawberries. I like…nah… I ❤ strawberries. I haven’t used fresh strawberries for the cookies because I just wanted the flavor. I have used strawberry syrup (Hershey’s) or any other that you can find in the market. An American Garden Strawberry Syrup would also work which is easily available. The quantity of the syrup totally depends on how strong you want the flavor to be but a minimum of 5 Tbsp is suggested to get a correct amount of flavor in the cookie. You can go ahead with your own experiments with any flavor you prefer.

P.S- If you are a beginner at baking try these cookies & you wont be disappointed.  🙂

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If you have never baked cookies and you are a beginner at baking….I would suggest you to start with these cookies. They are really easy and require minimum ingredients infact only 5. If you keep the dough chilling time aside these cookies take barely 12 mins to bake and are ready in no time. I bet you can’t resist trying one of them right out of the oven. Well, I did it..They are buttery… and when I say buttery you really need to keep the calories aside. These cookies are chewy and soft. Don’t overbake them as you wont be able to enjoy these cookies. Over baking will make them hard and once they cool down and it wont taste as amazing as ever.

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With very minimum ingredients the cookie dough is really easy to make but you need to chill the dough for about an hour. Chilling the dough is very important. Do not skip this step. Also do not over chill your dough. 1 hour or maximum 2 hours is more than enough. When you take the dough out of the refrigerator leave it for 10 mins so that it comes at room temperature. Over chilling of the dough will spoil our cookies. So you must be thinking :

Why is it important to chill the cookie dough?

Chilling the cookie dough is important so that you can handle the dough well. It helps in rolling out the dough well and also helps in baking. I know this step required alot of patience but its totally worth the wait. Once this step is over all you have to do is…Roll out the dough… Cut it in the desired shape.. Bake… and Enjoy your cookies.

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RECIPE: SUGAR KISSED STRAWBERRY COOKIES

Makes- 15 medium sized cookies

Prep Time- 1 hr 15 mins (Including Dough Chilling Time)

Baking Time- 12 to 14 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 1 cup
  • Cornflour- 2 Tbsp
  • Castor Sugar- 1/2 cup ( There is sugar dusting on top too so use less sugar in the cookie)
  • Unsalted Butter- 80 gms
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 Tsp
  • Strawberry Syrup- 4 to 5 Tbsp (Minimum)
  • Baking Powder- 1/4th Tsp
  • Icing Sugar- 2 to 3 Tbsp (For Dusting)
  • Sprinklers- Optional

PROCESS:

1. In a large bowl, Rub butter and Flour together with your fingers until they are combined.

2. Now add sugar, cornflour and baking powder and mix well.

3. Add vanilla essence and strawberry syrup and knead to form a dough.

4. The dough will be a little sticky. At this stage cover the dough with a plastic wrap and refrigerate it for an hour.

5. Once the dough is chilled, leave it for 10 mins so that it comes down to a room temperature.

6. Divide the dough into equal medium sized balls. Make circle and then press it to give it a round and flat cookie shape. You may use a fork or cookie cutter to give it a design.

7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the cookies on it. Make sure you maintain atleast 2 inch gap between the cookies as they will spread a little while baking.

8. Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven for 12 mins at 180 degrees.

9. Take them out after 12 mins and let them cool on a wire rack. Once they are cooled dust icing sugar on them and voila your cookies are now ready.

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Looking for more cookies or strawberry flavored recipes? Try My:

Double Chocochip Cookies

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Strawberry Vanilla Chocochip Muffins

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Strawberry Jim Jam Cookies