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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Corn Cheese Poppers

Looking for something to have with your Evening Tea? Or a Perfect Monsoon Snack? Try these Corn Cheese Poppers. They are spicy…and filled with Cheese.

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Hello Readers,

Do you also love fried snacks during Monsoons. Well I simply ❤ them. I know fried means added calories…but lets face it..nothing beats the taste of a yummy fried snack. No matter you bake them or fry them in an air fryer the latest trend these days…… the taste would never be the same. I believe its good to count the calories but  once a while indulgence isn’t a bad thing 😛 What do you think?

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P.S- I am not a strict calorie counter..but I  like to balance the food.

These Corn and Cheese Poppers are perfect, spicy and cheesy snack. If you are looking for a tea time snack, I would really recommend to make these. It is ready in no time and are bite sized. I feel they are an amazing party snacks too. They just melt in the mouth like a cotton candy. I prefer them a little spicy. I add both green chilli and chilli flakes to these so that it cuts down the sweetness of corn and makes it spicy. Well, if you don’t prefer it spicy, you can go with a normal one too.

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These are really simple to do and you don’t need any fancy ingredients to make these. Just sweet american corn, cheese (preferably mozzarella cheese), green chilies and a few spices. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together and fry them.

RECIPE: CORN CHEESE POPPERS

Makes : 10 to 12 poppers

Prep Time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • American Sweet Corn- 1 1/2 cup (boiled)
  • Mozzarella Cheese- 3/4th cup
  • Green Chillies – 2 to 3 chopped
  • Potato- 1 (boiled and mashed)
  • Cilantro- 2 Tbsp (Finely Chopped)
  • All Purpose Flour- 2 Tbsp
  • Corn Flour- 2 Tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Red Chilli Flakes- 1/2 Tsp
  • Black Grounded Pepper- 1/4th Tsp
  • Oil- For Frying

PROCESS: 

1. Boil the corn for about 5 mins and griddle them in a mixer just a little so that a few are mashed.

2. In a large bowl, add mashed potato and all the ingredients mentioned under the ingredients heading.

3. Mix all the ingredients nicely, so that they are all combined.

4. Divide in equal proportions, make round balls and deep fry them

5. Fry them on low flame so that they are cooked perfectly from inside.

Your Corn Cheese Poppers are now ready.

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Cake Poppers

Bored Of Eating a regular Sponge Cake? …..No More… Try My Cake Poppers!!!

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Cake Poppers are probably one of my favorite treats! I love how they look like cute little lollipops and can be made into any color or flavor to suit your party. Plus they are the perfect little bite-sized indulgence! Cupcakes might be delicious but cake pops are delicious and a lot more fun ❤ And they’re ideal for any party––from kid through adult, all will be delighted to bite into cake instead of hard candy.

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 I’m slightly obsessed with bringing these fun little treats to parties. There is something so whimsical about a little piece of chocolate-covered cake at the top of a stick. And they have some major advantages at dessert time…no cutting, no serving, no mess, and usually no left-overs! People can grab them and go without even having to sit down.

Another best part about it is…once you learn how to make them…You can make as many versions as you like…They can be as vibrant or as suttle you want them to be……. Cake poppers are also perfect when you have left over sponge cakes and you just do not know what to do of it…. These cake pops are a rescue…. They just change the way you eat a normal cake…and make it so much fun.

Confession: I was just adoring them once they were ready…So gorgeous looking 😀

Making cake pops is a lot time consumingg….. and could be a little bit of a problem if you are a beginner…..

P.S- I am not trying to scare you!

By dividing the work into three main steps, you can make it easier.

You can even do these steps on different days:

1. Baking the cake
2. Rolling the balls
3. Dipping the pops

If you can do these 3 things you are sorted. And you can easily make these cake poppers.

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Its so much fun to make these cake poppers…. and so delicious that just gets over before you can think of it. Honestly…once I started…. It seemed like a challenge because there is so much you gotta do… and especially if you are doing all in one day. You just get so restless about how to make it and how long would it take…..But a little patience while baking would do wonders for you.

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Recipe for cake poppers

INGREDIENTS:

Makes about 15 to 20 Cake poppers

Preparation Time: 30 to 45 mins

Making Time: 1 1/2  hours( including the freezing time)

  • Cake of your choice- 1/2 k.g
  • Frosting of your choice- 2 to 3 Tbsp
  • Chocolate for melting- of your choice
  • Sprinklers for decoration
  • Lollypop sticks
  • Styrofoam Block- Optional
  • Food Color- Optional

PROCESS:

1. Bake a sponge cake. It does not matter which one…. Any flavor that you enjoy the most. If you want to learn an eggless basic vanilla sponge cake Click Here. You could also use a packed cake from the market directly.

2. Allow the cake to cool completely. If the cake isnt cool… it will be difficult to give it a ball shape.

3. Now with the help of your hands or a spoon…break down the cake into fine crumbs.  This is messy fun…..And my favorite steps of making cake poppers.

4. Choose a flavor of Frosting you like. This is the best part about cake pops i.e. you can choose any flavor of your choice. A can frosting is also perfect to use. However, if you wish to make it at home Click Here.  You use the frosting because you need a doughy texture to form the balls. Dont add too much frosting. 2 Tbsp should be enough for a 1/2 k.g cake…. Try form a ball and see…if it drifts apart add one more spoon and try again.

5. Now use a cookie scooper to scoop out little balls or use a tbsp …. Round them with your hands to perfect little balls.

6. Put each cake ball into a tray lined with parchment or butter paper…then place it in the freezer for 10 to 15 mins.

7. Melt some chocolate in a double boiler.

8. Dip the lollypop stick into the chocolate and then insert into the cake ball.

9. Dip the cake ball into melted chocolate.

10. Add sprinklers, frosting or toppings as desired.

11. Use the styrofoam block to stick the cake pops into and for display.

12. Refrigerate the cake pops before you can enjoy them.

Your cake poppers are now ready 😀

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* The cake and frosting can be entirely of your choice. You could use a ready made one or make them easily at home.

* Do refrigerate for atleast 10 mins once the cake balls are ready before you dip them in chocolate.

* If you want colorful cake poppers… melt white chocolate and add food color of your choice. Dip the cake balls in those.

* You could use a mug or any other thing to hold your cake pops for serving.

* The consistency of the melted chocolate should be fine. Keep melting again if it gets hard while making.

For further queries do contact me.

Enjoy Baking :*

Love

Shruti

XOXO