Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Do you HATE oats? Eating Oats is more like a healthy option than a tasty one? What if I said, now oats are healthy and tasty too…… Try it for yourself 🙂

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I believe most of you can relate to the phenomena that OATS aren’t tasty at all. They are more like a healthy option that you are forced to eat. At least I believed in this. Initially when I switched my breakfast to a healthy and low calorie diet, I had to switch to oats. I hated the taste. I ate it like a food supplement for my body not enjoying it at all. But gradually I developed my taste for it. This is not the case for most of you. If you don’t like it, you would probably not try it again.

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My Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie is a perfect breakfast recipe. Power packed with a lot of nutrients this is the best option to start your day with. It keeps you full until lunch and really easy to make if you dont’t have much time to cook your breakfast.

P.S- Smoothies are healthy if you put in the right ingredients.

Smoothies are a really healthy option if you throw in the right ingredients. You need to cut on sugar and any other calorie adding ingredient like ice- cream, chocolate or cookies. Try make your smoothies healthy. There is a basic breakdown of how you can make your smoothies healthy and avoid adding calories to it.

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HOW to make a healthy smoothie?

1. Choose a base: A base for a smoothie would mean what liquid are you going to add to your smoothie. Avoid using full cream milk or any other full fat base. Try using something really light and healthy for your smoothie base. You could use from a variety of options like Skimmed/Almond/Soy Milk, Fruit Juice, Coconut Water, Iced Green Tea or just plain water.

2. Add a Fruit: Fruits are a real important part of your smoothie. Choose wisely. Avoid using fruits that are too sweet. Also try using fresh fruits in comparison to the frozen ones. Combine 2 fruits to increase the health quotient.

3. Thicken Up you Smoothie: Its important to thicken up your smoothie for the right consistency /creaminess yet making it more nutritious. Again avoid using high calorie ingredients like ice cream or whipped cream to thicken up your smoothie. Choose healthy options like Nut butter, Skimmed Frozen Yogurt, Oats or Beans.

4. Flavor you Smoothie: Boost flavors of your smoothie. You could use sweetners, spices or herbs. Cinnamon is the best option as it adds a layer of sweetness plus spice, without adding extra calories. A wide variety of options that you could use are Vanilla Bean, Honey, Cinnamon, Figs, Nutmeg etc

5. Power Boost: This is the most important step. Take your smoothie to the next level by adding highly nutritive super foods. Use protein powder, vitamin powder, fish oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, ground flax seeds etc.

P.S- I hope these details help you choose wisely while making a perfect smoothie.

March is about to begin. Holi is round the corner. This post is an official start to the holi celebrations. Its is so colorful that I can’t stop looking at it. All I had in mind while presenting this and shooting this was lots and lots of colors. I hope you enjoy it.

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Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE: STRAWBERRY OATMEAL SMOOTHIE

Makes- Single Serving

Prep Time- 5 mins

Making Time- 5 Mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Skimmed Milk- 1 1/2 cup
  • Whole Oats-1 cup
  • Strawberries- 3/4th cup
  • Banana- 1/2 cup
  • Honey- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Ground Flax Seeds- 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon- A pinch
  • Sprinklers- Optional

PROCESS:

In a smoothie mixer, crush strawberries and banana together to make a puree.

Now add in all the other ingredients and blend until everything is combined.

Serve in a Jar. Just add some sprinklers at the jar opening to make it look more colorful and vibrant.

Your Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie is now ready.

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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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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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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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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

Chocolate and Fruit Pudding

Hello My Lovely Readers,

Can there be a better combination than Chocolate and Fruits? I Guess NO. 

Do you have left over dry cake at home? Are you looking for an easy homemade dessert recipe? Do you want to make a dessert which doesnt require baking? If Yes, My Chocolate and Fruit Pudding is just the bestest answer to all these queries. 🙂

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Wedding in the Family and Holidaying alot, and I am not being able to post as regular as i used to 😦 I feel so so sad about this. Just few more days and I shall be back in form :)Summers means food is away and more fruits and veggies are in. Chocolate and fruit Pudding is just the perfect one to make these summers. These are irresistible. The best part about the pudding is that there is no baking required. It just gets ready in minutes and you have the best dessert ready.

P.S- I was super tensed while experimenting this dessert. But I got it right and was amazed as to how delicious these taste. ❤

Also these are the best utilization of left over cakes. Not only that you could get one dry cake straight away from the market and make these most amazing pudding in the world… These are my favorite and I am so delighted to finally share them. This is a 10 on 10 rated recipe and favorite of everybody in the house.

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A chilled pudding is all you need for a sinful summer indulgence. Puddings have always been my favorite. They were like a all in one dessert for me… Fruits..Cake…Cream…Chocolate… Everything i like eating ;)I simply love baking and I could bake any time of the day. But some days when I am not in a mood to bake or there is no electricity and I dont know how would I survive without my oven…. I try recipes where baking isnt required. This pudding is just the outburst of one of such experiments I perform in the kitchen. I am so happie with the way this pudding turned out.

The fruits that go along well with these are all sorts of citrus fruits. They get along amazingly with chocolate and make the best combination ever. You could use… Strawberries, Kiwi, Orange, Raspberries etc. As I always say that you can create your own version of any recipe. I would be glad if you would try these and give this a different form 🙂

This is 10 star rated recipe because it gets ready in no time. Also if you have the ingredients ready, all you need to do is add layers and your pudding would be ready. The amazing taste of this pudding is gonna surprise you, and you would still be wondering as to how easy they were to make.

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Let get started now

INGREDIENTS:

Serves – 4

Prep Time- 1 hour (Including the time to chill the cake and pudding)

Layering Time- 5 mins

Chocolate ganache:

  • Dark Chocolate (Compound)- 100 gms
  • White Chocolate (Compound)- 50 gms
  • Fresh Cream-2 Cups ( Amul Cream is used here)
  • Corn Syrup- 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Vanilla Essence- 1 Tbsp
  • Grated chocolate to top

For the Fruit Layer

  • Strawberries- 50 gms
  • Kiwi- 50 gms
  • Orange- 50 gms
  • Blackberries- 50 gms
  • (All fruits must be chopped and left in sugar syrup for about 15 to 20 mins in the refrigerator)

For the cake layer

  • Dry cake- 2 cups ( It could be of any flavor u prefer)
  • Vanilla Frosting- 3 tbsp ( You could use any readymade frosting, However if you wish to make it all by yourself Click Here.)

PROCESS

1. Start with the bottom most layer. In a bowl, Crumble the cake with your hands. Now add the frosting and mix nicely until is is combined. For more details on how to use your frosting correctly check my Cake Poppers Recipe.

2. Chop the fruits of your choice, you could only make it with one fruit too.

3. While the fruits and the cake layer are chilling, Make the chocolate pudding, In a heavy bottom pan, add cream. Once the cream starts boiling add in chocolate.

4. When the chocolate melts down completely add the remaining ingredients and stir until the desired consistency is achieved. I like mine a little thick.

5. Cover the pudding with a plastic wrap and let it chill in the freezer. This should take about 30 mins.

6. The best part comes now , where in you would layer the pudding. Start by the bottom most layer.

7. In a serving glass, Add about a inch and a half layer of cake, followed by a 2 inch layer of fruits and top with loads of chocolate pudding,

8. You can add fruits and grated chocolate for decoration.

9. Serve Chilled.

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Your chocolate and fruit pudding is now ready 🙂

* The cake and the frosting can be of any flavor you prefer.

* Make sure the pudding is chilled before serving.

* If the pudding does not take the desired consistency you may add more corn syrup.

*Make sure you use a heavy bottom pan as the pudding will stick to it.

* If you want to make a single fruit pudding, Go Ahead. You can make these with just strawberries too.

* Do not add extra frosting it will ruin the flavor.

Want to try more summery recipes. Try my:

Orange and Banana Smoothie

Smoothie 1

Fruit Parfaits

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 Fresh Fruit Tarts

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For More queries and updates do contact me.

Keep Baking

Love ❤

Shruti

XOXO

 

Strawberrry Jim Jam Cookies

JAM COOKIES ❤

All Hail…….. Sweet…Fruityy…Chewyyyy… Jam Cookies are here !!!

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My butteryy and tangyy Jim Jam cookies will melt your heart!!

These gorgeous looking Jam Filled Cookies are soo tasty…….. And the bestest part about them is that you have super fun making them. They are so so easy to make. I made about 2 batches of cookies and they were a favorite in the house. They look so pretty and the jam is the high light of these buttery cookies.

They are so buttery and chewyyy- which is the essence of these cookies……. As a kid most of us have loved Jam Filled Cookies…. They are like a treat to the eyes and the jam in it is so attractive looking.

The Choice of Jam can be totally yours… You could make right from Strawberry jam cookies to pineapple raspberry or blueberrry…. alll taste heavenlyyyy… 

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Honestly, this was the first time I was baking a Jam Filled Cookie. Though the cookie is really easy to make it could be tricky at times. You might end up overfilling the Jam or the Jam would spill all over the cookies etc.

Welll….. even though all these thoughts were there in my mind I had to make them. And I BAKED them late night 😛

These cookies require a lot of patience. Since the dough is buttery you need to let it rest in the oven for at least 2 hours. I kept it for almost 3 hours. This makes the cookies soft and helps it rise!!

I was totally surprised by the way they turned out….so colorful and so tastyyyy….. AWESOME !!!!!

Do try baking them…. they are soo much fun making. 😀 And the baking time of these cookies is really less as you want your cookie to be chewy and soft.

INGREDIENTS:

Serves- 2 dozen cookies( medium sized)

Prep Time- 2 1/2 hours ( Including the pastry dough resting period)

Baking Time- 12 to 15 mins

  • All Purpose Flour- 250 gms
  • Unsalted Butter- 150 gms
  • Castor Sugar- 100 gms
  • Baking Powder- A pinch
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp
  • Strawberry Jam- 1 cup chilled

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PROCESS:

Pre- Heat oven at 180 degrees for about 15 mins.

  1. In a large bowl, Rub in butter and flour with your hands until mix well and the butter has nicely coated the flour.
  2. Add sugar and vanilla extract and make a dough.
  3. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Once chilled, take it out of the refrigerator, and divide the dough into as many cookies as you want to make.
  5. Make small balls and make your thumbprint onto it. 😛

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6. Now with the help of a spoon, fill in your favorite flavor of jam into the cookies. ( This is the most fun part about these)

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7. Grease a cookie baking tray an place the cookies into it. Make sure you leave enough space between each cookie as they will become more fluffy.

8. Set in the oven for about 12 mins to 15 mins.

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9. Bake till the cookies are slightly brown. Do not over bake the cookies.

10. Let them cool for atleast 30 mins before you eat them 🙂

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Your Strawberry Jim Jam Cookies are now ready 😀

* Strawberry Jam is not compulsary. You can make your favorite flavor Jim Jam Cookies.

* The dough chilling period is important. Do not skip that step.

* Allow the cookies to cool after baking because the Jam is hot for quite a long time.

* You can add more sugar if you like your cookies more sweet.

* You can add any other extract except vanilla if you want to give your cookies a different flavor.

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For any queries do contact me.

Enjoy Baking

Love

Shruti :*

XOXO

 

Strawberryy Vanilla Chocochip Muffins

Strawberrry is my favouritee.….

When they are in season I try to incorporate them in everything i make….. If you have read “KNOW ME” Page of mine you would know how much I love strawberries 😀

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These muffins are sooo prettty lookingg….. The combination of strawberries and chocochips goes really really well and they look extremely tempting…… Before you begin lemmme warn you….They are going to finish within minutes…so make them enough……LOL..

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For me…. It was more like an experiment…so i didn’t make much… I just made a batch and within minutes they were in demand…Ooopsy :(…. So Yeah… Make lots and lots of them, Coz one just cant be enough.. My mom has been wanting to eat muffins since long….She prefers vanilla or fruit flavors over chocolate….. while my brother likes it more chocolatyyy…. so i was there not knowing what to do….. So basically I incorporated the favorite flavors of each one of us………..and there it was my “STRAWBERRY VANILLA CHOCOCHIP MUFFINS”

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They tasted heavenly and are sooo tempting….. The fragrance of vanilla while baking will just water your mouth and you just wanna eat them as soon as they are out of the oven…. but they taste amazing once chilled. As i always say, you can have your own version of it….so  you could omit strawberries and add your favorite fruit…like raspberry or blueberry or mixed…. the choice is yours…. If you dont want the flavor of the fruit then you could simply go ahead and bake a Vanilla Chocochip Muffin…. 🙂 :*

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These muffins are so fudgyy and sooo moist because of the fruit…… It just melts in your mouth.  They are super easyy to make….So do try them yourself.

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INGREDIENTS:

Makes about 10 muffins- medium sized

Prep time- 20 to 30 mins

Baking time- 20 mins

    • All purpose Flour- 1 1/2 cup
    • Unsalted butter- 120 gms
    • Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
    • Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
    • Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
    • Castor Sugar- 1/4 cup
    • Yogurt-1/4 cup
    • Fresh Strawberries – 1 cup diced
    • Chocochip- 3 to 4 Tbsp

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PROCESS:

Preheat your oven at 180 degrees for about 10 to 15 mins.

  1. In a large bowl whisk butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. To this mixture add yogurt and vanilla extract and whisk until its light in color and smooth. You could use an electric whisker or whisk with your hand. Whisk until the batter is smooth.
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  4. Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix.
  5. Add the dry ingredients slowly in portions to the batter and mix. You could use a spatula now if its getting to messy with the whisker.
  6. Once you have combined the dry and the wet ingredients together to a smoooth paste.. add fresh strawberries and chocochips.
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  8. Just incorporate them well in the mixture. You don’t need to mix much.
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  11. Now line your muffin tray with muffin cups. Don’t worry if you do not have muffin cups… you can simply grease your muffin tray and add the batter directly.
  12. Fill in the batter and do not overfill.
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  14. Bake for about 15 mins first and check if the muffins are done. If they are not, you could bake them for additional 5 mins.
  15. Lets the muffins cool down, before you enjoy eating them.

You can also serve the muffins with Ice-cream, Whipped cream , Cream Custard or Fruit syrups and Fresh fruits.

I like mine with more and more strawberries 😀 I just cant get enough of them.

You can skip vanilla extract and add strawberry extract if you want dont want the vanilla flavor incorporated.

You can decorate them simply with Icing Sugar and they are ready to go.

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For any queries do contact me. 🙂

Enjoy BAKING

Shruti  :*

XOXO