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Cupcakes…The Martha Stewart Way!!!

22 Aug

Ok so now I know that all of you guys who know me or who at least frequent my Facebook page would know about my growing interest in baking.I love baking sweets, all of them(*Drooling already*).Now that I have perfected the art of making cakes with and without icing, making oatmeal cookies, the Goan favorite Baath Cake, what I really want to try is cupcakes!!!!Cupcake-Wallpaper7

I’m a big fan of cupcakes especially the choco-chip and date-n-walnut ones that I used to get at a place back in my hometown, Goa called Temptations,Vasco,Goa. But as far as Bangalore is concerned, cupcakes are only available at proper pastry shops.Not the small local bakery shops.So when I saw this easy to make cupcake recipe, I though lets give it a try.Now, knowing that is a recipe from Martha Stewart I was confident that it was going to turn out great if I did everything right.

So here’s how I planned for it.First, I went out and bought my cupcake tins and their¬†linings, my cooking materials(flour, cocoa, nuts etc).And then it was time to begin baking!!!!

Now this recipe is fairly simple so I’m posting it here for you guys to get inspired and try out too!!!!

One Bowl Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil(I used normal vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  2. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
  3. I went ahead and drizzled molten chocolate over the cupcake once they were cooled down.

I had to snap a few quick pictures from my phone itself, before my brother gobbled up most of them. The picture quality isn’t great but worth showing you how it turned out.

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Hope you guys try out this recipe too and do let me know how it turns out ūüėČ .

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Brownie Fever!!!!

2 May

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz

I love chocolate and love is like chocolate. I don’t think I’ve met a single person till date who hates chocolate. When I was a kid my elder sister Giselle would play this game with me and fooled me each time. My dad would come home from work on salary day and get us each a bar of chocolate (mostly Crackle). My sis would say, “OK¬†Pia, let’s have a competition to see who can eat their chocolate faster and that person wins” and I would literally swallow mine down only to see my sister giving me that evil smile, still only on the first bite of her¬†chocolate. In my house whenever there are any sweets either bought by us or gifted from a¬†relative¬†visiting India from abroad, it would be divided into 5 shares, one for Dad, one for Mum, one for Gis, one for me and one for my younger brother Shawn. This was an unspoken rule always…even till this day. Even if I’m in Bangalore, and¬†foreign¬†chocolates were given by someone, my dad will save my share and stash it away( just in case Shawn or mother get greedy). Everyone in my family has a sweet tooth, so needless to say I love any form of cooking that involves sweets.

Baking sort of came naturally to me. I was gifted an OTG for my last birthday and since then I¬†Google¬†recipes and make them (most come out surprisingly well !!!).I have been experimenting with¬†chocolate¬†quite a lot in my baking experiments. Baking is like therapy for me…along with some good¬†music¬†while I bake.

The past week, my office took the team to lunch at BBQ Nation and for dessert, I ate brownies there.¬†This reminded me that I haven’t baked in a long time…not atleast something involving chocolate . So I decided to try it on May 1st, International Workers’ Day. It a holiday for most people in India I guess. Interestingly, I came across a recipe for brownies on the blog of the famous Maria Goretti. I love reading her blog for the amazing food she makes and the way she writes. Somehow reading her blog makes me smile.

Ok, so back to the brownies!!! I had to try this recipe and I hardly had patience. So I went home from work on Monday and decided to give my first try at baking brownies.Even if it was a fiasco, I could try batch two the next day. So I made myself a drink of whisky and began my “Experiment Brownie”!!! Since the next day was a holiday, I had some friends over for the night to watch the big Man City v/s Man Utd. match. So they too were excited will all the smells from my kitchen. After the brownies were baked n cooled down just a bit (I honestly prefer them hot n gooey) I cut pieces for all of them. One of my friends Mahesh took a bite and had this smile and glow on his face and then said” Wow Pia, they are awesome” and I was in heaven.

So I am re-posting Maria’s recipe here for all you guys who want to try it. Now I made a few minor changes here and there but the basic recipe is still the same.

INGREDIENTS
250 gm- Unsalted butter (I use the normal Amul salted butter itself)
200 gm- Cooking chocolate ( I used some kind of Swiss dark chocolate bars I found at Spar Hypermarket)
50 gm- walnuts optional (I love walnuts so I used 100 gm ūüôā )
80 gm- cocoa powder
65 gm Рplain flour 
1 tsp baking powder
360 gm- Castor sugar
4 large eggs..I used 5 because we have normal small eggs…
I added a tsp of¬†cardamom¬†essence because I¬†don’t¬†like the smell of eggs to overpower the dish.

PROCEDURE:

Pre- heat your oven to 175-180 degrees.
Line a 9-10 inch pan with butter paper
Melt the butter and chocolate over a double boiler..Or then just zap it in a microwave, taking care not to over do it …..Mix it until really smooth and glossy..
In a separate bowl mix together all the dry ingredients , sieve it and add it to the chocolate nut mix, stir it together really well…¬†
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add to the brownie mix, mixing really well.Then add the walnuts

Put it in a tray and cook it for about 25-30 minutes, or till the mix does not jiggle in the middle..
Be careful not to over cook this, as they should be a little firm n the outside but gooey in the middle..
Allow it to cool…and then Attack!!!

So I hope you like this one and so till my next baking experiment, Au revoir.

Easy Rich Chocolate Cake.

14 Mar

I just loved this recipe and its going to be the first thing on my list of “To Try Recipes”

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Chocolate cakes can easily add up as a Dessert at the end of a hearty meal. Gone are the days when cakes were a hassle to make, particularly separating the eggs from the yolks and whisking to make foams. This chocolate cake is very easy to make, puts away your electric whisk or your processor and top of it all you need is a bowl and a wooden spoon to make the cake batter. It’s a very moist rich cake goes very well with fruits, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and even ice-creams. You can always serve it as it is with some dusted icing sugar on top. Dusting icing sugar on top will definitely make your cake look more tempting but overdoing it sometimes overpowers the flavor of your chocolate cake and finally you may end up having a mouthful of icing sugar. This is a very moist slightly dense…

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