• 2 cups all purpose flour / maida
• 2 cups sugar
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 cup water
• 2 large eggs
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 4 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate or 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
- Combine all ingredients into large mixing bowl. Mix at low speed for 30 seconds, and scrape bowl. Mix at high speed for 3 minutes.
- Fill liners with 2/3 full of batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- You may frost these cute cup cakes when they are completely cool.
As everyone is in a festive and a holiday mood, the smell of fresh bakes enhances the mood in the streets, shops and almost every houses. The kids enjoyment during this short vacation is doubled with the indulgence of hot hot cakes/pastries…and these cute cup cakes also plays its role in the festive excitements…As we all anticipate the arrival of a new year, let’s welcome it with some fresh bakes and hope the year is full of Triumph & new challenges in all aspects of our life…
These vanilla cupcakes are delicious with almost any kind of frosting, best is to try a fresh strawberry frosting, chocolate or creamy butter royal icing.
- Prepare the batter
- Fill the mould
- Freshly Baked
- 3 cups plain flour/maida
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- Butter (1 stick)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour muffin cups, line with muffin papers, or generously spray with baking oil/flour spray.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on low speed to soften. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth. Add sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla; scrape bowl then beat until smoot
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
Add the dry ingredients to the first mixture a little at a time, alternating with the milk. Continue beating on medium speed until smooth and well blended, scraping the sides of the bowl once or twice. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until a wooden pick comes out clean when inserted in the center of one.
This is a simple and easy brownie recipe and can be quickly made for sudden guests / kids arriving from school…
The brownies which is prepared by using chocolate and walnuts is very much popular and are also known as cookies brownies. Adding flavor of nuts and raisins to this recipe will do and makes it more yummy.
You can eat this straight away from the oven either warm / after it has cooled down… but for a great dessert you may have it warm served with vanilla ice cream and dusted with some icing sugar…
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ can NESTLÉ Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Combine eggs, sugar and butter and beat it together.
- Add to the mixture; flour, sifted cocoa powder, and baking powder. Beat until well combined.
- Add gradually the condensed milk and mix until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
- Pour mixture into a greased and floured baking pan and bake at 180 C till done.
- Served with Vanilla Icecream & homemade chocolate sauce
- Shall post the recipe for homemade chocolate and ice creams soon.
For those who are unaware of this super dish…….Vegetable Korma is basically a medley of vegetables in a rich gravy. It is made with less spices and its best served with appam and chapatti.
- Onion – 2
- Tomato – 2
- Potato – 1
- Green peas – ½ cup
- Carrot – 1
- Cabbage – A medium piece
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
- Turmeric powder – a pich
- Grated coconut – 1 cup
- Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp
Chop the veggies into thin long pieces. Add the green peas to this and steam the vegetables in a pressure cooker. Grind the coconut, fennel seeds and poppy seeds into a nice paste adding minimum water. Chop the tomatoes and onions and fry them in little oil. Add salt, chilli powder turmeric powder and the cooked vegetables. Add the ground paste and stir and heat for a little while.
Corn is a super crop that is very tasty, filling and liked by adults and children alike. These days we could find steamed corns served in a cup with a variety of seasonings and butter in almost all the malls both in India and abroad and it is gaining as a popular snack everywhere. There are n no of ways to enjoy this rich fibre crop and I have listed very few here….
One is the popular method is grilling directly on the fire which is a must have indulgence whenever we visit marina beach in chennai and now as Chill Chennai demands a hot hot snack, this grilled corn on the direct fire is one of the healthy way to quench that desire . It is an tasty way to roast/grill the corn on fire and application of some lemon juice and salt with chilly powder to rub on it…. hmmmmmm…it’s yummilicious especially during this winter.
Those who doesnt like the above taste can opt for steam cooking which is a quick and easy way to cook fresh corn and the taste is yummy with different toppings or seasonings as per one’s tastebuds. Steaming them takes much less time compared to boiling them, and it allows the corn to retain its flavor, nutrients and color. Follow these steps to steam corn. Fill a large pan/cooker with enough water and a tbsp of sugar added to it and place the corn, cover the lid and steam for around 10 mts till done. If you add salt to the water, it hardens the corn so avoid it. You can cook corn in a microwave too.
Once steamed apply a dollop of butter, white pepper, lil salt and enjoy the steamed corn. You may also add different seasoning or herbs as a topping. You could try honey roasted corn too and the options are endless and it only needs your creativity. Have a great corn indulgence!!