Monday, 4 May 2015

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

I rarely make cakes with creamy frosting. Its either a cake served as such or the favorite Chocolate frosting / ganache.The kids don't really ask for frosting but I have always been wanting to make at least one creamy frosting for the cake.

So when I was baking for the Fire Up The Oven series, I made this Cream cheese frosting for the Eggless Butterless Red Velvet Cake.

I don't find cream cheese in the store very often and even if I see it, its pretty expensive!!! So I searched the web and found this easy method to make cream cheese and the frosting.

I used:

For the cream cheese

Homemade paneer - From 1 litre milk
Yogurt- 1 tablespoon

Take the paneer and yogurt in a blender jar and whip till smooth and whisk till creamy.Transfer it into a cheese cloth and tie the ends together and hang it in place to let it drain. Let it drain for 4-5 hours.

To make the frosting

Cream cheese from the above method
Butter -30 grams

Powdered sugar -1 cup
Milk-1 tablespoon

Take all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk well till you get a creamy consistency.

You as a topping/frosting for cakes...

  • You can use a drop or two of vanilla essence while making the frosting. 
  • To make chocolate cream cheese frosting, add a tablespoon of cocoa powder.
  • The frosting was a bit sweet to my liking,but the kids loved it.So adjust the sugar accordingly.
  • If the mixture is very thick, add a little extra cream or milk in the final step and whisk well.
This frosting is for Blogging Marathon #52, Week 1,Day 2 under the theme - Creamy dishes.And also sending this to Srivalli's Kid's Delight event, hosted this month by Mir, themed- Creamy foods.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#52

Bon Appetit...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Methkoot Koshimbir

I watched happily as the kids rolled all over the grass and ran around like crazy. I was sure they were having a swell of a time! I was nostalgic. I did the same thing, in the same place when I was their age! It was a lot of fun.

We walked through the trees and clicked a lot of pics. The kids enjoyed the sun, the slightly chilly winds,flowers and the freedom to run around and roll on the grass! The Botanical Garden is such a beautiful place to be in even if it is so crowded!

I smiled the biggest smile when I saw my school.It was this place that made me..well, me! Yes, what I am today I owe it to my school. Today, it wore a deserted look. It was closed for summer vacations and there was not a soul in sight. I walked into the office room in a  hope to see one of the teachers or the staff and I was happy to one of the staffs.

And then walking around the classrooms, I kept telling the kids the classes I studied in , the teachers who taught me and of course showed them the library which played a huge part in getting me to fall in love with books and reading. I peered though the glass door and the library had changed! It has now become the junior reading room /A.V room. I was not able to locate the senior reading room!

Again more pics and more walking around the campus and telling my husband and kids where we used to play/ have lunch/ meet the headmistress and so on. All the while the kids and hubby shared my enthusiasm.

This was the happiest moment and I kept telling dad that the school visit was the highlight of our trip and I didn't even realise that my tummy rumbled coz I skipped breakfast!

And then we went to other places of tourist interest, a small stop at a small amusement park, driving through tea estates and then back home. One of the best days of my life. And I really miss my growing up place -Ooty...

Well , after all that fun and nostalgia, I realised that it was the day to post the first dish for Srivalli's Kid's Delight event, hosted this month by Mir, themed- Creamy foods, which also happens to be the theme I have taken for Blogging Marathon #52, Week 1.

When I was reading through the Mir's announcement post, I saw that she had mentioned yogurt! I love yogurt and we always have a large bowl of it in the fridge. Curd rice is one of my favorite dish and I use yogurt/ curd as a side with all tiffin items. I know it sounds crazy but I just love yogurt. When hunger pangs strike in the even I add it to a bowl of curries / Sev and enjoy the combo! Yogurt is the ultimate comfort food for me!So it is only natural that I post a yogurt based recipe for the event as well for the marathon.

This recipe is a raita, a Maharastrian version, to be precise.

 We exchanged a whole bunch of goody bags when we met for the BM #50 celebration meet. Pradnya's bag had a lot of gifts and among them were spiecs mixes and a cookbook-recipe collection from her blog.So I made this using the methkoot that Pradnya had packed and followed the recipe from the book.

Methkoot is a mildly spiced lentil spice mix something similar to Menthe Hittu.Since it is non spicy, kids too love it. I even sprinkled this over the vegetable uthappam I once had for breakfast and also mixed it with piping hot rice with ghee. It was divine!

At first Lil Angel was not quite ready to taste  the methkoot koshambir. But later when she saw me relishing it, asked for just a spoon and then rest is history!!!

So here is the recipe...

I used:

Thick yogurt - 1 cup
A handful of veggies, finely chopped
Coriander leaves a few
Methkoot -  1 tablespoon
Salt to taste

Whisk the yogurt with salt. Add the vegetables and coriander leaves.Put in the methkoot, mix well.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#52

This also joins the May Week 1 Cooking from Cookbook Challenge Group.

Bon Appetit...

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Fire Up Your Oven- Month Long Baking Marathon Recap

It's time to post the recap of the month long baking marathon!!! I never thought I would be able to pull it through,but I did! This was by far the easiest one in terms of being prepared. I started around the end of January and got almost all the bakes done before we began posting for this marathon. So there was no rush to bake, click and post the same day which, by the way, is very tough.I learnt it the hard way in one of the previous mega marathons. So this time, I wanted to be ready before we started..

If you are new to my blog, here is what we have been doing. A group of food bloggers take part in a food event called Blogging Marathon spearheaded by Srivalli of Spice your Life blog.Every month we take up themes and post 3 recipes per week. And in April and September we run a month long Marathon,posting 26 recipes with the Sundays off.

So far in the mega marathons,as we call them, we did...

September  2014 -Around the world in 30 days - We traveled across the globe to create some culinary magic
April 2014- Indian food Odyssey- Showcased the cuisines of  Indian states
September 2013 - A-Z Marathon - Blogged dishes starting with A all the way through Z
April 2013 - Weekly themes...

So in April we did this baking themed marathon. 28 members took part in this marathon and I have to say all the bakes are awesome!!

As such we were not given any sub themes, but most of us took up themes for each weeks to showcase out bakes.

When the baking theme was in the planning stage, discussing what to do, I made a list of things that I must bake. This list ,as always, changed and many a times, I rearranged the categories when I found new and interesting recipes.

And then I made up my mind to post something more than just cakes and cookies and so I did savory bakes too.

Week - 1.Deep fried to Healthy bakes.There are many dishes that we love and most will fall into the deep fried category. So, I have attempted to bake those dishes instead of deep frying and all the 4 dishes were loved by the kids and adults alike.

Here are the dishes that were baked for Week 1 - Deep fried to Healthy bakes

1.Baked Palak Puri Chaat

2. Baked Gulkand Jamuns

 3.Baked Masal Vadai / Low Cal Masal Vadai

4.Baked Brinjal Sticks

Week 2: - Surprise Inside Cakes

1. Rainbow Bundt Cake

2. Layered Rainbow Cake

3.Eggless Hidden Heart Cupcakes

4.Eggless Easy Hidden Heart Cupcakes

5.Eggless Cream Biscuit Brownies

6. Eggless Polka Dot Loaf Cake

Week 3 : Baking With Fruits

1.Eggless Black Forest Buns

2.Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Cookies

3.Eggless Butterless Tutti Frutti Custard Powder Cupcakes

4. Eggless Libyan Dates Loaf Cake

5.Eggless MW Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

6.Eggless Mango Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Week 4 - Baking With Vegetables

1.Eggless Sweet Potato Honey Bread Rolls

2.Capsicum and Paneer stuffed Rolls

3.Hasselback Potato

4.Oven Roasted Garlic Butter Mushrooms

5.Eggless Cauliflower Crust Calzones

6.Eggless Butterless Red Velvet Cupcakes

Week 5- Bakes with Herbs and Spices

1.Zaatar Matzo

2.Eggless Whole Wheat Masala Buns

3.Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers

4. Eggless Vanilla Shortbread Cookies.

 I enjoyed doing this marathon...We start the regular 3 day;'s a week marathon in a few days.See you there....

Bon Appetit....