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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Butter cake

Baking is one of the simplest methods of cooking. However, if not done in the right manner can turn out to be a nightmare. It's always essential to pre-measure all your ingredients and have them ready just before you start off.  
Thanks to my colleague Jezmy from Maldives for inspiring me with her baked treats! Muffins, cookies, cakes…week  after week…don’t think anyone can beat that! I’ll definitely share her recipes one day.
I got this basic butter cake recipe whilst net-surfing and it turned out delectable!  A must try!
250gms unsalted butter (preferrably Amul )
200gm sugar (powdered)
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
200gm self raising flour, sifted with ½ tsp salt
4 tbsp fresh  milk

Grease and line a cake tin with greaseproof paper. Preheat oven to 170C .
Cream butter and sugar (with an electric egg beater) until light and creamy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add vanilla essence.
Fold in sifted flour (only self-raising flour to be used)gradually to the prepared mix.
Finally stir in milk. Mix until well combined.
Pour mixture into prepared tin.
Level out mixture at the sides but allow a shallow well in the center. This is to enable the cake to level up evenly during baking.
Bake in the middle rack of preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a skewer.
The buttery aroma is also an indication that it’s done.

Cheese Tikki

Apologies for the 4 month long silence or rather summer break.…had forced myself into aestivation ;-)…and hope to elude any sort of winter hibernation J
Had been to Kerala for Ramadan followed by Eid and yes it was a memorable vacation indeed! Tried lots and lots of new recipes, specially for Iftaar  and just can’t wait till I share them. Without much ado let’s head off…
To start with here’s presenting …Cheese tikki!! It’s something the kids will love and so would the grown-ups.  It’s one of the most simplest snacks & doesn’t require any exotic  ingredients.
Bon Appetit!!
 This is how it appears before and after coating....

Cream cheese triangles-8 triangles
White Bread -8slices
Onion- 1 large- chopped finely
Tomato- 1 large- chopped finely
Green chilly-1-cut finely
Coriander leaves-1bunch-chopped finely
Juice of 1 lemon
Pepper powder-1tsp
Salt to taste

For coating:
2cups of Bread crumbs mixed with ½ cup of sesame seeds.
1egg- beaten

Shred the bread slices into small bits and place them in a large bowl.  Now add the chopped onion, tomato, green chilly & coriander leaves. Add the cheese once it’s soft, and blend all of these ingredients with your hand. You may add 2-3tsp of milk to moisten this.  Add lemon juice, pepper powder, salt and continue  to mix well until a smooth dough has been formed.  If the dough is too sticky you may add 1 or 2 extra slices of bread.
Now divide them into small equal number of balls. Shape them in the form of small fingers and keep aside.
For frying:
Dip the rolls in egg , next roll them in the bread crumbs until all sides have been coated well.
Deep fry on medium heat  till crispy and golden brown.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup.