We celebrated our 7th Wedding anniversary yesterday. It being a Saturday we managed to have a long, lazy breakfast. Thankfully the kids slept on and we woke early so we could eat our breakfast blissfully. We chatted over some black forest pastries, Chocolate mousse, paneer rolls, mushroom buns and tea. Dont get me wrong, we dont eat so much everyday! 🙂
How I love these chilly Christmas mornings. We had a great evening yesterday at my sister’s house. Kids played games, danced and got gifts from their dear Santa Claus. My 3 month old was tired after the festivities and slept through the night. I got a well deserved break from the night long baby sitting routine. So instead of being busy Santa just had to keep gifts on the bed side and go to sleep 🙂
The fruit cake I baked uses all things I found running around in the kitchen. I havent picked the recipe from anywhere, its concocted on the run. I am happy with the result. I have been receiving cakes from my neighbors as well. Its like as if there is a dry fruit cake fest going on in our apartment. Well, all of us have our own version and thats what makes it interesting. It would be so boring if we all baked the exact same recipe.
My 3 year old daughter is attending 3 christmas parties this season. One at her school, one with family and one with friends. The party at school required her to go in a fancy dress. I made her into corn. Here is a picture of her – Oh Sweet Corn!
Here is the recipe of the cake I baked. I bake round the year but Christmas Cake always tastes the best (honestly, something in the air!)
Ingredients for Fruit Mix :
- 4 cashew nuts, 4 almonds : roasted and ground into a powder
- 4 cashew nuts, 4 almonds: roasted and fine chopped
- 6 yellow raisins, chopped
- 6 black raisins, de-seeded and chopped
- ½ teaspoon ginger peel chopped
- 1 teaspoon orange peel chopped (inner white skin removed)
- 1 fresh date
for the marinate :
- 1 tablespoon black currant
- 1 tablespoon grape squash
dry ingredients :
- 2 cups white flour (maida)
- 1 ½ baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
other ingredients :
- 2 eggs ( beaten)
- ¾ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- ½ almond essence
- Soak the ingredients of the fruit mix in the marinate for 2-3 hours.
- Sift the dry ingredients.
- Cream the butter with the sugar. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the beaten eggs and fold in (do not beat!). Add the marinated dry fruit mix to this.
- Now add both essences and milk till the mixture reaches dropping consistency.
- Once the mixture blends well and comes together pour into a greased and dusted pan. (you can grease with butter and dust it with white flour)
- Bake in a preheated oven for 180 Deg C for 40 mins.
Happy New year ! May 2010 bring happiness, health and prosperity to you all. Yesterday we had the most relaxed New Years celebration. We went to Niligiris Cake exhibition in St Josephs High School Grounds. Raina was excited about the Big Taj Mahal cake. She couldnt believe it was all cake. There was a long ship, folk dancers, flower baskets, horses, etc; all made out of cake. Continue reading
Hope you all are enjoying the Chrsitmas holidays so far. My week was really fun filled and hectic. Almost 6 parties this week – some for Christmas, some for birthdays and one wedding too. This much even before the New Year Party plans begin. I managed to bake a couple of cakes at the end of 3 days (in instalments, of course) . I’m rarely ever able to do any icing on cakes. The reason is that I love to eat hot cake. One thats fresh out of the oven. It just melts in your mouth and I dont want to miss that taste for anything. Thats why this time I baked 2 cakes. One for icing and one to gobble down as soon as its done. Continue reading
The house is filled with the fragrance of roses and fresh rajnigandhas. I had got a whiff of the sweet scent a night before and knew they were there somewhere in the house. I was positive my mom would have brought flowers like she does every anniversary. Then we got a lot more flowers, from friends and family. Our house looks dressed up and now you know the air that the lucky florists breath every day. My 3 -year old baby noticed everyone giving us flowers. She went into the garden, picked a withered rose from our plant and gave it to her papa saying ‘Happy Anniversary’. Continue reading
Hats off to all people who pain stakingly create gorgeous icings on their cakes. I, on the other hand cant wait to dig in! Most of the time I tell myself that the next time I bake a cake I’ll surely do some simple icing over it and every time the same thing happens – baking, photography and cake disappears. Usually, I take snaps under incredible pressure from my baby (who sits at the edge of her seat waiting with her mouth wide open)
As you might have guessed by the name its a chocolate cake, in taste and appearance its a close cousin of the Deep Dark Chocolate Cake. The main difference being that Black Magic Cake contains a magic potion, coffee.
The procedure of making this cake is fairly simple. Since we dont use any butter there is not much beating, the baking soda and oil does the softening part for you. Only one thing you need to take care of, when you mix hot water to the egg mixture you need to whisk constantly else the eggs could scramble. The hot water combines with the eggs to result in a sticky kind of cake hence you really must wait for the cake to cool off before trying to demold it otherwise the cake could stick to the mold and detach.
I have so far found recipes from Hershey’s website fairly simple and with reliable results. I keep going back for more, I’m sure my doctor wont be very happy with this.