Eggless Buckwheat Waffles

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Buckwheat is not a derivative of wheat, in fact it does not belong to wheat family at all. Buckwheat seeds are eaten as groats or flour; hence it is referred to as a pseudo cereal too. Buckwheat is high in essential nutrients. It is rich in many trace minerals, including manganese, magnesium and copper. It is also a good source of the B vitamins: B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate, thiamin and choline. You can read more about buckwheat from here and here. It is also known as ‘kuttu’ locally in Mumbai and used for Hindu fasting meals.

I try and incorporate such healthy ingredients in everyday cooking wherever possible. I am sure there are better and healthier ways to consume this powerhouse. But, till I find more ways to cook this grain I am happy with these waffles. My son too consumed these ‘chocolate waffles’ (for him anything brown is chocolate;) with complete admiration. Here I have topped these waffles with ready to use whipped cream (Result of my impulse grocery shopping). But you can top these waffles with fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup.

The photos were clicked on the dining table itself as Avvi refused to wait longer and hence are not up to mark. But on a good note, I feel so happy when Avvi devours something which I make. I am one satisfied mother.

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Dry Ingredients

3/4 cup Buckwheat flour

3/4 cup Maida or All-purpose flour

1 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

3 tbsp powdered sugar
 

Wet Ingredients

1 cup Milk (use non-dairy milk for vegan waffles)

3/4 cup Water

2 tsp Apple cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Oil

½ tsp vanilla extract

 

Take milk in a bowl, add vinegar and set it aside to curdle.

Meanwhile mix buckwheat flour, maida, baking powder, salt and sugar.

To the curdled milk add water and oil and vanilla extract and mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet and make a lump free batter. Adjust water to get pouring consistency if required.

Let the batter rest for 8 to 10 mins.

Meanwhile preheat the waffle iron. Brush the plates with butter and pour a ladle of batter at a time so as to cover the plate.

Cook the waffles according to manufacturer’s directions. Mine were done in about 4 minutes. Enjoy with your favourite topping. Here I have used whipped cream and chocolate syrup, but can use fresh fruits, honey or maple syrup.

 

 

 

 

Milk Bread

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This is my first bread recipe on the blog and it had to be this milk bread. You would have read about my love for this milk bread here, typical from Iyengar bakery, since I was a child. This soft and slightly sweet bread takes you to heaven when you slather generous amount of butter on it. That’s my favourite way to have this bread.

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This is a very easy recipe; just make sure that your yeast is good.  I have had a long relationship with yeast and I had my initial good days followed by a long series of disasters. But, baking your own bread feels amazing and the aroma is heavenly. I have used active dry yeast, fresh yeast and instant yeast in my previous attempts and found that I am most comfortable with instant yeast, so this is what I have used here. Good yeast is crucial to a good bread and proof the yeast before you start making bread if you are unsure.

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1 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast

3/4 cup luke warm milk

2 tbsp powdered sugar

2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) or oil

3/4 tsp salt

2 1/4 cup bread flour or Maida.

Luke warm water as required

 

In a bowl add sugar and yeast and give it a stir. Add the luke warm milk, mix and let it sit for 5 mins till the mixture is frothy.

In a stand mixer add bread flour or maida, salt and mix well. Then add ghee or oil and run the mixer to incorporate the fat into the flour.

Then slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour in the stand mixer while mixing all the time. Follow it with required quantity of luke warm water to form a soft dough. The dough should be soft and sticky.

Knead the dough for 9 to 10 mins in the stand mixture. You can also the above process by hand, kneading for around 15 mins with the heel of your palm. Post kneading the dough should be soft and should come together as a ball. You can check the doneness with a window pane test. In this test take a small portion of dough and stretch it till it becomes translucent. If the stretched dough breaks before it could be stretched to the correct thickness then knead for some more time.

Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl. Spread some oil on top of the dough too. Cover the container with a cling film or a damp muslin cloth.

Now let the dough rest in a warm dark environment for an hour or more till it doubles its size. Do not keep checking the dough every now and then . . . let the yeast work in peace.

When the dough doubles in size, roll the dough into a log shape and place it in a greased loaf pan with the seam side at the bottom. Here, I have used an 8 inch X 4 inch loaf pan.

Now keep the loaf pan in a warm dark place un-disturbed for almost an hour for the second rise.

When the dough has risen above the pan carefully place the pan in a 200 degree centigrade preheat oven. Bake for 25 to 30 mins till you get a hollow sound when you gently knock on the bread.

Let the pan rest for 10 mins once out. Then with a knife loosen the sides of the bread from the pan and pop the bread out of the pan and onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Slice the bread with a bread knife when the bread is cooled.

Eggfree Blueberry Muffins

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Yeah, blueberries . . .

Well, you can replace blueberries with chocolate chips or chunks or raisins.

But blueberries are wonderful; I have used frozen blueberries here. I stocked on some wonderful ingredients during my recent trip abroad. Yes, I go grocery shopping on vacations too J. Didn’t I tell you I am different? So, my readers in India may find some ingredients which are not available easily in India for few of my future posts. But I have got to try these, so please bear with me. Where ever possible, I would also give suggestions for substitutes, so that most of my readers can go ahead and enjoy making the recipe as much as I did.

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Coming back to these muffins . . . . These are the most awesome muffins I have ever made. I have tried many other versions of eggless vanilla sponge except the one with milk powder. So, I searched for a few recipes and tweaked this recipe for my version from here. I was really blown away with the result . . . the muffins were soft, fluffy and melt in your mouth with hint of berries . . . just amazing. I am sure these will work for you too, give it a try and let me know how it turned out.

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Dry Ingredients

1 1/2 cups maida or all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup milk powder

3/4 cup powdered sugar

 

Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted white butter, melted (I used homemade butter)

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup blueberries (or chocolate chips)

 

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Dust the blueberries with maida, so that they do not settle at the bottom while baking.

Sieve all the dry ingredients together and mix well.

Add melted butter and vanilla extract to the milk and combine well.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently whisk to get a lump free batter.

Add the blueberries and gently fold into the batter taking care not to smash many.

Scoop out the batter into the cupcake tray lined with liners. Bake for about 18 mins or till the toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Masala Peanuts (no frying)

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It’s been pouring in Mumbai. I do not enjoy getting wet, but sure like to look out of the window from the comfort and warmth of my house. Add a steaming hot cup of tea with a dash of ginger or lemongrass along with these guilt free peanuts and . . . . the picture almost perfect.

Also, I want to share a secret . . . . I am scared of deep frying. I don’t know if it’s normal but, that’s just me. Last time I deep fried something . . . was almost three years back. But, that does not mean that I do not crave fried food and thankfully I am blessed with two loving mommies who do it for me. Do you too have any such crazy fear?

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Masala peanuts are an all-time favourite with my husband, so this one is for him :). They are super easy to make and I like these as it keeps a check on my diet without compromising on the taste buds. Happy rains.

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1 cup Raw Peanuts

1/2 cup minus 2 tbsp Besan (Chickpea flour)

1 tbsp rice flour

Water as required.

 

Spice mix

Kashmiri red chilli powder as per taste

Salt as per taste

Hint of turmeric powder

3/4 tsp crushed kasuri methi

 

In a bowl add both the flours; besan and rice flour. To this add the spice mix and mix well.

Add water, a tbsp at a time to form a lump free thick batter (almost like a brownie batter).  Be careful as not to make the batter very runny like we normally do it for bhajiyas. Add a tbsp of besan if you feel that the batter is less or is too runny.

Into this batter add the peanuts and coat them well.

Drop the coated peanuts on a parchment lined baking tray, few at a time. Make sure that the peanuts are not dropped as a blob but scattered around in pairs or trios and are in single layer only. Do not overcrowd the tray.

Bake these in a preheated oven at 200 degree Celcius for approximately 15 mins. You may require a couple of minutes extra as each oven temperature varies. Move the peanuts around after 10 mins and keep a close watch.

The peanuts will be slightly soft when removed from the oven, but will firm up once cooled. Let it cool in the tray itself and store in an airtight container.

 

 

Peanut butter cookies (eggless)

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I usually make cookies on weekend to pack it in the snack box for my kid during the week. But cookies do have a considerable amount of fat even though I try to reduce it as much as possible. So recently, when I happen to come across peanut butter cookies here, I wanted to give it a try.

Peanut butter along with whole wheat it makes a wholesome snack. I have used homemade peanut butter which has no added sugar. Also, the criss-cross pattern on a typical peanut butter cookie makes them look so pretty.

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3/4 cup + 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar (I added couple of tbsp of sugar more as my homemade butter had no added sweetener)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup + 2 tsp milk

1cup + 2 tbsp whole wheat flour (atta)

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

Mix together peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and milk. Mix well so that all the ingredients are combined well.

Separately sieve together atta, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add this atta mixture to the peanut butter mixture and form a soft dough. Chill the dough for 15 minutes in the fridge.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degree Celcius.

Make balls with the dough. (I used 1 tbsp as my measurements as I prefer smaller cookies.). Press the balls onto the parchment lined cookie tray making a criss-cross pattern.

Bake for 8 to 10 mins. The cookies will be soft on the top and the edges will be deeper in colour when the cookies are done. Time taken for baking varies from oven to oven and also depends on the size of the cookie, so adjust accordingly. Cool the cookies on the cooling rack and keep them in airtight containers on cooling completely.

Note : I halved the recipe given above and got around 12 cookies.

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Fresh Fig Brownie

Happy Valentine’s day !!!

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We really don’t have a ritual for Valentine’s day, but rather just go with the flow. Today it was celebrated with the whole family around the breakfast table. It was wonderful. Coming to the recipe, this is one of those recipes which is just awesome and happens by accident.

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We really don’t eat fresh figs and I had a dozen to finish. Fig jam was obvious and tried, so decided on making a cake and an ice-cream. I had my fingers crossed with the cake in the oven because it was the first time I was using fresh buttermilk. (Here, I have used the buttermilk which remains after removing the butter for ghee.) It turned out just wonderful and was liked by all. I decided to call it a brownie because of the taste, texture and the amazing cracked top. It’s an easy and a healthy recipe. I know it has butter, but I believe a controlled amount of good fat is essential for your body.

I have adapted this recipe from the chocolate beet cake recipe.

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Dry ingredients

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4  tsp salt

 

Wet Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh homemade butter (at room temperature)

3/4 cup powdered jaggery

1 cup fresh buttermilk

1/2 cup fresh fig puree

1 tbsp vanilla extract

 

Pre heat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.

Sieve together all the dry ingredient and combine it well.

In another bowl cream butter and powdered jaggery. Then add pureed fig and buttermilk and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients into wet ingredient and wisk together for a lump free batter. Do not over mix. Pour the batter in a greased and floured 7” x 9” tin. (I used a parchment paper at the bottom of the tin)

Bake for 25 mins or till the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Each oven is different so the time required may vary.

Let it cool in the pan for 20 mins and then on the wire rack till it is completely cooled. Slice and serve.

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Eggless Orange Cake with glaze

Oranges are everywhere.

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Made juice with it, had it as a snack and then decided to make some cake with it. I have recently added zester to my ever increasing kitchen tools and was waiting to use it and this was a perfect opportunity.

 The cake was moist and soft . . . . but the glaze was perfectly orangey. It was fun making this with Avvi after a long time. Hope you enjoy making and eating this cake as much as we did.

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Dry Ingredients

1 cup + 2 tbsp maida or all-purpose flour

3 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup light brown sugar

 

Wet Ingredients

1 cup orange juice (I used freshly squeezed juice)

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp neutral oil

1 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp orange zest

 

For the Glaze

1 cup sifted icing sugar

3 tbsp orange juice

Orange zest

 

Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.

Sieve together maida, cornflour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then add sugar and mix well.

Whisk together orange juice, oil, vinegar, zest and vanilla. Mix well.

Add wet ingredients in dry and mix gently to form a homogenous mixture. Do not overmix the batter.

Pour the batter in an 8 inch round cake tin which is greased and floured. Give it a tap to release trapped air.

Bake at 180 degree for 25 to 30 mins. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool the cake in the tin for 10 mins and then keep it on wire rack to cool completely.

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To make the glaze, add orange juice to sifted icing sugar and mix. Add 1 tbsp of juice at once and check the consistency. I didn’t do that and ended up with a slightly thinner consistency of the glaze. Nevertheless it taste good and smelt heavenly. Always add the glaze to a completely cooled cake.

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