Walnut Brownie recipe

Ingredients

  1. Dark chocolate – 100gm (chopped)
  2. Unsalted butter – 100gm
  3. Sugar – 1 cup
  4. All purpose flour – 1 cup
  5. Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup
  6. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
  8. Eggs – 4
  9. Walnut – 1/2 cup (chopped)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Line a square pan with butter paper and keep it aside.
  2. Microwave the cooking chocolate and butter in a bowl for 1 minute and keep it aside to cool.
  3. Sift together the all purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and keep it aside.
  4. Whisk the egg and vanilla essence. To this, add the sifted dry ingredients and melted chocolate simultaneously.
  5. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
  6. Pour this batter to the square pan and bake for 30-35 minutes (or till a wooden skewer inserted in the center, comes out clean).
  7. Remove it from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  8. Cut it in square and serve with some ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Cheese garlic buns

Ingredients

  1. All purpose flour – 1 + 1/2 cup
  2. Instant Yeast – 1/2 tbsp
  3. Egg – 1
  4. Salt – 3/4 tsp
  5. Sugar – 1 tbsp
  6. Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  7. Warm Water – 1/4 cup (add if more is needed)
  8. Milk – 2 tbsp

For the garlic spread

  1. Garlic chopped very finely – 6 flakes
  2. Butter softened – 2 tbsp
  3. Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  4. Kiri cheese – 3

Method

  1. In a bowl mix the sifted flour, salt, sugar and yeast.
  2. To this add the egg, water and milk and mix well.
  3. Knead the dough with olive oil to smoothen it. ( add 1 or 2 tbsp of water if water is needed, the dough should be soft and smooth and not too stiff and dry)
  4. Once the dough is kneaded well, keep it covered with a damp towel or cling wrap and set it aside to raise for 1 hour.
  5. Once the dough is double in volume knead it again to make it smooth.
  6. Now divide the dough into 12 equal balls.
  7. Cut the kiri cheese into 4. Fill each ball with one piece.
  8. Arrange the balls in a lined baking tray.
  9. Make a small slit on top using a knife to fill the garlic spread(not very deep). Keep it aside in a warm place for 45 minutes to make the balls double in size.
  10. Meanwhile mix the butter, crushed garlic and coriander for the filling.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 180° and fill the spread in the slit on the dough balls.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the garlic buns turn a golden brown color. Do not over cook, it’ll make the buns harder.
  13. Brush the buns with melted butter. Serve hot!

Classic chocolate chip cookies

A simple to make, yet delicious recipe that is the perfect snack loved by children and adults alike and should satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Also, as an added bonus, these cookies make the kitchen smell great.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 + 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 + 1/2 cup chocolate chip
1 cup toasted walnuts
1 tbsp corn flour

Method

  1. Mix the butter, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl. Once its creamy, add the egg and vanilla essence and mix well. To this add the sifted flour, baking soda, corn flour and salt and combine until well blended. Finally add the chocolate chip and toasted walnuts.
  2. Once the cookie dough is set, separate and make small balls (about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough per ball). You should get about 24 small balls. Place these on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for an hour.
  3. Depending on your oven, you might have to bake these cookies in 2 batches. Preheat the oven to 170C and pop the cookies in the oven for 15-18 min until the sides turn slight brown. Then, remove the cookies and let it cool it.

Your cookies are now ready to enjoy! They go great with cold milk.

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Cupcake Bouquet

This might look like an ordinary bouquet, but actually, its a cupcake bouquet!
It took a while to make and perfect but I’m happy with the results.

Things you’ll need

  1. 45 mini cupcakes
  2. One small pot
  3. Toothpicks
  4. Green crepe paper
  5. Ribbon (color of your choice)
  6. Icing (color of your choice)
  7. 2D nozzle for the frosting
  8. Styrofoam ball 6″
  9. Selotape

Method

  1. Tie the ribbon around the pot and make a bow.
  2. Secure the styrofoam ball in the pot with the help of some sellotape
  3. Insert 2 toothpicks per cupcake. Start from the bottom of the styrofoam balls and make your way to the top.
  4. Fill in the icing with the 2D nozzle in it and frost the cupcakes from bottom to top.
  5. Once all the cupcakes are frosted refrigerate the cupcake bouquet for half an hour.
  6. Then, cut small squares of the green crepe paper and crumble and stuff it in between the gaps of the cupcakes.
  7. You can also place a message card on top with the help of a skewer.

Pocket Shawarma

Ingredients

  1. Cabbage – 1cup(shredded)
  2. Carrot – 1 cup (shredded)
  3. Capsicum- 1/2cup(shredded)
  4. Green chilly – 2
  5. Potato – 1 (boiled)
  6. Garlic- 2 pods
  7. Olive oil – 2tbsp
  8. Butter – 50gm
  9. Chicken -1 cup (boil with salt and pepper)
  10. Pepper
  11.  Egg – 1
  12. Flour – 1n 1/2 cup
  13. Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  14. Yeast – 1 tsp

Method

Mayonnaise

Add the egg white in a mixer and blend well. To this, add the following items one by one and blend it well: Butter, potato, garlic, olive oil.

Filling

Shred the chicken and mix it with the cabbage, capsicum, carrot, green chilly and the prepared mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.

Dough

  1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast.
  2. To this pour warm water and mix well.
  3. Let it rise.

Putting it all together

  1. Divide the dough into 4 equally shaped balls
  2. Flatten these 4 balls out evenly and cut out the desired shapes with a cookie cutter
  3. Take one of these cut shapes and fill the middle with a bit of filling. Then cover the filling with another piece of the cut shape.
  4. Press down the edges with a fork to seal the filling inside.
  5. Drop them in some hot oil for a quick fry (no need for it to turn golden brown).

Toblerone cheesecake

Ingredients

For the biscuit base
1. Digestive biscuit – 1cup(powdered)
2. Powdered sugar – 1tbsp
3. Unsalted butter – 5 tbsp
For the cheese cake layer
1. Toblerone – 150gm
2. Fresh cream – 1/4 cup
3. Cream cheese – 230gm
4. Condensedilk – 1/4 cup
5. Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup
6. Vanilla essence – 1/2tsp
7. Gelatin powder – 2tsp
8. Water – 2tsp
9. Hazelnut -3tbsp
For the topping
1. Whip cream- 1/2 cup
2. Toblerone

Method

The biscuit base
1. Combine the powdered biscuits, melted butter and sugar.
2. Butter the sides of the cake pan
3. Press down the ingredients to the pan
4. Freeze this mixture for 30-40minutes.
The cheese cake layer
1. Microwave the fresh cream for 30sec. Pour it to the chopped toblerone and mix until well combined and leave it to cool for 5minutes.
2. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, condensed milk, powdered sugar and vanilla essence with a beater
3. To this add the melted toblerone and beat it well until well combined.
4. Mix gelatin in water and microwave for 10seconds. Stir well until well combined. Let it sit for a few seconds to cool. Add this to the cream cheese mixture and combine well.
5. Add the chopped hazelnut and mix well. Pour this to the biscuit mixture and refrigerate for 4 hours
The Topping
1. Whip the cream until soft peaks form
2. Decorate according to your wish and add toblerone.

Dulce de Leche ice cream

If you’re looking to make a tasty, yet easy to make dessert, then this Dulce de Leche ice cream just might fit perfectly to your day. Don’t forget to serve this nice and cold and add your favorite toppings.

Ingredients

For the Biscuit layer

1. Digestive biscuit – 250gm
2. Butter – 4 tbsp

For the Caramel sauce

1. Sugar – 1/2 cup
2. Water – 3 tbsp
3. Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup
4. Fresh cream – 1/4 cup
5. Vanilla essence – 1/2 TSP
6. Salt – a pinch

For the ice cream

1. Whipped cream – 2 cup
2. Dulce de Leche (cooked condensed milk) – 1 can
3. Milk powder – 3/4 cup
4. Milk – 1/4 cup
5. Vanilla essence – 1/2 TSP

For garnish

1. Chocolate sauce
2. Chopped nuts

 

Preparation

1. Crush the digestive biscuits. To this add the melted butter and mix well. Keep it aside.

2. For the caramel sauce, heat the sugar and water in a pan on medium heat and stir consistently. Once it turns golden brown,remove from flame and add butter and vanilla essence and mix well. Add the fresh cream and bring back to boil and stir continuously for a minute. Remove from flame and let it cool

3. For the ice cream, whip the cream till soft peaks form.

4. In another bowl, mix the milk powder and milk. Add the dulce de and vanilla essence and beat well.

5. Add this mixture slowly to the whipped cream and beat well. Make sure not to over whip the cream.

6. Freeze this covered for about 5-6 hours.

7. Once the ice cream is set, sprinkle the biscuit layer first, then the ice care and top it with chocolate sauce,prepared caramel sauce and nuts.

 

Rose petal scrub

There maybe many a times where you’re gifted with a bouquet or you buy roses and after a few days, they start to wilt. Here’s what you can do with those flowers. Make a face scrub!

Things you’ll need

  1. Rose petals (one rose makes a small bowl)
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. Oil – baby oil/ olive oil /almond oil

Process

  1. First, wash the petals
  2. Add in the sugar and oil and grind them all together. Keep grinding them till they get a smooth scrub texture.
  3. Store it in a container and use it within a week.

P.S. Pink petals only last about 2 days in room temperature

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Glazed fruit cake

Ingredients

For the cake

  1. Sugar- 1 cup
  2. Yogurt – 1 ¼ cup
  3. Milk- 2 tbsp
  4. Baking powder – 1 TSP
  5. Baking soda – 1/2 TSP
  6. All purpose flour – 1 ¾ cup
  7. Vanilla essence – 1 TSP
  8. Vegetable oil- 1/2 cup

For the sugar syrup

  1. Sugar – 3 TBSP
  2. Water – ¼ cup

For the Icing

  1. Heavy whipping cream-2 cups
  2. Vanilla essence-1/2 TSP
  3. Icing sugar- 2-3 tbsp (or adjust accordingly)

For the Decoration

  1. Almond flakes
  2. Kiwi
  3. apricot
  4. Strawberry
  5. Grapes or Fruits of your option.
  6. Orange juice -1/2 cup
  7. Corn flour – 1 tbsp
  8. Sugar – ¼ cup

Process

  1. Grease a cake tin and place a parchment paper in it. Preheat the oven to 190°C
  2. Blend together yogurt and sifted sugar, to this add the baking powder and baking soda and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Next, add the flour and vegetable oil simultaneously. Finally add the vanilla essence and mix well
  4. Pour the batter into the cake tray and bake it for 35-40 minutes (or until a toothpick pierced, comes out clean).
  5. After taking the cake out, brush the milk evenly using a baking brush. Cool the cake for 10-15 minutes, then carefully remove it from the cake tin.

Making the Sugar syrup

  1. Bring the sugar and water to boil, then remove it from.the flame and let it cool.
  2. Cut the cake in half and pour the sugar syrup into both slices using a squeeze bottle or simply using a spoon.
  3. Keep this aside to soak.

Making the icing

  1. Make sure to place the mixing blade and bowl at least 15 minutes in the freezer before whipping.
  2. Take another bowl and fill it with ice cubes. Now put the bowl from the freezer on top of this and pour 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and beat from slow to high speed until soft peaks.
  3. To this add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla essence and mix well.
  4. Keep it covered in the fridge.

Making the decoration

  1. Roast some almond flakes in 1 tbsp butter and let it cool.
  2. Cut the fruits into thin slices and dry it completely, keep few fruits cut into small pieces for the inside part.

Putting it all together

  1. Now take out the whipped cream and put some in the middle of the cake and spread evenly. Sprinkle some fruits on top and place the other half of the cake
  2. Now cover the cake with the icing and keep it in the fridge to cool for some time.
  3. Meanwhile prepare the glaze for the fruits.
  4. Boil the orange juice, corn flour and sugar and reduce it until it becomes a thick consistency.
  5. Switch off the flame and let it cool down.
  6. Now take the cake and cover the side with the roasted almonds.
  7. Decorate the top with the sliced fruits. Finally brush the fruits with the prepared glaze and let it

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