For Custard: Eggs -2 large, Milk -1 cup, Vanilla essence -1 tsp, Sugar – 2 Tbsp, Sugar for caramelizing -2 Tbsp, 2 Ramekins or any mold(9 oz).
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Take sugar in a pan for caramelizing. Add few drops of water(if trying or the 1st time). Put it in medium heat till sugar dissolves and turns reddish brown. Do not overdo. Divide the caramel in 2 ramekins and set aside to set.
In a clean bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla and sugar till combined. Heat milk to lukewarm and add to the egg mixture, mixing continuously. Pour the mixture in the ramekins.
Place the ramekins in a water bath of 1/2″ and place it in the oven. Depending on the oven type it can take 30-50 min. Check every 2-3 minutes till a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Leave it to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate overnight or for 5-6 hrs. Run a knife to loosed the custard from ramekin. place a plate on it and turn it upside down. Delicious caramel custard is ready to serve.
Annoyingly nice and decadent for the taste buds… Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time : 30 mins
Rest Time: 2 hours + 1 hour 30 mins
Cooking Time : 25-30 mins
Bake Temp : 350 F
Makes 14-16 rolls.
For dough: Warm Water 1/4 cup(115 degree), Dry Active yeast 1 pkt, Whole milk 3/4 cup, Granulated sugar 1/4 cup, Vanilla extract 1/4 tsp, Eggs 1, Unsalted butter 1/4 cup, Salt 1tsp, All purpose flour 4 cup, Melted butter to brush over the top for baking 1/4 cup.
For filling: Brown sugar 3/4 cup, Unsalted Butter 1/3 cup, Granulated sugar 1/4 cup, Ground Cinnamon 1 1/2 Tbsp.
Pleasing to the eyes and delicious to our taste buds, todays special is Garlic Naan with a twist.
Prep Time : 15 mins
Rest Time: 1 hour 30 mins-2 hours
Cooking Time : 25-30 mins
Bake Temp : 400 F
Makes naans to serve 2-3 people.
For Naan dough: Warm Water 1/4 cup, Active yeast 1/2 Tbsp, Olive oil/Vegetable oil 1 Tbsp, Salt to taste, All purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cup, water for kneading.
For garlic coating: Crushed Garlic 3 Tbsp, Unsalted Butter 2 Tbsp, Italian herb mix 1 tsp, Salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Add yeast to warm water along with oil and salt, mix and rest for while till it froths.
Mix the yeast mixture to flour along with extra water to form a soft dough. It will take around 8-10 min. The dough is ready when an thumb impression bounces back. Cover and keep it in a warm place to double in volume.
Add crushed garlic to butter at room temperature along with herbs, salt and pepper. Keep it aside.
After about an hour check the dough, if doubled in size, knead the dough And divide it into 2 balls. Roll a ball to a flat bread making a circle.
To the flat bread add generous amount of butter garlic mixture and spread over the complete surface.
Hold it from one side and roll it tightly.Then cut the roll at 1 inch intervals. Flatten or spread a little and place it in a baking tray at 1 inch apart from each other. Cover and Keep it in a warm place for 45 min – 1 hour.
Bake the rolls for 25-30 mins, flipping the rolls in between.
Remove the tray and apply some more garlic butter to rolls. And your delicious Garlic Naan are ready to serve.
I have served these delicious Garlic Naan with chicken korma.
What to store something for midnight cravings or easy snacks, here’s an answer to everything.BlueBerry Muffins.
Prep Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20-25 mins
Bake Temp : 400 F
Makes 12 large sized muffins.
For muffins: Unsalted Butter/Vegetable Oil 1/3 cup, Sugar 3/4 cup, Salt 1/2 tbsp, 1 big Egg, Vanilla extract 1 Tbsp, Milk 1/3 cup, All purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cup, Baking Soda 2 tbsp, Fresh/Frozen Blueberries 1/4 cup.
For sugar crumb coating: Unsalted Butter/Vegetable Oil 1/4 cup, Sugar 1/2 cup, All purpose flour 1/3 cup, Cinnamon powder 1 and 1/2 tbsp.
For icing: Heavy whipping cream 1 cup, Sugar(white) 3 tbsp, Vanilla extract 1 tbsp, Fresh/Frozen Blueberries 1/2 cup.
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Melt the butter in a mixing bowl in an oven or sauce pan. Remove and cool down a bit. Add egg and mix, then vanilla. Add milk and mix well.
Sieve the flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add salt and sugar.Mix well.
Start mixing the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. Do not over mix but form a smooth dough/batter.
Add blueberries in the batter.
In a cupcake tray grease or place butter cups. Fill the cups just more than half.
To make sugar crumb: Add all the ingredients with the help of a fork. Sprinkle over the muffins before baking.
Bake the muffins in preheated oven till the top are golden brown. The time may vary between 20-25 mins.
Remove the tray and keep it for cooling. And your delicious Blueberry muffins are ready to serve as it is.
For icing: Put cream in a mixing bowl, start whisking with a balloon whisker. Add sugar and vanilla in between. When you start whipping, large bubbles will form on top. After a minute or two the bubbles will disappear and the cream to start thickening up. the whole process may take 5-6 mins. To know the exact consistency, take the whisk and check if it forms soft peaks. You can use the icing as it is or add blueberry paste(grind the blueberries in a mixer grinder and add to the whipped cream).Put it in a piping bag and design your muffins. Place a blueberry or black grape on top.
Awesome Blueberry muffins are ready to eat… Just blueberry muffins or blueberry muffins with icing or blueberry muffins with sugar crumb coat or all three combined… 🙂
A good healthy Chicken Tikka Kati roll, my take on comfort food. Kids would love to have it and adults just linger for more…Super easy and quick recipe. Easy take away lunch and picnic food.
Prep Time : 15 min
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Makes 4 Kati rolls(serves 2).
Ingredients: Wheat flour 1 cup, Salt 1/4 tbsp
Prepare a smooth dough using wheat flour, salt and water. You can use all purpose or multi grain flour.
Divide the dough in four equal parts and roll it into thin chapattis or flat breads of 8 inch diameters(or to your will).
Take a griddle or flat pan and cook the chapattis till its done.
Break the eggs into a bowl, add salt and mix it properly.
In a flat pan, put few drops of oil and put 1/4th egg mix as an omelette, place a chapatti on it. Turn the chapatti egg few times on both sides till its done. Remove from pan and repeat the process to make four egg rolls. Hint:These can be directly eaten as egg roll with some tomato ketchup.
Put chicken tikka in a single line on the chapatti. Put some sliced onions, squeeze some lemon juice, sprinkle some chat masala and chopped coriander leafs. Roll the chapatti and its ready to serve.P.S: the recipe for Chicken Tikka will be provided in my next blog.
Pizza it is!!! Healthy, yummy and comfort food. Easy to make. Children please-er and adults pleasure.
Prep Time : 1 hr 30 mins(mostly waiting time for proofing)
Cooking Time : 12-15 mins
Bake Temp : 400 F
Makes a 12″ by 8″ square pizza
For Pizza Base: 1 cup of wheat flour, 2 Tbsp all purpose floor, Sugar 1 tbsp, Salt 1/2 tbsp, 1 tbsp Instant yeast or 2 tbsp of dry active yeast, 2 Tbsp Luke warm water, 2 Tbsp olive oil.
For Pesto Sauce: 1 cup basil leaves, 1/2 cup Olive oil, 1/3 cup almond or any kind of nuts, 2 garlic cloves, salt and pepper to taste
Toppings: Red, Yellow and green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, mushroom, mozzarella cheese.
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Take luke warm water, add salt, sugar and yeast. Keep aside for 10 mins or till it froths.
Mix wheat and all purpose flour, make a well in the center, add 1 Tbsp oil and yeast mix. Make a smooth dough. use the remaining oil to coat the dough, cover the vessel with cling wrap or muslin cloth and store it in a warm place.(Hint: inside a microwave).
Leave for 40 min-1 hr, until when dough doubles in size. Punch the air and then again keep for proofing for 15-20 mins.
Take clean and washed basil leaves in a mixer grinder, add almonds and garlic. Keep mixing with adding little bit of oil at a time. Add salt and pepper to your preference. Prefer keeping it crushed and not paste it. Keep aside.
When the dough is ready, roll it using rolling pin to a 1/2 cm thick square or round flat bread. with the help of fork make incisions at intervals on the bread. place the bread on a pizza tray or stone or any baking surface.
Add generous amount of pesto sauce to the surface.
Grate mozzarella cheese over it and cover it to your preference(cheesy/extra cheesy ;))
Slice red/yellow/green bell peppers/mushroom and half the cherry tomatoes, decorate the pizza at your will. Drizzle some olive oil on top. Sprinkle some salt and Italian sizzling. Add chilli flakes if you love spicy.
Bake the pizza for 12-15 min or till the base is crispy and the cheese has turned light golden brown. Yummilicious PIZZA ready.
1. You can prepare the pizza dough in a day advance and store it in a air tight container in the refrigerator. Before baking make sure to bring it to room temperature.
2. The pesto sauce can also be created in advance and kept refrigerated.