All posts tagged: Flour

The Gnocchi gods must be smiling upon me: Potato Gnocchi with Garlic and Parsley

There’s a good reason when I say that the Gnocchi gods must be smiling upon me. There have been relentless attempts  at making a Potato Gnocchi in my kitchen. The compulsive behavior stemmed from a love for a good Gnocchi and numerous rounds of disasters ranging from a magnitude of 7.5 to 9 on the Gnocchi Richter scale. The first time around the potatoes were over cooked. The next time I just decided to mash them with a fork ,didn’t bother with  potato ricer  (despite having bought  one just for the Gnocchi making event) and had a lumpy mess. There were the eggless recipes which fell apart and  went straight into the trash can…and the list went on, too dense, undercooked, hard and so and so forth.

Olive Foccacia-Hot off the oven

Dear son’s request for dinner tonite was some cheese Ravioli(store-bought).I haven’t yet tried my hand at making fresh pasta from scratch.One day,some day is what I keep saying.Certainly on my “to try out”list though.I thought a nice garden salad with some black olives would go well with the pasta.Actually I saw a fair amount of the olives and wondered if it was that time of the year again to get down some bread baking. I love baking this Olive foccacia and its been awhile since I made it.One of the best breads you could possibly eat.This one’s a family favorite.You could always play around with the ingredients and use some variations: Sun dried tomatoes and herbs Garlic and Rosemary Green olives and garlic I personally love black olives…so Olive foccacia it is.If you do use garlic please be careful with the amount you use and it can make the bread pretty pungent.Olive paste is a good alternative,however fresh olives just gives it a wonderful fresh flavour. This post is actually dedicated to a very dear friend Rohini.Thanks Ro …

Strawberry Velvet Cupcakes-Very berry Delicious

Mom could you bake a Red velvet cakes was dear sons request last week.Actually he’s been after me to bake one for quite some time.I’ve been trying hard to stay off the sugar fix but the sweet tooth was victorious again. Mmmm Strawberries…delicious just as they are on warm summer days.I’m reminded of our berry picking visits while we lived in Toronto the past seven years.Warm summer afternoons spent at these strawberry farms.Walking through expansive fields of strawberries…looking for the brightest and the ripest ones to pick.Now I have seen some fields that seem to grow strawberries on our road trips to Fujairah and Oman.Though not sure if they would welcome strawberry pickers.So ofcourse settled for some store-bought ones. So  got down to browsing some recipes for Red Velvet cakes.There were so many versions and all looked great.However they all used Red food colouring which I’m not too fond of.I wanted to skip using the food colouring all together,when my son butted in and said”That batter hardly looks red” I’ve just added a dash and have substituted by using …

Chocolate Cake: This one’s for you JD

Today I got down to baking this moist and gooey Chocolate cake.I’d rather call it “THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE DECEDENCE”.The best ever chocolate-y cake ever.Quite an easy one to put together.This one’s actually the celebration cake in our home.Sure enough for very Birthday,Anniversay and now even on Valentines,I land up baking this one.No special day today….just thought to myself…well chocolate needs no occasion right? Also given the fact that everyone in my family is a Chocoholic this one wont last that long. The icing is a smooth,dark and velvety one.I’ve used dark chocolate(70%) cocoa.Lindt makes a good one for the icing.I’ve used some roughly chopped walnuts over the icing(that’s just me,love walnuts in practically everything) And then dusted it with some icing sugar…  Love at First Bite…. Irresistable Chocolate decadence….I’m going to have to join the Chocoholics anonymous soon.Hope you find an occasion in your homes to bake this gorgeous cake. INGREDIENTS: 9 tablespoons Cocoa powder 11/2 cups All Purpose Flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 ounces unsalted butter 11/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup coffee(instant) 1/2 cup …

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

I would like to call them Sinful Cinnamon Muffins…They are simply amazing and oh so moist.What I love about them is the texture which is more like a coffee cake than a muffin. These are spiced just right.I love the crunchy streusel…especially with the addition of the chopped walnuts that give it that nice crunch. A good tip would be to add some of the streusel in the middle of the muffin batter as well.Also the addition of honey gives it a nice gooey texture. These muffins are quite a hit with my family and I bake them quite often.I enjoyed baking them and hope you will give them a try INGREDIENTS: 2 Cups all-purpose flour  3/4 cup white sugar   2 teaspoons baking powder   1/2 teaspoon salt   1/3 cup vegetable oil    1/2 cup orange juice    1/2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract   2 eggs           DIRECTIONS:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin, or line with paper liners.    In a BOWL stir …