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Medovik/ Russian Honey Cake~ Baking Partners Challenge #12

Russian Honey Cake Baking partners challenge for this month is a special cake. It is celebration time for the members of the baking partners group- first anniversary. It has been a wonderful journey so far gaining better insights into the techniques of baking With each challenge we have learned and shared something new. Congrats to Swathi and all the members for making this group a success.
For this months challenge there were two cake recipes suggested by two members of the group Humi and Saraswathi. I selected the one suggested by Humi  of Gheza-e-shiriin  Russian Honey cake. Medovnik or honey cake has beautiful impressive thin layer and is more like a cookie cake. The technique of making this cake is not like a regular cake but similar to cookies. The filling is made with with sour cream or condensed milk/Dulce de leche.It is the oldest and most popular cake in Central, North and east Europe.The original recipe was a nine inch cake, but I made a smaller 5 inch cake. Thanks Humi for…

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken
Orange chicken is famous in Chinese restaurants and take out. This is a home made version. It is crispy chicken coated with a sticky citrus flavored sauce. This chicken dish is sweet and tangy with the right amount of heat from chilly garlic sauce. You can substitute chilly garlic sauce with fresh ground chilly or chilly flakes.
Ingredients
Chicken boneless- 1 1/2 lb
Eggs- 2
Corn starch- 4 tbs
All purpose flour- 1 tbs
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Grated ginger- 1/2 tsp
Salt a pinch

For the sauce
Garlic- 3 cloves
Spring onion chopped- a hand full
Orange juice- 1/3 cup
Orange marmalade- 1 tsp
(or zest of one orange)
Honey- 2 tbs
Soya sauce- 2 tsp
Chilly garlic sauce- 1 tsp
( I used the Lee Kum Kee brand)
Chicken stock- 1/3 cup
Sugar-a pinch
Rice vinegar- 2 tsp
Corn starch- 1 tsp



Cut chicken into small bite size pieces. Marinate with pepper powder, grated ginger and salt and keep aside for 10 minutes. After ten minutes add well beaten egg, corn starch and one tbs all purpose f…

Kaya pola / Plantain Cake

Kaya pola / Plantain Cake

Kaya pola/Mutta marichathu is a Malabarian sweet snack which is made with eggs and plantain. It is an easy snack with a texture that resembles a fudge cake. It is slow cooked on stove top but you can also bake it in the oven.Kids will love this sweet delicacy.

Ingredients
Ripe plantain/Ethapazham-2
Eggs- 4-5
All purpose flour - 1 tbs (optional)
Ghee- 2 tsp
Cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 1/3 cup
( according to your sweet preference)
salt- a pinch
Cashew nuts- 8-10
Raisins- 2 tbs


Peel plantains and chop them into small pieces and set aside.
Heat ghee in a non stick pan and fry raisins and cashew nuts. Drain and keep aside. In the same pan add the chopped plantains and fry till both sides are golden brown.
Meanwhile beat eggs,cardamon, and sugar till it is light and fluffy and till the egg doubles in size. Mix in the flour.
Spread the plantain evenly around the pan and pour this egg mixture on top. Cover and cook in medium for about two minutes. Garnish with r…
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