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Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate cheesecake is time consuming yet decadent dessert. It has a smooth and creamy, literally melt in mouth texture. It has three layers- an easy to make chocolate crust,creamy center and smooth ganache topping. If you like a more delicate taste,use white chocolate instead of semi sweet or bitter chocolate.


Ingredients
For the crust
Chocolate graham crackers crumbs- 1 1/3 cup
melted butter- 3 tbs

For the filling
Full fat cream cheese- 2 packages(16 oz)
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Semi sweet/ bitter sweet chocolate-  5 oz
Unsweetened Cocoa -2 tbs
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Eggs- 2
Sour cream- 3/4 cup

Ganache topping
Semi sweet chocolate- 3 oz
Heavy cream- 1/4 cup




To make the crust process chocolate graham crackers in a food processor into fine crumbs (or put them in plastic bag and crush them very fine with a rolling pin). Add 3 tbs of melted butter and mix well till the mixture resembles wet sand.
Grease 8 inch spring form pan with butter and evenly  press down the cracker bu…

Cinnamon Chocolate Babka Muffins

Cinnamon Chocolate Babka Muffins
Baking partners challenge for April is Babka Muffins and Carrot cake. This reecipe is suggested by Tamy of www.threesidesofcrazy.com. It is yeast dough rolled and baked in muffin tin with chocolate filling.Thanks Tamy and  Swathi for this recipe.

Ingredients
Source: http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/2013/12/chocolate-babka-swirl-buns/ 
For the dough
Whole milk, warmed 110 degrees-1/2 cup
Sugar-1/4 cup
Instant rapid rise yeast- 2 tsp
Egg-1
All purpose flour-2 cups
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter room temperature- 3 tbs

Filling
Milk chocolate chips- 3/4 cup
Brown sugar- 1/4 cup
Ground cinnamon- 1 tsp
pinch of salt
Butter- 3 tbs
Egg white

Topping
Brown sugar- 1/3 cup
All purpose flour- 1/4 cup
Butter- 2 tbs


Mix milk,sugar and yeast till it is blended. Using a stand mixer combine yeast mixer,egg,salt and flour until a sticky dough begins to form. Mix in butter and using a dough hook,knead the dough for 10 minutes on low speed. The dough will be sticky and loos…

Cajun Spiced Tilapia

Cajun Spiced Tilapia/Fish fry
Quick and yummy fish fry with a flavorful blend of Cajun spices. The spice blend has a rich color and spicy . It goes well with salsa or roasted potatoes. You can use any fish of your choice. If you like breaded deep fried fish you can coat with flour or corn meal.
Ingredients
Fish-3 fillets
Cayenne Pepper- 1 tsp
Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
Sweet Hungarian pepper- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Fennel seeds  ground- 1/2 tsp
Dried thyme- 1/2 tsp
Lemon zest- 1 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Garlic paste- 1 tsp


Place fish on a dish and coat both sides with olive oil. Mix the garlic paste and lemon zest with the the spice rub and spread evenly on both sides and allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Shallow fry the fish 2 minutes on both sides till evenly brown and and crispy in the edges. Drizzle lemon juice before serving.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!


Sharkara Upperi/Varatti

Sharkara Upperi/Varatti
Sharkara varatti  is fried plantains coated with jaggery syrup.It is popular as a snack and is an inevitable part of Kerala Sadhya along with the crispy banana chips. The pieces are thicker than the normal banana chips and is fried till really crisp.

Ingredients
Raw Plantains-5
Jaggery- 3/4 kg
Oil for frying- 2 cup
Cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/8 tsp
Rice flour- 2 tbs
Salt- a pinch
Sugar- 2 tbs

Heat oil in a heavy bottom wide pan.Peal the skin of the plantains. Split into two half through the center and then slice into 1/4 inch thick.
Deep fry in batches in low medium heat for about 30 minutes or till it floats on the top and is crisp and brown. Do not over crowd the pan and stir occasionally to ensure even frying. To test take one out and smash the fried plantain. If you feel softness in the center, continue frying till crisp. Drain into paper towels and set aside to cool to room temperature.
Powder the jaggery and add 1 1/3…

Chicken Piccata/Chicken In Lemon Caper Sauce

Chicken Piccata/Chicken In Lemon Caper Sauce
This is a yummy Italian dish-Chicken Piccata/Piccata Di Pollo Al Limone. Chicken cutlets/thin sliced chicken breast is pan fried and then simmered in a tangy lemon and caper sauce.Picatta means sharp and tangy. This zesty dish with the combined flavor of lemon and capers is a north Italian favorite. Pickled capers are widely used in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Instead of chicken you can use any other meat,prawns or scallops.

Recipe source: Betty Crocker's Italian cooking- recipes by Antonio Cecconi
Ingredients
Chicken boneless 1 1/4 pounds
( or four chicken breasts)
All propose flour- 1/3 cup
Butter- 2 tbs
Olive oil-3 tbs
Shallot- 1 thinly sliced
Garlic-4 cloves
Dry white wine or chicken broth- 1/2 cup
Lemon juice- 3 tbs
Lemon slices-2
Pepper- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Capers drained- 3 tbs



Flatten each chicken breast half  to 1/4 inch thickens. Place each chicken breast on plastic wraps or wax papers and using a chicken pounder …
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