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Butterscotch Cookies

Butterscotch Cookies
Butterscotch is a basic dessert flavor that everyone likes. This intense caramelized sugar and butter flavor gives a  rich taste to cookies as well.These cookies are soft, chewy and really addictive.

Recipe source : Sherry Yard, The Secrets of Baking,Houghton Mifflin Compony, Boston, 2003

Ingredients
Cold Unsalted butter-6 tbs
Brown butter- 2 tbs (optional)
All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Dark brown sugar- 3/4 cup
Molasses- 2 tbs
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Egg- 2
vanilla extract- 1tsp
Demerara Sugar-2 tbs



Cream butter in medium speed,till it is pale yellow.Add brown sugar,brown butter,molasses and salt.
(To make brown butter melt butter in medium low flame, continue cooking till butter changes color to golden brown. Allow this to cool down and use in the recipe. This step is optional)
Cream till all the ingredients are evenly mixed. Add egg one at a time add beat till fully incorporated. Do not over beat.
Add flour and fold in till the dough is smooth. Place dough in cling wrap …

Chemmeen Urulakhizhangu Masala/Prawns Potato Masala

Chemmeen Urulakhizhangu Masala/Prawns Potato Masala
Chemmeen Urulakhizhangu masala is a yummy and quick side dish for rice. It is an onion tomato based spicy gravy with prawns and potatoes. It also has the crunch of toasted sliced coconut. Potatoes and prawns is a delicious combo and you will surely love this . The recipe source is my mother-in-law. Thanks Ammachi for this recipe.

Ingredients
Prawns- 250 grams
Onion - 2 medium thinly sliced
Potatoes- one cup ( thinly sliced or cubed)
Tomato- 1 chopped
Green chilly-3
Thinly sliced coconut- a few
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Chopped coriander leaves- 1 tbs
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Oil as needed and salt to taste



Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add sliced coconut and fry for a minute. Next add curry leaves, green chilly and sliced onion and saute till it is golden brown. At this stage add tomatoes and saute till it turn soft . Add all the spice powd…

NeujahrsPretzel - New Years Pretzel

NeujahrsPretzel - New Years Pretzel
Baking partners challenge recipe for January was suggested by Swetha of  Tasty Curry Leaf. She suggested two recipes, one New year Pretzel and a New year eve pizza from Sicily.The yeast-ed pretzel is from Germany. It is a rich milk bread made special by topping with nuts, icing sugar or glazed cherries.They are supposed to bring good luck and prosperity if consumed at midnight or before breakfast on New Year's day .ThanksSwathiand  Swetha for this wonderful recipe.

Ingredients
Warm milk- 2 cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Butter- 1/2 stick
Yeast- 1 1/2 tsp
Bread Flour- 4 1/2 cup
Salt- 1 tsp
Egg-2

Garnish
Toasted Almonds or candied cherries
Powdered sugar



In a sauce pan mix milk, sugar and butter, heat in medium till the sugar is dissolved and butter melts. Make sure it is warm and not hot before adding rest of the ingredients.
 In a separate bowl add flour, instant yeast,salt and mix. Pour the warm milk butter mixture and two eggs. Mix until you get a soft ba…

Masala Bun/Bun Nirachathu

Masala Bun/Bun Nirachathu
Today's recipe is stuffed bun with a spicy chicken masala filling. It is inspired from the Malabar snack bun nirachathu. In this recipe I used regular yeast bread dough and stuffed with the filling and baked like regular bun. You can also make an easy version of this recipe by using store brought bun. I will add the recipe below. You can be creative with the filling, it can be either sweet or spicy filling.Kids will love this stuffed bun and it is a yummy and filling snack.
Ingredients All purpose flour – 3 cups
Instant Yeast – 7gm/1 pkt
Milk – 1 ¼ cup (lukewarm)
Butter – 3 tbsp
Sugar – 4 tbsp Egg-1 Cardamom powder– a pinch
Salt – 1 tsp
For the chicken Masala
Chicken(  minced or finely chopped) 250 grams
Onion- 1 medium
Chopped cashew nuts- 6-7
Chopped ginger and garlic- 3 tbs
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
(or according to your taste)
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves- a little
lemon …

Eenthapazham Achar/Dates Pickle

Eenthapazham Achar/Dates Pickle
Eenthapazham/Dates pickle is a delicious sweet and spicy pickle/ condiment. I often make sweet and sour  pickles and this dates pickle is definitely one of my favorite. Eenthapazham achar is served along with biryani in hotels and the combo is yummy, Next time when you make biryani,try pairing with dates pickle, you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Dates - 2 cup
(seedless and chopped)
Ginger- 2 tbs chopped
Garlic- 2-3 pods
Shallot- 1 finely chopped
Tamarind- small ball
Jaggery- 2 tsp (powdered)
Green chilly-3
Curry leaves- a few
Chilly powder-2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Hing/asfotida- 1/8 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/8 tsp
Oil
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Vinegar- 1/3 cup
salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Wait till they splutter and add chopped shallots, ginger, garlic, green chilly and curry leaves. Saute till it turns golden brown.
 Add chilly powder, hing, fenugreek powder, cumin powder, salt and saute it low heat for a few seconds.
 Add …

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake Baking partners challenge recipe for December was two yummy cakes suggested by Julie. I choose the Chocolate Chiffon Cake.Thanks Swathiand Julie to this challenge. Chiffon cakes and moist and tender with a spongy texture. It is a decadent cake and can be served as a tea time cake with boiled chocolate/ whipped cream or decorate it with icing to serve on any special occasion. Try this,you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Cake flour- 1 1/3 cup
Cocoa powder- 2 1/2 tbs
Eggs 5  ( separated) 
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Baking powder 1  tsp Baking soda 1/2 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract 3/4 tsp Cream of tartar 1/2 tsp Brewed coffee- 1/2 cup Oil- 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence- 1/2 tsp
For the chocolate glaze Dark chocolate chocolate- 5 oz Butter 2tbs Heavy whipping cream- 3/4 cup
Coffee 1tbsp

For the frosting
Butter- 3/4 stick
Powder sugar- 1 1/3 cup
Coffee- 1 tbs



Separate the egg yolk and egg white .Leave at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F . You can use bundt pan or a tu…

Chicken Spring Rolls

Chicken Spring Rolls
Spring rolls needs no special introduction. This is my kids favorite, so I make them often as a snack. Chinese Style spring rolls are traditional festival food. Pastry sheets with meat and vegetable filling, is rolled into cylinders and deep fried  to from a crispy and tasty appetizer. You can also try other vegetables like Napa cabbage, mushrooms, bean sprouts or tofu. 
Ingredients
Chicken- 1/2 pound
Ginger and garlic minced- 1 tbs
Soya sauce- 1 tsp
Oyster sauce-1/2 tsp
Dry chilly flakes-1/3 tsp optional
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
Cabbage shredded- 1 cup
Carrot grated- 1/2 cup
Spring onion stalks- thinly sliced
Spring roll wraps- 20 defrosted
oil for deep frying- 1 1/2 cup


To make the filling
Heat a pan/ wok and add oil. Add finely sliced chicken ( or minced chicken) and stir fry in high for 2 minutes. Sprinkle pepper powder, soya sauce and oyster sauce and continue to stir fry, till chicken is crisp and cooked. Remove the chicken from t…

Butter Biscuits/ Kerala Bakery Biscuits

Butter Biscuits/ Kerala Bakery Biscuits
Happy New Year to all my friends and readers! This is my first post of 2015. I know I am a bit late to wish to all. Wish you all a happy and rocking 2015!
To celebrate New Year, I am posting one of my favorite treats..Kerala bakery style biscuits/cookies. It has a  light melt in mouth texture, which makes it really addictive. It is somewhat similar to the Benne biscuit. It is called butter biscuit or Kerala Nankattai, but has little or no butter at all. Try this, you will surely love it.
Ingredients
All purpose flour- 2 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar- 1 1/2 cup
Cardamon powder- 3/4 tsp
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Butter- 1 tbs
Vegetable shortening- 2 tbs
Vegetable oil- 1/2 cup
Chopped cashew nut- 1/3 cup


In a bowl add flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt and cardamom powder. Whisk it together till well combined.Add room temperature butter and shortening into the flour. With a pasty blender or with your fingers rub it into the flour until t…
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