Friday, June 3, 2011

Cocoa Cups - stuff it with any dessert..

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I was seriously  thinking of some stuffed sweet ideas, and I saw this Baked and filled khakhra cups from , Thank you so much Lataji for giving me this superb idea of Cocoa cups. Stuff any dessert in this and serve.... I am sure kids will not stop eating these cups with whatever you fill in the cups and give them.
I turned her Khakra cups into COCOA cups. Her Khakra cups are for stuffing spicy food, and mine are for stuffing sweet food.

Here is the recipe for making these lovely cups.
Whole wheat flour(normal chapati flour is also fine) - 1 cup
All Purpose flour - 1/8 cup
Chiroti rawa or fine semolina - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cocoa Powder - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Pinch of salt
Water to make the dough.

Method :
(I have followed Lataji for the method)

  • Take all the ingredients in a large vessel, except water.
  • Mix well and go on adding water to make soft but stiff dough.
  • Keep it covered with damp cloth for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Grease the muffin tray.
  • Preheat the oven at 180C
  •  Now the time comes to make the very thin puri size discs.
  • What I did was, first I rolled medium thick discs. 
  • Cut it with bottle top to get the circle shape.
  • And again rolled each circle into a very thin puris. These should be very thin, otherwise cups will not come crispy.
  • Keep all the puris ready.
  • Take one puri and keep in in a mould to give a cup shape. Don't worry about the shape or curls you get in the cup.
  • Repeat with other puris.
  • Bake at 200C for 6 minutes.(Yes, thanks Lataji, the time was just perfect :-) )
  • Remove and spread the cups on mat or paper to cool.
  • Store in an airtight jar.

Now coming to the stuffing:
I am sure you all will love these cups...

Sending these cups to
 MY event which is guest hosted by Akila of  Learning-to-cook

Keep Smiling,

Oats, almond and dates granola bars

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
One more recipe followed from DEEBA'S blog.
Again the same problem of not getting few ingredients here. I think there is a plus point in that also. That brings more creativity in me.
The other day Suma Rowjee posted the recipe(.Eggless Chocolate Chip Oat & Whole Wheat Snack Bar..) which she has followed it from Deeba (recipe here) and Deeba has followed it from Megan(here) and everyone with their alterations.
I thought of combining all the ideas and creating my own granola bars :-)))), and hey it was a success, I could not stop munching these lovely bars. My younger daughter was so happy to have it, and I was satisfied of giving her some thing healthy. And I never never imagined even in my dream  that I will bake some bars like these...
And the best part of these bars is its made of wheat and oats added to it are almonds and dates. What a perfect breakfast with a glass of milk to start your day. It really keeps you energetic the whole day.
Please click the above links for their original recipes,

Coming to my version:
Dry Ingredients:
Oats - 1 1/2 cups(I used Saffola Oats)
Whole Wheat Flour - 3/4 cup
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Flaked almonds - 1/2 cup
Diced fresh dates - 1/4 cup

Wet Ingredients:
Granulated Sugar - 1/4 cup
Brown or Demerara sugar - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Milk - 2 tbsp
Corn flour - 2 tbsp
Warm water - 2tbsp
Vanilla extract or essence - 1 tsp

for the coating :
Nutella spread 
and toasted flaked almonds

Pre heat the oven at 180c
Grease and line a 7x11x2 inch tin with baking parchment leaving an overhang.
Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Keep aside.
Mix the warm water and cornflour in a bowl and keep it aside.
In a large bowl, add milk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat till the sugar is dissolved (it may take 3 to 4 minutes)
Add the cornflour mix. Beat again for a minute. 
Fold in the dry ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be very thick.
Spread it in a tin and level it.  
First time I baked it at 180 c for 30 minutes.
I removed and kept it to cool, but still the bars were soft.
So I cut it into bars and again baked at 200 c for 10 more minutes. And there I got crispy granola bars.
I used Nutella spread  and some flaked almonds to top it with. (I did not had dark chocolate).

My daughters enjoyed these bars.
You can store these crispy bars in an airtight box for a week or so.

(This event was started byzlamushka and is now taken care of by Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles)

Keep Smiling,

Monday, May 30, 2011

Whole wheat ,Oat & Chocolate Cookies(T&T)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I always love to participate in the events. If you are regular visitor to my blog, you know it. I get inspired by the themes and I give my best to cook something new according to theme.
This time when I came to know about the T&T guest hosted by Jayasri, it was already late. And when I visited the blog which Jayasri has chosen I was in a world of baking. I browsed the blog for two days and I did not get any recipe for a newbie like me. 
Deeba of  Deeba's Passionate about Baking  is very very creative and I may take years to reach her level when it comes to baking. And the photography!!! no words to explain, I mean it, she is a wonderful blogger with so much passionate about baking. I loved all the recipes, but I had many problems to follow her recipes, 
The first thing was, I am still crawling when it comes to baking, I was not sure about my success in any of the recipes.
 The second thing is ingredients, many ingredients she has used are not available at my place. Even its difficult to get cherries or strawberry also.
When I was browsing for cookies I got this one:
In this recipe also, I did not had chocolate chips and walnuts. Walnuts were out of stock in nearby shop. And I could not afford the time to visit the city to bring walnuts. I replaced it with Almonds.
And getting Chocolate chips was out of question here in my place. I need to go almost 15 Km to get it and that too not sure about the availability.
I thought of skipping the chips and following the remaining ingredients.
When I was about to start, my daughter came and asked me what I am baking, I told her about the cookies, she made a face that she does not want white cookies. She would love to have Chocolate cookies.
So there was no way for me to keep the original recipe as it is. I thought of adding Cocoa powder instead of half the qty of oats. 
Here is the recipe for the cookies with some alterations(no option for me):

Recipe in my words:
I used half the qty from original recipe(more than a dozen cookies came out with this qty)
Dry Ingredients:
Whole Wheat flour - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Oats - 1 cup(I used Saffola rolled oats)
Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
(Original recipe does not have cocoa powder and she has used 1 1/2 cups of oats)
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Baking powder - 1/8 tsp
half a pinch of salt
Finely chopped  almonds - 1/4 cup(original recipe had walnuts and choco chips)

Wet Ingredients:
Butter - 1/4 cup(I used fresh home made at room temperature)
Egg - 1/2
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Demerara Sugar - 3/8 cup(3 times of 1/8 cup)

  • Take all the dry ingredients in one bowl. Whisk them and keep aside.
  • In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar till fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla essence. Beat for some more minutes.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix well. 
  • My dough became dry. It was like a normal chapati dough(little softer)

  • Preheat the oven.
  • Grease the baking tray or  use the baking sheets.
  • Take a tbsp of dough and press to give round shape. You won't get nice shape, but don't worry about the shape. The taste won't differ.
  • Bake at 180C for 12 to 15 minutes. I baked it for 13 minutes.
  • Remove from the tray, remove to cooling racks.
  • Store in a airtight jar.

My both the daughters enjoyed the cookies with their favorite song and dance. Thanks to Deeba for such a lovely recipe and thanks to Jayasri for selecting this blog.
(This event was started byzlamushka and is now taken care of by Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles)

Keep Smiling,

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