August 14, 2016

Black Forest Cake

Black forest cake is originally a German dessert literally "Black Forest cherry-torte".   It is a chocolate sponge cake with layers of light whipped cream and garnished with grated chocolate and cherries.  This recipe is the Indian egg-less version which I had from awhile ago which I tried.

Black Forest Cake

For the cake:
Condensed Milk - 1 can
Powdered Sugar - 1& 1/2 cups
All purpose flour - 2 &1/2 cups
Melted butter - 1&1/2 cups
Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 tbsp
Coke - 1&1/2 tin

For the frosting:
Whipping cream - 12 oz
Powdered sugar - 6 oz
Chocolate grated - 
Simple syrup - 1 cup
Candied Cherries - a few

Method for Cake:
1.  Combine condensed milk, sugar, melted butter.
2.  Mix the all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder in a bowl and add to milk, sugar & butter.
3.  Add the  coke and beat on low till there are no lumps.
4.  Bake in 2 cake pans at 400F for about 20 minutes till toothpick comes out clean.
5.  Level the cake and let it cool.

Method for Frosting: 
1. Beat the whipping cream and sugar with a hand whisk or kitchen-aid mixer whisk attachment till it form peak.
2. To make simple syrup add 1/3 cup sugar and 2/3 cup water and boil.  As soon as sugar melts turn off the heat and cool it.

1.  Drizzle the simple syrup on the cake.
2. Spread whipping cream like sandwich on the two sheets of cake.
3.  Using a star nozzle put the whipping cream on the top of the cake.
4.  Sprinkle with grated chocolate.
5.  Decorate with candied cherries.

August 10, 2016

Jackfruit Bread

Jackfruit has a distinctive sweet and fruity aroma.  I have tried many recipes with this fruit as I love the sweet and fruity aroma.  I tried making bread with it and it was a huge success with my family and friends.
Jackfruit Bread

Bread flour - 3 cups
Jackfruit - 10 pieces
Butter - 2 tbsp
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Skim milk - 1/2 cup
Brown sugar - 1/4 cup
Cardamom powdered - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Yeast - 3 tsp
Raisins - 3 tbsp
Chopped cashew and almonds - 3 tbsp

1.  Blend five pieces of jackfruit in milk.
2.  Add the blend jackfruit, coconut milk, butter, brown sugar, cardamom powder, salt in the bread machine.
3.  Add the bread flour and yeast.
4.  Start the bread machine in the mix bread cycle.  If necessary add a tsp of milk.
5.  In the meantime chop the other five pieces of jackfruit.
6.  Make sure the dough is smooth and elastic.
7. When the machine beeps add the chopped jackfruit, raisins, chopped nuts.
8. Cool completely and cut slices.