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December 18, 2017

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread | Bread Recipes


Multi color sprinkles are ever often repeated pattern in Christmas recipes as it depicts festival mood very well.
Australian fairy bread is sprinkles on bread, which is very quick and easy recipe. You can do a quick Australian fairy bread if you don’t have time for making cookies etc.,
 You can add Australian fairy bread a a regular snacks box recipe if you want your kids to gobble your bread.
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                     Recipe Cuisine : International / Australia | Recipe Category: Dessert       
Preparation Time: 5 mins  | Cooking Time: No

Bread Slices
As required
Butter (at room temperature)
As required
Sugar Sprinkles
As Required

Procedure:
1. Cut the thick edges of the bread slices. This is optional.
2. Apply butter over the slices (just one side).
3. Sprinkle the sugar sprinkles over the butter.
4. Cut each slices into two halves diagonally.
   Your Australian Christmas fairy bread is ready to serve. Serve it immediately.
Note:

1. You can use any bread varieties.


December 16, 2017

Soft Snicker Doodle Cookie (with wheat flour, without egg)


Snicker Doodle is a cookie coated with cinnamon sugar. I have made this cookie with wheat flour and without eggs. Those who love cinnamon taste would simply love this. Try this as a Christmas cookie.

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Recipe Cuisine : International / US | Recipe Category: Baking
Preparation Time: 15 mins  | Cooking Time: 12 mins | Yields: 15 cookies

Ingredients:
Wheat Flour
1 cup ( 1 cup = 240 ml)
Sugar
1/3 cup
Butter
½ cup
Vanilla Essence
1 tsp
Salt
1/8 tsp
Baking Powder
¼ tsp
Baking soda
½ tsp
To Garnish:

Sugar
¼ cup
Cinnamon Powder
2 tsp

* all ingredients at room temperature.
Procedure:
1. In a plate or wide bowl, add ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon powder. Mix them well and keep it aside. This is cinnamon-sugar.
2. Sieve wheat flour, baking powder and baking soad together for 2-3 times. Keep it aside.
3. Beat the butter with whisk or electric beater till the butter becomes fluffy.
4. Add sugar with butter mixture. Beat them again till the sugar and butter mixes well and fluffy.
5. Add vanilla essence and salt with butter-sugar mixture. Mix them well for few seconds.
6. Add sieved flour (from 2) little by little. Mix them slowly with whisk or spoon.
7. Then knead it into a soft and pliable dough with your hands.
8. Wrap the dough with plastic paper and keep it in a refrigerator for 30 mins.
9. After 30 mins, divide the dough into gooseberry size balls.
10. Roll the balls with cinnamon-sugar mixture (from 1).
11. Keep the cookies on the ungreased cookie tray. Leave ½ inch space between the cookies.
12. Preheat the oven for 200 degree Celsius.
13. Bake the cookies for 12 mins at 160 degree Celsius.
14. After baking, allow the cookies to cool down completely on the tray itself.
15. Then take them out from the tray and store it in an air tight container for later use.
   Aromatic and mouth melting Snicker doodle cookies are ready to serve.

Note:
1. You should not add milk or water to knead the dough.


Persian Rice Cookie (Nan e Berenji) / Gluten Free Cookies | Easy Cookies Recipe


Even though healthy cookies are typically whole wheat without maida, wheat also has gluten. Today many people was even gluten free and there is good demand for gluten free cookies. Our own rice is gluten free. In Persia, there is a rice cookie made from rice flour. I immediately tried it and it came out really well. Try this cookie for sure.

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Recipe Cuisine : International / Persian | Recipe Category: Baking | Source : Saveur
Preparation Time: 15 mins  | Cooking Time: 12 mins | Yields: 15 cookies
Ingredients:
Rice Flour
1 cup (1 cup = 240 ml)
Butter
½ cup
Oil (odorless)
3 tbsp
Cardamom Powder or essence
¼ tsp
For Sugar Syrup:

Sugar
¾ cup
Water
¼ cup
Rose Essence
½ tsp
For Garnish:

Poppy Seeds
1 tbsp

 Procedure:
Sugar Syrup:
1. In a pan, add ¾ cup sugar and ¼ cup water. Heat the mixture till the sugar dissolves completely. Don’t  oven boil and make it thick mixture.
2. Switch off the flame, add rose essence and allow it to cool down. Keep it aside.
Cookie:
3.  In a wide bowl, add butter and beat the butter till it reach fluffy using the whisk or electric beater.
4. Add rice flour, oil and cardamom powder or essence with butter mixture. Mix them well.
5. Add sugar syrup (from 2) with this rice flour-butter mixture. Then knead them into a soft and pliable dough.
6. Wrap the dough with plastic sheet and keep it in the refrigerator for 30 mins.
7. After 30 mins, roll the dough into ¼ inch thickness sheet using the rolling pin. (Dust the rolling surface with rice flour).
8. Cut the sheet with round cookie cutter or bottle cap (2 inch diameter).
9. Make flower patter using the knife (see the picture) or just press with fork.
10. Place a pinch of poppy seeds at the center of the cookie and press them gently.
11. Arrange the cookies on the ungreased baking tray. Leave ½ inch gap between them.
12. Preheat the oven for 200 degree Celsius.
13. Bake the cookies for 13 mins at 140 degree Celsius.
14. Allow them to cool down completely on the tray itself.
15. Then take them out from the tray and serve.

       Really yummy, delicious and gluten free cookies are ready!

Note:
1. You can use either homemade rice flour (Recipe HERE) or store bought rice flour.


December 15, 2017

Dog Face Shaped Cookies with Kadai (Without Oven, Eggless, No Maida)


I always look for interesting shapes to make cookies. I just liked this shape when I saw in it in a website and was tempted to try it immediately. This is ideal for Christmas baking.
For a change you bite the dog instead of the dogs biting you. Happy Baking.

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Recipe Cuisine : International | Recipe Category: Baking
Preparation Time: 15 mins  | Baking Time: 10 mins | Yields: 20 cookies

 Ingredients:
Wheat Flour
1 cup
Fat  ( Butter / Margarine / Dalda / Vanaspathi)
½ cup
Icing Sugar (Recipe HERE)
½ cup
Badam
As required
Choco Chips
As required
Vanilla Essence
1 tsp
For Baking without oven:

Table Salt
As required


Procedure:
1. In a bowl, add butter.  Beat the butter with electric beater or wire whisk till it becomes fluffy.
2. Then add icing sugar to the butter and mix them well.
3. Add Vanilla Essence, and then beat till it reaches fluffy consistency.
3. Now add the wheat flour to the butter mix and mix them well. Knead it into a soft and pliable dough. Leave it for 5 mins.
4. Meanwhile, Cut the Almonds into two halves vertically. Keep it aside.
5. Make gooseberry sized balls from the dough. Keep it aside.
Face:
6. Take one ball and make 1 inch diameter circle with ¼ inch thickness.
7.  Make circles from all the balls and keep it aside.
Ears:
8. Place the two almond halves (brown side up) at two sides of the circle and press them gently (refer the VIDEO).
9. Now slightly flatten the circle above the almonds
Eyes:
10. Place two choco chips (round part of the choco chip facing up) below the almonds.
Nose:
11. Place one ch0co chip (sharp part facing up) below and in between the already placed choco chips.
Ready to bake:
12. Dog face shaped cookies are now ready to bake.
13. Make all the balls  (from 7) into doggie face shape (from 8-11). Keep it aside.
Baking with Oven:
14. Take out the cookies using the flat spatula and keep it on the ungreased baking tray. Leave ½ inch space between the cookies.
15. Preheat the oven for 200 degree Celsius.
16. Bake the cookies for 10 mins at 180 degree Celsius.
Baking with Kadai / Pan:
17. Take out the cookies using the flat spatula and keep it on the ungreased baking tray. Leave ½ inch space between the cookies.
18. Add table salt in a thick kadai/pan and close the lid of the pan.  Heat the pan for 10 mins in medium flame. This is preheating step. Don’t use non stick pans.
19. Keep the tray on the salt and close the lid of the pan. Keep the flame at very low.  (please refer the video)
20. Allow to bake for 13 -15 mins.
After Baking:
21. Allow it to cool down completely in the tray itself.
22. Then take them out from the tray. Again cool them on wire rack.
23. Then store it in an airtight container for later use or serve it immediately.

Note:
1. Add enough salt, the baking tray should sit on the salt surface in the kadai. 

Indira Agrotech - A Farm Visit


Indira Farms - An easy way to become an "activist" in the Organic Farming Trends

Organic Farming is not just a trend or fad which is to be just followed on the facebook and other socialmedia apps and forgotten. Most agree that Organic Farming should become even stronger and become an bigger Movement like Green Revolution 2.0.  The difference between a trend and movement is that more middle-class citizens become actively engaged by contributing either money or effort to the movement. The Previous Green Revolution was entirely government driven when the average Indian people was very not much knowledgeable in technology and environment. The Previous Green Revolution has been mixed because even though it helped India achieve self-sufficiency in food production, it was the start of adoption of chemical fertilizers. 

Tamilnadu is at the fore-front of this new green revolution with exceptional leaders like Nammalvar taking the lead. His followers have already taken the message and movement to wider urban population. Even other states like Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are appreciative of Tamil Nadu's leadership role in the green revolution 2.0. However, Green Revolution 2.0 is not yet achieved its full impact yet because the opportunities for the average green conscious citizen to make an effective contribution is still limited to just buying a few organic stuff now and then.


Indira Agrotech have come up with a new cooperative farming initiative which provides the right opportunity for green conscious people to make their contribution to the movement. Indira Agro Products have started an Initiative where about 65 acres of farm land at Tindivanam, just about 100 kilometers from Chennai GST. This Farm Land is located at along a road that branches off GST at Sarasvati Engineering College on the GST. Indira Agrotech offers about 1/4 acre for Rs. 5 Laks in the collective farm. If you buy the 1/4 acre plot and sign a farming contract with them, Indira Agrotech gives you 150Kg Organically grown rice for every 6 months. You can consider this as an yearly interest for your investment while the land value keeps appreciating. India Agrotech itself will sell you the plot when the price has appreciate considerable at a market-determined price.  This project is a great contribution towards green movement because if such ideas gain market adoption, corporate farming can take off a big way in Tamil nadu and India as well. As the cooperative farming idea catches up, the investors can also profit considerably from the land appreciation. More over, Indira Agrotech will create visiting facilities in their farmland so that people can come and stay on weekends in their farm and enjoy a great village getaway. Such farm and village getaways which are easily reachable by car from Chennai city would form a great educational experience and play activity for kids. 

Indira Agrotech is a win-win innovative real-estate scheme and people should consider taking a site-vist to understand more in person about this investment-cum-green-activism opportunity.




December 7, 2017

Eggless Butterless Chocolate cake without Maida | Cake Recipes


Everyone, from adults to kids love chocolate. They will love chocolate cake even better. Chocolate cakes are easy to prepare even without egg. I am presenting a fool proof recipe which I have tried many times with very good result (Cake always spongy). Try this and win the hearts of your loved ones again.

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Recipe Cuisine : International | Recipe Category: Baking
Preparation Time: 10 mins  | Baking Time: 25 mins | Yields: 7 inch cake
Ingredients:
Wheat Flour
1 cup (1 cup = 240ml)
Curd / Yogurt
½ cup
Milk
½ cup
Sugar
¾ cup
Coco Powder
¼ cup
Oil (odorless)
¼ cup
Vanilla Essence
1 tsp
Baking Powder
1 tsp
Baking Soda
¼ tsp
Butter / Oil (for Greasing the pan)
As required
Powdered Sugar (for dusting)
As required
Cherries (optional)
As required

Procedure:
1. In a bowl, add milk, curd and sugar. Mix them well till the sugar dissolves completely.
2. Add baking soda with the above mixture and mix them gently. Keep it aside for 5 mins or till bubbles comes from the mixture.
3. Sieve wheat flour, coco powder and baking powder together for 2-3 times. Keep it aside.
4. Meanwhile, grease the baking pan with butter and dust with wheat flour. Keep it aside.
5. Add vanilla essence with the curd mixture (from 2).
6. Now add the sieved flour (from 3) little by little with the curd mixture (from 2).
7. Mix them well and then add remaining flour till all the sieved flour incorporate with the curd mixture.
8. Add oil and fold them gently. Cake batter is ready.
9. Pour the cake batter into the greased baking tray (I have used 7 inch round cake pan).
10. Pre heat the oven for 200 degree Celsius.
11.  Bake the cake at 180 degree Celsius for 25-30 mins or inserted the tooth pick comes out clean.
12. After, immediately take the cake out from the oven. Allow it to cool down completely.
13. Remove the cake from the pan using the knife.
14. Dust the cake with powdered sugar and serve. (this is optional)

   Really spongy and delicious eggless butter less chocolate cake is ready to serve.

Note:

1. Use 1 cup of buttermilk instead of milk and curd.


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