Sponge cake

Sponge cake

This easy sponge cake recipe is delicious and quick to make. This is the base cake for all the layered cream cakes you use for birthdays and other occasions. You can cut this cake and fill with butter frosting, whipping cream, fruits, etc. Soaking with sugar syrup makes the cake extra moist.

What I love most of this cake is that we can readily prepare with the staple ingredients found in our kitchen. Also, there is no too much of effort or task in this other than the proper whisking. It usually takes less than 1 hour to prepare the whole cake.

The secret to a spongy cake is in the beating of powdered sugar and butter. I had added 1/4 teaspoon pineapple essence additionally which provides a good smell and taste to this cake. Sift all the dry ingredients properly to make the cake light and airy.

This is an excellent recipe of cake for all the beginners who are getting ready to bake. This is a no fail recipe of cake, if you follow each steps correctly. The temperature of each oven differs. So you can confirm it by inserting a toothpick at the centre and check if it comes out clean.

Try out this soft and fluffy recipe of sponge cake at home using all the below mentioned ingredients and tantalize your taste buds !

Ingredients :

  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Eggs – 3
  • Butter or Refined oil – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Pineapple essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Method of preparation :

  • Take 3 eggs and separate the egg yolk and egg whites into 2 separate mixing bowls
  • Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and keep it aside (dry ingredients)
  • Whisk the egg white, using a hand mixer or egg beater until foamy
  • Once the egg white changes the colour to milky white, add 3 tablespoon of powdered sugar and whisk till it becomes stiff and forms a glossy peak
  • Now take the egg yolk and whisk it
  • Add vanilla essence to the egg yolk
  • Then add remaining powdered sugar and whisk properly
  • Now add oil (or butter) followed by milk and pineapple essence
  • Whisk until smooth and then add all purpose flour to this batter
  • Mix this dry ingredients using a spatula
  • Finally add the egg white and mix evenly
  • Cake batter is ready
  • You can transfer the batter to a 7″ mould pan
  • Preheat the oven and bake the cake for 35 minutes at 175°c or until a tooth pick inserted in the centre comes out clean
  • Allow the cake to cool, then cut into desired shapes and serve.
Soft sponge cake

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

This is the simplest recipe of a three ingredient cookies. Sugar cookies may be formed by hand or can be rolled and cut into different shapes. The expected shelf life for cookies is two weeks when stored in an airtight container in your kitchen. Sugar cookies are normally soft and tender. I made it and couldn’t wait to share with you all. Even the kids at your home can make a try. Happy eating:)

Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour- 2 3/4 cups
  • Butter – 1 cup
  • White sugar – 1 1/2 cups
  • Egg – 1
  • Baking soda- 1 tspn
  • Baking powder- 1/2 tspn
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tspn

Method of preparation :

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Mix all purpose flour,baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl and keep it aside
  • Take another bowl and cream together the butter and sugar
  • Beat in Egg and vanilla
  • Gradually blend the dry ingredients to this bowl
  • Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls
  • Place it on the cookie tray with sheets
  • Bake for 10 minutes,until golden colour
  • Take out from the oven,allow to cool
  • Store them in an airtight container.

Pineapple Burfi

Pineapple Burfi

If you are thinking of preparing a delicious sweet at home, but not getting an easy recipe then this is the one for you. The main thing you want at home is only a pineapple. This recipe is that easy and delicious and I am sure it will win your guests heart.

Ingredients :

  • Pineapple (small pieces) – 2 cup
  • Scraped Coconut – 2 cup
  • Sugar – 2 cup
  • Ghee – 1/2 cup

Method of preparation:

  • Heat ghee in a Kadai
  • Grind the pineapple slices and add it to the ghee
  • Add coconut and mix well
  • Add sugar and stir till the sugar melts
  • Cook till all the moisture is absorbed
  • The mixture finally forms a lump
  • Grease an aluminum tin with ghee and transfer the mixture to tin
  • Spread it evenly and set aside to cool
  • Refrigerate for one hour
  • Cut into square and serve.

NB : Turn off the flame before the sugar melts and becomes light brown colour while cooking.

Jackfruit Halwa

Jackfruit Halwa

It is the time of Jackfruit and for all the halwa lovers I am introducing Jackfruit halwa. I will make it a bit tasty,this will be really delicious for all the sweet tooth out there. Its a long and time consuming process for a sweet, but worth the hardwork.As jackfruit is a seasonal fruit, my mother prepares in bulk and uses for the off seasons.

Ingredients :

  • Chopped Jackfruit – 4 cups
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Cornflour – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup
  • Cashewnuts – 15

Method of preparation:

  • Add the chopped jackfruit in a blender
  • Blend it by adding small amount of water and make Jackfruit puree
  • Switch on the flame and add this puree to a kadai
  • Add sugar
  • Mix the cornflour in milk
  • Add milk to the kadai,when the sugar dissolves completely
  • Now add ghee and mix well
  • Cook in a medium flame until you get a thick consistency
  • Check the taste and add sugar and ghee as per your taste(if needed)
  • Roast cashewnuts in ghee and add it to kadai
  • Mix well
  • Switch off the flame when halwa consistency is reached
  • Allow the Halwa to cool
  • Our jackfruit halwa is ready to serve
  • Refrigerate it.

Dates Roll

Dates Roll

Dates have an excellent nutrition profile. These are high in calories since it is a dried fruit. Dates are known for their high content of natural sugars. It’s interesting to notice that dried dates have a higher calorie content when compared to fresh fruit. Pregnant women who eat dates regularly have a higher chance of delivering by natural labour. Here, I am introducing a recipe of Dates along with biscuit. Hope all will love it.

Dates roll
Dates Roll pieces

First let’s see the ingredients for this preparation.

Ingredients :

  • Butter – 150 gm
  • Sugar – 75 gm
  • Dates finely chopped- 250 gm
  • Biscuit(Mariegold/Arrowroot) – 200 gm
  • Egg – 1

Method of preparation :

  • Take a saucepan and add butter to it
  • After the butter gets melted,add sugar
  • Now add chopped dates when the sugar also melts completely
  • Add crushed biscuit pieces to it
  • Mix everything along with one beaten egg
  • Using a butter paper,roll this mix in the shape of a cylinder
  • Refrigerate it for 3 to 4 hours
  • After cooling,cut it into 1/2 inch small pieces
  • Our Dates Roll is ready to serve.

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a popular and delicious South Indian sweet made from rava or semolina. This is actually semolina pudding. It is served as breakfast in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The word Kesari means orange colour. The orange colour is formed by adding saffron or orange food colour. Instead of going with artificial food colours, you can choose natural colour agents. This dish is a mouth melting dessert. Rava Kesari is used as dessert in functions. It is also used during pooja’s. Now let us move to the recipe part. I had also shared some tips to be noted while making Rava kesari at the end of the recipe.

First let’s see the ingredients for this preparation.

Ingredients:

  • Rava/Semolina – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 3/4 cup
  • Water – 3.5 cups
  • Cashew and Raisins – as per your wish
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Orange food colour- optional

Method of preparation:

  • Heat 1 teaspoon ghee in a kadai
  • Roast raisins and cashewnut in the ghee
  • Transfer the roasted raisins and cashewnut to a plate
  • Now roast the rava in that ghee in low flame till the aroma of the rava comes out
  • Transfer the roasted rava to another plate
  • Add 3.5 cups of water to the kadai and boil
  • Add 1/4 cup of ghee to the boiling water
  • Add roasted rava to it
  • Mix well till the water gets absorbed.Make sure that no lumps are formed
  • Add 1 cup of sugar to it
  • Stir well and make sure that the sugar dissolves completely
  • Add the remaining half cup of ghee to it
  • Stir continuously so that no lumps are formed
  • Simmer it for 2 minutes by closing the lid
  • You can see that the kesari is getting detached from the pan.It means that our kesari is almost ready
  • Mix cashewnut and raisins with it
  • Our rava kesari is ready to serve

Tips to be noted :

  • While roasting rava,make sure that the colour of the rava does not changes
  • Add Rava only after the water gets completely boiled
  • Add sugar only after the roasted rava gets completely cooked in water
  • Follow the correct measurement of ingredients
  • If you are using food colour,add it to the boiling water