Monday, 24 December 2012

Orange Cake

This is a delicious cake recipe with the orange flavour making it unique..

Ingredients -
all purpose flour/maida-4cups
caster/powdered sugar-3cups
baking powder-2tspns
vanilla essence-1tspn
orange juice-2/3rd cup
orange peel/zest-1tspn
almonds,cashew nuts

Method -
Mix the maida and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
Beat the eggs and mix in the sugar till fluffy.
Add butter and mix well.
Now add the flour to the above egg mixture slowly little by little.
Scrap out the white portion of the orange peel and then use.
Add in the essence,orange juice,peel and dry fruits.
Mix well so that no lumps are formed in the batter.
Preheat the oven to 220degC.
Grease the cake pan with butter or oil.
Pour in the batter and bake for around 30-35min till a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let the cake cool and then de-mould it.
Orange cake is ready to serve :-)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Pumpkin/Kaddu Barfi

This recipe is a nice variation to have pumpkin in the form of a sweet..So next time you have guests coming up,you can surprise them with these lovely home-made pumpkin barfis :)

Ingredients -
pumpkin/kaddu grated
freshly grated coconut(optional)
cardamom/elaichi powder
ghee for greasing

Method -
Wash the pumpkin and grate it.
Heat a non-stick pan.
Cook the grated pumpkin on the pan till all the moisture evaporates.
Once done remove the pumpkin in a bowl.
Take equal quantity of sugar as the pumpkin.
Now mix the sugar,pumpkin and coconut and cook it on the pan.
After 5min add cardamom powder.
Keep stirring constantly till the mix hardens.
For 1 big bowl/katori of pumpkin,sugar I added 2tbspn of coconut.This quantity will take around 15-20min to harden.
Grease a plate with ghee and take out the mixture onto it.
Spread it and let it cool to room temperature.
Cut the barfis into desired shapes.
Tasty pumpkin barfis are ready :)