Wheat Jaggery Cake

My mother gave me almost a kilo of jaggery the last time she visited. She expected me to make puran poli and kozhakatai for the husband. But I was very keen to try baking with jaggery. It is definitely healthier than sugar and I could bake more often without adding a teaspoon of guilt along the way.

So, I found this recipe and immediately started baking it. It tasted awesome but it was dense cake. I assume that wheat plus jaggery would not be the most airy cake. But it could serve as a good desert after dinner without the heaps of calories. Here goes –

INGREDIENTS

Jaggery                 75 gms

Wheat                 110 gms

Bananas             110 gms

Oil                          75 ml

Baking powder      1/2 tsp

Baking soda          1/2 tsp

Cinnamon              1/2 tsp

Walnuts, chopped   10

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 150C

2. Powder the jaggery, mix it with the mashed bananas and keep aside for 10-15 minutes

3. Mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder

4. Add the flour mix to the banana mix

5. Add oil and cinnamon powder

6. Add the walnuts and pour it into a greased pan

Wheat jag dough

7. Bake at 150C for 30 minutes and then at 160C for 10 minutes

Wheat jag pan

8. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes and then unmould

Wheat jag cake

NOTES

1. The amount of jaggery would vary depending on its sweetness.

2. Very ripe bananas would be better than regular ones

3. The recipe asked for the bananas and jaggery mixture to be blended in a blender. I did not do that but the texture was good despite not blending

Happy Baking!

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I woke up today with a longing for a coffee flavored cake. Numerous attempts at Google-ing did not yield any satisfactory result and I was on the verge of giving up when I came across this recipe. Voila! My taste buds were going to get exactly what they wanted. Hurrah!
The best part of the recipe was that it was given for one cup of flour. Usually recipes are for bigger cakes. The flour quantity required is 2 or 3 cups. That works out to be too large for my husband and me and more importantly it does not let me bake as frequently as I want. Usually I am using all my arithmetic knowledge to divide the rest of the ingredients with regard to one cup flour and that is one of the reasons my cakes or breads don’t turn out exactly the way it should. There are few errors and they are few notches short of perfection.
So the one cup of flour in the ingredients was all it took for me to rush into the kitchen and pull put my mixing bowl. This recipe is easy and very tasty.
I did not make too many changes to it except that I added half a tsp of cinnamon. I am not putting down the recipe here since it is exactly the one I used with the addition of cinnamon. Plus that blogpost has a more elaborate recipe with pictures and I am sure that would be easier to follow. So here is the picture of my yummy cinnamon coffee cake! The husband could not wait till I clicked a picture…so it’s only half the cake. I know it has sunk…that was because I left it on for a longer time when I was preheating my oven. Silly mistake! But that has no impact on the taste 🙂

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Notes:
1. The cinnamon I added (which was not part of the original recipe) worked well with the coffee flavor
2. It took 45-50 minutes for my cake to be done
3. I did not have 60 gms of butter available. So I used 52 gms of butter and 10 gms of sunflower oil.

Happy Baking!

Eggless Chocolate Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

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I did this last month for my daughter’s first birthday, hence the excess use of gems and lychees. My original plan was to make the layered chocolate cake from Joy of Baking. But then my parents decided to come and they do not have eggs. So I needed a new chocolate cake recipe without eggs. Voila this one!

It was not as airy and light as my cakes with eggs turn out. But I am guessing that may be because I did not mix properly or some other error from my end. But it tasted great and the daughter loved it as did the others. So win-win!

Ingredients 

1 cup all purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/8 cup butter

3/4 cup hot coffee

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup mashed bananas

For the frosting

30 gms chocolate (any type)

38 gms unsalted butter at room temperature

38 gms icing sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C

2. Grease a pan and put in a parchment paper

3. Mix all the 4 dry ingredients together

4. Add the butter, coffee and vanilla essence and mix

5. Add the mashed bananas and blend thoroughly

6. Bake for 45-55 minutes

7. Cool for 20 minutes before taking it out of the pan

8. For the frosting, melt the chocolate by double boiler method (See note) and cool to room temperature

9. Beat the butter for one minute in the hand blender or till it is smooth and creamy

10. Add sugar and beat it for 2 minutes or till it is light and fluffy

11. Add vanilla essence and beat it to mix in

12. Add the chocolate and beat on low till it is incorporated and then on high till the frosting is smooth and glossy. It should take around 2-3 minutes

13. Once the cake is cooled, use a knife to apply the frosting on the cake evenly.

Notes

1. The original recipe was vegan and hence used oil but I wanted a richer version and so I substituted the butter for oil

2. The recipe also called for hot water but I used hot instant coffee instead. It gave a good flavour to the cake

3. My bundt pan was small in size and hence I used a regular pan. You could use either

4. The bananas need to be thoroughly mashed else they stick out as lumps even in the finished cake which is not good.

5. The frosting recipe is from here. I used it because it was a birthday cake. You can even make it without the frosting. Same goes for the sprinkles and lychees.

6. Double boiler method – Heat some water in a vessel. Put chocolates in another vessel and keep it on top of the boiling water vessel. The chocolate will start melting. Stir occasionally and remove it once the chocolate has fully melted into a sauce.

Happy Baking!

Orange Sesame Seed Cake /Bread

I saw this recipe this morning and I just had to make it. A small issue I faced was I neither had lemons nor poppy seeds but the bread had to be baked.

So I replaced lemons with orange and poppy seeds with sesame seeds and I was ready! I did turn out quite good though it felt more like a cake than bread i.e. it was slightly dense and not airy & light like a bread. But it tasted well and so this is a good recipe by itself.

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Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds

1 small egg

1/8 cup oil (I used sunflower oil)

1 cup cold milk

1 tbsp orange juice (I used 100% Tropicana)

1 tbsp zest (I added another 1/4 tsp since that was all I had left of my zest)

For the glaze

1/8 cup sugar

1 1/2 tbsp orange juice (again Tropicana 100%)

1. Preheat the oven to 180C

2. Grease a pan and put a parchment paper (optional) at the bottom

3. Mix all the dry ingredients (totally 8 of them)

4. Whisk the egg

5. Add oil, milk and juice to the egg

6. Mix the egg mixture with the dry ingredients with a spatula. Don’t over mix

7. The mixture will not be too watery or too stiff. Somewhere in between

8. Pour this batter in the pan and bake for 40 minutes.

9. As the baking is in progress, mix the sugar and orange juice for the glaze.

10. Slightly warm the mixture and mix till the sugar dissolves. It won’t take you more than 2-3 minutes.

11. Once the toothpick comes clear of the cake, remove it from the oven

12. Poke holes with a skewer one inch apart and pour the glaze on the cake immediately.

13. Wait for 20 minutes before cooling it on the wire rack.

Notes

1. You can use fresh orange juice as well.

2. Nutmeg powder can be replaced with cinnamon powder

3. You can replace milk with cold water as in the original recipe. I used milk because I had it and not cold water

4. Anytime you make a cake that requires a glaze, it is an essential part and cannot be done away with. If you do not want to add the glaze then you need to increase the sugar portion of the cake else it won’t taste as good.

5. I figured I may have over mixed and hence the dense nature.

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