Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Daring bakers-Chocolate Pavlovas with Mascarpone Mousse


This month,pavlovas was not tough for me..But still an excitement whether it works or not.....My day life keeps me busy,i always opt to work and bake at late nights...And,again i have to get up early in the morning to do the cooking...I made it at nick of the time...

According to Wikipedia, Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna pavlova Colloquially referred to as “pav”, it is a cake similar to meringue with a crispy crust and soft, light inner.  The dessert is believed to have been created to honour the dancer during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. Where it was created and the nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but research indicates New Zealand as the source.


The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.



Just whip the egg white,gradually adding the half cup of granulated sugar and Quarter cup of castor sugar 


Whip it in low speed till u reach the peak


Add 1/3 cup of cocoa powder and Fold the cream


Pipe the cream and bake them at 100 C for 2-3 hrs
until it turns crispy ...I piped some like cookies,which baked quicker than bigger scoops..


I thought it is macarons for last month DB challenge...But this time it is....The chocolate pavlovas tasted yummy....really cant have just one....

The mousse part ,i tried with homemade mascarpone cheese...I luv mousse which i tried here....
I couldnt over do the decoration beyond this....We enjoyed dipping the cherries in mousse and crispy pavlovas.. 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Princess Cake

My daughter hansika turned three years yesterday..She is one big surprise power pack for my family....If she wants to play or dance...she do it for hours...Her toes never stand in a place for a micro second....She keeps me in attention throughout the day...She luvs being with me,while i cook..She puts a chair in kitchen and play with utensils..Whoever seen her never fail to ask me,how u manage her....

I never beat my child,but hoping she will understand everything.....As a mother,I care and let her what she wants to be...We try to explain even if she cant stop doing naughty..She luvs socializing and learning new things..She also luvs locking me inside the room..Yes..My daughter is my biggest challenge that i ever faced in my life...She is the one who turns me more polite and attentive..And happy to welcome her birthday as she can grow and mature....

My father is so fascinated about birthday parties...I had very grand parties till my sweet sixteen...Later,I stopped him,as i felt more shy to continue every year..Instead,We planned to spend a lunch in old age home(Vijaya old age) in thanjavur...Till now,my parents are going there for my every birthday and having a lunch with them...For,Hansika's first birthday,I felt she is my best gift from god...I wanted to celebrate it...So,It was a grand party.....Then,It became closed  door celebrations..For Second one,We gifted food to kakum karangal in chennai...This year,my DH helped paying educational fees for many people...But we got to cut the cake in one of our usual socializing club....Hansika enjoyed the cake and her birthday a lot.. She was dancing till the midnight...

Finding a needy person is difficult..But still ,there are some...Help poor and See the god through their eyes.. Even if u dont believe in god,pls help others...There are still loads of unpaid medical/school fees and starving poor people.... If we cant care them, who else.. I kindly request each of u to help others and be peacemakers.. 

The cake theme was decided by me...Every year this girl had black forest,this time i planned for princess cake...and first time,i am making the cake with buttercream icing....

My husband hates icing ,he complains its too sweet to all icing recipes i ever tried...
but my daughter,she is just crazy of it...

Here is how to make princess cake and buttercream icing for kids......

Ingredients
Cake Mix-2
Icing Sugar-500 gms
 White Butter-250 gms
Milk-2-3 tbsp
Vanilla essence -2 tsp

Utensils
Star nozil/tip-16 and 21
 Piping bag
Pink color
Spatula knife
Turn and Trim rotating tray
Some Sprinkle goodies


Icing Tips
*Buttercream icing is very basic icing
*I used icing sugar(from store),cos of its fine texture..
* The icing should be not flowing like batter nor like a dough
*Icing Sugar and Butter tends to react with room temperature faster
So..keep it cool :-)
*The Swirls and the lines are the basic decorating skills on icing
*Bake the cake,cool it and freeze it to avoid more crumbs while decorating
*The butter may contain water,spoils the icing....so buy the best one


I luved it...It made me work really fast and handy for the cake to decorate


I used disposable bag


I dont get wooden base,so i used this cake stand and covered it with cling form..



Layer the cake and trim as u like


Add the icing sugar ,milk and vanilla essence


Add the half quantiy of butter and mix it well(dont beat)
I used yellow butter,since i didnt get the white butter


Add some more butter and make thick consistency like this
Rest it for 5 minutes to go well incorporated
So...it doesnt mean u have to use all the butter
Add the food color 

When u wipe the cream,it should be like this...



Apply around the cake,with spatula knife


Leave for five minutes to shape up well ;-)



Now its almost done...
If u find any uneven icing,apply some more icing and shape it with spatula knife



Now it is piping time..


Fold the piping bag to reach the tip and add the buttercream..
Pull the cream towards the end and fold the edges


Practice with similar size of stars and swirls..
if the icing is too watery,u cannot do piping well 


Learn to write some letters...work on ur not-so good letters


I did the swirl piping in ends
This pale pink icing was little watery than the icing i made for entire cake
The swirls started spreading out


I did the stars around the cake
Insert the doll and Pipe a dress for the princess 
which is censored here ;-)
Once done ,move it to fridge...

Yummy Princess Cake is Ready for a cut!!!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Poricha Kulambu

Yesterday,We had a bloggers meet in chennai...It was an awesome meet.We r so happy to made it happen... The day will be kept in sweet memories....Thank you for the wonderful people coming over to the meet..Nithya and Me who took initiative,she was excited from the beginning...She was like a blast of energy and enjoyed a lot...Divya was calm and expressive, while Shanthi mam was caring and leading.....Srivalli who came like a breeze and stunned us with loads of thoughts...My daughter,hansika was freaking around ..... and I was busy eye-ing her...Divya bought so tasty eggless chocolate muffins and Nithya came with her yummy chikkis...Thank you gals.....Happy,I am a chennai blogger...



Meeting bloggers became like eating a creamy dessert...But blogging is not...I got my a dozen of to-do list and the list is growing on&on to scare me....I dont know when i gonna finish off all these works...This is the question striking my mind all the time....And my recent joke is(old one from chandramuki film) unmarried man has only one problem as to get married ,while married man has azhar problems....lol...(please laugh or atleast smile for me)


Actually we call this kulambu,reverse method of making kulambu....We usually start with seasoning the kulambu,but for this,end with seasoning...The vegetable used for this kulambu must be indian(local) one like drumstick,brinjal,avaraikai and the Moochai....

Ingredients
Drumstick,chopped-1
Baby Brinjal,sliced-100gms
Avaraikayi,chopped-100 gms
Moochai-handful
Coconut,grated-half cup
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Tamarind-lemon size
Chilly powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-half tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves -handful
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-half tsp
Onion,chopped-2
(Roma or Indian)Tomato,chopped-3
Sesame oil-1 tsp

Method
1.Grain coconut,cumin,handful of onion and tomato to fine paste
2.Soak tamarind in water and extract the juice
2.Add the vegetables into tamarind water and boil it
3.Add chilli,coriander and turmeric powders,salt  while the vegetables are semi cooked
4.Later add the coconut paste ,and let the vegetables cook well..
5.In a fry pan,add the oil,mustard seeds,Fenugreek,onions and tomato to fry them well
6.Add the seasoning to the kulambu and cook it for another 2-3 minutes...

Poricha Kulambu is ready to taste

Happy weekend

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