Saturday, 18 October 2014

Raisin cookies

Recipe  from Joyofbaking.com


Ingredients:
Raisins-1 cup,
All  purpose flour-2 and 1/2 cups,
Icing sugar-1 cup-sieved,
Butter-200 gms,
Vanilla essence-1 tsp,
Egg-1 for egg wash(optional).


Method:
Grease a 9 x13 inch pan.


Pre heat oven to 180 C.
Sieve flour in a bowl and then measure 2 and 1/2 cup and keep in another bowl.
Beat butter till smooth.

Add icing sugar and vanilla essence and beat for a minute or till smooth.


Scrap the sides with a spatula or spoon.

Add flour and raisins and beat only till incorporated.
Transfer the mixture to the greased pan.
Using your fingers fill the corners and pat it to smooth the surface.
Using the back of a spoon level the top.
Brush the top with egg wash.


Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
The edges will be brown and the top will be light golden brown.
Take out the tray and leave it cool  for 5 minutes on wire rack.
Using a sharp knife cut the cookies while still warm.
Leave it to cool on a plate.
The cookies have to be cut while still warm because the butter hardens the cookies and will break if cut at room temperature.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Apple streusel cake

This recipe is from joyofbaking.com.

This cake is very delicious.The bottom is the cake layer,spread with slices of tart apples and then the top layers has the streusel which is a mixture of brown sugar,nuts,cinnamon pwd,butter and flour.

Ingredients for streusel
All purpose flour-1/3 cup,
Brown sugar-3 tbsp,
Cinnamon pwd-3/4 tsp,
Cold butter-3 tbsp-cut into small pieces,
Almonds-1/4 cup-you can use walnuts.
Ingredients for the cake.
All purpose flour-1 cup,
Baking pwd-1 tsp,
Butter-55 gms or 1/4 cup-room temperature,
white sugar-little less then 1/2 cup,
Egg -1,
Vanilla essence-1/2tsp,
Milk-1/3 cup,
Golden delicious or green apples(tart apples)-2-peeled,cored and cut into thin -1/8 inch slices.


Method: streusel topping-
In a bowl mix together,flour,sugar,ground cinnamon,nuts and cold butter.
Mix with your fingers to resemble a coarse crumbs.


Keep it in the fridge while you make the cake preparation.
This streusel mixture can be made ahead of time and kept in  the fridge to save time.
Cake batter-
Grease and flour an 8 inch springform and keep aside.
Pre heat oven to 180 C or 350 F.
Take a bowl and sieve together flour and baking pwd.
Mix with wire whisk.
Using a beater,beat butter for few seconds,till creamy.

Add sugar and beat for 30 seconds or till light and fluffy.
Add egg and beat for 30 seconds.

Add vanilla essence and beat for few seconds.

Add the flour alternately in three additions with the milk in two addition and beat until just combined.

Spread the batter onto the bottom of the pan,smoothing the top with a knife.

Evenly arrange the apple slices on top of the cake batter.

Sprinkle the streusel topping on top.

Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack.
After 5 minutes,unlock the sides of the springform and let it cool completely on wire rack.

If do not have a springform pan,then leave the cake in the pan to cool.
Slice the cake and enjoy while still a little warm.

Leftovers can be kept in the fridge.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Mini sweet pastry tarts filled with cream cheese

This recipe is from joyofbaking .com


Ingredients for cream cheese filling:
Cream cheese-8 oz or 227 gms-1 pkt- room temperature,
Condense milk-1/4 cup,
Zest of one lemon,
Lemon juice-2 tbsp.

Ingredients for  sweet pastry crust:
All purpose flour-1 and 1/2 cup flour,
Butter -1/2 cup-room temperature,
white sugar-1/4 cup,
Egg -1 lightly beaten,
Vanilla essence-1 tsp.


Method: cream cheese filling
Take a bowl and beat the cream cheese with a beater until creamy and smooth( few seconds)
Add condense milk,lemon zest,vanilla essence and lemon juice and beat until smooth.
Taste the filling and you can adjust the sweetness of the filling.
Do not add too much of lemon juice or condense milk as the filling will be too runny.
Transfer the filling to a bowl or cover it and place it in the fridge to cool and thicken.
You can make this filling a day in advance and it can be kept in the fridge for a week.

Mini sweet pastry crust:
Beat butter till light and smooth with an electric beater
Add sugar and beat for couple of minutes till light and fluffy.
Add one beaten egg and beat only for few seconds.Add vanilla essence.
Add the flour and just mix together.
Remove the beater and gather the dough into a ball.
Wrap it in a plastic wrap or cling film.
As the dough is very soft,put it in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Take out from the freezer and place one tbsp of the dough into each greased and floured mini cupcake tray or non stick mini cupcake tray.
Press the dough at the bottom and upsides.
Run a rolling pin to remove the excess dough.
Press the sides again.
Pre heat oven to 200 C or 400 F
Place the tray in the fridge as the oven is pre heating.
After ten minutes,place the tray to bake for 5 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to180 C or 350 F and bake for 15 minutes more or till the top edges are light brown.
Take out the tray and leave it to cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.
As the tarts cool,it will separate around the edges or loosen it using the tip of the knife.
Remove the tarts from the tray and place it on wire rack to cool completely.
Assemble:
Once the tarts are cool completely,fill one heaped tsp of the cream cheese mixture in each tart.
Keep the filled tarts in a container in the fridge and when you plan to serve decorate with any fruit of your liking.
These mini tarts can be kept in the fridge for a week.


Makes 18 mini tarst!
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