Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes | 2 comments

Wish you all a Merry Christmas!!! Sugar cookies are easy to make and is the highlight of Christmas. Try this cutout sugar cookies at home and use your imagination and decorate the cookies with your family. You can also check the recipe for Royal Icing which is used for icing the cookies. Preparation time: 45 minutes (resting time: 10 hours) No. of servings: 12 pieces Ingredients: Unsalted butter Р1 cup (2 sticks) Sugar Р1 cup One large egg Vanilla extract Р1 tsp Lemon extract- few drops All purpose flour Р3 cups (375 gram) Salt Р1/2 tsp Method of Preparation:   Cream butter in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer or a hand mixer. Add sugar and beat until creamy and fluffy. Beat in the egg,vanilla and lemon juice until mixed. You can substitute...

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

We are wishing all our readers and fans a Merry Christmas!!! It’s Christmas eve and hope everyone is excited for tomorrow. I am still waiting for the snow outside, hope Santa smiles with some snow showers tomorrow. I have a big list for Santa this year, hope he fulfill my wishes.If you would like you scan share your wishes in comments below. This is a first time I am making Gingerbread Cookies and it came out absolutely delightful. If I may say so myself. ūüôā Making a Gingerbread Cookies is a Christmas tradition for a lot of folks. If you haven’t tried it yet this is the perfect season to do so.   Preparation Time : 30 mins Total Time : 2hrs30mins No Of servings: 30 Ingredients: All Purpose Flour : 2 cups Ground Ginger : 2 tsp Ground...

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Royal Icing Recipe

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

Royal Icing is a white icing which quickly hardens and is used for cakes and cookie frosting. It is very easy to make this icing and takes a few minutes if you have the ingredients handy. Royal icing is prepared using two methods, one using egg whites and the other using meringue powder. If you do not want to use raw egg whites, you can use pasteurized egg whites available at store or just the meringue powder method. You can make decorative flowers and other figures using this icing. If you want to decorate your cookies using Royal Icing, you need to prepare two different consistency of icing. One for piping and the other for flooding. When you pipe a border around the edge of a cookie it is easy to fill icing inside (flooding). So for piping we need a...

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Dry Fruit Cookies

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes | 2 comments

Dry Fruit Cookies are very easy to make and they taste so good. And this is perfect for the holiday season. You can make the dough ahead and cut it to pieces and just throw it in the oven, cookies are ready. I adapted the recipe from Ina Garten’s recipe and¬†tweaked¬†it according to my taste. You can add any dry fruits or nuts of your choice. This is a perfect snack with tea or just by itself. If you don’t want to use the alcohol for soaking, you can substitute it with apple juice or orange juice or both. These are not too frutti, it’s perfect. Try this and enjoy with your family and friends. Have a wonderful Christmas and New year. Preparation time: 45 minutes (resting time: 10 hours) No. of servings: 12 pieces Ingredients: Candied fruits (tutti...

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Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Macaroons have always been one of my favorites. It tastes absolutely delicious. So I decided to make it at home. I had some shredded coconut sitting in my pantry so decided to make coconut macaroons this time. It came out absolutely yummy. In fact, I think I am gonna make this for the Christmas party this week. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No of pieces : 16 Ingredients: Egg whites : 2 Shredded Sweetened Coconut : 14 ounces Salt : a pinch Vanilla Extract : 2 tsp Sweetened Condensed Milk : 14 ounces Method Of Preparation : Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whisk the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment...

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Cranberry Scones

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | Comments Off on Cranberry Scones

I am such a great fan of scones! Whenever I go to our farmers market they have these freshly baked scones and I can’t resist to come without some in the cart. Plus. I have always wanted to make it at home. Finally I had some cranberries sitting in my pantry from when I made some cranberry sauce. So I decided to make some cranberry scones out of it. It came out really well and tasty. You can try this at home yourself and let me know if you like it. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of pieces : 8 Ingredients: All purpose Flour : 2 cups Granulated sugar : 1/3 cup Baking powder : 2 1/2 tsp Salt : 1/4 tsp Unsalted Butter : 1/4 cup Dried or fresh cranberries: 1/2 cup (if you are using fresh cranberries...

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Chocolate Marble Cake

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes | Comments Off on Chocolate Marble Cake

For this Christmas, I am planning to make cakes, cookies, muffins and breads. This Chocolate Marble cake is a very simple recipe. It came out good and I am planning to give it to all my friends. Here is the recipe for the yummy Cake.. Time of Preparation : 1 hr 30 minutes No of Servings : 12 Ingredients: Semi sweet chocolate chips – 1/2 cup Milk – 1/4 cup Butter – 1/2 cup (room temperature) Sugar – 1 cup Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Half and half – 1/4 cup Sour cream or yogurt – 1/4 cup All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup Baking powder – 2 tsp Salt – 1/4 tsp Method of Preparation: Melt the semi sweet chocolate chips in milk and keep it aside. Sift the flour, baking powder...

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Homemade Fruit Cake

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes | 10 comments

It’s Christmas time. Are you ready to make your Fruit Cake? Fruit cake is a tradition in most of the families during Christmas. My friend’s mom make it every year and distribute it to her family and friends. It’s my favorite. This year I want to try it myself for my family and friends. I adapted this recipe from Food Network’s Free Range FruitCake by Alton. And I used my own techniques to obtain a soft and moist cake. The secret of this recipe is addition of molasses and honey which gives a nice color and a moist texture. This cake can be made in advance, say before 2 weeks to one month and stored in a dark cool place or your refrigerator. You can also make two and store one in the freezer for later use. Before freezing...

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Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Sugar cookies are the easiest to make and will be light to eat. I made these cookies for thanksgiving and everyone liked these cookies. If we have different shapes of cookie moldings, we can make these cookies in different shapes. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of cookies : 50 Ingredients: Butter (Room temperature) – 1 Cup White sugar – 1 1/2 cup Egg – 1 Vanilla Extract – 2 tsp All purpose flour – 2 3/4 cup Baking soda – 1 tsp Baking powder – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: In a bowl, mix the all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder and keep it aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture little by little and beat...

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Thumbprint Cookies

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Snacks | 10 comments

These thumbprint cookies are the super hit of this vacation. Everyone loved this cookie and the nuts and jam made them extra tasty. Here goes the recipe for this Thumbprint cookies. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Cookies : 20 Ingredients: Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup (room temperature) White sugar – 1/4 cup Egg white – 1 Egg yolk – 1 Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp All purpose flour – 1 cup Salt – a pinch Nuts (I have used walnuts) – 1 cup (roasted and chopped) Jam – 1/3 cup Method of Preparation: In a bowl mix the butter and sugar using hand mixer until fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat well with the hand mixer. Keep the egg white aside. Add the all purpose flour and salt little by little and...

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 9 comments

For the first time I tried to make cookies and these triple chocolate chip cookies came out good. I made some four different kind of cookies and soon they are coming in SpicyTasty. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of cookies : 36 Ingredients: Unsalted butter – 1 cup White Sugar – 1 cup Brown sugar – 1/2 cup Egg – 2 Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp All purpose flour – 2 1/4 cup salt – 1/2 tsp Baking soda – 1 tsp White chocolate chips – 1/2 cup Dark chocolate chips – 1/2 cup Semi sweet chocolate chips – 1/2 cup Method of Preparation: Beat the unsalted butter until soft. Add the white sugar and brown sugar and and beat with the hand mixer until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat them. Mix the...

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Thanksgiving Recipes | 4 comments

From Wikipedia: The whoopie pie (alternatively called a gob, black-and-white, bob, or “BFO” for Big Fat Oreo) is an American baked good that may be considered either a cookie, pie, or cake. It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, or sometimes pumpkin or gingerbread cake, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them.¬†Whoopie pies are considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. Today I have made a Red Velvet Whoopie pie filled with delicious cream cheese frosting. This is a big sandwich cookie and may be you need someone to share it with or may be not :). Make these delicious cookies for the Thanksgiving and share it with your friends and family. Preparation time: 45 minutes No. of servings: 12 Ingredients: All purpose flour – 2 cups Unsweetened cocoa...

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Thanksgiving Recipes | 9 comments

Who says peanut butter cookies have to be a favourite for just the kids? This easy peanut butter cookies recipe will help you expand your appetizer/dessert menu for Thanksgiving dinner. I really liked how it turned out and I am probably never going to buy these from a store now that I found out how easy it is to make these! This is especially good since you know what goes into making the cookies that yours kids are eating. Everyone likes their cookies in various forms of chewy, crispy, etc. Just adjust the baking time to lower for chewy cookies and higher for crispy. You can put a saran wrap and put the sheet in the fridge to cool completely. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No of cookies : 20-25 Ingredients: Unsalted Butter : 1/2 stick (room temperature) Brown...

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Chocolate Truffles (Version 2)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Cookies and Cakes, Desserts, Thanksgiving Recipes | 9 comments

For this Thanksgiving we are planning to visit my sister-in-law. I want to try lots of cookies and chocolates for the two sweet little kids. Today I tried making simple chocolate truffles. It took just 5 minutes for the preparation and they are really yummy. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes and 2 hours for refrigeration No of truffles : 24 Ingredients: Semi sweet chocolate chips – 1 1/2 cups Sweetened condensed milk – 1/2 can Vanilla extract – 2 tsp For coating – color sprinkles, cocoa powder, chopped nuts Method of Preparation: Take a wide pan and melt the chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract and stir it. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until they become firm. Take it out and roll them to 24 equal sized balls. Roll...

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Cookies and Cakes, Snacks, Thanksgiving Recipes | 7 comments

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is my favorite among cookies. This recipe makes chewy, soft  cookies filled with oats, raisins and walnuts. This makes a healthy breakfast or a perfect snack in the evening with tea. Kids will love it. You can make the batter in advance and refrigerate it for a few days and can prepare the cookies whenever you want. Make these cookies for this Thanksgiving and enjoy. Preparation time: 25 minutes No. of servings: 22 cookies Ingredients: Unsalted butter Р1/3 cup (room temperature) Light brown sugar Р1/2 cup Large egg Р1 (room temperature) Pure vanilla extract Р1 tsp Instant cooking rolled oats Р3 cups All purpose flour Р1 cup Baking soda Р1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder Р1/4 tsp (optional) Salt Р1/2 tsp Chopped walnut Р1 cup Raisins Р1...

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German Chocolate Cake

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Desserts, Featured | 10 comments

I am a huge fan of Homemade Cakes and often try my hand at baking different cakes until now I never got ¬†a chance to take pictures and ¬†write down the recipe. Our little bundle of joy ¬†vinay just turned 6 months old and I wanted to celebrate it with a cake. Instead of buying from our favorite German Chocolate ¬†cake from a local restaurant (Dusty’s Cellar) I figured may be i’ll make it for him with my own hands and lots of mommy love. German Chocolate cake is a layered cake with coconut and Pecan filling and bittersweet chocolate icing. It came out really good and everyone enjoyed it. Ingredients: For the Filling: Condensed Milk : 1 can Vanilla : 1 tsp Butter : 1 stick Egg Yolks : 4 Shredded Coconut : 2 cups (I’ve used dry...

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Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Desserts, Featured | 21 comments

I have made a Strawberry Vanilla Cake with a vanilla flavored base cake, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. And I made this cake for our dear friend Sajana and Robin. It came out really good and everyone loved it. I have a couple of important tips for you to bake a perfect cake and decorate it. How to keep my cake from crumbling? Right oven temperature is important. Do not bake for too long. You can add an extra egg to make it firm. Adding gelatin works. How to avoid runny whipped cream? Add some gelatin or agar agar to your whipped cream to make it firm. Instructions are below. Keep it refrigerated all the time. Hope you enjoy this cake. Here you go… Preparation time: 2 and 1/2 hours (including cooling period of cake) No. of servings: 9″...

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Tres Leches Cake

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Desserts, Featured | 16 comments

A tres leches cake, or pastel tres leches, is a sponge cake soaked in three different kinds of milk. This cake is popular in Latin America. It is really a delicious dessert and we can add Dulce de leche and it is called Cuatro leches (four milk) cake. Thanks to my friend Pari who made this cake for us. OMG!! Believe me it is “The Best”..It is really very simple and very easy to make. Try this dessert and you will die for this :). Time of Preparation : 1 hr 15 minutes + overnight refrigeration No of Servings : 20 Ingredients: For the cake : All purpose flour (Maida) – 2 cups Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp Sugar – 1 1/2 cup Eggs – 4 Vanilla Extract – 1 1/2 tsp Skimmed Milk...

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