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

Magic Cookie Bars

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

This is the easiest baking I ever tried. It is very simple to make. We have to just layer the ingredients and bake them. The Magic cookie bars will be very rich to taste and kids would love them. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of servings : 20 Ingredients: Butter – 1/2 cup (melted) Graham cracker crumbs – 2 cups Sweetened condensed milk – 1 can (14 ounce) Sweetened coconut flakes – 1 cup Walnuts – 1 cup Semisweet chocolate chips – 1 cup Method of Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350 F and coat a 13×9 – inch baking pan with butter. We have to just layer all the ingredients one by one. Combine butter and crumbs and spread them evenly by pressing them using a fork. Then pour the condensed milk evenly, then sweetened coconut...

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Moist Banana Crunch Muffins

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Baking, Breakfast Menu, Cookies and Cakes, Slideshow | 5 comments

Banana Crunch Muffins filled with mashed banana, walnuts and crunchy granola is moist, hearty and healthy. The moist texture and the crunchy topping is a perfect combination. You can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate it. Just before baking, mix in the mashed banana, nuts and granola. The banana is not over powering in this recipe but if you like it add one more banana to the batter. You can also mix in some semi sweet or bitter sweet chocolate chips and your favorite nuts and seeds. These muffins are perfect for breakfast or an evening snack. No doubt that kids will also love it. Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Yield: 28 muffins Ingredients: All purpose flour – 2 cups Whole wheat flour – 1 cup Baking powder – 2 tsp Baking soda – 1 tsp...

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Coffee Cake

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

A class of cake intended to be eaten along with coffee is “Coffee Cake”. Though it is called coffee cake, it does not necessarily contain coffee. Coffee cakes may be flavored with cinnamon or other spices, seeds, nuts and fruits. A adapted this recipe from “Joy of Baking” and it came out so perfect. Time of Preparation : 20 to 30 minutes Baking Time : 45 to 50 minutes Ingredients: For Topping: Walnuts / Any dry fruits – 1 cup Light Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup Chocolate chips – 1/3 cup All purpose flour – 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp For Cake: Unsalted Butter – 1/2 cup (room temperature) Sugar – 1 cup Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Sour Cream – 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour – 1 2/3 cup Baking Powder...

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Stuffed Bread

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Breads | 3 comments

First I thought of making regular sandwich bread. Then I wanted to have something little spicy. I got the idea of making this stuffed bread with Indian touch. I gave this to all my friends for tasting and everyone loved it. You can try this recipe with Nithu’s White Bread Recipe too. Time of Preparation : 2 hours 10 minutes Spice Level : 2 Yield : 1 large loaf Ingredients: For Bread: Bread Flour – 3 cups Warm water (110 F) – 1 cup Active dry yeast – 1 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 tsp Sugar – 2 tbsp Oil – 1/4 cup For Stuffing: Potato – 1 Carrot – 1 Beans – 12 Paneer – 1/4 cup (grated) Spinach – 1/4 cup(chopped) Onion – 1/2 (finely chopped) Green chillies – 4 Garlic – 4 cloves (finely chopped) Red...

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Spinach Mushroom and Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Appetizers, Baking | 10 comments

These Puff Pastry Pinwheels are simple treats for an evening tea or a party appetizer. Spinach, mushroom and cheese are rolled in the puff pastry sheets and cut into small slices and baked in the oven. You can substitute the mozzarella and fontina cheese with any of your favorite cheese. I got the idea of making this dish when I was watching Paula Deen’s show. They are colorful and bite size so kids will definitely like it. You can serve it with ketchup or hot and sweet sauce or by itself. Here you go… Preparation time: 60 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes No. of servings: 12 to 14 Ingredients: One package puff pastry sheet, thawed (I used Pepperidge Farm) Frozen chopped spinach (thawed)- 8 oz (225 gram) Finely chopped mushroom – 1 cup Mozzarella cheese – 1/3 cup Fontina...

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Homemade White Bread and Dinner Rolls

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Baking, Breads | 6 comments

Homemade bread and dinner rolls are very easy to make. My bread is made from the scratch and it’s fresh without any preservatives. I have always wanted to bake bread at home and enjoy it for the breakfast and finally my dream came true. There are a lot of recipes online for homemade bread. I was so confused about which one to follow. Finally, I got a good recipe on youtube which was posted by Candra. It was easy and the result was amazing. I used the dinner rolls or pav buns for the Pav bhaji dish that I have recently shared with you all. Enjoy your breakfast with the fresh home baked bread and let me know your comments. Preparation time: 2.5 hours Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes Yield: 12 dinner rolls and One big loaf Ingredients:...

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Hot Cross Buns

Posted by on Apr 7, 2012 in Baking | 10 comments

  Happy Easter!! Hot Cross Buns are made on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday. These buns are sweet and spiced perfectly and filled with currants, raisins and sometimes with candied fruits. Wikipedia says: In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion. They are believed by some to pre-date Christianity, although the first recorded use of the term “hot cross bun” was not until 1733. It is believed that buns marked with a cross were eaten by Saxons in honour of the goddess Eostre (the cross is thought to have symbolised the four quarters of the moon); “Eostre” is probably the origin of the name “Easter”. Others claim that the Greeks marked cakes with a cross, much earlier. English folklore believed that buns...

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Egg Puff

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Appetizers, Baking, Egg Dishes, Snacks | 4 comments

Puffs are the easiest snack to make and this is the first time I have tried Egg puffs. Whenever I make veg puff my husband asks for Egg puff. The egg puffs came out really good and he liked it a lot. 🙂 Time of Preparation : 1 hr 10 minutes No of Servings : 9 to 12 puffs Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Puff pastry sheet – 1 (I have used pepperidge farm puff pastry sheet. 2 sheets will be there) Eggs -5 Onion – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Capsicum – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (finely chopped) Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp Red chilli powder – 3/4 tsp (according to spice level) Coriander powder – 3/4 tsp Chaat masala – 1/4 tsp Oil – 1 tbsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation:...

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Wilton Cake Decorating

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Baking, Misc | 2 comments

I love baking. It makes me feel so happy. So I thought why not learn some cake decorating. So I joined the Wilton Cake Decorating Course at Michaels Store. There are four courses from basics to advanced level. I took Course-1 and it is Decorating Basics. It is one class every week for 4 weeks. Prior to joining the course, I tried a few different frosting and decorated my cakes with what I knew. But this course taught me details of decorating and a few important techniques. This is a perfect course for beginners. I am happy to share my experience and photos with you all. Week 1: We learned to make butter cream frosting and the right consistency to be used for different purposes. Our instructor was very enthusiastic and shared her experience and tips with us. She also helped me pick...

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Potato wedges

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in Appetizers, Baking | 7 comments

Potato Wedges are easy to make and it is a wonderful appetizer for any parties. I made these for the Superbowl Party and it was a hit. I am a huge fan of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Potato Wedges with the buffalo sauce. That’s the inspiration for making this dish. All you need is potatoes and some regular ingredients from your pantry. Throw everything together and bake. It is as easy as you think. Wedges are ready. I have also given a recipe for a quick dip for the wedges. Check it out. Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 6 to 7 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Medium size potatoes – 8 Butter – 2 tbsp (melted) Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Regular Olive Oil – 1/4 cup Chili powder – 1/2 tsp Garlic powder- 1 tsp...

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Eggless Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 8 comments

Happy Republic Day to all our Indian readers… Today India is celebrating its 63rd Republic day. 26th of January is one of the three national holidays in India. It reminds me of my school days. My friends and I will be waiting for the flag to be hoisted so that they distribute sweets and candies. And then the cultural programs and other activities… Wow! those are wonderful memories. Okay, coming back to the present…today I have baked an Indian flag themed eggless chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. This is simple and moist and a perfect eggless cake. I hope you all try this recipe at home and enjoy. Here yo go… Preparation time: 80 minutes  No. of servings: 12 Ingredients: All purpose flour – 1 and 1/2 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1/2 cup Sugar – 1 and...

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Cake Pops

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

We wish all our readers a Happy and Wonderful New Year 2012…May this year bring you joy and prosperity…  Cake pops are the cutest and delicious baked food I have eaten. Today I have made a white cake batter and baked it into cake pops and then I dipped them in white and milk chocolate and decorated using simple techniques. This recipe is about making cake pops using the Cake Pop Maker that I bought recently during the Thanksgiving. It’s a Bella Cake Pop Maker for $8.99 after a $10 rebate from Macy’s and I would say it was a great buy. Like everyone, I was not sure how the cake pops are going to turn up but after seeing the results, I was amazed. The pops were moist and soft and it was very easy and quick to...

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Christmas Fruit Cake

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes, Slides | 2 comments

Fruit Cake and Christmas cake are synonymous to a lot of people celebrating Christmas. I like fruit cake for its rich texture, ingredients and the flavorful taste. Another reason to make Fruit Cake at this time of the year is it is easier to get candied/glazed fruits now than at other times of the year. This cake can last you for a while if you kept the surface moist and prevent it from going dry. Most fruitcake recipes call for the addition of a small amount of alcohol but you can make your own non-alcoholic version as well. Preparatin Time : 30 minutes Baking time : 2 hours 30 minutes No of servings : 10-15 Ingredients: Unsalted Butter : 1 cup Light Brown Sugar : 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar : 1/2 cup Eggs : 3 (large) Brandy : 2...

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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 – 1 cup (2 sticks) Sugar – 1 cup One large egg Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Lemon extract- few drops All purpose flour – 3 cups (375 gram) Salt – 1/2 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. 🙂 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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Banana Nut Muffins

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes | Comments Off on Banana Nut Muffins

I tried muffins for the first time and they came out so perfect. All my friends loved it. I adapted this recipe from food network and made some modifications. More christmas cookies, breads and cakes are coming in Spicy Tasty. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 16 Ingredients: All purpose flour – 2 cups Baking soda – 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt – 1/4 tsp Bananas – 4 Brown sugar – 1 cup Unsalted butter(melted and cooled) – 3/4 cup Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Pure vanilla extract – 1tsp Walnuts – 1/2 cup (chopped and roasted) Method of Preparation: Mash 2 bananas with fork and keep it aside. Roast the walnuts in oven for 8 minutes and keep it aside. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and keep it aside. Beat the remaining bananas...

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