Lets go vegetarian today!

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Need a break from chicken? Try baking these Mini Quiche instead … the choice of filling is entirely yours but I wanted to keep it simple so I stuck to the cheese & onion flavour. This actually does not take long to bake at all … I prepared the dough a day in advance so all I really had to do today was roll it out, blind bake (takes approximately 10 minutes), add the filling, and bake again (another 10 – 15 minutes)! It really is as simple as that .. This recipe makes approximately 20! Ready to try it out?

Mini Quiche

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 2 cups
Butter (cut in small cubes): 4 tbsp (heaped)
Egg yolk: 1
Cold water: 2 tbsp (or as required)

Ingredients for the filling:
Eggs: 2
Milk: 1/2 cup
Grated Cheese: to taste
Spring Onions (chopped): to taste
Salt: 1/2 tsp (or to taste)
Black Pepper: 1/2 tsp (or to taste)

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And the silent treatment ends …. :D

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Hey! Long time?! … Sorry for the silent treatment but as it’s Ramadan in Dubai (spiritual month), thus a slight change in the baking routine … However, here’s something new I tried today …. Chicken Profiteroles! It took less time to bake these than it did to type the whole thing out .. have tried to make the recipe sound as simple as possible … hope it’ll make it to your dining tables soon!

Chicken Profiteroles

Ingredients for the choux pastry:
Flour: 1/2 cup
Unsalted butter: 55grams
Water: 1/2 cup
Eggs: 2
Milk: to glaze

Ingredients for the chicken filling:
Chicken breast: 1 (shredded)
Chilli garlic sauce: 1 tbsp
Mayonnaise: 2 tbsp
Mustard paste: 1 tbsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp (or to taste)
Black pepper: 1/2 tsp (or to taste)
Chopped spring onion

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Dip or Dunk ….

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Be warned, today’s recipe may bring a wave of nostalgia your way too …. Cake Rusk! I have fond childhood memories of visiting my Granny during summer vacations, and she always bought these delicious cake rusks for tea. I still remember how my sisters and I used to sneak out of our rooms while everyone would be taking an afternoon nap just to get our hands on it before anyone else did …. haha, oh the silly games! :) Anyways, i’m sure most of you have enjoyed these rusks at some stage of your childhood too, so today I thought why not attempt to bake them …. Ok, i’ll be the first to admit I had absolutely no idea Cake Rusk was actually a sponge cake that was baked twice to get the crispiness … did you?! But what a great idea though … if you’re feeling lazy then just have it as a sponge cake, and if not, then bake again and have it as a cake rusk! It’s a win-win situation … LOL! The recipe is pretty accurate so do try it out ….

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Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Caster Sugar: 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Unsalted Butter (at room temperature): 100 grams
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Eggs: 3

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Happy Birthday to who?

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Strawberries dipped in melted chocolate smell so good!! Just finished baking this Strawberry Chocolate Cake for a friends birthday tomorrow! Am so tempted to cut a slice right now … *sigh* …

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Recipe for the chocolate cake is as follows:

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 and 1/3 cups
Caster Sugar: 2 cups
Cocoa Powder: 3/4 cups
Baking Powder: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Bicarbonate Soda: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Vanilla Essence: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Eggs: 2 (large)
Water: 1 cup
Milk: 1 cup
Oil: 1/3 cup

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Introducing “The Food Basket” for the Londoners

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I’ve got great news for the Londoners ….. remember our baking star Hawa? Well she just started her business by the name of “The Food Basket” in London selling mouth-watering delicacies! If the menu sounds appealing to you then pick up the phone and order some tasty treats by Hawa today! :) 

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Mmmmm .. is someone baking bread?

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I got the inspiration for todays recipe as I was crossing Pappa Roti Cafe .. trust me it takes a lot not to drop all your shopping bags (I was obviously at a mall!) and be drawn inside the cafe thanks to the wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread … I almost gave in until I realised I had a blog to run so should probably be baking something myself :) … so today I have for you Honey Bread Rolls! The surprise ingredient in todays recipe is yogurt … Yogurt actually helps a great deal in making sure the rolls stay soft and moist on the inside yet maintain a soft crust … I had plain yogurt at home, so that’s what I used, but if you have Greek-style Yogurt easily available then that would be a better choice … This roll will be perfect for sandwiches or even on it’s own as it has a mild sweet flavour … so hope you will be trying out this recipe as nothing beats the aroma of home-baked bread! :)

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Serving: 12

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 4 cups
Instant Yeast: 1 tbsp
Yogurt: 1 cup
Salt: 1 tsp
Honey: 3 tbsp
Oil: 1 tbsp
Water (warm): 1 cup

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Time to beat the Monday Blues!

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I was just flicking through the Ready Steady Bake section of The Bakealogue yesterday and couldn’t believe there was not a single recipe of brownies in there! Am I complaining about my own blog? LOL … well it is shocking considering how much I love them … anyways so today seemed like the perfect opportunity to not just bake them but also demonstrate the Brownie baking tray that caused a storm in the world of baking last year as it really was that amazing! First things first, the brownies I baked are Fudge Nut Brownies … if you’re not a fan of walnuts then you can leave that out entirely but I love the combination as it does help to balance out the sweet flavour. Now coming back to the baking tray, the only thing I’ve always hated about baking brownies is cutting them in equal pieces as it can really effect the overall presentation of the dish. But thanks to this tray, it also comes with a slicer so all you really have to do is pour the batter and insert the slicer before the brownies go into the oven, and that’s it … they come out baked in equal sizes, saving one from the headache later. It also has a wire rack to cool the brownies on before you attempt to remove the slicer. So if you do bake a lot of brownies, then I would seriously suggest you head out to the nearest baking store and purchase one. Oh, and it also has a recipe book in there with different brownie recipes. I’ve obviously just remembered this, otherwise would have baked a recipe out of that … oh well, it is only Monday, so I can be excused for the confusion! :D …. 

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Recipe for Fudge Nut Brownies:

Makes 24 brownies

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 and 1/3 cup
Caster Sugar: 1 and 1/2 cup
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Cocoa Powder: 3/4 cups
Walnuts (chopped): 1/2 cup
Eggs (at room temperature): 4
Vegetable Oil: 2/3 cup
Vanilla Essence: 2 tsp

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