06 December 2019

Pinwheel cookies recipe

PINWHEEL-COOKIES

This is going to sound crazy, but... from the moment I first set eyes on you I haven't been able to stop thinking about you.”  


Leigh Fallon, Carrier of the Mark

This is what happened when I first saw these fun-filled, lovely pinwheel cookies in a magazine - LOVE at first sight !! This is one of those cookies I just wanted to simply make,bake and keep on starring at than eating them .This cookie is so me - there is childishness ,full of twists and turns,multi-colored like me,shapeless or should I say uniquely shaped .(Well,give me a break,right !)..

cookie-recipe


It's been years,this cookie recipe in a magazine was sitting somewhere in my kitchen cabinet ,all withered and reminding every now and then to pay attention to them and bring them to life/bake them. Finally,I got a chance to do so .It was as fun to make them as they look.I think I enjoyed making them the most,felt like a kid playing with dough ...and it took me a while /days to really eat them...all I wanted was to admire them simply,silently....BUT the sweet tooth in me screwed it all ,and then it was non-stop..munch munch..munchhhhh ....there I go...

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It's very easy to make these cookies.I have made a lots of cookies earlier but this one is the only one that called for cream cheese ,that intrigued my curiosity like how its gonna taste ...Taste wise I didn't like that much actually,I love my own versions of cookies which are quite simple to make and bake .Still I am a cookie lover monster..so bring it on ...

I did tweak this pinwheel cookie recipe a bit to suite my taste .So,this is how I make pinwheel cookie ... 

So,what is Pinwheel ?
A pinwheel is a stick with twisted paper or plastic pieces attached to it that keeps on turning as they catch the wind.

Pinwheel cookies

(Inspired by the recipe in "Diabetic cooking")

Ingredients:

Butter,unsalted,softened - 1/2 cup
Cream cheese,softened - 8 oz
All purpose flour,sieved - 3 cups
Salt - 1/2 Tsp
Sugar,powdered - 1 cup
Vanilla essence (my addition,optional) - 1 Tsp
M&Ms candies/Any jam

Method: How to prepare pinwheel cookies at home ..
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Beat butter,sugar and cream cheese in a large bowl with electric mixer/hand mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well-combined.
  3. Add in the vanilla essence.
  4. Add in the all purpose flour and salt little by little,beating until well-combined.
  5. The cookie dough is ready.
  6. Divide dough in half ;shape each half into rectangle.
  7. Wrap dough in plastic wrap ;refrigerate at least 30 minutes .
  8. After 30 minutes ,take the dough out and roll out 1 dough piece into 15-inch square.
  9. Trim and and cut it into 3 inch squares.
  10. Slice squares from each corner.
  11. Fold half of each corner towards center.
  12. Place all cookies on cookie sheet/pizza pan/cookie pan. 
  13. Bake them for 20-30 minutes.Remove from oven;place the m & m candies/jam onto each cookie center.
  14. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Put off the oven.Remove carefully the cookie pan .
  16. Let them cool off completely.
  17. Dust with powdered sugar,if desired.
  18. Pinwheel cookies are ready .Then munch on...
It is little tricky to shape those cookies but it is easy to figure out  and then it is fun.Aren't they adorable ?

Bake with kids,I bet it will be fun .




25 November 2019

Pumpkin Muffins |Homemade muffin recipe


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Muffins are like my twin edible sister - short,sweet,flavored and outta-shape !๐Ÿ˜Ž Even our name starts with the same letter "M"/Yummmmm like made for each other .And I love my edible sister so much that I can't resist eating her .Irresistible she is !

(Muffin is a small baked cake which is usually heavier than cake or cupcakes )

This time I made Pumpkin muffins topped with broken walnuts ,soft ,spongy and tasty.Well, made these muffins for two reasons -

One,to feed my little girl "pumpkin hidden inside this cute looking muffin"๐Ÿ˜Ž. She didn't eat well though .Muffin is not her favorite yet ...๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

muffin-recipe


Second,to cheer myself up.It is this month (from Oct) that we usually go to India ,since my girl's birth ,to escape winter .I think it is becoming really hard for me to stay here for more than a year.I miss India and my folks badly .Moreover,my girl also loves being in India,she is happiest there with her grand-parents ,cousins etc ,which is how I want it to be.It is however difficult to travel with this naughty little lady by myself . I fear she may kick the pilot out of the plane ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’ฅ

So,not going to India really messes up my head and the fall season which is winter for me also messes my mood .I feel like a polar bear ,hibernating inside my house mostly or with a fur (coat) when I've to go outside .So,I am kinda brainwashing my hubby that (it's been yearssss here )we should go back to India FOREVER.

homemade-muffin-recipe


But he loves being here because of his job mainly ,so not budging yet .Even a few handful friends I've here think that I am silly and weird to think like that ..everyone wants to come here and settle down and You ? One of the reason why I've a very few friends here -I sound quite outdated to them like anpadd-gawaar at another level ๐Ÿ˜

Reminds me of Keanu Reeves Quote, "I always felt like I'm not from this generation, I just live in it. Because the way my mindset differs from the majority, you'd think I come from a different dimension. That's why I keep things to myself because a lot of people won't understand me." HIGH 10 !

I don't believe in dating or falling in love trap ,but after reading all his quotes ,I wish he was my best friend ,a kind of special love - lust ...๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™Œ ..meaningful relationships regardless matters...


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To my country ,



Main vapas aaongiI'll come back
Phir apne gaaon meinOnce again to my village
Us hi chhaon meinUnder the same shade
Ke maa ke aanchal seTo my mother's veil
Gaaon ke peepal seTo the peepal tree of the village

~ Sandesey aate hain ft...(Bollywood movie - Border)๐Ÿ˜ข

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Anyways,I got this cutiful mini pumpkin  and I am trying different recipes with it.So,far this pumpkin muffin is the best one yet .Usually,my hubby is not that into sweets ,but this muffin he loved it as well.It got finished really fast ๐Ÿ˜’

So,let me show you how I made these moist,soft pumpkin muffin :

Pumpkin Muffin

Ingredients

All Purpose Flour -1 cup
Baking powder (double acting I used ) - 1 Tsp
Cinnamon - 1 Tsp
Nutmeg - 1 Tsp

Butter,melted - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Vanilla - 1 Tsp
Eggs(Room temperature) - 4 Nos.
Pumpkin,grated - 1 cup
Walnut,broken - 1 cup
cocoa powder - 1 Tsp (optional)
Oil - 2 Tsp (optional)

Muffin pan and cupcake liners ..

Method : to prepare pumpkin muffins :
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degree C .
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients like all purpose flour,baking powder,cinnamon and nutmeg well and keep them aside.
  3. Beat sugar and butter with a beater/cake mixer until they are well combined .
  4. Add vanilla,eggs and beat until well combined.
  5. Add everything mentioned above in No.2,little by little ,grated pumpkin and mix well with the beater until well-combined.
  6. Mix the cocoa powder and oil well into the batter above.
  7. Mix in the broken walnuts.
  8. Place the liners into the muffin pan .
  9. Pour the batter into the muffin pan.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes approx.
  11. Insert a knife or toothpick ,when it comes out clear.The muffins are ready !
  12. Put off the oven.Remove the muffin pan outside carefully.
  13. Allow it to cool off and then then thennnn ENJOYYYY...
Watch this muffin making video to learn how to make pumpkin recipe :


 Usually everyone would put fresh pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin puree for this pumpkin muffin which I hate (canned one) as it is not at all healthy ..however,I've used fresh grated pumpkins and I could hardly taste anything raw but it does say ,"I,pumpkin,I am there!" ...to slay baby....EAT ME ...and say yummmm ...

These pumpkin muffins are so tasty and filling for a perfect breakfast .Well,I can eat them anytime ...(non-stop ...oh my !No wonder why I sometimes look like a pumpkin or muffin ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ฑ  )


 

     

01 November 2019

Chocolate Badam Barfi recipe|Double layered choco Almond fudge for Diwali

 chocolate-almond-barfi


I've an ae-dil-hai-mushkil relationship with sweets especially Indian sweets especially especiallllly North Indian sweeets .๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ I am sooo glad we Indians have festivals from (almost) month to month and every celebration calls for something sweet to create sweet memories .๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜œ

When I was little ,being in North India,surrounded by great neighbors ,at every festival ,everyone of us would share the sweets and snacks prepared for the occasion at home with each other.How I loved my neighbors more on those days ! ๐Ÿ˜ I probably looked like a puppy starring at the food with a wagging tail ๐Ÿ˜‹ ( in my case a wagging tongue ).

It was during Diwali I used to get a bunch of varieties of sweets from all my near and dear ones .How I looked forward to it ! And most importantly,I am so grateful to my parents for raising me and bhaiya in North India where Diwali is celebrated the best than the rest .

I've so many fond memories to cherish forever. Our small city we spent our childhood in, our little  (company) quarters we lived in ,surrounded with neighbors from different states of India ,I had the best childhood ever .It was less but it was best !


easy-barfi-recipe


The way my father would decorate our house with crepe papers on wall outside as if it was a birthday celebration ๐Ÿ˜… ,every year ,he would religiously paint by himself the wicker furniture of the living room in green and yellow only ๐Ÿ˜„ and with a final touch of a hanging red colored see through star ..Oh myyy๐Ÿ˜‚ ...Mere papa mahaan ๐Ÿ™‡( I am LOLing but these memories are what makes me nostalgic every year ).

Amma/Mother used to make all kinds of sweets especially Gulab jamun which would disappear in no second and everyone knew who is the paavam culprit - me me MEE (whaat..YOU  guessed it ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰)...No wonder why I looked like a gulab Jamun ๐Ÿ˜...I am again getting there ๐Ÿ˜ข.

Bhaiya/Big bro would be busy with all kinds of crackers especially to terrify the hell out of me ..ye bhai log bole toh..akka ek no. ke don hotey hai๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ˆ 

Almond-barfi-recipe

I would be very happy that I get my sweets,good foods,good movie in TV ,lighting diyas ,sparklers and trying my bit to scare my bro with small crackers to no avail and most importantly NO STUDIES ! eeehaaa..apna toh boley toh fultu aish tha bhai behen log

Fast(no low)-forward today,being far away from my motherland ,India,I miss her the most on festivals..dil hoom hoom karein,ghabrayein....This Diwali was the worst as something weird crazy feelings messed up my mind and heart..silly me ๐Ÿ˜  ..I just wanted to go to India so badly ..Good thing,to snap out of this ,I am gym-ming it out,the only way to declutter my stupiiiid mind.

However,I forced myself to celebrate in a little way especially for my daughter but even she didn't enjoy the festival as all the cracker sounds scared the hell outta her .

Almond-chocolate-burfi-recipe

This Diwali I didn't cook anything grand .Cooking wise it sucked big time .Pheww..However, the highlight of the festival was my choco-badam burfi/double layered chocolate Almonds fudge .This Almond burfi is very easy ,quick,little healthy and quite tasty to make .Well,they got finished before Diwali though๐Ÿ˜.

Nowadays,I eat sweets,snacks for breakfast as it gives me ample energy to keep up with my little Kardashian oops my little lady with nau nakhras ๐Ÿ˜€..No offense to Kardashians though,ppl may call'em drama queens etc but I like the fact that they are them without any pretense and they have a "I don't give a darn attitude to haters" ...kuch toh log kahengey logon ka kaam hai kehna,chhoro bekaar ki inn baaton ko kahi beet na jaayein rainaaa...and it inspires me ...that's what helps me to go on ...

Anyways,today's recipe is Choco-Badam-Barfi .Let me show you how I make this Almond barfi at home .

Chocolate Badam Burfi|Chocolate Almond Fudge  

Ingredients

Almonds,peeled - 1 cup 
Milk - 3/4-1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 Tsp
Ghee/Clarified Butter - 1 Tbsp
Cocoa powder (as per chocolate powder taste desired) - 1-5 Tsp 
Edible silver leaf - 6 Nos.

Method to prepare Almond burfi :
  1. Soak the almonds in lukewarm water until the skin comes off .
  2. Peel all the skin off the Almonds.
  3. Grind the almonds in intervals until it is little smooth yet coarse in texture .
  4. Pour ghee on a pan ,heat and add in the ground almond paste .
  5. Saute the almond paste until they accumulate to the center of the pan as a big mass.
  6. Divide it into two parts.
  7. Put one part onto a butter/wax paper .
  8. Add the cocoa powder to the second part of the almond paste and mix well until it turns brown in color.
  9. Flatten and shape the plain almond paste on the butter paper .
  10. Flatten,knead and shape the cocoa almond paste and put it on the top of the plain shaped almond barfi.Press it to seal them together.
  11. Decorate with edible silver leaf .
  12. Refrigerate to set.
  13. Remove and cut into barfi shapes .
  14. That's it my choco-badam barfi is ready !

Watch this quick burfi video demonstration to understand better :



Also,my website crossed 1 Million views lol..I've no idea how?..Angels at work I believe ! It is good to see that but equally I am very nervous and tad embarrassed about my sloppy writing style .

Sometimes I just wanna hide all my writings\posts just to myself ,the other days I feel like ,this is me,this is my style of writing and it is ok and let everyone read...whatevaa ...same thing in Youtube ,I want to be seen yet I want to hide ...God was really in a messed up mood when he created me ....but still I love the imperfect crazy coy me ๐Ÿ˜˜...Thx to all those who dare and care to read my blah blah blog ..I lub You ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™

And I would like to conclude my thank you lecture with a small dedication to the "Actual topic"๐Ÿ˜Ž -

To my dearest sweets,

เค•िเคคเคจे เคญी เคคू เค•เคฐ เคฒे เคธिเคคเคฎ
เคนँเคธ-เคนँเคธ เค•े เคธเคนेंเค—े เคนเคฎ
เคฏे เคช्เคฏाเคฐ เคจा เคนोเค—ा เค•เคฎ
 sweetssss เคคेเคฐी เค•เคธเคฎ  ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ’ž




P.S. What I wanted to post on Diwali ,I am posting on Halloween ...sprinkling little sweetness to this dark festival..What say ?