Sunday, November 27, 2011

Eggless Chocolate Oreo Cake with Fluffy frosting

After 3 years of blogging I just crossed my 200th post and to thank everyone for the support and encouragement.
Who can say no to an Oreo Cookie?  I loved the Oreos in the chocolate cake bake because they would go wonderfully well with fresh cream cakes! The cake is very easy to make and looks gorgeous!So I wanted to incorporate Oreos in the cake.SoI just make Oreo-filled chocolate cake, layer it with fresh whipped cream, dust it with crumbled Oreo. , It was all Yum. Moist, decadent, so delicious, but all of it at once was…well…completely and totally overwhelming.

All-Purpose flour-125 gms
Condensed milk-½ can (200 grams)

Cocoa-1 tbsp
Chocolate powder-1 tbsp
Baking powder-1 tsp
Baking soda –1/2 tsp
Butter melted-1/2 cup (60gms)
Vanilla essence-1/2 tsp
Milk-100 ml
Oreo biscuit Pkt -2
Ingredients for filling and frosting the cake
2 cups fresh cream whipped until it triples in volume and is stiff
10 to 15 Oreo cookies crushed
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Ingredients for sugar syrup
Water-1 cup
Strong coffee-1 tbsp
Sugar-3to 4 tsp

1. Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cocoa all together 2 to 3 times.Keep aside
2. Pour condensed milk in a bowl. Add the butter, and beat well till smooth. Add the flour spoon by spoon, mixing into the condensed milk mixture.
3. In between, add milk as required if the butter begins to get too stiff. Stir the mixture in one direction only all the while. This will incorporate more air and make the cake lighter.
4. Once all the flour is used up, beat the batter as above till light (5-7 minutes) mix gently till smooth.
5. Pour into a greased cake tin. Do not smooth with a spoon etc. If the consistency is right this will not be needed.
6. Pre-heat over to 180o c. Place tin inside. Bake at 15-2o minutes or till done.
7. Poke with a skewer and check. Cool a little. Invert on wire rack. Cool completely before doing icing
Procedure:- Boil the water and add sugar and coffee. Cool this mixture completely .
Assembling the Cake:-
Once the cake is cooled completely, slice the cake into layers. Beat whipping cream on medium speed for about five minutes, until soft peaks form and add sugar. 
1. Place the top most layer on the cake board and drizzle the sugar syrup using a spoon. 
2.Make sure to drizzle is across evenly on the cake especially along the edges which tends to get a little hard. 
3. Now add a generous dollop of fresh cream and spread it evenly using a spatula. 
4..Now sprinkle about 1/4th of the crushed oreo cookies and chocolate chips. 
5. Carefully place the second layer of the cake on top of the first and repeat the above steps of drizzling sugar syrup and fresh cream.
 6. Place the last layer on top and again drizzle the remaining of the sugar syrup.
 7.Now cover the sides of the cake and top with the remaining fresh cream, if the sides of the cake are not turning out evenly don't worry they will be coated with generous amount of crushed oreo's .
8.Top the cake with Whipped Cream and the whole Oreo cookies. Refrigerate for 1 hour to firm up then remove and allow coming to room temperature before serving.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Stuffed Chilli/ Stuffed Mirchi Wada

Stuffed Chilli
I bought the biggest and the hottest jalapenos/Chillies available in the local market.I tried to make stuffed chilli for the evening snack. A popular dish in India, freshly made, by street hawkers. They are called Mirchi Bada. Everyone thought that these would be spicy, But they are not at all spicy and even a small kid can eat them . It is the best snack for teatime or Here you can make this fine-tasting accompaniment to a main meal - or indeed can be eaten alone as a sort of snack.It is favorite of many people In Mumbai This is mine and my husband's all-time favorite snack. Everyone in our family just loves it.

Green Chillies/JalapeƱos-4 large
Potatoes, boiled -4
Tomato-finely chopped-1
Onions, finely chopped-2 
Red Chilli powder-1 tsp

Coriander Powder-1 tsp
Chaat Masala Powder-1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder  - 1tsp
Baking Powder- 1/4 tsp
Gram Flour- 1 cup

Slit green chillies and remove the seeds. Blanch in hot water
Making stuffing:
 1. Peel and grate boiled potatoes and add onions, red chili powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala, coriander powder and salt. Mash and mix well.
2. Divide in portions same as number of chillies.
3.  Stuff each chillie with this mix and keep aside .

Making batter:
1. Mix all ingredients in gram flour and beat vigorously until soft. 
2. It is better to add a little water at a time, whilebeating it. 
1.  Heat oil. It has reached correct temperature when a drop of batter dropped in it sizzles and floats to the surface quickly.
2.Dip each chilli in batter and coat it well. 
3.Drop gently in the oil and fry in batches until  until crisp and golden brown
4.Serve hot with Green Coriander Chutney or Tangy Tomato ketchup.