I have a good news to share. Gayathris Cook Spot completed seven years and is starting its eighth year. Thanks to all my readers and visitors, without you I couldn’t have made it this far. I hope to keep this space active as long as I can and I hope that you will all support me throughout the wonderful journey. What started as a distraction for me during some personal problems, has grown into a vast online cook book with lots of admirers. I am so glad to say that I have built a community of like minded readers through this blog. Before seven no one knew I existed apart from the immediate family but with increasing readers and the amazing feedback I get from them, I really feel proud with what I have done in these seven years.
Posts tagged MILK
This recipe has been in my drafts for nearly 8 months. Last April I missed taking part in the mega BM and this was one of the recipes I prepared even before deciding not to take part. So I had it in the drafts and was waiting for a reason to post. This month’s Bread Bakers theme is international breads and what a perfect theme for this cinnamon rolls! So I decided to post these cute rolls this month. This month’s host Wendy of A Day In The Life On A Farm selected the theme International breads. And I can’t wait to see all the breads the members are going to post this month.
It is September and if you are a regular reader of my blog, you might be familiar with the mega blogging marathon I take part every April and September where a group of bloggers will blog non stop except for Sundays based on a theme. Unfortunately I couldn’t take part in the last Mega BM as I was in a dilemma about how to carry on my blog with my dieting. But this month, it is a theme which is a perfect one for my dieting too and I know so many who are waiting for my dishes this month so that they can make their diet food interesting. The given theme was protein rich dishes. and being on vegetarian paleo diet, protein is the one macro we struggle to fill. It is so tough to get enough protein from available food resources. We mainly depend on milk products such as cheese and paneer for getting our daily protein requirements. But I need to warn you that it is not enough. I have been doing a lot of calculations recently and found out that eating eggs can help in increasing the protein intake. This month is going to be all about paneer and eggs, though I will limit egg recipes just for a week. I have seen so many who get really bored of eating paneer daily. We are asked to eat 200 gm of paneer daily and when you don’t know a dish other than paneer tikka, it is going to be tough in the long run. So to help you, I will give you recipes which involve very less cooking but still makes it interesting to consume paneer daily.
Nowadays I have started making cakes as per my viewer’s/ reader’s wish. And for sometime I have been getting this request for paan cake regularly. I love the sweet paan available in paan shops, but I was a little hesitant on how I could incorporate the flavour into the cake. And I also need to use simple ingredients so that many of my viewers can try this at their home. As a result I made a delicious paan cake for which I also made a video demonstration. Do take a look at the video, like it, share it with your friends and subscribe to my channel to receive updates.
Happy Independence Day To You All
We are celebrating our 71st Independence day tomorrow and for the celebration, I made a tri colour cake along with video. I am sure the whole blogosphere will be filled with tri colour dishes and this is mine as a part of that. I used the three colours of our National Flag to make the sponges and also the icing with the same three colours. In this post I will be discussing about how to incorporate colours into any cake and cream frosting.
Making some soft sandwich buns with wheat flour has been my aim for some time. Sometimes back I made wheat brioche buns and with a little change in the recipe I tried them yesterday. The buns were super soft. I loved the texture of the buns. The important ingredient which helps with the softness and texture is butter. So don’t skimp on it. The dough is rather loose when compared to the usual dough I make. But don’t be tempted to add more flour. Use a dough scraper to help you with the kneading part. And an important point to be noted with any wheat bread recipe is don’t knead the dough for more than 3-4 minutes. Whenever I over knead the dough, it has tears on the top. But 3-4 minutes of kneading time gives the perfect smooth topped bread or roll. I haven’t mentioned the time for first proving because, every place differs. My place is so hot that it takes only 45 minutes for the dough to double, but in cooler places, the time taken will be more. So look for double the volume of dough. And for the second proving, just don’t let be out more than 20 minutes. There will be lots of oven rise. So if you leave it outside for long, combined with the oven rise, your bun’s top will definitely form tears. Keep all these pointers in mind while baking and I am sure you will bake a perfect batch of buns.
New month and new themes in BM. For the first week of BM I have chosen Kid’s lunch box recipes. So what is a cranberry muffin which is usually served for breakfast doing in lunch box series? Let me clear your doubt. When Sruti started her sixth standard, her school timings changed. She is supposed to be there in the bus stop by 7 am. At first she had so much trouble adjusting with the timing. But now she has got used to it. As 7 am is too early for breakfast, I usually send her breakfast in lunch boxes. Yeah, I only send her breakfast. Her school canteen takes care of her lunch. So I decided this recipe would be apt for those who are like me, who send their kid’s breakfast in a lunch box.
When I was looking for some brownie variations, I came across this cocoa brownies at Cafe Delights. Usually we melt butter and chocolate and use in brownies, but this recipe is different. It uses cocoa powder. It also has a little bit of oil in the recipe which gives the fudge texture to the brownies. I converted the recipe to eggless and halved the recipe and baked a small batch. And all the slices were shared with the guys in our office. I didn’t even show it to Sruti.
This month’s Bread Baker’s challenge is special to me. Yeah, I am hosting it this month and while selecting this month’s theme, I didn’t want to go for any recipe based or ingredient based theme. The artist in me selected braids. I am sure everyone loves braided breads. Though it may be challenging, they are so beautiful to look at. Starting with a simple two strand braid, you can do a really complicated twelve strand bread or do a beautiful looking knot just like I have done. I am eagerly waiting for all the beautiful breads the members are going to come up with.
For this week’s BM, I have selected a theme my daughter loves, Brownies. I have already posted some brownie recipes and still I am in search of a good recipe. Today I tried a recipe and I should say they came out super gooey. The taste was so good and my daughter gave me a thumbs up but I am not at all satisfied with the look of the brownies. I actually added more batter to the ramekins and they started oozing out of the rim. So the final result is not such a great beauty, but look at the portion in spoon, it is totally good.