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Honeycomb Buns

honey comb buns

Exams are at the doorstep and now it is tedious not only for my kids but also for me to keep them energized  for their studies. One good way of making my lil ones get to study is making them wonder treats that they love and enjoy. Who does not love warm, soft yummy buns fresh out of the oven??? The honeycomb buns have been long in my to do list and finally made time to lay my hands on it.

buns

Honeycomb buns or commonly called as Khaliat Nahal, ( which means Bee Hive ) is one among the yummiest, softest and sweetest buns of the Arabic.The bun resembles a honeycomb structure and would have a honey glaze to top it. Though they are mostly known for the sweet versions, savory versions could also be made, or infact, any filling that your creativity could take you….;)

These beauties are quiet easy to make and I promise you, the best that you could bake for your family. Warm and moist and perfect for winter mornings or afternoon tea….mmmmm…cant express the yumminess in words !!!!

honeycomb buns

The moment I put these beauties in the oven, my son has been wandering round and round and waiting and peeping through the oven glass to see them rise and puff….and once it was done, he was like ” Mom pls give me one, NOW !!!”  I had to calm him till my shoot was over and then, it all vanished in a jiffy, with my daughter too being in it. Had to fight with them to get a bite and keep a few aside for my poor hubby….lol….:)

Recipe adapted from here

Servings – 12 buns

Ingredients

For the Dough

2 1/2 cups All purpose flour ( or half and half of All purpose and wheat flour)

40 gm butter, melted

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup lukewarm water

3 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp yeast

2 tbsp milk for brushing the dough

For the Filling

As per your choice, I used 1 tbsp cream cheese for each bun.

Glaze/ Sugar Syrup

1/4 cup Sugar

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp lime juice

Method

.  Grease either a 9″ cake tin or 8″ cake tin well with oil and keep aside.

. Melt the butter and make sure this is a bit cool while adding to the dough.

. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the dough and knead well to make it into an elastic dough. ( Add flour if required to make the dough to a non sticky, but elastic enough to work consistency )

. Roll the dough into  a large bowl and place in a well oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for about 1 hour.

. After an hour, knead gently and then divide the dough into two.

. Roll them length wise and then cut them to about 1″ size pieces.

. Flatten them and place the filling as per your choice, pinch at the top and roll to a smooth ball.

. Place the filled balls in the greased pan in concentric circles. ( mine was small and hence was easy…lol..)

. Cover with kitchen towel and let it rest for another 20-30 minutes.

. Brush with milk and then bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 25-30 mins.

. Make the glaze in the meantime as the glaze has to cool thoroughly. .

. To make the glaze, bring sugar and water to a boil and let it simmer for a minutes. take of flame and then add the honey and lime juice and leave it to cool.

. Once the buns are done, pour the cool glaze over the hot buns and let them rest for a  few minutes.

. Serve it hot along with hot milk or tea and enjoy your breakfast or tea with your family !!!!

Notes :

.This is the sweet version, however, i used very less amount of sugar both for the buns and the glaze, you can add sugar as per your choice.

. While opting for the savory fillings, make sure you sprinkle white sesame seeds before baking the buns.

 

 

 

Oat, Banana, Nutella Muffins

 

Muffins

The month of exams are here and every home is heated up , back here in India…..Loads to study and some do their work, while others need to be pushed. No matter what, food is always an important one and during exams a “Very important” one. 

nutella muffins

As mentioned several times before, my kids are very picky eaters and I need to make sure that they take in good food at the right time. Since they leave early morning, grabbing a healthy bite is a must and I try making something that they would like and is easy for them to have.  Kids and baked goodies always go hand in hand and hence what better way to get the right ingredients for a healthy start each day !!!

Oats banana muffins

Last day had some ripe bananas with me and I was wondering as to what I should be making out of them. That is when this came in my mind.  A wonderful blend of healthy items that just makes it fuller and yummy for the while family on busy mornings.  A grab on one or two and a glass of milk or tea is just the perfect way to begin the day healthy and yummy and trust me, it does not make you hungry any time soon …. So go ahead and give a try.

Servings – 20 nos

Ingredients

2 Cups All purpose flour

1/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar

1 Cup Oats ( I used the Instant oats)

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 tsp Baking powder

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup milk

2 ripe bananas mashed

Nutella for swirling ( optional)

Method

. Pre- heat the oven to 180 degress C and grease muffin trays

. Combine the flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt and keep aside.

. In a bowl, beat the egg. Then add in the milk, oil, vanilla essence, and mashed banana and stir well till combined.

. Mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine.

.  Scoop the batter to muffin tray.

. Add about 1/2 tsp or less Nutella on top and swirl.

. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or till done.

Tips – Can be stored in air tight containers and keeps well for 2-3 days.

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Loaf

Strawberry cream cheese loaf

Valentine`s Day is almost here and what better way to treat your loved ones !!!Moist soft, gooey and yummy loaves that you could lay your hands on, these beauties are. With strawberries being in season, just could not resist myself from making this treat for my family.

loaf slices

Strawberries are just wonderful beauties and irresistible, that my daughter, the moment she lays her eyes on them, just keeps munching till the whole batch is done !!! This time I had to hide some , so that I could make the loaf. 

Strawberries

I never had the faintest idea that this would just be the “melt-in-your mouth” kind of loaf, but trust me, you cannot stop with one piece !!! Totally irresistible it is…. :) Less effort and great treat to enjoy for any occasion or just to treat yourself….

Strawberry cream cheese loafs

Servings – 1 medium size loaf

Ingredients

4 oz cream cheese

2 cups All purpose flour

1/2 cup butter

1 cup Sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cups strawberries ( fresh or frozen) chopped

Method

. Pre-heat the oven at 180C. Grease a loaf tine and keep aside.

. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, sift and keep aside.

.  Cream the butter, sugar and cream cheese till light and fluffy.

. Add the eggs one at a time and beat till combined.

. Add in the vanilla extract and mix.

.To this add in the dry ingredients and mix till combined.

.  Pour in the buttermilk and stir, till just combined. Do not over mix the batter.

. Fold in the chopped strawberries carefully.

.  Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for about 50-60 minutes or till done.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry

 

Chicken Curry

After a gap, I happened to get some time for my blog, and this time I bring in a wonderful curry that is so aromatic and which tickles your taste-buds to the next level !!!

Well the name may sound uncommon, as this is not an Indian dish, but definitely has the combinations of all the Indian flavors blend together in a different style.  This curry is named as ‘Cape Malay’ for the reason being a good number of Malaysians residing in a town named Western Cape in South Africa and they originated this recipe !! No matter where the recipe originates as long as we enjoy making and relishing it…:)

spices

Every now and then I make my versions of chicken curry and this time I wanted to have something different. Something spicy, tangy and something that would make me feel different. In search for different cuisines, I happened ti stumble upon this recipe, I immediately got hooked to it. Checked my pantry and I had all the required ingredients with me…so went ahead..

chicken and rice

The aroma of this curry is just beyond words and once this was plated, my kids were like” Mom, when are we going to have lunch ???? ”  They just could not wait till it was being served to them. This curry goes best with a bowl of hot jasmine rice. A perfect combination !!!!

Recipe adapted from here with minor alterations.

Servings – 3-4 persons

Ingredients

1 kg Chicken with bones

2 medium Onion finely chopped

2 tsp Ginger, finely chopped

1 can Tomato puree or crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp Coriander powder

1 tbsp Paprika powder ( or the Kashmiri Chilly powder will do )

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 1/2 tsp black pepper powder

1 tbsp Garam Masala

2 tsp garlic finely chopped

1 tbsp Lemon juice

2 tsp brown sugar

2 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

The Spice Mix

2 tsp  fennel seeds

1 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

5-6 cardamom pods

1 stick cinnamon

3-4 dry red chilles

Method

. Clean the chicken and keep it aside.

. Using a motor and pistil  or a grinder, grind all the spice mix coarsely and keep aside.

. In a heavy bottom pan, heat some oil and saute the onions and ginger till soft.

. To this, add in the coriander powder, turmeric powder,pepper powder, and the spice mix and mix well.

. Once the powders are toasted, add in the tomato puree and bring it boil.

. Then add the chicken and mix well till all the pieces are coated well. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 15-20 mins.

.  After 20 mins, add in chopped garlic, brown sugar and lemon juice and mix well. Add salt at this stage and mix well.

. Cover and let it cook for another 15 minutes or till the meat is tender.

.  Check for seasoning and turn of flame.

.Garnish with finely chopped coriander or parsley leaves and serve along with hot rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sausage and Pepper Bow Pasta

 

Sausage and peppers bow pasta

Firstly, let me wish all my wonderful readers a very Happy New Year….. Let us all be blessed with a great year ahead.  This is the first post of the year and I did not want anything too complicated to be in here. Let us start with something simple, quick and easy to make.

Pasta Ingredients

Though I have been busy with my cake orders lately, I do miss not writing in down over here. Sometimes, I may somehow find time to come up with something, but then I am not satisfied with my clicks…;( so I would have to skip it. Anyhow, this was one of my quick and easy breakfasts these days, and I did not want to miss in sharing this lovely and easy recipe.

When you are in hurry or have not made any plans for your breakfast or dinner, then this is the perfect pick , as it is very easy and very quick. My kids just loved it and my son complained that he did not have enough for his lunch as his friends all took it away from him and told me…” Mom, pls when you make such things, don`t pack for school, give it to me when I am alone, so I can have it in whole !!! “….lol…Kids right, they love these kind of stuffs…:)

bow pasta

Servings – 3-4

Ingredients

2-3 cups Bow Pasta

1 cup finely diced Red Bell pepper

1 cup finely diced Orange Bell Pepper

1 Cup finally diced Yellow Bell pepper

2 green chilies, finely chopped

1/2 cup finely diced Carrots

2 Cups sausages, cut into rounds 

1 Cup fresh cream

2-3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan Cheese

2 tsp pepper powder

2-3 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt as per required.

Coriander and mint leaves for Garnish

Method

. Fry the sausages and keep it aside.

. In the meantime, cook the bow pasta as per pack instructions or you could just add them to 1l  boiling water with salt and cook pasta till soft.

. Drain the pasta and rinse under tap water immediately.

. In a hot pan, add some olive oil and heat. To this ad the carrots and saute till tender.

. Then add in the diced peppers and saute till tender.

. Once the peppers are tender, add in the pasta, fried sausages, pepper powder, fresh cream and mix well. Add in salt as per required at this stage.

. When well mixed, turn of the flame and serve hot with some grated Parmesan cheese on top and garnish with finely chopped coriander and mint leaves

. A warm bowl of this treat is just perfect for the cold mornings or late evenings….:)