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Jeny

Best Homemade Hummus

 

homemade hummus

Being bought up in the middle east, hummus was one thing that we most commonly had and it was so much loved that every other day or two, we used to have it home. But then,it was mostly bought from the stores or food vendors and making at home was less. Then gradually my mom, started observing on the taste and after several trials and error, she found the recipe to nail it. Since then, we used to have hummus made at home.

Hummus, is basically a dip made from chickpeas and is such an easy and simple dish to make, which is also nutritious. A very common and famous Middle eastern cuisine it has become. Hummus has many added benefits. It could help in weight management, helps in reducing cholesterol, helps to prevent cancer, a great and easy spread for any time of the day and so on….( Source from here).

hummus

Last day I had soaked some chickpeas for making my chickpea curry for breakfast and after I took what was required in the morning, there was this excess cooked chickpeas. I was thinking on what I should be doing with this and then suddenly it struck me, Why not make some hummus? Though I have never made it before, I thought I would give it a try.

Checked with my mom, got the recipe from her and then gave a proceed. Trust me, the most simplest recipe and the best in taste. I have never loved hummus so much and it was really very yummy. My kids just loved it and was in need for their next day sandwiches for school snacks.  Guess, I will be making more hereafter, as I just got addicted to it…lol…:)

Serves – 4

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 1/4 tbsp Lemon juice

3 tbsp tahini paste

a pinch of cumin

1 tsp salt

around 2/3 cups water or the liquid obtained from cooking chickpeas ( this adds more flavor than water)

Olive oil for serving

Seasoning as per your choice.

For Tahini Sauce

2 tbsp white sesame seeds

1 tbsp or more extra virgin olive oil

Method

For Tahini Sauce – Roast the sesame seeds till light brown. Be careful not to burn them. 

. Grind the sesame seeds and olive oil in a blender or food processor to make a thick paste.

Your tahini Sauce is ready.

For the Hummus - 

Put in all the ingredients into a grinder or food processor and make it into a fine paste.

. Add olive oil generously over the top at the time of serving.

. Season with chilly flakes or anything else that you would prefer.

. Enjoy the aroma and flavor of freshly made hummus within no time.

Easy, healthy Mini Pizza

 

mini pizzas

Who does not love pizza ? Always the first pick especially for my son when we plan an eat out. I have been promising him that I would make one for him for some time and now I thought I would finally keep up my word….lol

pizzas

Being abroad when we were kids, these Mini Pizzas were our favorites. For any great achievement we get in school , when my dad asks what we want, without any hesitation it would be these lovely and yummy pizzas that would be our choice.  Later on, my mom started making them at home and it was truly an ecstasy to have them homemade and mom used to make them often for us.

However, I did not use the all purpose flour for mine, instead I opted using wheat flour. This makes it more healthier and fuller.  It was such a joy to see my kids enjoy their mini pizzas and they were so happy to see small ones as it was easy for them too.  

pizza dough

A perfect evening snack for my kids, when they were back home from school…..:)

Mini Pizza

Servings – 12 nos

Ingredients

For the Dough

3 cups Wheat flour

1 egg

1 cup warm milk

1 1/2 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp Sugar

2 tbsp butter 

Salt

Water as per requirement

Toppings

2-3 tbsp Chilly Sauce

3-4 tbsp mozzarella cheese

Any toppings of your choice ( I used finely chopped sausages)

Method

. In a deep bowl, add in all the ingredients for the dough, except water and make it into a dough, adding the required water.

.Knead well for about 5 mins.The dough should be soft and elastic.

. Cover with a wet cloth and leave it a warm place for about 1-2 hours or till it rises.

. Punch and knead the dough again, once the dough has risen.

.  Roll out orange size balls from the dough. 

. Roll them round and place them on a baking tray greased with some butter.

. Brush some melted butter or oil over the ball of dough.

.  Apply about 2 tsp sauce, then some cheese and finally the sausage or your choice of topping.

. Bake for about 15-17 mins or till done.

. Serve hot and enjoy your mini pizzas.

Irish Coffee Muffins

 

Irish Coffee MuffinsLast month has been a pretty busy a month. with a few Cake works for friends and family and the last that came were these muffins. 

Muffins

More than 100 of them went out from my kitchen for a family get-together and it was such a pleasure to receive great feed backs on it. Icing was not recommended and hence kept it off. Even without the icing it tasted really good and all coffee lovers would definitely love these simple, moist muffins.

coffee muffin

Well, though making cakes means sleepless nights, nothing of them actually bothers me, but when you have two busy and naughty kids in the house, who wanders around these boxes of muffins, you really need to be on alert and have to give  a count every now and then !!! That was the toughest task. You never know when one goes missing….lol…..

Very simple, yet very moist and yum muffins that anybody would just love it!..;)

Coffee Muffins

Servings – 15 nos

Ingredients

2 cups All purpose flour

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking powder

100 gms butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee

1/4 cup milk

Method

. Pre-heat the oven at 180 C.

. Whisk the dry ingredients together and keep aside.

. Brew the coffee and keep it aside to cool.

. Beat the butter and sugars till light and fluffy.

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

. Add in the milk to the coffee and mix.

. Mix the dry ingredients along with the coffee, alternating between the two.

. Pour into muffins cups and bake for about 20-22 minutes or till done.

Enjoy with a cup of hot coffee for breakfast or for tea-time snack or anytime of the day.

 

Stuffed Braided Bread

Stuffed braided bread

Lately I have been posting too many of my cake recipes and pictures that I have been giving out to customers, that I was totally unable to make in anything or shoot anything, even if I made,  However, today I decided that it has been a while that I pampered my blog and posts and so would definitely post in something really interesting. 

While thinking on what to do and planning for our dinner, I realized that my pantry is almost empty!!! Thought for a while and then came up with the idea of making a bread with some stuffing. Thought I first thought of making something simple, somehow, the braided bread caught my attention and I decided I would go for it.

Braided Bread

My stuffing is just potatoes, though I would have loved to do with Chicken…( when things are limited, you have no other choice…lol…). The moment I started kneading the dough, my son keeps buzzing in and out offering his help and wondering what I am making.

This is such a simple bread and  throughout the process, my son was my assistant. He just enjoyed sprinkling the sesame seeds and brushing the butter, that once the baked bread was out, he was like…”Wow…we made it Ma and you have become a great baker” I was taken aback by surprise with his statement, though I know I am nowhere near the professionals, for my son,I am and that makes me happy.

This is just perfect for your breakfast or dinner…..

Buns were just my thoughts on utilizing the remaining dough and stuffing….

stuffed bread

Servings – 4 medium sized braided breads + 2 buns

Ingredients

For the dough

4 cups All purpose flour

1 tbsp Sugar

2 tbsp Milk

4 tbsp Oil

1 Egg

1 tbsp Instant Yeast

Warm Water as per requirement

Salt to taste

For the Filling

2 cups boiled and mashed potatoes

2 tbsp Butter

3 cups finely chopped onions

2 tbsp finely chopped chilies

 1 tbsp chicken taste maker

2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp Black pepper powder

1 tsp Garam Masala

2 tbsp All purpose flour

1 cup Milk

Salt to taste

Others

Sesame seeds for topping

Egg Wash

Method

For the dough : – Beat the egg and keep aside. In a bowl, mix in all the ingredients along with the egg and with the addition of warm water as per requirement, make the mix into a dough.

Knead for 5 mins and leave it in a greased bowl in warm place for about 1-2 hours.

For the Filling: – In a hot pan, heat butter and saute the onions and green chilies till soft and tender

. To this add the pepper powder, garam masala, chicken taste maker ,all purpose flour, and mix.  Add in the milk and cook till thickened.

. Then add the cooked and smashed potatoes, chopped coriander and salt as per requirement and mix well till everything is thoroughly mixed and blended. Leave it to cool.

Stuffing and Baking: –  Punch the dough with your fist and then make it into 3-4 portions.

. On a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough to a rectangle shape.

. Place the filling in the center of the flattened dough. Then make small stripes about one inch on both sides of the dough.

. Braid the stuffing just like you used to plait your hair when going to school…lol

. Give an egg wash and then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

. Bake the braided bread in a pre-heated oven at 200C for about 20-25 minutes.

.  Once taken out, brush with some melted butter and cover with a clean kitchen towel to retain the moisture.

Enjoy your homemade stuffed bread.

 

Coffee Cake

Coffee Anniversary cake

This cake is one among my favorites and has the wonderful flavor of coffee in every bite that you take. For every coffee lover, this would be the perfect pick. I choose this flavor for a couple who was celebrating their wedding anniversary and who loves coffee so much. Thought this would be this best gift for them…he he he…I kinda surprised them with this cake and they were so happy and content with the cake both visually and in taste.

Coffee Cake with rose

The design of the cake was done after much thinking and doing my home works. Tried the edible gumpaste flowers for the first time and I was happy with the outcome. Though not so perfect, I guess there is room for more improvement and to get it perfect. Since I had the liberty for any trials with this couple, I took that extra step.

The cake was frosted with whipped cream and the flowers then added on.

A lovely cake that just fits any occasion perfectly…:)

Rose

Servings – Makes 2 7″ cakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 cups refined sugar

4 large eggs separated

3 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp Baking powder

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 cup hot brewed coffee

3 tbsp Instant coffee powder

Method

. Pre-heat the oven at 180C. Grease pans and keep aside.

. Combine the brewed coffee and coffee powder and keep it aside.

. Beat the egg whites till stiff peaks are formed and keep aside.

. Sift the flour and baking powder and keep it aside.

. Beat butter till smooth and fluffy. Then add in the sugar and beat till combined well. Add in the vanilla and beat well.

. Add in the yolks one at a time and beat well.

. Then add the flour alternating with the coffee and mix well.

. Fold in the egg whites and mix well.

. Pour the batter to the greased pans and bake for about 30-35 mins or till cake is done.