Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Whole-wheat Bread Loaf

Healthy Whole-wheat bread recipe with olive-onion topping…


1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup warm milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp yeast
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

For Topping: (optional)

Few onion strips
3-4 olives, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil


  • Mix milk, yeast and sugar together in a bowl, keep it in a warm place for yeast to activate for 5-7 min.
  • In another bowl, shift flour and add salt; add in yeast mixture and half of oil to it.
  • Now using enough water and oil, knead a soft and elastic dough.
  • Place the dough in a oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size at least for 1 ½ hours.
  • Punch the dough down and place to the floured board. Knead for another few min then shape into a loaf .
  • Add the toppings and place in greased loaf tin; keep covered for another 30 min.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 190 deg C for 20- 25 min.
  • Take the bread out of the tin; it should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Allow it to cool thoroughly on a wire rack before slicing.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Smoked Macaroni Pie

Treat yourself with macaroni in pie form with smoky flavor…


1 cup boiled macaroni
1 cup white sauce
½ cup cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped onions & capsicum
2 inch charcoal piece
2 tsp melted butter
1 clove garlic, crushed


  • In a pan, heat 1 tsp butter and add garlic, saute till light brown.
  • Mix in boiled macaroni and white sauce with salt & pepper.
  • Hold charcoal with tongs and heat directly over flames from all sides. It will turn red hot.
  • Place it in a small bowl and keep the bowl in center of cooked macaroni.
  • Drop butter over hot coal and cover with lid for 2-3 min.
  • Spoon the smoked macaroni in pie cases and add chopped capsicum and onions.
  • Sprinkle grated cheese and some tomato ketchup.
  • Bake till cheese melts and serve hot with any soup.

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Whole-wheat and Oats Cookies

Healthy and crispy cookies prepared with whole-wheat flour, oats and tutti-frutti….


60 gm wheat flour
60 gm oats
70 gm white butter
55 gm sugar
1 tbsp custard powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
3-4 tbsp tutti frutti
2 tbsp milk


  • Grind oats to a coarse powder. Add to shifted flour and baking powder.
  • In a bowl, cream the butter by adding 1 tbsp sugar at a time till light & fluffy.
  • Add milk and mix well.
  • Add in dry ingredients and gently mix with light hands into form dough.
  • Fold in tutti frutti. Roll dough into a log and wrap in foil and keep in fridge for 20 min.
  • Divide the log into equal sized rounds (appox.10-12) and place on greased baking tray.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 170 deg. for about 12-15 min. (keep watch after 10 min.)
  • Remove and cool on wire rack.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cottage Cheese and Spring onion Tarts

Cottage cheese and Spring onions filled tarts, topped with cheese is simply delicious.


For the tarts (make 8-10)

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
2-3 tbsp ice-cold water or just enough to combine

For the filling:

1 cup spring onion, chopped
100 gm cottage cheese, cut into small cubes
4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup white sauce
1/2 cup grated cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste


For the tarts:
  • Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
  • Sieve the flour and a pinch salt together. Rub butter into the flour with finger tips till a crumbly mixture.
  • Knead lightly with cold water to form dough. Wrap in a cling film and refrigerate for 15-20 min.
  • Roll out tart dough into 1/4" thick. Cut into small tarts with cutter or any lid.
  • Press into small tart shells and prick them with fork all over. Bake for 10-12 min.
  • Once the shells are ready, keep aside to cool.

For the filling:
  • Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and saute for a min. Add the spring onions and cook till translucent.
  • Add cottage cheese and stir, add white sauce and mix well.
  • Add salt and pepper and mix well. Turn off the flame.
  • Spoon the filling into the tarts, sprinkle the cheese and bake for 5-7 min. and serve hot.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Dates and Almond Cake

Enjoy winter breakfast with yummy and moist Dates and Almond cake….


1 cup white flour
1/2 cup pitted dates + 1 tbsp chopped dates
2 tbsp crushed almonds
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp baking powder


  • Grind together 1/2 cup dates, sugar and 1/4 cup milk and blend it to a smooth paste.
  • Shift flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Add the blended mix, oil, remaining milk and mix well with a spatula.
  • Mix in almonds and dates in the batter. Preheat oven at 170 deg C.
  • Pour batter in a greased baking dish and bake for 30-40 min; insert a fork through the cake and if it comes clean then the cake is done.
  • Cut into slices and serve.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Buttermilk Scones

Simple and easy-to-make Scones… can be enjoyed with a dash of butter or any dip.

Makes 6-7


100 gm plain flour
2 tbsp cold butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried herbs
1/2 cup minus 2 tbsp buttermilk


  • For buttermilk mix equal amount of water and curd and keep aside.
  • Shift all the dry ingredients in the bowl.
  • Rub in the butter with fingertips to get mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Gradually pour buttermilk and mix well to form a soft dough (use buttermilk as required)
  • Roll out the dough about 1/2 inches thick and cut out rounds of 2 inch with a cutter.
  • Bake at 200 deg C for 10-12 min or until golden.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Spicy Raisin Rock Buns

Aromatic buns made with raisins, mix spices to be enjoyed with tea or coffee…..


115 gm plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
45 gm brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp mixed spice (grounded cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon)
25 ml sunflower oil
2-3 tbsp milk


  • Shift flour and baking powder, and then stir in the sugar, raisins and mixed spices.
  • Mix in oil and milk, stir into the mixture to make dough which just binds together.
  • Preheat oven to 200 deg C, lightly grease baking tray.
  • Make small rounds with light hands or just spoon the mixture on baking tray.
  • Bake for 15-20 min until golden. Cool on wire rack.