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When all else fails, CHEESE.

​When all else fails, Cheese ! 

It’s been raining non stop, & the weather’s so nice & cool. Perfect for a day long Baking session. I made grand plans for the day! 

First up, kneading the bread dough, as it would take the longest to ferment. That done, I left the sourdough to ferment. Then got on with marinating some chicken, which I later planned to bake along with thin slices of potato, onion, cream & cheese. Marination done, I turned to the fermented dough, shaped & scored  a lovely french baguette, & put it in the oven to bake. 

Within 20 minutes the aroma of freshly baked bread was wafting through the kitchen. So now it was the Chicken that had to go in, to bake. Layers of thinly sliced potatoes, onion, chicken, herbs, cream & cheese were all set to bake & turn into a magical dish, which would later be devoured while listening to the pitter patter, sitting by the french window. 

I poured myself a glass of wine, & settled for a bit, waiting for the chicken to be ready in another 20 mins….

And then….BAM ! πŸ˜‘ *power cut * 

How could I be SO naive & optimistic about this ‘Baking on a Rainy Day Plan’ ?! 

This is #pune ! Even 10 mins of rain, results into hours of powercut ! Hmmph… 

But I wasn’t gonna let my plans be ruined, just bcoz this brilliant ‘Smart City’ decided to cut off power suply! 😏 

So out came the next best thing – the Cheese Board ! 

Now how can you go wrong with a Cheese Board & Wine ?! 

* That’s why I always say – Stock up your groceries smartly * 

I had all the essentials of a Cheese platter ready, & all it took was a little assembling. 

So within minutes we had – Olives, Parmesan, Gruyere Crisps, Mild Cheddar, some Fruit Preserves, Spanish Chorizo, & the lovely fresh warm baguette ready, for a candlelight evening by the window, listening to the pitter patter of the rain, sipping wine & having an awesome evening. 

Well played ‘Smart City’….But I’m smarter than you πŸ˜πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‚

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#nomnom Strawberry Cake

I have recently launched a range of Jams, Relishes and Flavoured Butters by the name #nomnom

In my blog I’ll be sharing with you various recipes using those products and showing you some innovative ways to use these Relishes and Butters.
The 1st In this series, is my absolute favourite Pound Cake made using #nomnomStrawberryButter

This delicately flavoured tea time cake tastes best with a cup of strong black coffee, or tea if you prefer.

With just a few ingredients, you can make this amazing cake at home anytime.

You will need –

#nomnom Strawberry Butter – 100 gms
Eggs – 02 nos.
Refined Flour – 100 gms
Powdered Sugar – 100 gms
Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp
Strawberry/Vanilla Essence – 1/4 tsp

Method –

* Preaheat Oven (OTG) to 150 Β°C

* Sieve together Flour and Baking Powder and set aside. Grease and Dust a Baking Pan / Loaf Tin.

* In a large bowl, beat #nomnom Strawberry
Butter (should be soft, at room temperature) and Powdered Sugar along with Strawberry/Vanilla essence, until mixture is light and fluffy.

* Add Flour and Baking Powder mixture one spoon at a time to the Butter-Sugar mixture. Fold in the flour gently into the butter, till just mixed and free of lumps. Do Not Over mix.

* In another bowl, lightly whisk 2 whole eggs and add to the above cake mix, little at a time.
Stir in untill well combined, taking care not to over beat the mixture.

* Transfer batter into Greased and Dusted Baking Tin, and bake at 150Β°C for approximately 30 minutes.

* Unmould on wire rack, and let cool before cutting into slices.

** You can also make a Strawberry Frosting for this cake by beating together equal quantities of #nomnom Strawberry Butter and Icing Sugar.


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