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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 °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 150°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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Aware Khanaval, Kumthekar Rd.

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I dont think there’s any true Punekar who hasn’t heard of, or visited Aware Khanawal.
Probably one of the oldest eateries in town, that serves typical Maharashtrian style non vegetarian meals.
Located on the bustling, chaotic Kumthekar Road, you can forget about finding a parking spot here (if you have a 2 wheeler and luck is on your side, then you just might, but dont bother taking your car)

This tiny eatery is literally like a hole in the wall. Blink and you miss it.
Be prepared to wait atleast 20 mins, and be prepared to share your table with other patrons.
The ambiance (rather… Non Existent ambiance) will make you wonder if it was worth the wait.
Once seated in the small chaotic dining area, you will get exactly 2 mins to decide your order, and within the next 2 mins your order will be served to you.
This place does Not serve any vegetarian food at all.
Known for its Mutton/Chicken Thali, thats what you will find most patrons ordering at each table.
I’m not really a big fan of their preparations, to be honest.

It does fit in all the criteria of a typical non veg eatery,
Spicy Non Veg preparations – ✔
Solkadi – ✔
Chapati/Bhakri – ✔
Tambda-Pandhra Rassa – ✔
Value for Money – ✔

But does the Taste really live up to all the hype ? Well… Not really. Not for me.
The ‘meat’ is almost always just bones, with a little meat on it.
All preparations have pretty much the same masala (flavour base) So whether you have chicken/mutton/egg, its basically just the same curry for all.
Its very clear that they take minimum effort to make their curries. Just make a huge batch of gravy, and add Chicken/Egg/Mutton as per order.
Nah… Doesnt work for me.

If I happen to be around the area, and Really hungry, then I may go there.

But would I specifically plan a meal, travel all the way across town, search for parking space, wait another 20 mins in line, for that meal ? – Nope.

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Jazz up your French Toast with a tangy Peach-Plum Compote

Transform bread, eggs and milk into an indulgent brunch dish, with this easy to make French Toast. Want to make it more interesting ? Jazz it up with a sweet, tangy Peach n Plum Compote.

Sounds yumm ?!

Here’s how you can make it –

French toast is an easy breakfast dish. Slices of bread are simply dipped in a mixture of beaten eggs and milk, and then fried in butter, until the outsides turn a nice golden brown with crisp edges, and the bread stays soft and fluffy inside.

There is no set measurement for this recipe.

  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs and few teaspoons of milk.
  •  Add a pinch of salt, vanilla extract (optional) and a pinch of ground cinnamon, and mix well.
  • Dip sliced bread in this egg mixture and let both sides of the bread soak up the mixture nicely.
  • In a fry pan, heat a little butter, and shallow fry these soaked bread slices on medium heat, until golden brown.
  • Transfer to a plate.

Peach & Plum Compote –

  •  In a pot of boiling water, add couple of peaches and plums. Let them cook for few minutes till their skins start peeling off. Transfer to a bowl with chilled water, take off the skins, and chop into bite sized chunks. (You can skip this step, if using canned peaches)
  • In a saucepan, heat some butter and sugar, add a stick of cinnamon and few cloves, along with the chunks of fruit.
  • Cook the fruit till its soft and the sugar is syrupy, and the mixture in infused with the spices.
  • Allow to cool for few minutes and then pour over prepared French Toast. (tastes even better with a dollop of whipped cream on the side

This compote can be stored in a jar and refrigerated. Keeps well for a 8-10 days.

Fruits like Strawberries, Pineapples, Raspberries, or Apples can also be used instead of Peaches / Plums.

Try this simple and delicious recipe for your lazy Sunday brunch.

Perfect breakfast in bed, to woo that special someone  *just saying*   😉

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