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Amaranth Hazelnut Pear Cake (Gluten free)

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Some pears in a cake! Its raining and baking is all the more fun. How about some healthy gluten free cake with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate ? Sounds exciting ! Baking is so much fun that I can’t stop even when Delhi temperature reaches 45 deg C. Yes you heard it right. But now its raining and the cool breeze only calls for a cake.
To bake something different made this gluten free cake with goodness of amaranth, hazelnut and pears.

The flavour  was so nutty and the sweet pears with some chocolate chunks made it moist .The richness of butter makes it more decadent tea time dessert.

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Ingredients

100g hazelnut meal
140g amaranth flour
170g butter
140g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 medium size ripe pear, diced
50g dark chocolate ,chopped roughly (optional)

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C.
Mix hazelnut meal and amaranth flour together.
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl.
Add one egg at a time with some flour and mix until all incorporated well.
Mix pears and chocolate.
Pour it in the prepared tin.
Bake for 25-30 mins or until the skewer comes out clean.
Let cool and sprinkle icing sugar or chocolate sauce.
Enjoy with cup of hot coffee or Hot chocolate.

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Cherry Pie

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Cherries are flooded in the market and I just can’t stop buying them. When I visited London I had made blueberry crumble  pie which was so scrumptious with sour cream and hot cup of coffee. Mansoon finally made its onset over Delhi and with such beautiful weather I really wanted that warm pie with coffee. Since there is loads of cherries stocked up in my pantry I decided to make Cherry pie. Its the same recipe which I used for blueberry pie ,blueberries replaced with Cherries 🙂

Pastry dough
Ingredients

125g plain flour
pinch of salt
55g butter, cubed (chilled)
2-3 tbsp cold water

Method

Mix well the flour and salt. Then add the chilled butter and with finger tips mix butter to flour. It should resemble bread crumbs when all butter is mixed with the flour.
Do not overdo or knead. Add water and bring them all together and clingfilm it.Store in fridge either over night for best results or atleast half an before rolling.
Note: The above dough can be used twice for 8 inch round tart tin/pan.

Cherry pie
Ingredients

1 part Pastry dough
2 1/2 cups fresh cherries
1 (8 inch) deep dish pie crust
For the Custard:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream ( I used normal yogurt and it worked great)
For the Streusel:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter

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Method

Roll the pastry dough just enough to fit your tart tin/pan. Roll over on rolling pin and unroll it on the tart tin. Gently press the corners allowing the excess to overhang. Remove the excess.

Take 2 eggs and beat them lightly.
Add the sour cream/yogurt and mix well. Now add all the dry ingredients for custard and mix until incorporated well (this will be in pouring consistency).
Pour in 3 cups of cherries into the tart pan. Add in the custard above the cherries.

To make streusel mix the sugar and flour. Add butter and with finger tips mix the butter to flour until resembles the bread crumbs. Sprinkle this on top of the cherry and custard all around evenly.

Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C and bake the pie for 50 minutes or until the top is brown.

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Hope you had enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed it making. Do try and please leave your feedback . Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cherry Banana Cake

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Summer vacation coming to an end , my daughter is looking forward to get back to school, meet her friends ! But there is no end to the raising temperature and humidity in Delhi. Its difficult for kids to be playing more of indoor games . She is constantly asking me every now and then, “ma, what’s for snack in the evening ” or another question would be “what’s for breakfast tomorrow ” 🙂 Funny but true, more than lunch and dinner she enjoys her breakfast and evening snack time the most.

These days market is flooded with stone fruits and cherries are something I cannot resist not buying. Banana and cherry is bit of unusual combination but I bet the sweetness from banana and sourness of cherry makes its really delicious.

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Ingredients:

2 medium size ripe bananas
¼ cup plain yogurt
¾ c light brown sugar
2 tbsp white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup chopped fresh cherries
2 tbsp flour
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional, I did not use them)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C.
Peel and mash the bananas.
Stir in the egg,yogurt, brown sugar ,white sugar and vanilla , mix until well combined.
Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Toss cherries with two tablespoons of flour and fold into batter.
Grease your loaf tin or bundt pan and pour the mixture.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Serve warm with chocolate sauce or without is also just yum.

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Hope you will enjoy baking as much as I enjoyed. Thank you for stopping by and do share your feedback.

Blueberry pie

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Delhites are in pleasant surprise today as the scorching sun gave way to showers and cool breeze. What can one ask for when the temperature was soaring at 45 deg C and suddenly everything changes? A cup of hot coffee and a Bluberry pie with it. Yes! That’s exactly what I was longing for. But, we don’t get blueberries easily here in India. Well, I was dreaming of what I baked few weeks back when I was in London on holiday. This Blueberry pie was in my archives waiting to be blogged and here I found time to pen down….with ofcourse a hot cup of Cappuccino.

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Have any one cut open the Blueberry’s and seen inside how it is? Well, I had not when I bought them. I was busy munching as they make a good healthy snack all by itself. But it was my hubby who pointed out this and when I saw it was not at all blue!
It was just pale transparent flesh inside. I squeezed them to see why is it named so and where is that colour. I was of the opinion they are blue all over. When I squeezed realised that its only the skin which is blue and gives that purplish blue colour when baked. May be many of you it but it was new to me. Yeah, I never screamed Eureka! 🙂

Coming back to Pie, I made this pie with store bought pastry dough. You could make this pastry dough at home as well. Will make a detailed post on “how to make pastry dough at home” with pictures very soon but as of now just a quick recipe.

Pastry dough
Ingredients

125g plain flour
pinch of salt
55g butter, cubed (chilled)
2-3 tbsp cold water

Method

Mix well the flour and salt. Then add the chilled butter and with finger tips mix butter to flour. It should resemble bread crumbs when all butter is mixed with the flour.
Do not overdo or knead. Add water and bring them all together and clingfilm it.Store in fridge either over night for best results or atleast half an before rolling.
Note: The above dough can be used twice for 8 inch round tart tin/pan.

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Blueberry pie
Ingredients

1 part Pastry dough
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 (8 inch) deep dish pie crust
For the Custard:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream ( I used normal yogurt and it worked great)
For the Streusel:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter

Method

Roll the pastry dough just enough to fit your tart tin/pan. Roll over on rolling pin and unroll it on the tart tin. Gently press the corners allowing the excess to overhang. Remove the excess.

Take 2 eggs and beat them lightly.
Add the sour cream/yogurt and mix well. Now add all the dry ingredients for custard and mix until incorporated well (this will be in pouring consistency).
Pour in 3 cups of blueberries into the tart pan. Add in the custard above the blueberries.

To make streusel mix the sugar and flour. Add butter and with finger tips mix the butter to flour until resembles the bread crumbs. Sprinkle this on top of the blueberry and custard all around evenly.

Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C and bake the pie for 50 minutes or until the top is brown.

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Let cool and serve with creme anglaise or ice-cream. Sit back and enjoy.

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