Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
over to the kitchen
oh what a wonderfull time that was,cuppy cakes still have me interested all right & fairy cakes fascinate me with more than only their history too!
but a loaf has my attention too so here is one of my fav fairy cakes from kaf but with a twist, orange zest ,a whole vanilla bean & well a loaf tin!
also does the fact that its purely hand made also count(as i whisk,beat& whisk& beat@77),count?
THIS POST IS D SAME RECIPE AS THE FAIRY CAKE BUT BAKED AS A LOAF WITH REAL VANILLA AND ORANGE.PURE INDULGENCE
AND YES A BOURBON VANIILA BEAN
NOW BEAT THE BUTTER ,SUGAR WELL WITH THE ORANGE ZEST AND VANILLA CAVIAR ,IF USING
WHEN WELL BEATEN, TIP IN THE FLOUR AND BEAT WELL (YES AGAIN) TO A PASTE
NOW ADD YOUR REALLY LARGE EGG AND BEAT ,BEAT N BEAT TILL THE BATTER IS LIGHTLY N FLUFFY.
with a fork or find anything in ur kitchen drawer.
am leaving the dough oevernight & its best not to roll butter cookie dough at once to avoid any crumble or cracks(a butter cookie has loads of fat ie butter,remember)so leave it out for half an hour before rolling out for cut outs or less for drop or button cookies.
i always bake on the middle r centre rack one tray at a time,well what a waste u think but belive me when i say that one tray at a time on the middle rack give the best results(my oven does) but if u must then set racks on topmost & lower 2nd & alternate trays halfway thru baking time. Now this applies to home baking & depends on ur oven ,now the professional ovens are another story really!
i alwys love more dan just a crunch, a quite delicate very much prominent crunch so i bake a little longer!
Now this u will learn during ur baking escapades that a cookie hardens as it cools(but make sure u stack them as soon as cooled n/or well frosted into your airtight cookie jar or tin.
now to check during baking if the cookies done for the crunchiness just so right,what i do & it works for me is,when the aroma & sight tells me ,oh ,i'm done, oh i'm done, i quickly place one in d freezer section of my refrigerator & just a min or 2 later its confirmed.worked for me,try it sometime!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
but here's a better view of what i was or am looking at:
- sturdy deep steel bowl preferably with dual motor(that gives u a rotating base,sunbeam heritage series has the feature0
- good power of a min or above 250w to 300w with burst of power feature
- well getting to blades would be best if
- paddle blade or flat beater
- a nice round ballon whisk
- whipping bades n whisking blades
- dough hooks
i did see one with an auto spatula that scrapes down the sides as u go ,automatically,if i aint mistaken its in philips but m just checking it out at the moment.ok this one was the black and decker pro,not available in india but it doesn have a steel bowl. Now this whole evening have been trying to find out if this model ie pro300 n pro350 come with a whisk & does it include the stand n bowl or what? The company site only showcases the hand mixer but a couple of reviews mention a stand or bowl(but dont know if its s.s.)so is it bought seperately or what??????????????????????HELP HELP HELP
A did love the hamilton all steel one too but that again is way ahead of budget so boy what,it comes down to my nova nm73,is it?
well my list of must haves narrowed to only one option-kitchen aid is the answer but not possible as of now so ome more researching & dime a dozen calls later i came upon the nova NM 73(my tumbling upon this one available in india is another long story) that a few dealers in mumbai stock on, and the only one in india i came across with a steel bowl, but then they too get their stocks from u.a.e. & its been a 3month long wait now but a fornight ago a kind angel agreed to have one down directly from the u.a.e.
now i chose the nova mainly for the only model i know in with a steel bowl in that price range ,its very well priced or rather perfect for my budget but on second thoughts today am going through hamilton to see if anything fits my pocket. and main things the first time i was floored by the kitchenaid,on the nigella show remeber,i saw its gracefull movement with the whisk so a whisk i would truly love.
and the very next day me did check the han but later got to know that it aint truly for whipping and whisking,the type you need for baking. Had liked its chopping attachment though,for me it aint out of the kitchen quick but rather more in less time or the max i can in the time i have!
ok now the other option is the Braun M880 which am just checking out.ok this one is out!!!!
if anyone could help with this please leave me a messg,will ya?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
this ia another long list that i love ...in my heart...love to cook ,clean n serve n vice versa! Cooking,baking, shredding, mincing,whisking, whipping n all its sciences excite me = more than just interests me! ! !
so does exploring nature and plonking myself on the beach chair(under a huge shady umbrella) sipping chai n pakoras(cheese i like i like) or cafe e emphadinhas e pasteis or lime water with sandwhiches,gazing at d varied hues d setting sun has to offer ,one of the very few of natures amazingly perfect and bountiful gifts....
n yeah with that i remember photography,all the above mentioned n below i live to photograph so so much
n now that brings me to writing n researching every topic thats holds more than just my interest!!!!
At times ,from this distance on a height i feel like am walking or floating on air....
and ofcourse shopping for anything connected with the above(very restricted u see) right from ingredients be they day to day,cute or exotic, to kitchen tools to interiors to good perfumes!!Oh it thrills me to bits & tickles me pink......
this list can go on but i want to tire none so FULL STOP here..........