To my life long Valentine.

I was a typical girl who believed in love, friendship, celebrating days just because it is a “cool” thing to do. And also because, the entire world was doing the same. 

When i got married, my thinking and my ideologies changed. Valentine’s Day was just 4 days after my wedding. Mine was a love marriage and so, i was expecting lot of surprises and celebrations. It was a usual lovey dovey morning.. I had filmed the entire day in my mind – surprise bouquet of flowers, chocolates, cake cutting, gifts etc. Nothing of that sort happened. It was a simple yet enjoyable evening with friends, movie and dinner night out. 

On returning home, i asked my husband why he did not wish me “Happy Valentine’s Day Sweetheart” and why he didn’t shower me with gifts and love all day long.. after all, it is the day of love! He just said one thing.. “Babe, i do not want to show off my love for just one day.. I want to keep the love and spark going for 365 days and for years to come.” He won. And honestly, i am more than happy to lose myself to a man who loves me for who i am. 

I’ve been married for 4 years now and things have only changed for better. Anuvrat (my husband) had been travelling entire last month and returned day before yesterday. To surprise my better half (actually, my best half)… i baked him his favorite Red Velvet Cupcakes – moist, rich flavour and dense red color. The cupcakes were fluffy and delicious with “to die for” cream cheese frosting.

 

Here’s the recipe for 24 mini cupcakes, you will need.

  • 117.5 gms Self Raising Flour
  • 7.5 gms Cocoa powder
  • 125 gms Castor Sugar
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Butter Milk
  • 135 gms Butter
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Red Food Color (the food color qty varies as all colors and gels have different intensity)
  • ¾ tsp Cider Vinegar
  • ¾ tsp Soda Bi Carb

For Cream Cheese Frosting, you will need.

  • 120 gms Cream Cheese
  • 75 gms Butter
  • 420 gms Icing Sugar (sifted)
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Line the mini cupcake tin with liners and pre heat your oven at 170 degree Celsius 
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, castor sugar and salt in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
  3. Add eggs and butter to the flour mixture and whisk well
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter milk, food color and vanilla extract. Add this red liquid to the flour mix. Beat well for a minute or so on high speed. Scrape down the sides and mix again. 
  5.  In a small bowl, add cider vinegar to the soda bi carb and pour this fizzy mix to the red velvet batter. Beat well for a couple of seconds or until thoroughly mixed
  6. Scoop the batter in pre lined cupcake tin and allow them to bake at 170 degree Celsius for 22 minutes
  7. Take them out when done and allow them to cool completely

While the cupcakes are baking, make your frosting. This way you will not waste a minute on delaying the eating part! 

  1. To make the cream cheese frosting, beat together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed for 1 or 2 mins. 
  2. Add the icing sugar in parts and keep mixing on low speed.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract and scrape down the sides with a spatula
  4. Whisk the frosting another minute or two and keep in the fridge

Time to assemble the cupcakes.. Fill in your piping bag with the frosting. Use the star nozzle to create beautiful swirls. Red Velvet Cupcakes look ridiculously pretty with the delicate cream cheese swirls and they taste so so good.

 

 

 

Make these cupcakes for all your loved ones. Spread happiness and celebrate love all year long!

Bread Feast for Dinner

Focaccia is one of my favorite Italian Breads! You can bake it in no time. Tons of herbs and toppings, gives you tons of flavour. A wonderfully easy recipe, i usually end up making Focaccia and Soup when my husband’s not home for dinner (which is almost everyday, not that i’m complaining) or when I’m too lazy to cook! 

A big bowl of Tomato Basil soup and a Focaccia all to myself… gives me a great sense of comfort. 

 

Here’s the recipe. You will need:

  • 250 gms Refined
    Flour 
  • 5 gms Salt 
  • 5 gms Sugar 
  • 1 gm Improver   
  • 7 gms Fresh Yeast   
  • 15 ml Olive
    Oil/Garlic Oil 
  • 150 ml Water   
  • Kosher
    Salt as per taste
  • Freshly cracked Black Pepper 
  • Herbs 
  • Toppings (any topping will do – sun dried tomatoes/dried veggie mix/onions/olives/jalapenos/dried garlic/caramelized onions etc. This completely depends on your taste and how experimental you want to be with your bread). I go wild when i cook 😉
  1. Sieve the refined flour, salt and improver together.
  2. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in water and make a dough. Rest the dough for 10 mins.
  3. Add oil (you can even use garlic oil, gives it a great flavour) to the dough and knead with the help of knock back process. Cover and keep aside for proving.
  4. Lift the dough ball and place on a greased and dusted pan. 
  5. Now, dock the dough with oily hands and press them towards the corners, just how we make a fresh pizza. 
  6. Add herbs like rosemary, fresh oregano, chopped basil, thyme, chilly flakes or any herb of your choice.
  7. Add toppings – I used the dry vegetable mix that got from Turkey. You can read my blog and you’ll know which one i’m talking about. 
  8. Add Kosher salt and crack some pepper on top. Bake in a pre heated oven at 175°C for 20 to 30 minutes.
  9. Finish it with a drizzle of extra virgin Olive Oil, cut into wedges and serve warm. 

 

Focaccia makes a great bread for sandwiches. You can even serve it as a starter with some Hung Curd and Cheese dip at your party. Load it with cheese and broil till the cheese melts and… your cheesy pizza is ready, one to die for. I’m telling ya.. be careful! 

 

Hope you will try out the recipe and leave your comments. After all, blogging is all about learning from new people, new experiences, everyday.