Swiss Meringue / Valentine Rose Meringue / Crispy & Chewy Swiss Meringue Flavored With Rose Water!!


Hello Guys !!

I wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s day. Today my husband surprised with lovely Daisy flower bouquet (ran out of roses 🙂 !!!) , wether its rose or daisy I love my husband more than anything.. Last year Valentine’s, he brought me rose bouquet, I dried & preserved those flowers in glass jar and kept as decorative.

So here is my surprise Swiss Meringue flavored with rose water.. He really enjoyed & loved it !! I am very happy to share my recipe with you all !!

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Valentine’s day special Swiss Meringue. I am not a good baker, but I am really trying to be perfect. This is my second attempt meringue. Baking meringue isn’t a easy thing, this time I got perfect texture like crispy outer & chewy inside, but my meringue got lightly discolored. I baked to 200 degree, but my meringue start to get change its color, so I reduced to 180 – 190 degree F. So always bake meringue under 200 degree F.

Meringue is a type of dessert, often associated with French, Swiss, and Italian cuisine. It is made from whipped egg whites and sugar, and occasionally an acid such as cream of tartar or a small amount of vinegar or lemon juice are added. In meringue, cornstarch or gelatin may also be added as a binding agent. The addition of confectionery sugar is good enough, which usually contains corn starch.

Meringues are often flavored with vanilla and a small amount of almond or coconut extract, although these extracts are based on an oil infusion, an excess of fat from the oil may inhibit the egg whites from forming a foam. They are light, airy and sweet confections.

Homemade meringues are often chewy and soft with a crisp exterior.

Swiss meringue is prepared by gently beating egg whites and sugar in a pan that sits above boiling water, without touching it. When the mixture reaches 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit and the sugar is completely dissolved, the mixture is pulled off the heat and beaten vigorously to increase and attain full volume and then at a lower speed until cool and very stiff. Swiss meringue is smoother, silkier, and somewhat denser than French meringue and is often used as a base for buttercream frostings (cooksillustrated.com).

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Ingredients:

Egg whites (room temperature) – 3 nos. (large)

Granulated sugar – 3/4 cup

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Cream of tatar – 1/4 tsp

Rose water – 1 tsp

Red food color – few drops

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven 190 degree F. Line the baking sheet with silicon mat or wax papper
  • Whisk together the egg whites and sugar in a medium sized heatproof bowl.
  • Now place the bowl over a small pan with simmering water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl.
  • Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes (test by rubbing between your fingers; the mixture shouldn’t feel grainy).
  • Now add cream of tartar & salt to the mixture.
  • Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and whip, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes.
  • Add rose water, food color and mix until combined.
  • Bake the meringues for app. 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours by rotating the baking sheet from front to back (about half way through) to ensure even baking.
  • Serve & enjoy with berries & fresh cream !!

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Hints:

  • Use always room temperature eggs. Be careful while separating whites & yolks. There shouldn’t be any trace of yolk.
  • Always use heavy weight or thick baking sheet.
  • This meringue works well for piping shapes and baking them until crisp.
  • Once meringues are done when they are pale in color, fairly crisp & it will release easily from parchment paper.
  • Turn off the oven, open the door and leave the meringues in the oven to finish drying several hours or overnight.
  • Meringues can be covered and stored at room temperature for several days.
  • It can be rewhipped if necessary.

Basic Vanilla Cup Cake / Easy & Simple Vanilla Cup Cake !!


  Classic vanilla cup cake is one of the easiest recipe. At first when I came to US, cupcake is the pilot recipe I baked in oven. I am so scared to use oven, so I couldn’t make it perfect cupcake but it was good my husband loved it & encouraged me. He is my best critic & support.

Simple tips for making perfect cupcake is the ingredients like butter, egg, yogurt / sore cream must be in room temperature. The cake batter must be not too thick or thin. If the batter get too thick don’t worry just add a little milk or water to get right consistency.

So here is the gorgeous vanilla cupcake with yogurt frosting & honey drizzled on top !!

Bon Appetite !!

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Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cups (195 grams)

Granulated white sugar – 1 cup (200 grams)

Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup (113 grams) at room temperature

Eggs – 2 large

Pure vanilla extract – 1 1/2 tsp

Sour cream / plain fresh yogurt – 1/2 cup (120 ml) room temperature

Salt – 1/4 tsp

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line cupcake pan with paper liners.

  • Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.

  • In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

  • Now add the eggs one by one and beat until incorporated.

  • Mix the vanilla extract, yogurt and beat for 2 minutes.

  • Now add the flour mixer (dry ingredients) to the egg mixer (in 3 addition) and gently fold by using spatula or wire whisk.

  • Beat until just combined; do not over mix.

  • Now pour ¾ of the batter on prepared cupcake liners.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17 – 20 minutes.

  • Now transfer to a wire rack and let completely cool in the pan.

  • Serve and enjoy it!!!

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Basics Chocolate Brownies / Easy & Simple Brownies !!


A chocolate brownie is America’s favorite baked treats. It is a flat, baked square or bars. The brownie is a cross between a cake and a cookie in texture. Brownies come in a variety of forms and they are either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density. It may also include nuts, frosting, whipped cream, chocolate chips etc.,

I baked my brownie for a minute longer, because I don’t want the gooey texture like the usual one. Brownies can be stored in a airtight container for a week at room temperature.

Bon Appetite !!
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Ingredients:

All-purpose flour – 3/4 cup 

Eggs- 3 large

Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped – 5 ounces 

Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup (1 stick)  

Instant coffee powder – 2 tsp

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoons  

Granulated white sugar – 1 cup 

Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon 

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Semi-sweet chocolate chips(optional) – 3/4 cup  

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Method:

Step 1:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. 
  • Butter (or spray with a nonstick cooking spray) an 9 inch (22.9 cm) square pan, and line the bottom of the pan with parchment or wax paper.

Step 2:

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  • Melt the chocolate bar, chocolate chips and butter in a bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.
  • Remove from heat and cool it.
  • In a separate bowl sift the flour, coco powder, sugar & salt for at least 3 times.
  • Now, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add the vanilla extract & mix it well.
  • Finally, add the flour cocoa mixture, chocolate chips & mix it thoroughly .

Step 3:

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  • Pour the chocolatey batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a little batter and a few moist clumps clinging to it.
  • Remove it from oven and let cool on a wire rack. 
  • Serve & enjoy it in room temperature.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies !!


This is the recipe I adapted from my favorite blogger joyofbaking.com. I have tried to follow the same measurements from the blog for my cookies, it really came out perfect soft, chewy & chocolaty cookies. Last month I baked this lovely chocolate chocolate cookies & chocolate brownies for the trip to my home in India. I am glad that everyone loved it and I am happy to share this recipe with you all.

This chocolate chocolate chip cookies are the prefect with a glass of warm milk.

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Ingredients:

Semi bitter sweet chocolate (chopped into small chunks) + semi dark chocolate chips – 8 ounces

All purpose flour – 2 cups + 1/4 cup 

Baking soda – 1 teaspoon

Unsalted butter, at room temperature – 1 cup

Light brown sugar (firmly packed) – 1/2 cup

White granulated sugar – 1/2 cup

Eggs (at room temperature) – 2 large

Pure vanilla extract – 1 1/2 tsp

Instant coffee powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Milk & semi sweet dark chocolate chips – 1 cup

Salt – 1/2 tsp

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Method:

Step 1:

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  • Preheat oven to 350 deg. F (180 deg. C).
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2:

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  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.
  • Remove it from heat and set aside to cool at room temperature.

Step 3:

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  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda & salt.
  • In another bowl add the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar & beat it until creamy using hand electric mixer.
  • Add the melted & cooled chocolate and beat until it gets well incorporated.
  • Now add the egg, one at a time and beat well. Add the vanilla extract & beat well.
  • Now add the flour mixture gradually and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the chocolate chips to the mixture & mix it well.
  • Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough until firm (atleast an hour).

Step 4:

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  • Use about a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop of batter for each cookie.
  • Place the cookies on baking sheet (don’t over crowded). Gently flatten each ball of dough, with lightly moistened fingers.
  • Bake the cookies for about 14 -16 minutes, rotating the baking sheet front to back about half way through the baking time.
  • When cookies are done, they are just set around the edges but still quite soft in the center.
  • Remove from oven and let the cookies cool for 15 minutes.
  • Serve it with hot milk & enjoy the day !!!

Hints:

If you like to have a crunchy cookies, bake the cookies for 2 minutes longer time.

For perfect shape cookies, as shown in the below picture, wrap the dough in parchment paper like sausage, refrigerate it until it fully set, slice it an equal shape with sharp knife & bake it.

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Cookie dough can be stored in freezer for more than a month. Before using  the dough, thaw it & make cookies.

Indian Spiced Hasselback Potatoes


Hasselback potatoes are a type of potato dish. The name is derived from the restaurant where they were first introduced in the 1940s, Hasselbacken in Stockholm, Sweden which opened in that city in 1748 and where they are called hasselbackspotatis.

Hasselback potatoes is a simple & easy dish. The baked potato becomes crispy & brown, while the inside is soft and creamy. Medium sized potatoes work best. Potatoes with an oblong or oval shape are most often used.

I made this hasselback potato with south Indian twist. This is really delicious than usual potato fries

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Ingredients:
Potatoes – 3 medium size

Butter – 1 tbsp (melted)

Pepper powder – 1 tsp

Cumin / jeera powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 1 tsp

Garlic – 3 cloves finely chopped

Curry leaves – few chopped finely

Salt as required

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Method

  • Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
  • Wash the potatoes in cold water & remove the moisture using clean kitchen towel.
  • Put the potato on a chopping board, flat side down.
  • Using sharp knife cut the potatoes from one end, almost all the way through, at about 3 to 4 mm intervals.
  • Arrange the potatoes in a baking tray.
  • Apply melted butter, seasoned with salt, pepper, cumin powder & garam masala over the top & in between the slits.
  • Spread the finely chopped garlic, curry leaves on  in between the slits.
  • Bake the potatoes for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the potatoes turn crispy and the flesh is soft.
  • Serve hot & enjoy.

Chocolate Cake Tiramisu – Only for Two !!!


Here is the delicious “Chocolate Tiramisu Cake”, this the recipe only for two members. I used mini spring pan, it helps to remove the tiramisu perfectly. Substitute any other cream cheese or ricotta, instead of mascarpone cheese. Serve it with fruits & enjoy !!

Bon Appetite !!

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Ingredients:

Granulated sugar – 1/8 cup + 1 tbsp (as per sweetness)

Mascarpone Cheese, soften (room temperature) – 4 oz

Heavy whip cream – 100 ml

Egg yolks, large (room temperature) – 1 nos.

Brewed Espresso or any strong coffee – 1 cup

Savoiardi / Ladies fingers biscuit – 4-5 nos.

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Cocoa powder – 1 tbsp + for dusting

Any dark chocolate bar for garnishing

Method:

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Step:1

In a saucepan, bring water to boil, then reduce heat to simmer.

Keep a mixing bowl that will fit over the top of the pan, but the pan should not sink all the way.

Add the separated egg yolks (room temperature) in a mixing bowl, add 1/8 cup sugar & whisk until yolks turned to pale yellow in color.

Cook over simmering heat, and use the rubber spatula to scrap the bowl.

Cover the mixture with plastic wrap & refrigerate until cool.

Step 2:

In a mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, vanilla extract & remaining tablespoon sugar and whip until not quite stiff (over stiffing lead to butter) using hand mixer.

Add the soften room temperature mascarpone cheese, to the chilled egg yolk mixture & mix it using hand mixture on low speed or fold it with spatula.

Fold the whipped cream mixture to the cheese & egg yolk mixture by using spatula.

Sieve the coco powder to the mixture & fold it slowly with spatula.

Cover it with the plastic wrap & refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Step 3:

Keep the brewed espresso in a separate bowl.

Now arrange the ladies finger in single layer in the mini spring pan , by dipping in espresso mixture.

Spread half the mascarpone / cream / Zabaglion mixture over the ladyfingers. Dust some cocoa powder on top of the cheese filling.

Repeat with remaining cookies and cream mixture.

Cover and chill it for 6 hours or overnight in refrigrator.

Sprinkle with grated dark chocolate just before serving & enjoy !!!

Hints:

Instead of coca powder, temper the ¼ cup of dark chocolate while cooking the egg yolk.

To enrich the chocolate flavor add a ½ tsp of instant coffee powder / brewed in egg yolk mixture.

For vegan version, avoid egg & follow the remaining procedure.

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Tiramisu !!


Hello friends, hope you guys are doing good !! Its been a long time, it took a month to post my recipe, I feel sorry about it..

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all the love, support, comments & encouragement. Love you guys !!! here is my special thanks to my husband, who is backbone of this blog & my family. So here, I am proudly announce that this is my 100th post, so I thought to make some unique & quintessential recipe. After surfing for many recipes, finally I choose one of my favorite traditional Italian dessert.

Any guess? Yep, it is Tiramisu !!

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I always fond of having this dessert, whenever I visit to Italian restaurant. I know it is the dessert loaded with double XL calories, but we could spend some extra time in gym !! I have to tell that, once in your life time you must have to taste this dessert (Tiramisu). It was such a heavenly dessert in the universe. The creaminess of zabaglione (Zabaione, is an Italian dessert, or sometimes a beverage, made with egg yolks, sugar, and a sweet wine. The dessert version is a light custard, whipped to incorporate a large amount of air).

Tiramisu (from Italian, spelled tiramisù, [tiɾamiˈsu], meaning “pick me up” or “lift me up”) is a popular coffee-flavored Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers (Italian: Savoiardi, [savoˈjardi]) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, egg whites, sugar and mascarpone cheese, flavored with cocoa (Wikipedia).

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Once I tried tiramisu, by using risotto cheese, it was really good but it doesn’t give the fruitful texture to the dessert. So it is worth to spend on mascarpone cheese, which gives creamy, rich & aromatic. In my recipes, I didn’t use egg whites, If you want to use it, whisk the egg whites to soft peak and slowly add to the zabaglione, cream & cheese mixture. For vegan version, avoid egg and add all other ingredients. Soon I will try to prepare in vegan style.
Buon Appetito !!!
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Ingredients:

Granulated sugar – ¼ cup (as per sweetness)
Mascarpone Cheese, soften (room temperature) – 8 oz

Egg yolks, large (room temperature) – 3 nos.
Brewed Espresso or any strong coffee – 1 cup

Heavy whip cream – 120 ml or 1/2 cup
Savoiardi / Ladies fingers biscuit – 10 – 15 nos.
Vanilla extract – 2 tsp
Cocoa powder for dusting
Any dark chocolate bar for garnishing

Method:

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Step:1

  • In a saucepan, bring water to boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Keep a mixing bowl that will fit over the top of the pan, but the pan should not sink all the way.
  • Add the separated egg yolks (room temperature) in a mixing bowl, add 1/8 cup sugar & whisk until yolks turned to pale yellow in color.
  • Cook over simmering heat, and use the rubber spatula to scrap the bowl.
  • Cover the mixture with plastic wrap & refrigerate until cool.

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Step 2:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, vanilla extract & remaining 1/8 cup sugar and whip until not quite stiff (over stiffing lead to butter) using hand mixer.
  • Add the soften room temperature mascarpone cheese, to the chilled egg yolk mixture & mix it using hand mixture on low speed or fold it with spatula.
  • Fold the whipped cream mixture to the cheese & egg yolk mixture by using spatula.
  • Cover it with the plastic wrap & refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

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Step 3:

  • Keep the brewed espresso in a separate bowl.
  • Now arrange the ladies finger in single layer in the pan (I used pyrex 750 ml square box), by dipping in espresso mixture.
  • Spread half the mascarpone / cream / Zabaglion mixture over the ladyfingers. Dust some cocoa powder on top of the cheese filling.
  • Repeat with remaining cookies and cream mixture.
  • Cover and chill it for 6 hours or overnight in refrigrator.
  • Sprinkle with grated dark chocolate just before serving & enjoy !!!!

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