Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever ~ Eggless | Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

We are starting our second edition of BM#61. During New Years Eve, I came across an interesting collection of Top 100 dishes and decided to include it in our Feb themes. I have taken up this theme for the second week.

I had spent sometime going through all the dishes and deciding the ones I could make it. I had picked up 10 different recipes and wanted to make sure I tried different category of food. Though the first recipe was supposed to be easy and quick, I am yet to make it. However this Moist Chocolate cake, I shortlisted got done first. I started preparing for this on Sunday evening and got it assembled on Monday morning. 

Kids were eagerly coming in to check if the cake was done. I warned that that it will take time as I was laying it. And there is the clicking to be done. Next morning, Peddu came in with a serious face and demanded to know if the cake was done. I had to say no and promised it will be ready when they come back in the evening.

I finally got the cake assembled and clicked and yes my breakfast was a slice of chocolate cake. Trust me, this is the best chocolate cake ever I remember eating. Yes there have been many such best chocolate cakes, still I feel the moistness and generally everything was a top class with this cake.

The original cake had a flour based frosting, I ditched it to make my own chocolate ganache as I was aiming to make a truffle cake. This tasted just like the Cake Park Truffle cake, if not better! I took for my colleagues who loved it too.

I clicked that box while traveling and the cake slices look so sinful!

Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

For the Cake

Dry Ingredients

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Unsweetened Cocoa - 3/4 cup
Instant Coffee powder - 3 tsp
Baking Soda - 2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp

Wet Ingredients

Cooking oil / Olive Oil - 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup

Egg Replacer

2 tbsp + 6 tbsp water (for 2 eggs)

For Chocolate Ganache

Milk Compound - 1 cup
Cream - 250 ml

For the sugar water

Sugar - 3tsp
Water - 1/2 cup

How to make the Chocolate Cake

Mix the egg replacer with water in a bowl and keep it aside.

sift the dry ingredients couple of times in a big bowl.

Add the wet ingredients one by one to the dry ingredients and gently mix well. The batter will be thin.

Pre heat the oven at 170 C and line the baking tray of 8-in size and transfer half of the batter. Bake for 25 mins. Refrigerate the other unbaked batter.

Let it cool for 10 mins. flip over the baked cake over a wire rack and let it cool down.

Line the tray with parchment paper and transfer the remaining batter and again bake for 25 mins.

Let the cakes sit overnight or atleast for hour.

Meanwhile get the ganache ready by MW the chopped milk chocolate for 30 secs twice. whisk well and add the cream. Blend well and let it sit on the counter.

Cream it well before applying on the cake. I had allowed this to sit overnight.

Once ready to frost, make the sugar syrup.

Bring the water to boil, add sugar and let it melt. Continue cooking till a thin thread syrup is formed.

Place the first layer on the plate, sprinkle the sugar syrup on top and let it sit for 10 mins.

Then cream the ganache and layer the first cake. Spread using a knife dripped in hot water.

Next place the second cake over this and sprinkle the sugar syrup all over. Let this sit again for 10 mins.

Now add the remaining ganache and spread all over to ensure all the cake is covered. Even out the ganache using a knife or make a design if you are up to it. 

The original cake was with eggs. If you want to make this eggless with other eggless options, check out my Eggless option post for more details on how you can replace eggs with other substitutes

The cake is moist as such. I added the sugar syup as I was layering it. The entire batter can be baked in a bigger baking tray, since I was planning on making the layers, I baked two cakes, instead of slicing through half.

Cake stays best for a three to 4 days when refrigerated. However tastes best when slightly at room temperature. So warm in MW for 10 to 20 secs before serving.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Masala Stuffed Urad Paniyaram | Masala Ponganalu

I am back to Cooking from Cookbook challenge after a month's gap. Though I had recipes to share, didn't realize how the days flew. We were cooking from the books, Amma was sharing the recipes she saw on the TV. I had made some of them myself right away.

So today's recipe is a fancy, yet very healthy dish that can be served for Breakfast or Dinner. It works out best for either meal. I made it for dinner and it was very convenient as I had the batter ground and stocked in the fridge.

Urad dal being very healthy, is cooked in paniyaram pan with minimal oil.  Stuffing and getting it transferred to the pan is quite tricky. However once you get the hang of it, its easy to get it done.

Masala Stuffed Urad Paniyaram 

Ingredients Needed:

Urad Dal batter - 2 cups

For the stuffing

Potato - 2 medium
Onions - 1 medium
Green chilies - 2 medium
Salt to taste
Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil for cooking

How to make the Masala Ponganalu

Wash and soak the urad dal for 2 hrs. Grind to a soft batter using very little water.

make the masala

MW potato for 5 to 6 mins. Peel and mash

Heat a non stick pan with oil, saute finely chopped onions and green chilies till browned. Then add the spice powders and the mashed potatoes and mix well. Cook in simmer for 5 mins. Allow to cool and make small balls.

Grease the paniyaram pan with oil, dip the balls in the urad dal batter. Place the coated balls in the appay pan and sprinkle oil over it.

Cover with lid and cook in sim till done. Flip over the other side and cook again.

Serve with chutney
This goes for the January Week 1, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group.

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