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Mississippi Mud Cake

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Merry Christmas to all!! Complements of the season!!

That time of the year when all my neighbour’s homes smell of delicious goodies coming out. Today is the day I see what smelled so good. I have on my table some very rich bebinca, cakes and amazing variety of kulkul, doce, marzipan and cookies!!

All my attention, since morning is flitting from one tray to another,each vying for my attention!!  The only thought that I have one stomach, that is frantically signally to me to PLEASE STOP is distressing to say the least.

Anyway coming to today’s post for the BM#35 that is about bookmarked recipes I will like to share is Mississippi  Mud Cake from Cakes Galore by Valerie Barrett.

Why this called so?  Probably because the cake looks like the thick mud at the banks of Mississippi river. Do not let the name put you off try it.

Ingredients:
  • 250 g butter
  • 250g sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten (see notes)
  • 115 g  milk compound (see notes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 225 gram flour
  • 4 tblspn unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100 grms walnuts, chopped(See notes)
Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F. Grease a 30 x 11 cm tin.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together till fluffy.
  • Gradually beat the eggs in the mixture.
  • Add the melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and the walnuts. Fold till well mixed.
  • Spoon the mixture in the tin and level the surface.
  • Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or till the skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes ten turn out on the wire rack and cool completely.
 Notes:
  1. I made it eggless today to carry for some friends. Substituted with ¾ cups of curds.
  2. The original recipe called for dark bitter chocolate I used milk compound as I wanted to finish it.
  3. The original recipe called for pecans. Today I have used just chocolate chips.
  4. There is a very delicious icing that the book carries but in my house the cakes just disappear so I have never tried it out.
  5. Take a look at my today’s cake. The icing is from here.

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Nicaraguan Christmas Cake

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In Baking Partners, Swati’s brainchild,  this Christmas we have delicious cakes, not that they are ever otherwise but this time they were a treat to the eye and mouth.  We had Yule logs and this delicious Nicaraguan Christmas Cake by Pio V.

You can check the original recipe here.

The first  thing you have to remember as Poi V has said is that,” this is a starch-bound custard. Normally, to avoid curdling, custards are heated gently until they thicken. In this recipe, the presence of cornflour creates an exception to the rule: the custard must be brought to a boil, and then boiled for an additional 2 minutes to properly thicken. Ignore this and you will have weepy custard.”

Who am I to ignore the master’s instructions? I followed the recipe word to word so much so that most of my post is a copy of the original.

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O for Oreos

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There were times when during this marathon I almost gave up. Almost… that is the time when the family supports you.

Both the BM family and your family. When I feared I had lost my pictures Valli gave me an option to post without the pictures. Where else will you get support like this!! I am blessed indeed to have such an extended family support!!

Before this marathon I had taken a break due to some personal problems so I was relaxed when I was getting my dishes ready. 2 months is plenty of time right… wrong I still have 2 alphabets’ left. One of them is O and the other Z! its a long time before I Zzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Coming to today’s alphabet which is O

For O I had actually intended making onion rings. The weather is perfect for them imagine it is pouring and you are frying onion rings, sipping tea/ coffee. Wow what an ideal picture! Only thing better will be someone else is frying and you are eating. Well those days are gone with the wind…

Back to reality …

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Egg-less Doughnuts

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Finally I made doughnuts the challenge as a part of egg less baking challenge.

I am late this time but then something’s I could not help. I had an asthmatic attack and viral flu together and frying was not a good idea not especially when  I cannot stand for long.

Doughnuts are my girls favourite so they were very disappointed that I could not make them but they understood.

I had written off making them in fact I told Gayatri so, Gayatri is the person whose brainchild is Eggless baking by the way, then I read about baking and not frying them so I was back in action. I had the dough ready and was about to start the oven when the lights went off! Well I cannot let the dough go waste can I? So I fried them.

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Eggless Tiramisu With Home Made Mascarpone Cream and Eggless Savoiardi Biscuits

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Egg-less baking is Gayatri’s baby and this time she asked us to make Tiramisu. The recipe was suggested by  Sowmya of Nivedhanam.

The girls were pretty excited that I was to make Tiramisu it was what they had wanted at Mangi’s and had not had because they were stuffed. Yes that happened occasionally!! They actually said they were not hungry enough to eat it.

But there was disaster that was waiting to strike.

 Read on and you will know dear reader what I mean. For the final product was finished by hubby, me and my colleagues. Who appreciated it a lot.

I must say that I picked the whole recipe from Deepali Jain who blogs at “Confusion Cook”! I have for once tried not to make any changes. Yes tried for…

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Torcettini di Saint Vincent

I joined the group WE KNEAD TO BAKE by Aparna thinking I will be friends with yeast and so far this being my second bake I am good.

This is WE KNEAD TO BAKE #4 and Aparna has chosen Torcettini di Saint Vincent (Sugar Crusted Twisted Cookies from the Valle d’Aosta)

In case you are wondering like me what on earth this is when you see the name then Aparna, who is very through has provided the answer to that they are yeasted cookies!

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Brownies

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One sure way to party is with Brownies.

In fact this lot was to be the present for one of my friends Neelaprabha alias Niloo and unfortunately it never reached her.

Be warned these brownies are extremely additive. Even when I bake a double batch they disappear instantaneously.

The only option now is to tell Niloo is come over then I back a double batch so at least one batch reaches her home hopefully!

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