Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts

Happy Baking Happy Holidays

We enter the last 2 weeks of the year 2014. This year I baked consistently at least one or two cake(s) a month and at times little more. I love baking and getting better with it as I practise more. There are few things which you learn about oven to other kitchen appliance and their unique characteristic.  Got a dedicated  simple cake book and hand mixer to experiment more. Some pictures from recent time. 

So far tried 

  • Normal Sponge Cake
  • Carrot walnut cake
  • Mocha pudding 
  • Date Cake
  • Honeyed Apple slice 

What a Saturday

Woke up at 4:25 AM ; it was supposed it be a a long day for me  as I try to run 39 KM practice run in a easy pace. Though I am not going to participate in the upcoming SCMM (Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon) 2015 I decided to stick with the full marathoner group to see how grueling their preparation can be. 


Assembled at 4:45 in front of the NCBS gate and met an ultra marathoner from our running group who already covered 23KM starting from 02:30 AM. Oh! boy still trying to keep my eyes and mind open and then you see this great guy who is running with a BIG SMILE. Really he is a person with big heart and great smile. He has transitioned to braefoot and was holding a small flashlight as he keeps on running in dark.

Being December we  decided to run only in the lighted area till sky gets clear which is almost an hour away. We started at 5:15 sharp and continued till almost 12 KM. Somehow I was running alone though there were two just running behind me.  I realized  missed the first planned water break after an hour but continued with them. Now sky being clear went for the full round of GKVK and completed 22KM. Had a banana and water and went out for the next  round. Somehow in the mind I was determined for 35KM as was not sure on 39KM. A week before only could do  a 30KM of running around Jakkur lake

As I crossed 28KM I started to feel my calf is burning with pain and I am slowing down.  I kept on saying to myself there is no stopping before 35.  I completed 30KM in 2:50 which was a very impressive achievement in itself. And completed 5 more in 3:22 :)  but  had to stop with my legs.

Good thing now these cramps comes after 30/33K earlier may be 18/20K.

Came home with  a quick shower was back to normal. It was a school day for Pamela as they had big annual day for senior class. While me and Aarush decided to bake a cake (Mocha Pudding) of his choice. Aarush was real gentle he allowed me to take a proper nap in the afternoon and did not touched iPad ;) woke me up on the correct time. 

The cake was second one from the new cook book called "1 Mix 50 Cakes".  All went super smooth, cake came out nice. Pamela called saying she is on her way to home and I thought to clean up few tea cups and glasses from sink and BANG  I realized the glass I was holding slipped & hit the side of the sink and oh! no blood and blood all around. 

I had no choice and  tried to put turmeric powder from kitchen shelf to stop the flow, it slowed down but could not stopped it completely.   I prepare myself to drive down to hospital and luckily Pamela made her entry as an angel in the door. We three went to hospital emergency. Soon it was all about getting the wound cleaned and prepared for the stitch work.  Got four stitches on my little left finger and headed back home.  

Could not stop myself thinking about the definition of accident.... while in road many a times it is because two or  three person taking chance and they met an accident and later blame each other for the same. Here there was not a single soul around me. God knows how many times washed fragile items and nothing happened and today after cutting  so many wine bottles with perfection I am wounded without any anticipation. 

Still this Saturday will be remembered  as one of my best run and awesome cake :) 

Instant Coffee Bundt Cake

Instant Coffee cafe

Was looking for a simple instant coffee cake recipe and after reading few here and there, zeroed on this one from NestlĂ©. But as usual did not had many things at home and being a weekend decided to go with what ever  had and make a simple sponge cake with coffee flavor. Very surprised how simple and tasty it came out being a coffee lover would try it again :) 

Had a disastrous start when mixed baking powder and baking soda in the wet mix of butter and sugar. And at the end thought would put at-least few raisins in the middle but that too I forgot as you see them in the picture on the top layer.

But the best is when things goes right it goes RIGHT :) with all that the cake came out very perfect I wish had a picture from just out of oven , these are  pictures after cutting the cake. 

So here is my poor man recipe if you want to give a try.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons NESCAFÉ instant Coffee
  • 1 cup milk ( warmed the milk and add the instant coffee and let it cool before mixing)
  • 1 teaspoons of vanilla 

Please ensure the oven is preheated enough with 20-25 minutes of heating time to get best result from oven.

Joy of baking


With the cold weather and shorter day lights lots of baking is going on and enjoying the butter and sugar lately. Feeling guilty as cann't resist and moreover did not do any exercise after my Paris - Versailles marathon :(
We were invited to one of my colleague’s place for the first time after almost 3 years in France for ‘Galette des rois’. It was very memorable and an enjoyable evening. Its a French custom to end the holiday session; where there is something hidden in the galette and if that is in your part you are considered king for that day. Children try to find the same in their part and some time they endup doing archaeological digging.
Pamela baked recently lots of cake and they came out good. The latest one was this apple tart. This was awesome. Now, she really set a very high mark for her skills and hope that she keeps it up :D