There are many reasons that people enjoy baking. For some, it Is that irresistible aroma, others, enjoy eating something fresh out of the oven, and many find it relaxing to bake. Given the current scenario, when all of us are indoors at home, keeping ourselves occupied and trying to be positive, baking is a good creative outlet and helps to get a dish ready too. Engage all the family members, especially kids. Baking need not only mean cakes and cookies. You can bake savoury treats too. Here are my 5 easy-to-bake dishes that I strongly recommend.
A Chocolate Cake instantly lifts up your mood. Fret not if you have no eggs at home. Try this cake with cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, water, vanilla extract, coconut oil, a dash of lemon juice or vinegar and a pinch of salt.
Mix all the wet and dry ingredients and bake at 180 degrees celsius for 30 minutes. Moist and rich - this cake is a real treat!
Combine softened butter, white (granulated) sugar, light brown sugar, pure vanilla extract, eggs, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, chocolate chips, and bake for just 8-10 minutes.
These decadent cookies are stuff dreams are made of and yet, relatively simple to make.
3. Vanilla Cupcakes
Who can resist biting into cupcakes to satisfy those sweet cravings? 1/4 cup butter softened 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup buttermilk at room temperature, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt, is all that you need to make yourselves some delectable cupcakes.
Put into cupcake moulds and bake these at 180 degrees celsius for about 18 minutes and voila! Your cupcakes are ready.
Sweets and desserts, are not all that you need to bake at home. Craving bread and it is scarce now. Worry not, bake yourself a quick bread with 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp active yeast and 1 tsp sugar.
Mix these ingredients, make a dough, proof for an hour or so, till it doubles in size. Then punch dough, reshape and place in a loaf tin. Cover and proof again for 30 minutes and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes. Enjoy this warm bread slathered with butter or jam.
Not easy to be grounded at home and no scope to eat out at all. Treat your family to this simple but delicious casserole tonight. All you need is, 4 cups chicken stock, 2 cups pasta, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 cups milk, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella, 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli or carrots or peas, 1 cup French-fried onions, salt to taste and freshly ground pepper.
These ingredients combined and baked for 25 minutes will give you a creamy one-pot dish, rich in flavours.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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