Friday, July 3, 2015

Workaholic's Hot Chocolate | GoodBye to Chilly Weather

The moment it rains, I make sure I enjoy a cuppa of Hot Chocolate either spiced white hot chocolate or the French style Chocolat Chaud. This time I thought I will do it differently as I saw a thicker version by Paula Deen.

A custardy hot chocolate.... I had never heard of custard being added to hot chocolate.Ofcourse the taste was awesome as they compliment each other. But I was taken aback by the thickness of the chocolate drink. Its very filling too and I skipped my next meal after drinking a cuppa. No wonder its called a workaholic's hot chocolate -- you can keep ooooonnnnnn working for a long time without even taking a snack break.

The original recipe involved making a custard from scratch with eggs and milk, I went for the easier eggless way using custard powder. 

Ingredients:

Vanilla Custard :1 cup or more prepared using vanilla custard powder with 1 and 1/4 cup as per instructions given in the packet. 
Semi sweet/milk/dark chocolate: 2 tbsp + grated
Hot milk: 1 cup +

Preparation: 
Prepare the custard , take it off heat and stir in the chocolate grated or chopped. Make sure it completely dissolves and you get a smooth mixture. To this add in the additional 1 cup of milk or more if too thick. 

Serve warm in cups garnished with marshmallows, more cocoa, grated chocolate or cinnamon.
You can add any spices while making the custard or your choice of flavours.I bet you can't have more than a cup at a time, but you'll end up making it again and again.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cheesy Soda Bread | Perfect for the lazy weather

I had tried Irish Soda bread long back and when I saw a cheesy version of soda bread at KingArthurFlour.com, that was all I needed to pull me out of lethargy thanks to the  lazy weather we are having in Bengaluru. I halved the recipe spiced it up a bit and there it was a perfect pick me up for the weather.

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1.25 cups
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp

Cold Unsalted Butter: 2 tbsp

Sharp Cheddar grated: 3/4 cup
Chilli Flakes: 1/2 tsp

Butttermilk: 10 tbsp 
Egg: 1/2 (3/4 pkd tsp of energ + 2 tbsp of water)

Preparation:
In a big bowl, mix together flour,soda,baking powder and salt.Add cold cubed butter, working it into the flour until you get a crumbly mixture. 

Fold in grated cheese and chilli flakes.

Mix together butter milk and egg and add to the dry mix ,stirring until everything is moistened and you get a wet sticky mass.

Scoop the dough into a lightly greased /lined 8" square dish and spread it to the edges. 

Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for 40-45 minutes until the tester inserted into the centre  comes out clean.

Remove from oven, loosen the edges with a knife, after 5 minutes, turn the bread onto the rack and let it cool for atleast 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve hot if needed with tomato sauce/dip. 


I had it with as such and it was over more quickly than the time it took to bake. Texturewise it was slightly softer than the regular soda bread- almost like sandwich bread- due to the addition of cheese.


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