Friday, December 9, 2016

How to make sugar sprinkles at home - Homemade Colored Sugar Sprinkles

Homemade Sugar Sprinkles

Making Sugar sprinkles at home is quite an easy task,also it is much cheaper than buying from stores.I had colored sugar sprinkles which hubby bought from US.Actually I asked him for the colored semiya sprinkles and as it was in the pack of 6 he bought the entire pack and I had green and red sugar sprinkles in that pack which I used for my sugar cookies(recipe coming soon).I wanted to try and post homemade sugar sprinkles so that it will useful to many of you.So I tried in a very small batch, now lets get on to learn how to make sugar sprinkles at home.

Homemade Sugar Sprinkles

Sugar Sprinkles Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes:16 small bars
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: World

Granulated Sugar - 1/2 cup
Gel or Liquid Food colors - few drops(I used green,red and yellow)

Method:

  1. Measure sugar and keep it ready.Choose your food colors.Now divide the sugar into 3 ziplock bags.
    How to make Homemade Sugar Sprinkles - Step1
  2. Pour 3-4 drops of  red,yellow and green food colors in each seperate ziplock bags.Now shake each bag well.
    How to make Homemade Sugar Sprinkles - Step2
  3. Shake it well so that the colors are evenly distributed,shake and keep mixing until the colors are evenly mixed.Preheat oven at 100 deg C for 10mins. In a baking tray lay 3 small aluminum foils, transfer the sugar mixture to the foil.
    How to make Homemade Sugar Sprinkles - Step3
  4. Spread it with a fork so that it forms a thin layer.Bake at 100 deg C in preheated oven for 5-7 mins.Allow it cool down for 15mins.
    How to make Homemade Sugar Sprinkles - Step4
  5. Your homemade sugar sprinkles are ready.It will look slightly moist but after cooling down it becomes dry.Cool down completely then store.
    How to make Homemade Sugar Sprinkles - Step5
Store in a clean airtight box.No need to refrigerate but if you want to have a longer shelf life then refrigerate it.

Homemade Sugar Sprinkles

My Notes:

  • Use liquid or gel food colors.
  • If you have food color powders then a drop of water in the food color then add it to sugar.
  • Baking ensure drying up and also gives a glitter to the sugar so I recommend baking.
  • But those who do not own a oven , well you can just mix the food colors dry it well atleast for a day then store.Do not dry up in sun, the colors may fade, just dry it up in a shaded place.
Homemade Sugar Sprinkles
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe / Palm Leaf Kozhukattai for Karthigai Deepam

Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe

I saw this Panai Olai Kozhukattai in an old magazine last year but it was only after Karthigai Deepam I saw the recipe so left it off.I didn't note down the recipe but vaguely remembered the ingredients alone so just tried this kozhukattai with my own measures and the kozhukattais were just too good to resist.

Last month I was casually mentioning about this Kozhukatai to hubby and asked if he can buy me the panai olai and then forgot about it.One fine day he brought me few palm leaves, yayyy I tried these kozhukattais the very next day itself as I always have palm jaggery in stock.These kozhukattai tasted so good with the flavour of palm leaf and palm jaggery that I loved it so much.

Check out more karthigai deepam recipes

Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe


Panai Olai Kozhukattai / Palm Leaf Kozhukattai ready to taste :)
Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe

Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes : 15 small kozhukatais
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Rice Flour - 1 and 1/2 cups
Palm Jaggery - 3/4 cup tightly packed
Green Moong Dal - 2 tbsp
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. Crush palm jaggery,I used my hand mortar and pestle.Measure and transfer crushed palm jaggery to a pan.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe- Step1
  2. Add water till immersing level.Crush it well using a potato masher.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe- Step2
  3. Heat it up and cook for few mins until the jaggery melts completely.Strain to remove impurities.
    Hot to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe- Step3
  4. Wash the palm leaves,cut the center protion about 4 to 5 inches long and set aside.Dry roast green gram dal till slightly browned.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe - Step1
  5. Transfer to a mixer and grind to a coarse mixture.Now in a bowl add rice flour,green gram mixture,grated coconut and cardamom powder.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe - Step2
  6. Mix it well, I transferrred it to a wider bowl.Then add palm jaggery syrup little by little.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe - Step1
  7. Keep mixing and the syrup fully, mix well.If it is still dry, sprinkle little water to form a dough like this, not too dry and not too goey.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe - Step2
  8. Gather it together to form a dough.Open the palm leaf,grease it with oil,now stuff it with the dough legthwise.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe - Step2
  9. Tie it with a thread, I used palm leaf threads itself.Finish all the dough like this.Now arrange it in a steamer pot, I used my idli steamer.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe - Step2
  10. Steam it for atleast 15-20mins.Open and carefully remove the kozhukattais from the palm leaf.
    How to make Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe - Step2
Serve hot !
Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe Recipe

My Notes:

  • If you do not get palm leaves, you can make regular kozhukattais but the palm leaf flavour is the best in this kozhukattai.
  • Do not skip karupatti(palm jaggery).
  • If you have homemade rice flour then use that.
Panai Olai Kozhukattai Recipe Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Christmas Recipes

Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe

This Rocky Road Bars are no bake and just takes few minutes to put together but the end result will be so delicious...yes after all its chocolate heaven with the biscuits crunch and chewy marshmallows it is tough to say no to it.I tried this rocky road bars recipe is from Nigella's website and they turned out so good.

I bought marshmallows for trying few christmas recipes and as a big chunky bar of chocolate was lying as such so wanted to use it up soon so was browsing for recipes and this rocky road crunch bars were apt to try.

Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe

Add in chopped nuts,raisins,tutti frutti or some sprinklers,choco chips...the variations are endless!
Enjoy it chilled!


Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe

Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes:16 small bars
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: World

Dark Chocolate - 200 gms(roughly about 2 cups chopped)
Butter - 75 gms(4 tbsp)
Honey - 1/8 cup(30 ml)
Marshmallows - 50 gms(1 cup loosely packed)
Tea Biscuits* - 100 gms(about 1 cup crushed)(

*Note : I used 10 marie biscuits and 2 dark fantasy chocolate cookies

Method:

  1. Chop cooking chocolate,measure all the ingredients and get ready.First take biscuits in a ziplock bag and crush it using a rolling pin.Do not powder it,just crush we need bits and pieces.
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step1
  2. Take butter and cooking chocolate in a pan,add honey to it.
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step2
  3. Cook in low heat,it starts to melt down,keep mixing.
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step3
  4. See how smooth it is,this is the right consistency now add marshmallows.
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step4
  5. If you have mini marshmallows add it as such else chop it roughly then add.Give a quick mix(do not over mix) then add crushed cookies.
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step5
  6. Mix well.I crushed few marshmallows and added at the final stage(Check my notes).Now transfer this mixture to a foil wrapped tin.
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step6
  7. Pat it tightly with the spatula and freeze for 2-3 hrs.By now you can neatly take out the bar.Now cut.
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step7
  8. Cut into small squares and enjoy!
    How to make Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe - Step8
Keep refirgerated until serving time.

Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe

Keep refrigerated until serving time and serve chilled!!

Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe

My Notes:

  • There can be many variations, you can add chopped nuts,tutti frutti etc.
  • I used dark chocolate which was semi sweet, you can use normal cooking chocolate too.
  • Do not overcook mainly after marshmallows is added, if you cook more then marshmallow will melt down making it sticky, we need chuny pieces so just mix and crushed cookies immediately.
  • The only regret is I added the marshmallows as such and it was slightly bigger,later realised so took out few before mixing,chopped and added it in step 6.So my bars had chunky pieces nevertheless they were so delicious.
  • So if your marshmallows are big,chop them into small pieces then add it.
Christmas Rocky Road Crunch Bars Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

How to make Icing Sugar at home / Homemade Icing Sugar Recipe

Homemade Icing Sugar

Icing Sugar is often used in many frostings for cakes and cookies.Making icing sugar at home is very easy, we just need granulate white sugar and cornflour.Powdering the sugar fine is the main key to yield icing sugar for perfect creamy smooth icing.Icing sugar is nothing but powdered sugar with cornflour added.

Homemade Icing Sugar

Homemade Icing Sugar Recipe

Preparation Time:0 minutes | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes:1 cup
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: World

Granulate White Sugar - 1 cup
Cornflour - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Take 1 cup sugar in a mixer jar, Grind it to a fine powder.
    How to make Icing Sugar - Step1
  2. Transfer the mixture to a siever, add a tbsp of cornflour.Sieve it well atleast twice for even mixing.
    How to make Icing Sugar - Step2
  3. Discard this.Now store the icing sugar in an airtight container.
    How to make Icing Sugar - Step3
Use whenever required.
Homemade Icing Sugar

My Notes:

  • Use a clean dry mixie jar.
  • You can even make in bulk and store it.Keeps well for few months atleast.No need to refrigerate.
  • Do not add cornflour while grinding sugar, as cornflour will generate heat and make the powdered sugar moist.
Homemade Icing Sugar
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ginger Cookies Recipe - Soft Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies Recipe
These ginger cookies are soft and chewy making a great snack time partner.I loved the spice flavour a lot,even mittu loved it so much.I was a bit skeptical whether she would complain about the spice flavour but to my surprise she just loved itand asked me to reserve for her school snack box too.

These cookies are simple and easy to make too.I just tried replacing 1/4 cup white flour with wheat flour but still the cookies came out soo good.I referred a recipe and modified it but forgot the link, now tried searching but couldn't find the link :( 
Ginger Cookies Recipe

Ginger Cookies Recipe

Preparation Time:15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes:12 small sized cookies
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Maida - 1 and 1/4 cups
Butter - 1/3 cup
Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
Granulated white sugar - 1/4 cup
Honey - 1/8 cup
Egg - 1
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Dry Ginger Powder - 1/4 tsp
Cloves powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Butterscotch Chips - 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Measure and take flour,add it to the siever.Now add cloves powder,cinnamon powder,dry ginger powder and salt.Now add baking powder.How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step1
  2. Sieve it for even mixing,Set aside.In a mixing bowl,add butter.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step2
  3. Add brown sugar.Beat sugar and butter well until it becomes soft and smooth.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step3
  4. Add the egg and beat it(Iused the hand beater so just beated for just few seconds),then add honey.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step3
  5. Whisk it,now take the flour with spice mixture.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  6. Add it and beat it again just to bring everything together.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  7. Now use a spatula to mix well.It will be goey so just mix and bring together.Cling wrap it and refrigerate it atleast for 30mins.Use a tbsp measuring spoon to scoop.This is to get even sized cookie.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  8. Roll it using your palms, add it to sugar roll it.Preheat oven at 180 deg C for 10mins.Repeat the same until the entire dough finishes.Arrange it in a baking tray with butter paper laid on it.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  9. Using a flat bottomed cup,flatten it slightly.Bakein preheated oven for 8-10mins,timing depends on the size of the cookie too.Just keep an eye after 8mins.Bake till the top turns golden brown and starts to crack.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  10. Carefully remove them from butter paper then cool in wirerack.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4

Cool down and then store in airtight container.Serve warm with a glass of milk or as a tea time snack.

Ginger Cookies Recipe

My Notes:

  • Do not overbake, the cookies will become hard.The cookies should be golden brown.
  • Refrigeration is a must else you cannot roll them.
  • These cookies spread out so arrange them accordingly leaving enough space between each cookie.
  • I used cane sugar.
  • If you don't have electric hand mixer, you can use a whisk but it takes a bit of effort to bring together.
  • I used 1 cup maida and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour.
  • I kept the tray in fridge until preheating time may be for 5mins.
  • I got around 12 medium sized cookies.
  • If the dough is too sticky then grease the butter paper.I did not grease as there was no need.
  • The baking timing depends on the cookie size and thickness.If you are making a slighter thicker cookie then it might take 15 mins to get baked fully, so adjust the timing accordingly.
Ginger Cookies Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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