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Chocolate Banana Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - May 10, 2016

I always stock bananas (runner syndrome I guess!) in my house but during summers they obviously ripen very quickly. But of course, ripe bananas are perfect for baking. Chocolate Banana cake is wonderfully moist, soft and a bit dense. I like my cake without frosting but if you are looking to serve it as a dessert, you can top it with some chocolate ganache (click here for recipe).

And surprisingly my son loves it too. Now to the easy peasy two bowl recipe –

Flour – 125gm

Sugar – 200gm (granulate after measuring)

Cocoa  Powder -37/38gm

Bananas – 11/2 medium size or half cup post mashing (riper the better)

Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp

Water – 120ml (slightly warm)

Milk – 60ml

Oil – 60ml

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 3/4 tsp

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  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 8-10 mins.
  2. Mix/sieve together all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Mix together all the wet ingredients and mash the banana into it (I do it with a fork).
  4. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes (mine was done in about 38 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 inch square or round baking pan.

Remove the cake from the baking pan after ten mins. Let the cake cool down on the wire rack as shown below in the pic.

I prefer this cake after keeping it in the fridge for a couple of hours. IMG_20160504_163617

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Easy Chocolate Chip (chunk) Cookies

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 21, 2016

Kabir (my son) loves these Chocolate Chip Cookies a bit more than the brownies that I bake. And I baked them today to give him a little sweet surprise as today is his last day of 3rd grade. Perks of working from home I guess. This one is chewy and quite rich. Since, I have run out of chocolate chips, I will be using chunks of chocolate instead.

Butter – 113gm

Granulated White Sugar – 75 gmIMG_20160321_141427-01

Light/Dark Brown Sugar – 80gm (don’t use Mawana as that’s just colored white sugar)

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 3/4 tsp

Flour – 150 gms

Chocolate Chips – 135gm (I used Morde Dark Compund, any chocolate would do)

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

  1. Preheat oven at 190 Degrees C for about 8-10 mins. Line the baking tray with butter paper.
  2. With the hand mixer, beat the butter (straight from the fridge) in a bowl until soft and creamy.
  3. Beat the sugars with the butter till mixed well.
  4. Beat the egg as well as vanilla essence into the mixture and scrape the sides of the bowl as and when required.
  5. Mix all the dry ingredients together and add it to the above mixture till it incorporates.IMG_20160321_142507-01
  6. Add the chocolate chunks in the end.
  7. If the mixture is too soft (generally it is ), then refrigerate this mixture for half an hour or so.
  8. Use an icecream scoop or spoon to drop the mixture on to the baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 10-14 minutes. The sides should be golden brown but the center will still be little soft.
  10.  Let them cool down completely before picking up.

Note – Baking time will also depend on the size of the cookies you are making. This batter will make about 15-18 big cookies as shown in the pic above.

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Chocolate Ganache

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 18, 2016

I love Chocolate Ganache. The only problem being that I finish half of it licking. Ganache is also easy to spread on the cake or cupcakes. So when I’m in a mood to be a good mother, I let my son spread it and play with the toppings/sprinklers.

227 grams chocolate

180ml Amul fresh cream

  1. Chop the chocolate in small pieces.
  2. Heat the cream in the microwave in short bursts of 20 seconds each, 5-6 times
  3.  Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate. Let the chocolate melt for about 2-3 mins.
  4. Mix well to avoid any lumps.

Note – I use Morde Dark Compound. I find Milk Compound too sweet. However, you can use any chocolate of your choice, Lindt may be 😉

For piping consistency ganache –

300 grams Chocolate

275ml Amul fresh cream.

Do tell me how it turned out.

 

 

 

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Basic Chocolate Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 18, 2016

This cake recipe is as simple as it gets. I wanted to bake a Kitkat cake for my son on his 5th birthday and that’s why I hunted the internet for the easiest Chocolate Cake and Ganache recipe. I did a couple of trials and found this one the easiest.

I like my chocolate cake with Ganache topping (click here for the recipe). You can just pour the ganache over the cake once it cools down. This recipe can be used to make Chocolate Cupcakes as well. I once did a baking class for kids and they loved spreading the ganache on their cupcakes and decorating them with sprinklers. On my later posts, I will also share how to assemble the Kitkat cake (it looks very professional).

Flour – 125 gmIMG_20160314_160153

Cocoa Powder (Hershey’s or Cadbury’s) – 30 gm

Sugar- 2oo gm

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Egg – 1

Warm water – 120ml

Milk – 120ml

Oil – 60ml

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

  1. Pre heat oven for 8-10 minutes @ 180 degrees C.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients well.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients.
  4. Gently mix the dry and wet ingredients with the spatula.
  5. Pour the mixture in a 8″inch round/square greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.

 

Disclaimer – This is not my recipe. I got it from the internet 3-4 years back.

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Banana Walnut Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - March 1, 2016

Banana Walnut Loaf is one of my all time favourites. It’s easy to bake and I don’t feel guilty about throwing the over ripe bananas. When I was home baking commercially, Carrot cake and this used to sell like hot ‘cakes’. I tried the variation of this with chocolate chips to get my son to appreciate it but he likes his brownies and chocolate chip cookies way too much. It makes for a very filling snack and I love it with my black tea.

Flour – 230gm

Sugar – 150gmIMG_20150528_123920

Baking Powder –  1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp

Cinnamon Powder – 1tsp

Eggs – 2 (room temp)

Butter – 113 gm (melted)

Ripe bananas – 3 medium size (riper the better)

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

Walnuts  – 50gm

Place walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes at 180 degrees C or until lightly brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and coarsely chop.

  1. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients – flours, baking pwd, baking soda, granulated sugar and cinnamon powder.
  2. In another bowl mash the bananas and lightly beaten eggs, vanillas essence and melted better.
  3. Lightly mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  4. Add the walnuts.IMG_20150528_125935
  5. Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees for about 10 mins. Bake for 40-50 minutes (mine was done in about 50 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 or 9 inch baking loaf pan.

Note –

Don’t overmix the batter otherwise the cake will become chewy.

You can substitute walnuts with chocolate chips.

The batter is thick and gooey. Don’t bother if the bananas aren’t finely mashed.

Disclaimer – This is not my original recipe. I had got it from the internet 3-4 years back.

 

 

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Why Mom Runs?

Marathons, Parenting - Anupriya kapur - August 13, 2015

Now that the “running season” has started and most of us are out on long runs during weekends, it got me wondering how our kids really view us and our running. What exactly is their perspective on this little hobby of ours! So I asked ten runner moms and this is what their little ones had to say. I can’t deny I had fun making this post. Cute and candid responses 🙂

Please click on the artwork to read, it will open up and click on it again to enlarge (this is the best I could do, sorry for the inconvenience!)
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Just in case you are not able to click the image, here’s the text –

Vaishali Kasture   Son (7) – Mom runs because it makes her very happy.

Seema Pillai Daughter (11)“Office is boring – so you want to have some fun”. Son (13) — ” Because you want to be fit and happy”.

Priyanka Sehgal Mehta  Son (8) – because she wants to be fit.  Daughter (5) – because she wants to bring medals and certificates home.

Preeti Daughter (11) “My mom suffers from a disease known as mad person disease. She claims she runs to keep the craziness away. Which sort of proves my point about mad person disease. My message to all you kids out there who have moms who run – I feel you”

Sangeeta Son (11) Because she likes to run and so that no clothes are SMALL for her.

Sonia Son (11 ) She is always running against time to manage home and work. Now she runs on roads to help her remain fit, release her tension and encourage others.

Tanya  Daughter (4.5) – She likes to run because she likes to eat well and sleep well and then become strong.

Nipa Daughter (10) – to escape from her kids, but we always catch up. Son (8) To stay healthy and be able to keep up with us.

Sayuri Son (10)  because she not get angry on me. 2) because she likes to wear running clothes. 3) because she like to be fitness.

 

 

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