WHOLE WHEAT HEARTY NICE BISCUITS(Hearty whole wheat flour cookies)

‘Nice’ Biscuits is one of my favourite biscuit brands. These sugar-coated biscuits are an absolute delight. I finally tried a similar recipe at home and was ecstatic when I could create the same taste at home so easily with only four ingredients! And this is a healthy version, as usual, made with whole wheat and cane sugar.
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INGREDIENTS:
Whole wheat flour 100g
Cane sugar 48g
Butter(room temperature) 50g
Desiccated Coconut 25g
Sugar crystals 1 tablespoon
2 tbsp Beetroot milk ( Beetroot mix with milk and grind like a milkshake )

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. First, cream the butter and cane sugar until light and fluffy. Takes about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the wheat flour, desiccated coconut and beetroot Milk and form a soft dough. Do not knead.wp-15815280726205006602812988093367.jpg
  3. Cover and keep the dough in the refrigerator for half an hour.
    Roll out the dough between two parchment sheets to 1cm thickness.
  4. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the cookies.wp-15815280728266832572264348411129.jpg
  5. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray and sprinkle sugar on the top.
  6. Bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  7. Cool them completely on a wire rack. Store them in an airtight container and it should stay good for ten days.
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    NOTES:

  • Choose the baking time and temperature as per your oven.
  • The cookies get baked quickly and have a tendency to get burnt so keep an eye on them.
  • Do not over bake, once it starts to turn lightly brown along the edges. Take them out, they will be soft when hot but will harden on cooling.
  • The important step here is the creaming process as that would give a good texture to the biscuits.
  • I always bake my cookies or biscuits without baking powder so creaming is an essential step to get flaky, melt in mouth biscuits.
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HEALTHY WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR BEETROOT PASTRY

Happiness is making Healthy Whole-wheat flour Beetroot Pastry for a valentine celebration.
This pastry is fluffy and moist and very easy and quick to prepare. It is a great way to get some veggies into your diet while still enjoying a sweet treat.
I love beetroot and try to use it in my recipes very often because of nutritional values and also a beautiful natural colour.
Everyone, who tasted it was surprised that such a delicious treat could be made from a vegetable many don’t like.
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INGREDIENTS :
Dry mixture
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp sugar powdered

Wet mixture
200 grams condensed milk
1/4cup + 2 tbsp beetroot juice
1tsp vanilla essence
50 grams of butter, melted
2tbsp oil
1/4tsp lemon zest
1tsp lemon juice

DECORATION :
Whipped cream
Red fondant
sugar syrup

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C.
  2. Combine the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and Cocoa powder & Sugar and sieve 2-3 times and keep aside.wp-15814713499033367408206311608290.jpg
  3. Combine the Milkmaid and beetroot juice in a bowl and whisk well. Keep aside.wp-15814713501636261079569419173247.jpg
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture gradually and keep stirring.
  5. Add lemon zest and lemon juice and mix well.
  6. Add melted butter & oil and mix well.wp-15814713503643234432173281878115.jpg
  7. Stir until the mixture is of pouring consistency.
  8. Now add the vanilla essence and lightly stir again once.
  9. Grease the cake/cupcake mould and sprinkle little maida into it.
  10. Pour the batter into it and bake in a pre-heated oven in 20 to 25 minute.
  11. Remove and cool.
  12. Take a single cupcake and cut it into 3 parts resembling three layers
  13. Put some sugar syrup and whipped cream on the first layer, then put the second layer and repeat.
  14. Put the third layer on, putting cream and crumbled cake pieces on it.
  15. You can decorate it further with cupcake crumb and fondant toppers.
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LITTLE HEART STRAWBERRY SANDESH

Little heart is my favourite biscuit-type.
Valentine’s day is over but heart- shape obsession is forever.

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Sandesh is a famous Bengali sweet loved by everyone and by far one of the easiest Indian dessert recipes, I have come across.
Here I am sharing a flavoured Sandesh in a  heart-shaped biscuit sandwich. So I tried innovating and experimenting with a traditional recipe and it turned out to be pretty good. A good presentation can do wonders and these little sweeties are just the catch!
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INGREDIENTS:
2 servings
250-gram paneer
150  grams condensed milk
1 tbsp milk powder
1 tbsp  (according to the sweetness you like)
1 tbsp refined flour i.e maida
1/2 cup strawberry puree
1 tsp strawberry essence (optional)
12 little hearts biscuits, edible sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a blender add grated paneer, condensed milk, milk powder, refined flour and strawberry puree, strawberry essence now churn the mixture into a fine paste. Check for the sweetness, if you feel it to be less add some powdered sugar and mix well.
  2. Take a non-stick pan and transfer the entire mixture. Stirring continuously, cook the mixture on a medium flame. Cook till the mixture becomes dry enough that it can be made balls off.
  3. Now the interesting part of the recipe….make medium sized balls from the mixture. Take the little heart biscuit and place a ball cover it with another biscuit to make Sandesh sandwich.
  4. Press the biscuits together so that the ball fits in between the biscuits properly and takes the shape of the heart.decorate with some sprinkles.
  5. A very interesting and fascinating dessert prepared in very less time.
  6. Can easily be on your menu list in your next party.
  7. If you like this recipe, share it friends and family and spread the love.PicsArt_02-24-09.58.38.jpg
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MINI STRAWBERRY TARTS

I  love these mini fruit tarts because they’re SO easy to make. The recipe might have a few steps, but making them couldn’t be easier. And look how pretty they are, with all the cream & strawberries.
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I have used strawberries here but you can use fruits of your choice for making the fruit tarts. Also instead of a cream filling, you may use custard, cream cheese or ganache.
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They are easy to serve and look absolutely gorgeous on the plate.

Makes 8 tarts.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup plain flour maida
1/4 cup salted butter – cold
a pinch baking powder
1 tbsp powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp ice cold water
Whipped cream 1/2 cup
Strawberry coulis 2tbsp

Strawberry coulis recipe here…STRAWBERRY COULIS / SAUCE

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the cold, solid butter into small pieces.
  2. add baking powder, sugar, and butter to the bowl.PicsArt_02-14-09.18.42.jpg
  3. Rub the butter into the flour with fingertips till it resembles bread crumbs. add 2-3 tbsp cold water.PicsArt_02-14-09.19.55.jpg
  4. Bind into a dough of rolling consistency. knead lightly.PicsArt_02-14-09.20.46.jpg
  5. Roll out large chapati of1/8″thickness. Cut out small circles with a biscuit cutter or a Katori, which is slightly bigger than the tart mould and fit them into tart tins.PicsArt_02-14-09.21.34.jpg
  6. prick with a fork bake blind for 8 minutes in the centre of a hot oven 200℃ till very lightly golden in colour.
  7. take out from oven .cool.

    ASSEMBLE:

  8. Fill cooled tart shells with whipped cream.
  9. Top with strawberry coulis and fresh strawberries.
  10. Serve after some time at room temperature or cold
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NOTES:

  • Wait until the moulds are completely cool before removing them.
  • prick the base of the tart with a fork so it doesn’t puff up .
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CHOCOLATY ROSE CAKE STICKS

Valentine’s Day is dedicated to love, but for me, every day is Valentine’s day with the love of my life. And every day I try to do something special to make my family happy.

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Love is a big part of me, my life and my cooking.And here I present chocolate rose cake sticks.I got the idea for the same from my Facebook group member Kruti Bipin.Thanks dear.

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I am addicted o red color which is the color of love and Valentine’s is the perfect time for making this. This would make a healthy and great dessert for parties.

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INGREDIENTS:

Maida –  11/4 cups
Baking Soda –  1/2 tsp
Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
Butter –  softened 1/2 cup
Yogurt –  1/2 cup room temp
Hot Milk –  1/4 cup
rose Essence –  1/4 Tsp
Chopped almonds cashews and tutee fruity 1 tbsp.
Red gel color 1/4 tsp or 4to 5drops.
Dark chocolate 1cup
sprinkles
sate sticks

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180 C, 10 minutes before baking.
  2. Sift together maida, baking powder & soda bicarbonate.
  3. Beat softened butter, powdered sugar, hot milk, yogurt, and vanilla essence till light & fluffy.
  4. Fold in the sifted flour.
  5. Grease and Dust the cake mold … the process of applying a thin layer of butter to the tin and then coat it with Maida is called grease and dust. This process ensures easy removal of cake. 1518548104734
  6. Tap the pan on the back and dust off the excess flour  1518548177746
  7. Pour the batter into it.1518548177746
  8. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 mins or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.1518548312083Assembly 
  9. When the cakes get cooled completely, take it out of the mold.1518548387592
  10. Pierce sate sticks/lolly sticks in them.1518548515188
  11. Take a tray and cover it with butter paper.
  12. Dip the cake sticks in melted chocolate and decorate with rainbow sprinkles.1518548790344
  13. Keep on butter paper tray and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.
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NOTES

 You may use any mold of your choice.
you can make chocolate and vanilla flavor too

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CHOCOLATE LOVE LETTER

Love is in the air, its valentine week ⚘⚘⚘❤❤❤️ and it smells like chocolaty everywhere to me!
Many people celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore.
Valentine’s Day is extra special to me because I get to celebrate it with the most caring and handsome man that ever walked on Earth!
On this love day, once again I am proposing to my hubby. So this time I tried in a different and exciting way to express my own thoughts of love with this chocolate love letter.
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To celebrate the festival of love.I am presenting this to my hubby and it’s purely my creation. I believe this is too romantic with full of craziness.
There are two ways to make these chocolates at home, using cocoa powder and using chocolates and I have made these chocolates using dark compound chocolate. It takes just a bit of time for the melted chocolate to cool down.
Even you can add some romance to your Valentine’s Day through this easy recipe.
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Sharing happy moment …
My chocolate love letter and our photograph published in Patrika News Paper (Indore city )…It’s called craziness …
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LOVE IS IN THE AIR
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INGREDIENTS :
Dark compound chocolate – 2 cup
you can go for any available brand. I prefer mostly Morde which can be ordered online.
Add-ins of your choice – nuts, fruits, coconut, dried fruits
Whipped cream 1/2 cup
piping bag
edible heart sprinkles
INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. Take out the chocolate from refrigerator and keep it in room temperature for an hour. Now chop the chocolate coarsely.
  2. You can use either the microwave method or double boiler method for melting the chocolate compound. I prefer the microwave method as it’s simple & less messy and the result is just a few buttons away!
  3. Now place chopped chocolates in a microwaveable bowl
  4. Melt it for about 1 minute at 900W. Stir it well to acquire the same temperature to chocolate
  5. Then chop the nuts into small pieces and add those pieces and raisin to the melted chocolate.
  6. I wanted to write a letter so I used a heart shaped cake pan for my chocolate.You may use any mold as per your choice/ availability.
  7. First I put a butter paper in my cake pan and pour the chocolate and raisin mixture into the cake pan.1518417596803
  8. Put the mold on a flat surface to make it even so that you get a finished look after its set.
  9. Refrigerate the mold for at least 15 minutes. Once set you can unmould them.1518417669355
  10. It doesn’t need refrigeration once it’s set properly.
  11. your chocolate is ready for writing a letter.
  12. I used whipped cream for writing, you can use melted white chocolate either.
  13. Take some whipped cream and put it in a piping bag. Start writing your thoughts on chocolate and decorate with edible hearts.1518365952193
tadaaaaaaa your chocolate love letter is ready.
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NOTES :
1. The amount of chocolate depends upon the size of the mold you use.
2. You can use half of the white compound and half dark compound according to your taste.
3. You can mix chopped nuts, dry fruits, chopped fresh fruits, orange zest, liquor, cinnamon, chopped candies, flavors like vanilla, mint, butterscotch.
 The sky is the limit!
4. Make sure the mold is dry.
5. Do not freeze for a long time, 15 min is more than enough, after that demold and put it in a box and refrigerate. No need to freeze it.

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