Asha Singh

As a kid, my grandparents used to get me these biscuits from a nearby bakery and its name was SOOSBERRY.  I am not sure if this is the real name .It is also known as  Butter biscuits.  I used to enjoy every bite of this coz it used to just melt away in ones mouth. Each time I hear the name Soosberry I am reminded of my grandparents house, when they lived at the Railway Colony in Madurai.

Now this is a very simple recipe and any novice baker can try this delicious biscuit. I have used butter, though the bakery bought biscuits are made of vegetable shortening/vanaspathi[ dalda].

Ingredients

All Purpose flour/Maida                                          3 cups
Sugar [Powdered] or Icing Sugar                            1 1/2 cups
Butter or Vanaspathi[Vegetable Shortening]            1 cup

Method
  • Knead Maida and Sugar powder and butter/vanaspathi into dough.
  • If the dough is dry add a little more butter/vanaspathi and knead well.
  • Spread the dough on a platter or chappathi maker.
  • The thickness should be about 1/2 an inch.
  • With the help of a cookie cutter cut the dough.
  • Place these biscuits on a well buttered cookie sheet.
  • Bake the biscuits for about 15-20 mins at 150* C.

That's it, your butter biscuit is ready !!!!



Asha Singh
MARBLE CAKE

Ingredients

1/2 lb butter
1/2 lb sugar
1/2 lb flour
4 eggs
2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 tsp strawberry essence/rose essence
1/4 tsp almond essence
Green, Pink & Yellow coloring[ i used blue coz i ran out of pink coloring and it was 11pm in the night while i was baking this]

Method
  • Preheat the oven to 350*F/180*C/Mark 4 
  • Have a 8" round or square tin ready.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a processor or hand held beater.
  • Add eggs one by one.
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder.
  • Fold in the flour .
  • Then divide the mixture evenly into 3 containers. 
  1. Add vanilla and yellow coloring in the first mix.
  2. Pink and strawberry/rose essence in the second mix.
  3. Green and almond essence in the third mix.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan one top of the other and cut through the mix with a knife.
  • Bake it for 50 minutes.
Asha Singh
Chennai had its showers lately and on a lovely afternoon i was tempted to make cupcakes/muffins. Cupcakes are a favourite for people both young and old i followed the recipe from here.  Hunting for the muffin paper was a bit tiresome but i managed to get a friends help to get this . There was no need for the icing coz the batches of cupcake just disappeared............the recipe was so simple and very tasty.
Asha Singh

Ingredients

7 oz flour
3 oz sugar
3 oz butter
1 small egg
pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 pkt cherries

Method
  1. Cream butter and sugar together until soft and light
  2. Add the egg and beat for about 5 mins.
  3. Fold the flour and mix well into a soft dough.
  4. Add Vanilla.
  5. Grease two flat baking trays and pipe the cookies.
  6. Press a cherry on each cookie and bake in a moderate oven until top is slightly brown for about 10-12 mins in 350 degree F.
Asha Singh

The Barbie doll cake which I made for my daughter's Birthday
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Asha Singh



SPONGE CAKE


Ingredients

  • Flour [ Maida] 1/4 kg
  • Sugar 1/4 kg
  • Butter 1/4 kg
  • Eggs 4
  • Vanilla Ess. 1 tsp
  • Almond Ess. 1 tsp.
  • Baking Powder 1 tsp
  • Salt 1 pinch
  • Milk 1/4 cup


Method

  1. Pre Heat the oven.
  2. Add Maida flour and baking powder and salt and sift .
  3. Separate the egg whites and yolk and beat separately.
  4. Beat the butter till creamy.
  5. Add Sugar powder and beat again.
  6. Add the yolks and beat.
  7. Add the egg whites and then the maida flour.
  8. Add milk and essence and fold the batter.
  9. Transfer the contents into a pan and bake at 180 C for 30 mins.
Asha Singh
One of my favourite cake which i loved and cherished as a kid was the Date Cake and i would eat all the crumps in a day. Now my kids also love this cake and they are a hit with their friends and I feel so happy and rewarded when all the little folks come and say a big thanks for the cake sent to school.

Well here goes the recipe.

DATES CAKE














Ingredients.

  • 1 lb Dates
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 tsp soda[level tsp]

Mince dates and soak overnight with water & soda

















  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 lb sugar
  • 6 oz butter
  • 1/2 lb flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 oz chopped cashewnuts
  • 1 tsp all spice [ cardomon, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg]
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp almond essence

Method

Cream butter and Sugar.

Add eggs one at a time and beat mixture well.

Fold in the flour gradually which has been sifted with baking powder.

Add essence, date mixture, and cashew nuts.


Bake in a moderate oven for 40 mins. ie 180 C or 350 F.

bon appetit :)

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