Gingerbread Scones

Okay too many things are happening. Firstly, as usual I have been MIA since a couple of months. If you are curious and you want to know what I was up to – well I can’t believe I am saying this because I have my own Kitchen! I have a professional kitchen all to myself… well almost all to myself. Me and my very talented partner decided to take the plunge and start The Omakase Kitchen, which is a Japanese and Korean delivery and take away joint. So its been three months, it’s been mad, it’s been hectic but I am enjoying every minute of it. Secondly, it’s that time of the year where I go crazy. Christmas is coming! And as you guys know that it is my favorite time of the year. Thirdly it is my blog’s anniversary. Yes I just completed four years of blogging. Happy Blog Birthday to me!

Coming back to the recipe – every year I do my take on the ever popular and delicious Gingerbread. This year, I have made Gingerbread Scones. This British delicacy is perfect as your tea time snack. 

Gingerbread Scones

Makes about 10 scones

Ingredients – 

  • 225 grams All Purpose Flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 25 grams Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon mix spice 
  • 37 grams softened butter
  • 112 grams milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions – 

  • Preheat oven to 220 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, ginger powder, cinnamon, mix spice and sugar.
  • Add the butter and whisk till sandy consistency. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla and milk. 
  • Leaving 1 tablespoon of the milk and egg mixture to glaze the scones later. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix in two additions. 
  • Mix until combined. The dough should be sticky and a little wet. 
  • Dust flour on a table, take the dough and flatten it with your hand till about 1/2 cm in height. Taking a 1 inch round cookie cutter, cut circles and put them on the baking tray. Repeat the process by reusing the scraps.
  • Using a pastry brush glaze the scones with egg and milk mixture.
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or till golden brown at 220 C. Let them cool completely before serving. 

Notes – 

  • You can add or delete the amount of spices according to your liking. I prefer the flavor of spices on the heavier side in my dishes. So I have modified it accordingly. 
  • You can also modify the size of the scones according to your liking. 
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Cappuccino Snickerdoodle

Its Christmas time! My obsession of baking delicious winter-y goods is on an all time high. This is my time to experiment and try all the new dishes that I have in mind. I made these cookies in October for Halloween, but I had made a huge batch and right now its frozen in my freezer. So I am ready with these delicious treats whenever I want them.

I know the last recipe was also coffee related, but I am not sorry – I love coffee and as I said before coffee in desserts is just perfect.

According to me Cappuccino Snickerdoodle is the best version of Snickerdoodle. Snickerdoodle is basically – Cinnamon cookies. As you all know cinnamon and coffee compliment each other very well. So this mingle was bound to create great flavors.

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Cappuccino Snickerdoodle

Ingredients –

  • 200 gms butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup instant coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Method –

  • Preheat the oven to 175 C.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl.
  • In a small bowl mix 3 tablespoon of castor sugar and 3/4 tablespoon of cinnamon and keep aside.
  • Using the paddle attachment of the stand mixer / hand mixer, cream butter and the remaining castor sugar, and brown sugar till light and fluffy, for about 4 -5 minutes on medium speed.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and instant coffee powder in the butter – sugar mixture. Mix for 1 – 2 minutes until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture. Add the vinegar. Mix until everything is combined.
  • Scoop the batter with a tablespoon on your hands and roll it into a ball. Coat them in the cinnamon sugar prepared before. Place them on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake them for 12 – 15 minutes or until brown.

Tips –

  • Make ahead  – You can wrap the batter in a plastic wrap and store it in the freezer. When needed, remove it from the freezer. Let it thaw till its soft, and continue with scooping, rolling and coating.
  • You can substitute the brown sugar with castor sugar. Though I feel the brown sugar brings in a subtle nutty flavor.

 

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Marshmallows. These little pieces of sweetness are so versatile. Drop a couple of them in your hot chocolate, flavor is enhanced. Layer graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows in a pan, pop them in the oven for a bit. You have S’mores ready. Melt the marshmallows in the microwave, you have Marshmallow fluff ready. And obviously eat them just as they are and this fluffy snow pieces are just plain delicious.

So what if I say we can make marshmallows at home. Yes possible. Yes very easy. No not many ingredients. Yes you have to plan ahead. Scroll down, see the recipe and please read the pointers (very important)

Marshmallows

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Ingredients –

  • 4 3/4 teaspoon gelatin powder
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • tiny pinch of salt

SC Mix (sugar cornstarch mix) –

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch/cornflour

Method –

  • In a small bowl, mix gelatin and half of of the cold water. Keep it aside for the gelatin to bloom, for about 5 minutes.
  • Grease a 8 inch round/square pan, line it with plastic wrap. Lightly grease the wrap.
  • Mix icing sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. This will be called the SC mix. Dust some of it on the pan.
  • Heat the gelatin mixture in a microwave for about 30 seconds or more. Till the gelatin is melted and the mixture is hot but not boiling, so that the gelatin can activate.
  • In a stand mixer, add the warm gelatin and half of the corn syrup. Start mixing on a low speed.
  • In a saucepan, take the remaining half of the water and corn syrup, add caster sugar and tiny pinch of salt. On medium high heat let all the sugar melt. If you have a candy thermometer, bring the temperature to 120 Celsius. If you don’t have the candy thermometer bring it to a good rolling boil, the mixture should be thick and clear.
  • When the mixture reaches 120 C. Slowly and carefully pour the sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture, while the mixer is still on. Increase the speed to medium and mix it for 5 minutes.
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • Turn the speed up to high, mix for 10 – 15 minutes. Until stiff peaks like meringue are formed.
  • Pour the mixture on to the pan. Level the mixture  on top with a spatula. Dust a good amount of SC mix on top. Leave it out in room temperature for 24 hours.
  • On a tray/plate dust the SC mix. Flip the marshmallow out and dust more SC mix on top.
  • Take a knife and cut pieces. You can also just rub SC mix on the knife to avoid sticking.
  • Take the individual pieces and coat with SC mix and store in an airtight container. Overtime due to humidity the marshmallows may become sticky. Coat them in SC mix before serving.

Pointers –

  • Whipping the mixture will take any where around 15 – 20 minutes. If you have a stand mixer your workload is lessened quite a bit. If you have a hand mixer then you need someone to either pour the sugar mixture while you mix or vice versa. But continue whipping till almost stiff peaks.
  • You have to use gelatin. Some of you may have dietary concerns regarding gelatin but substituting it may and may not give the same results.
  • Sugar at 120 C will be at the soft ball stage. Which when you drop a drop of mixture in to cold water and remove it, it will turn into a soft ball.
  • The SC mixture is very important and cannot be edited.
  • Let the marshmallows rest at least for 24 hours before serving. Do not keep it in the refrigerator. You have to set it at room temperature.

Do comment below if you liked/tried/query about the recipe.

Pumpkin Pie

So I had planned to post it before Thanksgiving but its me and I get late. But better late than never. Here I present to you first time ever – Pumpkin Pie. But first of all a bit Gyaan (information) –

We bakers usually complain that most of the international desserts cant be made over here cause of one constant reason “That INGREDIENT is not available” but I always wonder why nobody bakes/sells a Pumpkin dessert. Pumpkin is ample available here. Or is it our logic of “who will eat Kadu” So I am breaking this … whatever this myth/reasons/blah blah is and baking a Pumpkin Pie.

Without further ado here goes –

This recipe is for enough for 8 inch Pie.

Pumpkin Pie

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First Pumpkin Puree –

Ingredients –

  • Half decent size Pumpkin / 4 cups chopped Pumpkin
  • Water

Method –

Boil pieces of Pumpkin until soft. I used pressure cooker.

Drain the water. In a food processor puree the pumpkin. In a muslin / cheesecloth let the Pumpkin puree hang for at least 2 hours. As Pumpkin will loose a lot of extra water.

While the puree is getting ready. Get started with the Pie Crust.

Pie Crust –

Ingredients –

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 100 grams cold Butter cut into pieces
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons cold water

Method –

In a food processor pulse flour, salt, sugar or whisk it in a large bowl.

Add butter and pulse again until sandy texture. Or mix it with a whisk/spoon/hand by rubbing the butter with the flour.

Add 1 tablespoon of water and knead with your hand. Keep adding cold water till the mixture begins to hold together and forms a dough.

Form a ball and wrap it in a plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Remove the dough, sprinkle some flour on the surface and roll it to 10 inch disk for a 8 inch pie pan.

Grease the pie pan with butter and flour. Put the rolled dough onto the pan, press slightly around so it will take the shape of the pan.

Preheat the oven – 180 C

Cut a square piece of parchment paper and put it on top of the dough. Put some raw rice/beans as pie weights on the paper.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the pie weights and bake more for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Remove and let it cool.

Pumpkin –

Ingredients –

  • 3/4 Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornflour/cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup cream

Method –

Preheat oven 180 C

In a large bowl whisk everything until combine.

Pour the mixture into the cooled Pie crust and bake for 35 to 40 minutes till the sides are set and center slight wobbly.

Let it cool for an hour and then cut into slices or just dig in.

If any question or comments or reviews if you tried the recipe please do let me know in the comments section below.