Cakes & Pastries · FOOD

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake

Ingredients:

2 Cups of All Purpose Flour

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Powder

2 tsps Baking Soda

3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 Cups Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 Cup Hot Coffee ( 1.25 Teaspoons Of Instant Coffee Powder With 1 Cup Of Hot Water)

1 Cup Milk

1/2 Cup Silken Tofu Pureed

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Grease and flour  two baking pans.

Sieve the flour and mix together the salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and sugar into a large mixing bowl.

Making a small well, add canola oil, followed by hot coffee decoction and then milk.

Blend the silken tofu and add it to the above mixture. 

Add few of drops of vanilla essence.

Beat it for 3-5 minutes and pour the batter evenly into the baking pans.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Test with  a tooth prick to ensure that the cake is completely baked.

Allow the cakes to cool completely, before removing them from pans.

Remove the cooled cakes from pans, wrap them with transparent food wrap and refrigerate it for 12 hours before frosting.

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FOOD · International

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue
Cheese Fondue

Spinach Artichoke Fondue. (This is “Melting Pot’s” recipe)

Ingredients
4 oz. Vegetable Bouillon
1/2 tsp. Chopped Garlic
2 oz. Drained, Chopped Spinach
2 oz. Chopped Artichoke Hearts
2.5 oz of butterkase cheese, lightly floured
2.5 oz of fontina cheese, lightly floured
 
3 drop(s) Tabasco Sauce (to taste)
Chopped Vegetables : I used carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, onions, potatoes, green apples etc.
Method:
1) Heat the Fondue Pot. Then, add few drops of oil and and vegetable bouillon base to the liner.
2) Place fork into it.
3) Add chopped garlic, onion, spinach, and artichokes and stir the ingredients.
4) Add 1/3 of grated cheese and whip thoroughly.
5) Add the next 1/3 of grated cheese blend and continue whipping.
6) Add the last 1/3 of grated cheese blend and repeat whipping until cheese melts.
7) Add Tabasco sauce to the mixture.
8) Remove Fork from the pot.
9) Using fork, dip a vegetable piece into the cheese fondue and relish!
 
Note:
Flouring Procedure: 5.5oz flour per 5lb of cheese; 5oz portions.
Cities · TRAVEL

New Year 2014 in New York City!

NYC Taxi
NYC Taxi

What better way to kick-start “New Year 2014” than travel to world’s most awesome city?! 😉

Having packed our luggage with plentiful winter wear, thermals, winter jackets, gloves, scarfs, caps and snow boots, we commenced our wonderful journey by landing in LaGuardia airport.

The beauty of NYC is, it has an amazing transportation systems like:

(1) Taxis – Wave your hand in the middle of the street to stop the taxi to travel to ANYWHERE in NYC! It is the quick and easy way to reach any destination. Fares are affordable too!

(2) Sight-seeing buses – double-decker buses which covers major routes.

(3) PATH (The Port Authority of NY & NJ) is a rail system which takes you to WTC, Hoboken, Newark, Journal Square, and also New Jersey.

(4) Penn Station – Amtrak service via which you can travel to and fro from New York to New Jersey.

(5) Subways – Underground train system using which you can travel to many sight seeing places in NYC.

We mostly used Taxis and PATH to visit tourist spots in NYC and trains via Penn Station to travel from NYC to NJ and back.

 

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